When you think about air pollution, you probably do not create pictures of the interior of your home or office. But as we spend a lot of time indoors, especially in cold weather, it is important for health to keep the air quality as clean as possible at home, in the car and at the workplace. And, unfortunately, we carry most of these pollutants ourselves.
In today's complex world, with everything we buy from hazardous chemicals, e-waste filling our landfills, and the exponential increase in the number of cars running on gasoline on highways, the idea of being able to reduce air pollution is not easy to imagine. More than smog, air quality is linked to everything from childhood asthma to global warming.
Turning a blind eye to the problem of air pollution not only endangers our health, but also the planet's health for generations to come. However, there is still time to tell the difference. With these few steps, you can start now to improve the air quality of your home and community. And it allows everyone to breathe a little easier.
There are six main causes of air pollution. These are tropospheric ozone, particulate matter, lead, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxide.
Although most people have heard about carbon monoxide, lead and particulates, they may be surprised to learn that the main source of current air pollution is tropospheric ozone. Unlike the natural ozone layer that surrounds the Earth and helps regulate temperature by protecting it from the sun's harmful rays, ground-level ozone occurs when nitrogen oxides mix with organic compounds volatiles (VOCs). The resulting chemical reaction emits tropospheric ozone, which can lead to many health problems. Upper respiratory diseases such as asthma, bronchitis and emphysema are all related to tropospheric ozone.
So where does this chemical reaction occur? Wherever you have gasoline fumes, car exhaust, a large stock of chemical agents and factory emissions. Reduce these key elements and the amount of ground-level ozone you are exposed to.
It has recently been discovered that many domestic plants, such as bamboo palm, three-band sansevière and areca, play a key role in removing carbon monoxide from the air.
Functioning a bit like the human liver, these common houseplants filter the air of harmful chemicals and compounds, absorbing toxins through tiny pores in their leaves and digesting pollution from their stems, roots and roots. through the ground.
Using a plant to deprive indoor air in your home or office can help eliminate colds and recurring breathing problems.
Electricity may seem like an environmentally friendly way to heat your home, but VOCs generated by power plants are among the highest of all forms of manufacturing. Nitrogen oxides are also a by-product of electricity services and, as we learned in Step 1, a combination of both can lead to a lethal increase in ground-level ozone.
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