Air Quality Warnings Around the World

Certain parts of London in the UK have already broken the EU’s annual pollution limits; just one week into the new year.

Putney High Street in West London is one of the places which has broken limits for nitrodgen dioxide, which is a harmful pollutant emitted by diesel vehicles, which has been found to contribute to respiratory issues.

Under European rules for air quality, there is an hourly limit of 200 micrograms of nitrogen dioxide per cubic meter of breatheable air, and sites are not allowed to exceed that limit on more than 18 occasions in one year. By Friday the 8th of January, Putney High Street had exceeded that limit for the 19th time. It is expected that this weekend will see Kensington and Chelsea break the limit before the 11th January. Experts believe that Oxford Street will have also already breached the limit, but cannot confirm this, because the station that monitors the air has malfunctioned. Continue reading “Air Quality Warnings Around the World”

How To Effectively Improve Indoor Air Quality In Your Home

Most people spend a great deal of their time indoors, especially during the fall and winter months of the year. When your home is sealed against outside air, it makes way for more pollutants and allergens that peak during these times. There are certain steps you can take in order to improve the indoor air quality of your home:

*Dust often during the colder months of the year. Don’t just use a feather duster, but a damp cloth to wipe down those dust-prone surfaces. It may seem tempting to forget about those hard-to-reach places, but they often contribute to the air quality problem the most.

*If you have pets indoors, bathe and groom them regularly. Pets can shed a lot of fur and dander, so you need to ensure that your home isn’t going to be overrun by allergens.

*Get your air ducts cleaned. One local company ( reports that customers often call back to say how much better they breathe at night and that their allergy symptoms are greatly reduced.

*Try to open your windows to let cool fresh air circulate. Even if it’s cold outside, a few short minutes can make a difference. If not an option, try turning on a fan to help circulate the air.

*Purchase an air purifier for your home that can help freshen indoor air. There are a number of models and sizes that you can choose from to fit your needs. Make sure the purifier you select is appropriate for the size of your room and the amount of purification it provides.

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The Effects That Poor Air Quality Can Have On Your Health

The quality of the air that you breathe each day can have a major impact on your health, but there are things that you can do to ensure that these effects are reduced. If you did not know how important it is to take action you should read the information that follows. Your health, as well as those you care about can be affected, and below you will learn about the impact it can have.

If someone is subjected to poor air quality on a regular basis they may develop allergies to what is in the air. This could be mold, dander, mildew as well as other pollutants. Allergies are not only irritating, but they can lead to one being more susceptible to illnesses and even chronic lung diseases. Reducing allergens in one’s home is the best way to prevent allergies from developing, especially when it comes to young children. Perhaps the easiest way of doing this is getting your air ducts cleaned.

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How Important Is Air Quality Testing?

The air we breathe rarely crosses our mind – unless we’re smelling a bad odor. If someone’s frying an egg a little too long in the kitchen, the whole house smell and the smoke detector goes off. Fortunately, the fumes from a fiasco like this can’t really hurt us. It’s the odors that go undetected by the human nose that may cause harm to you and your family. That’s why many choose to have air quality testing done in their home.

Can We Smell Mold?
Some mold problems do a bring an odor with them. Unfortunately, the mold only begins to produce an odor when it’s already at dangerous levels. To prevent all the negative health impacts this dangerous substance can bring with it, it has to be treated before it reaches this concentration. Any air quality testing company can conduct a test to make sure your home’s clear of it.

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How Air Quality Matters if You Have Asthma

Air quality is something that you should pay a lot of attention to if you suffer from asthma. While some people who suffer from asthma have exercise induced asthma, there are many others for whom asthma attacks are triggered by allergies – and air quality is something that is important to them.

Air quality ratings can include everything from pollen counts – which are important for people who suffer from hayfever, to pollution information – which can be important if you are an asthmatic.

Unfortunately, while air quality warnings can give you an idea of what the conditions are like in a given town or city, there is not much that you can do to change it. All that getting air quality warnings will do is Continue reading “How Air Quality Matters if You Have Asthma”

The Air Quality Around You Truly Matters

Yesterday I was writing an article about indoor air quality, which is something you yourself can easily help control. Outdoor air quality, however, is something that requires everyone working as a team. While this is true, many people use this as an excuse not to feel responsible for their part in the play so to speak. It’s not that the world would be perfect if we focused our efforts toward facilitating cleaner air, but the air quality would continue to improve.

What can you do to help make the air quality outdoors better? If you live out in a rural area, one thing you don’t want to do is to burn your trash. There are other ways to dispose of trash, and while burning it may keep it out of the landfill, it’s not going to help with outdoor air quality.

When you do stop for gas? While sometimes it can’t be helped, stopping for gas shouldn’t be done in the heat of the afternoon if possible. You’ll also get more gas for your money if you adhere to this rule. You don’t want those gas fumes in the air; instead, you want Continue reading “The Air Quality Around You Truly Matters”

Easy Ways To Improve Your Home’s Air Quality

Often when one thinks of air quality, it is in regards to the pollution you may encounter outside, but the fact is that most people’s homes are the real issue when it comes to their health. In this article you will find a few things that you can do to greatly improve the air that you breath when you are stuck inside.

One easy way to accomplish this is to make a rule of not smoking in your home. This rule should apply to everyone, not only those that live with you, but guests as well. Smoking releases countless toxins and can be very difficult to remove due to the stickiness of the tar that is present. Always smoking outside will make a world of difference and is definitely worth the inconvenience.

Another huge source of home pollution is mold and mildew. To reduce this in your home you can run an dehumidifier to remove moisture from the air that promotes mold and mildew growth. You also will want to make it a rule that the bathroom fan is run during and after showering. If you do find mold or mildew in your home it should be cleaned immediately so that it does not spread.

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What You Can Do To Improve Your Home’s Air Quality

It is easy to forget about the importance of having good air quality in your home, but it is actually very important when it comes to staying healthy. Thankfully, there are a number of things you can do to increase the air quality in your home. Read the information that follows to learn more.

The easiest way to achieve this goal is to have a few high quality air cleaners throughout your home. The best air cleaners have a Hepa filter, which filters out allergens that can affect your breathing and susceptibility to illness. If you chose to use these, it’ll be important to clean them and replace the filters often so that you are getting the benefits that they can provide. If possible, change the filters outside to prevent re-contamination in your home.

Another way to increase the quality of the air in your home is to maintain houseplants. It is a natural way to purify the air in your home and increase the oxygen levels. Aloe vera plants are quite popular, as they can function as a natural remedy as well. Continue reading “What You Can Do To Improve Your Home’s Air Quality”

Air Quality Factors In Maintaining Good Health

Air quality factors do affect our health, and sometimes the exposure to hazardous situations in this regard are so subtle, that we don’t notice the effects until it is too late.

One example is the crisis of mesothelioma with the asbestos particles becoming airborne which causes a deadly cancer later in life. This caused a widespread buttoning up of the use of any kind of asbestos in industry, home building and any other major application in our society.

In addition to airborne asbestos particles, which was very widespread at one time in industrial applications, we as a society have been battling polluted air for decades. In the 50’s and 60’s is was very common to drive through major industrial and manufacturing cities and be exposed to noxious air from factories in the area.

Air pollution is a common problem in many major cities today from smog, which is really a fog like atmosphere caused by carbon emissions from automobiles. This presents us with many health problems in the respiratory arena when we live in those areas, because we breathe that type of air into our lungs on a consistent basis. Continue reading “Air Quality Factors In Maintaining Good Health”

Make Improvements To The Air Quality Inside Your Home

Much is always said about the environment in regards to pollution and outdoor air quality. People are even taking great measures to make their homes more energy efficient to be responsible citizens in regards to how their lives affect those around them. Outdoor air quality and the environment are definitely important, but it’s time to focus on making improvements to the quality of the air inside your home, too.

The very first thing you need to think about is keeping those floors clean. Honestly, whether you want to or not, you’re going to have to at least lightly clean your floors each day. You would not believe how much stuff is tracked inside. You also have to think about dust, dead skin cells and more.

Have you ever cleaned your floors while the sun is shining through a door or window, showing you just how much stuff flies around in the air? What this should tell you is that it matters what you use to help you get the floors clean.

If you’re using a vacuum, you’re not going to get everything up off a flooring surface that doesn’t have carpeting. That means you need to get to mopping! Also, to help keep your home clean and the air quality up to par, keep door mats where they are needed in order to wipe your feet and keep all that stuff outside.

The humidity level in your home is also very important, and there are many things you can do to work on this. It should go without saying that smoking shouldn’t be allowed in your home. You can also opt for radon testing as another option, and some people choose to have the air ducts for their A/C systems cleaned regularly as well.