How to Eliminate Air Pollution From Your House

Human health is strongly affected by the quality of indoor air, especially in urban areas, 80% of the individual activities happened in the room.

Unlike the case with outdoor pollution that can sometimes be seen with our naked eyes, such as motor vehicle exhaust fumes are black, indoor pollution is not noticeable and odorless. This is why indoor pollution is much more dangerous than outdoor pollution. WHO also stated that indoor pollution could reach 1,000 times the lung compared to outdoor pollution.


The question is, what can pollute the indoor air? Pollutants that lurk outdoors can also be found in the room, where they can join other irritants. For example the smoke from the device and gas-fired appliances, allergens such as pet dander, house dust mites, and mold.

Poor air in the house will trigger coughing, chest tightness, sore throat, watery or itchy eyes, shortness of breath, even asthma attacks. However, the symptoms sometimes are not always easily recognized, and we can not even felt the material directly to our body.

A recent focus on indoor air pollution is the side effect of energy efficiency measures. The solution for this problem is not a higher electricity bill or greater power consumption, but with a better ventilation system. Bathrooms, basements, and attics are some areas that may bring a lot of trouble.

However, air pollution can still be present anywhere, especially room without ventilation.

a. Add more air ventilation
The lack of air ventilation will lead to poor air distribution. For that reason, you need to open your window or your house to help improve air circulation in your house. It’s because if the air continues to settle into your house, it will lead to a humid condition and may bring many diseases.

b. Checks Radon in Your Home
Radon – considered as a risk factor for lung cancer – the substance could be in your own home, says the Mayo Clinic. It is a highly dangerous radioactive gas that is odorless and tasteless and is derived from the soil. The only way to know if your home has radon is to conduct a test which quick and easy and only takes a few minutes of your time. EPA provides a way of testing the substance in a short-term and long-term way. It’s to check the radon on their website.

Other than that, we also need to check the old asbestos material, like I said in my previous post here, asbestos is so dangerous and you need to ask some who offer the trusted services. Just for your info, if you live in Brisbane Australia, you can ask and read more about asbestos removal Brisbane in this site.

c. The smoke from cigarettes
The smoke from cigarettes causing odors and can lead to passive smokers at risk of suffering from various illnesses such as sinusitis, bronchitis, pneumonia, and worsen asthma symptoms. A cigarette will leave residue on the floors, carpets, sofas and cushions. Besides that, it will leave unpleasant scent. This condition can be harmful to children who often play in the area.

d. Gas and stove
The LPG gas and stoves can release carbon monoxide leak that can cause fatigue, headaches, nausea, and even death, while nitrogen dioxide can lead to respiratory problems. That’s why you need to ensuring your LPG gas and stoves installed correctly. It’s better to place the object near a window or air vent, as well as installing the fan so that the gas will not remain within your house.

You can reduce the air pollution in your home with ornamental plants

Plants can help eliminate toxins inside the house. In addition, the plant is also effective in reducing air pollution in the room. Ornamental plants do not take much place as the vacuum or air filter. Here are some plants that can be useful to filter the air; Boston fern (fern), spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum), English ivy, Palm nut, and Peace lily (spathipyllum). As a rule of thumb, two plants can be helpful per 100 square meters.


Choosing the Right Ornamental Plants for Your House

Not every ornamental plant could be grown in your house or your backyard. Before growing any ornamental plants, we need to understand more about the function and aesthetics of the plant. So that, it will benefit our surrounding environment and make your house look beautiful.

Here’re some types of plant that you can consider to be planted around your house.

1. Find the area you will need to grow the ornamental plant. It’s important because it will affect the function and aesthetics of the plants.

2. If you have a spacious yard, you can choose to plant the mango trees. Mango tree is one of the plant that easily cultivated and easy to grow. Mango tree also can help reducing the heat from sunlight.

3. Lavender, this plant can repel mosquitoes and also gave us the impact of relaxation on our bodies.


4. Bamboo water, this type of plant is known can draw happiness and prosperity.

Bamboo Water

5. Jasmine is a fragrant plant. That is why many people like to plant jasmine.


6. Lemongrass, this type of plant is known to bring happiness to whom grow the plant.

Lemon grass

7. If you have a small pool, you can grow Lotus. This kind of plant is symbolizing beauty. Lotus has many varied colors, such as red, white and yellow.


8. Elephant ears is a plant only known in Indonesia. The plant goes with
Anthurium crystallinum as its Latin name. The shape of the plant is like elephant ears. That is why its knows as Elephant ears.

Anthurium crystallinum

9. Dragon fruit plants, the fruit of this kind of plant is often referred as Dragon Fruit and have many benefits, such as curing cancer, digestion of food. This plant is part of the cactus family, and you can grow the plant in a pot.

Dragon Fruit

10. Cambodia trees. The Cambodia tree has colorful flowers and its suit to grow in your house front yard. It will add beauty to your home.

cambodia trees

11. Pine trees. We often encounter pine tree when we travel to the Highland region. Due to its the beauty and the uniqueness stem, it makes the pine tree has its charm. People who have planted the tree mostly trying to create the impression that they’re in the Highland area or on the mountain.

Pine Bonsai Tree

That is the short explanation about ornament plant that you can grow in your house. Choose the right ornament plant for your house. So, it will boost to the house environtment.

Is Your House Safe from The Hazardous Material?

We are going to talk about the threat of hazardous building material you might do not realize can affect your health.

1. Asbestos material


Asbestos is one of the standard material that used in old houses. Asbestos is a name of the silicate fiber mineral. The asbestos name is derived from its use in the light of the wick. Due to its ability as fire-resistant, asbestos has been used in many applications.

However, the inhalation of asbestos fibers can lead to various diseases, including cancer. For that reason, most of the asbestos utilization has been banned in many countries.

Asbestos is a fragile material, and it’s easy to crumble and spread into the air. It becomes highly dangerous once we inhale the fibers. Many old houses utilized the equipment as part of the building construction, such as the insulation ducting, in the ceiling, and within the wall coverings.

Although seemingly trivial, BEWARE! Asbestos can be harmful to your health and all the people around you and the surrounding environment.

2. The humidity caused by the water will be a problem

It will cause the emergence of mold, moss, and bacteria. The dampness behind the wall or components made of wood often requires you to do a major overhaul and replace the parts made of wood that has rotted and termite-infested.

Remember, it’s quite difficult to detect how severe the parts of an old house that have been infiltrated by termites. And as long as there are termites in your wooden house component, the risk of premature weathering will still be there. A termite is like a time bomb for your old house.

3. The lead material is kind of heavy metal elements which become particular interest due to its poisonous factor to humans.

Lead (Pb) can enter the body through the consumption of food, drink, air, water, and contaminated dust Pb. There are two sources of potentially dangerous poisoning area in older homes, such as the installation of pipes and paint interior and exterior.

In the era before the 1940s most commonly used metal pipes made of lead, and then replaced with galvanized pipe. However, even after using galvanized pipe, it still contained lead. Lead is also commonly used as one of the materials for (solder) copper connector until the mid-1980s, then replaced with tin which has a lower melting point. While as paint on the interior/exterior, though often not recognized as one of the old house renovation problems, the potential danger lies in the possibility of lead flake or powder paint is ingested by a child. Sanding the walls of the old house was at risk of spreading lead dust into the air and contaminated the surrounding soil and environment.

4. Septic tank.

The homeowner of an old house may not know what surprises are waiting for him on the ground until the excavation process conducted. Besides, old wells, septic tanks or sewage holding tank, you might found a basement room under your old house. Perhaps, it used for hiding or some warehouse. Beware! It’s because the basement might have become home to numerous reptiles or insects.

That is the information about the hazardous material that might be laying around within your property. Hopefully, this article can give you useful knowledge and insight about the dangerous material.

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