December 31, 2018 | 06:30 AM
Home is the place where we feel the most comfortable – our very own safe zone. With air pollution rising to toxic levels outside, nothing is more satisfying than reaching the safety of home. If given a choice, most people would rather stay at home than go face the outside environment. But the truth is our homes can be as dangerous as outside.
The fact is, indoor air pollution can be much more dangerous compared to outdoors. According to studies done by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the pollution levels indoors can be 2 to 5 times higher than outdoors.
When we think of air pollution, we usually associate it with smog, vehicle exhausts and industrial fumes we see outside. However, we ignore the fact that a very real threat exists in the form of indoor air pollution as well. Indoor air pollution occurs when certain air pollutants from particles and gases contaminate the air of indoor areas. These air pollutants can cause respiratory diseases or even cancer. According to WHO, 4.3 million people die every year from exposure to household air pollution.
So, what makes indoor air even more dangerous than outdoor?
Some of the most commonly found indoor air pollutants are biological contaminants. These are produced by living things and are found in areas that provide them nourishment and moisture.
Many of the biological contaminants are small enough to be inhaled. These include contaminants like bacteria, viruses, pet dander, house dust mites and pollen.
Once inhaled, these can cause various health issues such as hypersensitivity, allergic rhinitis and some types of asthma. Symptoms of health problems caused by biological pollutants include sneezing, watery eyes, coughing, dizziness, fever, and digestive problems.
Children, elderly people and those suffering from respiratory issues are the most vulnerable to these disease-causing biological contaminants.
Apart from biological contaminants, your home is filled with many harmful chemical pollutants as well. These include carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, naphthalene, volatile organic compounds, and particulate matter.
Many studies suggest that exposure to these substances on a daily basis can cause serious health implications. These chemical pollutants can cause adverse cardiovascular effects and are associated with an increased risk of respiratory diseases such as lung cancer and mesothelioma. Carbon monoxide from gas stoves and VOCs from aerosol sprays are two of the most common sources of chemical pollutants in your home and can be very dangerous for your health.
Outdoor pollutants like factory fumes, vehicle exhausts, and smog are clearly visible to us, and therefore we perceive them to be the real threat. However, a threat you cannot see is even more dangerous. Indoor pollutants in your home are largely invisible and are present in higher concentration than the pollution outside.
Research suggests that inadequate ventilation is the primary cause of contaminant buildup and indoor pollution in your homes. Poor indoor air quality is often found where fresh air isn’t entering the building and there is no outlet for contaminated air. Ventilation determines the presence and growth of indoor pollutants and leads to the buildup of indoor moisture, which contributes to mould growth.
Our homes are a place where we know we are safe. But with indoor pollution being higher and dangerous than outdoors, the need for clean and pure air is very apparent. This is where Daikin Air Purifiers come in. With their 4-stage filtration process including True HEPA Filtration, they remove 99.97% of pollutants from your indoor air so that your home remains the safe haven it’s supposed to be.
So, don’t just think, it’s time for you to act. Choose the good health of your family & loved ones and bring home a Daikin Air Purifier for clean surroundings and a healthier you.