According to some studies, the indoor air of our habitat would be sometimes more polluted than the outside air ... An alarming fact certainly, but not irrevocable! By incorporating new habits and reflexes of consumption into your daily life, you can easily remedy and thus make the choice of a healthy habitat.
To know the pollutants of the air, their origins and their effects is good. To reduce them at the source is better. But how to eliminate them when they are present in your house or apartment? How to get rid of excess moisture? How to renew the air so that it is permanently the least polluted possible? Here are some ways to help you make the right choices for your habitat.
1. For a healthy interior, ventilate and ventilate
There is no mystery, the first condition for a healthy habitat is aeration, especially in damp rooms to prevent the growth of mold, mites and other small undesirable beings. You thought that increasing your heating helps eliminate moisture? False. To suppress it, it is necessary above all that the air circulates. First reflex, ventilate your rooms at least 10 minutes a day (even in winter). In addition, make sure that your VMC is working properly. If this is not the case and you want to change, take a look at the VMC dual flow. Unlike single flow VMCs, they reclaim air to recover calories and use them to "heat" incoming air. In winter, such a system can achieve up to 20% energy savings. If you do not want to invest or if your home does not allow it, then consider installing absorbers of moisture and dehumidifiers (it allows to remove up to 1 liter of water per hour in the ambient air, but he is energy-hungry).
2. Healthy habitat: increased vigilance on water features
If you decide to renovate your rooms, be sure to select the right products. Indeed, these parts are particularly prone to splashing water and other steam releases. It is therefore strongly recommended to protect your bathroom against moisture by using water-repellent materials, such as water-repellent plasterboards, specially designed to withstand moisture! This advice also applies to unheated rooms such as the garage.
3. VOC hunt in your home
Butane, propane, ethanol (90 ° alcohol), acetone ... As many VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) are used in everyday products such as household detergents, room fragrances and deodorants. First reflex, limit the use of odorous or scented products such as indoor sprays. The same goes for scented candles or incense whose combustion releases carbon monoxide, a very toxic gas. If you are a fan of these products, nevertheless have the reflex to ventilate your room after use.
4. Home Renovation: read the labels
It is a fact, the use of some common products degrade the quality of indoor air. Since January 1, 2012, construction and decoration products (partitions, panels, carpets, wallpapers, paints, insulators, varnishes, adhesives, adhesives, etc.) must bear a label indicating their emission as volatile pollutants. The emission level is indicated on a scale from A + (very low emission) to C (strong emission). Consider this label before making your choice! Also know that ranges of products called natural develop. This is the case of ecological paints, based on plant or mineral components (lime, clay, linseed oil ...). Be careful, these paints, however natural, contain VOCs. It is therefore essential to properly ventilate the room after their application.
5. Think about central vacuuming to clean up your home
If the cost of installing a centralized dust extraction system is not negligible, it has a major advantage: the dusty air sucked is rejected directly to the outside of the living rooms (in a cell in the basement) and not inside cleaned parts as with a conventional vacuum cleaner. The principle? It consists in installing in each room a suction socket where to connect, taken directly connected to a fixed station of aspiration located in a garage or any other room of clearance. This system is to consider if you (where around you) suffer from respiratory problems such as asthma or allergies. You will gain in comfort of life.