What is Indoor Pollution? Is it real?
The World Health Organization describes indoor pollution as ” A range of health-damaging pollutants such as fine particles and carbon monoxide released as a result of inefficient cooking and heating practices such as cooking , and heating homes using solid fuels (i.e. wood, charcoal, coal, dung, crop wastes) on open fires or traditional stoves.
This is a problem affecting around 3 billion people in developing countries. But is that it? Does that make people who don’t use traditional cooking or heating methods safe? Not really.
What does indoor air pollution mean for those of us living in modern homes using modern technologies?
Research published on NCBI defines Indoor air pollution as the degradation of indoor air quality by harmful chemicals and other materials. Chemicals that we use voluntarily every day and pollution caused by the furry four-legged babies we keep as pets.
The study in this research clearly states that indoor air pollution can be 10 times worse than outdoor air pollution because contained areas enable potential pollutants to build up more than open spaces. Contained areas like our houses and our rooms. Statistics suggest that in developing countries, health impacts of indoor air pollution far outweigh those of outdoor air pollution.
Statistics suggest that in developing countries, health impacts of indoor air pollution far outweigh those of outdoor air pollution. Which makes sense considering we spend more times at our homes than we do outside.
Which means that making sure that the indoor air quality in our houses is pure should be a top priority. To do that we must first find out what exactly is causing this indoor air pollution.
- Combustion, building material, and bioaerosols.
- Radon, asbestos, pesticides, heavy metals, volatile organic matter, and environmental tobacco smoke.
So what do all these things actually mean?
- Carbon monoxide and Formaldehyde are released when traditional cooking meths are used. These two are the result of combustion and major cause of indoor air pollution. Even for those who use LPG the formaldehyde mean levels were 68 mg/m3.
- Indoor bioaerosol is bioaerosol in an indoor environment. Bioaerosols are natural or artificial particles of biological (microbial, plant, or animal) origin suspended in the air. These particles are also referred to as organic dust. Bioaerosols may consist of bacteria, fungi (and spores and cell fragments of fungi), viruses, microbial toxins, pollen, plant fibres, etc. Exposures to bioaerosols in the occupational environment are associated with a wide range of health effects with major public health impact, including infectious diseases, acute toxic effects, allergies and cancer.
- Radon: It is an invisible, odourless, and tasteless gas that seeps up through the ground and diffuses into the air.The primary source of exposure to radon is indoor or household air. Many houses and buildings have been constructed right on top of radon emitting rocks. Radon daughters are often attached to dust, and you are exposed to them primarily through breathing.
So what can you do to protect yourself from indoor air pollution?
- Improvement in ventilation: During construction of a house, importance should be given to adequate ventilation; for poorly ventilated houses, measures such as a window above the cooking stove and cross ventilation through doors should be instituted.
- Modification of design of cooking stove: The stoves should be modified from traditional smoky and leaky cooking stoves to the ones which are fuel efficient, smokeless and have an exit (e.g., chimney) for indoor pollutants. A good example is the one designed by the National Biomass Cookstoves Initiative, of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy under a Special Project on Cookstove during 2009-2010, with the primary aim of enhancing the availability of clean and efficient energy for the energy deficient and poorer sections of the country.
- Use homemade (Essential oil) based cleaners as room fresheners and baking soda and vinegar for cleaning as much as possible as a substitute for chemical cleansers.
- Try the Asian Paints Royale Atmos.
Well, what can the Asian Paints Royale Atmos do?
Well, hear it in their own words, and we quote
Royale Atmos is equipped with Activated Carbon Technology, a purification technology used across many other products.
Royale Atmos reduces the levels of formaldehyde – a dangerous indoor air pollutant. When a molecule of the pollutant hits a normal paint, it bounces back, ever ready to pollute the air. However, with Royale Atmos on your walls, this pollutant molecule is destroyed by breaking it down into harmless molecules. This means that the overall formaldehyde levels within your home are reduced. We have tested Royale Atmos at a third party lab against international standards, wherein we found Royale Atmos reducing 85% of the formaldehyde within 24 hours. Thus, Royale Atmos reduces the levels of this pollutant and makes the air purer.
The second action of Royale Atmos is the ability to absorb foul smells within the home. Any bad odours coming into the home act as air irritants and degrade the air quality within the home. Royale Atmos absorbs foul smells and bad odours within your home, thus making the air cleaner.
This is how Royale Atmos cleans the air and makes it fresher.The second action of Royale Atmos is the ability to absorb foul smells within the home. Any bad odours coming into the home act as air irritants and degrade the air quality within the home. This is why we have equipped Royale Atmos with Activated Carbon Technology. This technology enables Royale Atmos to absorb foul smells and bad odours within your home, thus making the air fresher and purer.
This is why Royale Atmos helps purify air.