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Clean Air Day 2018: what can you do to improve air quality in your home?

You spend 90% of your time indoors, so this Clean Air Day think about what you can do to clean up air pollution in your home

While Clean Air Day seeks to tackle the causes of toxic levels of outdoor air pollution, there are things you can do indoors to help keep air pollution out of your home. 

Toxins such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), particulate matter, carbon monoxide (CO) and others can have harmful effects on your health and exaggerate the symptoms of allergies and hay fever. Those who suffer from hay fever, in particular, are susceptible as pollen is particularly abundant this summer.

One of the ways you can manage your indoor air quality is with an air purifier. These products can be expensive, so you’ll want to make sure you get the right one for the job.

Read on for more information about Clean Air Day, including our seven tips on what you can do to help keep your home free of pollutants, and how to help keep hay fever under control.

Our Best Buy air purifiers will help you tackle allergens and toxins in your home.

Clean Air Day 2018

Clean Air Day, which is supported by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), aims to raise awareness on the importance of tackling the global issue of air pollution.

The clean air campaign sets out actionable steps that every individual can take to help promote improvements in air quality. It’s also encouraging people to take a break from driving.

Campaigners have created several Clean Air Day tool kits to help individuals and communities tackle air pollution issues, including one for car owners.

7 easy steps to improve air quality in your home

  1. Open the windows

Good ventilation in your room, particularly when you’re asleep, will reduce the build up of C02 and moisture.

  1. Vacuum regularly

Vacuuming helps reduce small airborne particles that can exacerbate your lungs. If you suffer from allergies consider a vacuum with a HEPA filter.

Our vacuum cleaner reviews will help you pick the best model, and avoid the worst.

  1. Keep smoke out

Wood burning stoves, cigarettes, candles, and gas hobs all pollute your indoor environment with VOCs, particulate matter and carbon monoxide and dioxide. Cutting down on using these will prevent adding unnecessary pollution to your indoor environment.

If you have a wood burning stove, then make sure you’re using it as efficiently as possible by not burning wood with a high moisture content. Find out more about wood burning stoves and pollution in our guide.

  1. Be on the lookout for damp and mould

Damp can cause water vapour, which encourages microbial growth and the production of particulates that are unhealthy if inhaled, such as damp and dust mites.

If your home is overly humid, a dehumidifier can help keep your humidity at healthy levels and prevent damp and mould. But not all dehumidifiers are good at sucking moisture out of the air, so choose your model carefully – see our dehumidifier reviews.

  1. Use your extractor fan

Gas hobs and cooking pollutants make the kitchen a high pollution are in the home. Aerosol sprays and perfumes or fragranced products make the bathroom a high pollution area.

Use your extractor fans to help clear the air of pollution.

  1. Take care while redecorating

Paint, new carpet and flat-pack furniture can all give off fumes and gases that aren’t good for you if inhaled. Consider using water-based paint and make sure you have a lot of ventilation when redecorating.

Before you use flat pack furniture, give it some time out of the packaging in a well-ventilated area.

  1. Get house plants

Plants help eliminate airborne pollutants, carbon dioxide and others, from the air. Leafy green plants, such as ferns, work really well for this.

A good air purifier will help eliminate VOCs, particulate matter and other pollutants. Use our air purifier reviews to help you choose the best for your budget.

Pollen bomb 2018

The cold, then hot, then cold again, weather this spring created the perfect condition for an explosion of pollen this summer. The media has dubbed this year’s high pollen count a ‘pollen bomb’. If you suffer from hay fever, you’ll know why.

According to the Met Office’s pollen forecast, the pollen count in London and the South East of England is very high. Hay fever can be exacerbated by poor air quality, making it even worse for you if you suffer from allergies.

You can help reduce your hayfever symptoms:

For more information on the 2018 Pollen Bomb, see our Are you prepared for the 2018 pollen surge news story.

Thinking about buying a new car?

Air pollution outside of the home is a very real problem in the UK, and you’ve probably seen lots of news stories talking about NOx.

NOx (or specifically NO2, one of the gasses within NOx), is one of the most harmful gasses that cars produce. Both petrol and diesel vehicles produce NOx, but diesel-powered cars produce it in vastly higher quantities than petrol – 16.5 times as much on average, in our tests.

While more stringent emission laws are making cars cleaner overall, and all cars should be meeting the same standard, we’ve found in our own tests it’s far from being a level playing field.

If you look at the average NOx emission figure per brand, we can reveal that some carmakers’ wares are generally much dirtier than others.

Brands including Renault, Jeep and Dacia (the latter is owned by Renault) are among the companies whose cars produce the most amount of NOx on average. Find out more by heading to our guide on the dirtiest and cleanest carmakers.

Ready to avoid combustion engines altogether and go electric? Our independent tests have found some electric cars will travel over 200 miles between charges, helping to make ‘range anxiety’ a thing of the past.

Find out which are the best battery-powered cars you can buy, by heading to our roundup of the best electric cars.

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