Here are 10 ways you can improve indoor air quality.

1. Open your window when cooking or using cleaning products

Good ventilation is the key to avoiding air pollution in the home. It will also help avoid the build-up of air polluting moulds too. But make sure you close windows near busy roads during rush hours.

2. Choose paints and varnishes that are labelled low volatile organic compounds (VOCs)

Take care when decorating or doing DIY to choose products that are labelled as low VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). And keep windows open to ventilate newly-decorated areas.

3. Think about how you do your cleaning

Keep dust levels low and use milder, fragrance-free products. Vacuum often, and make sure to clean and replace your vacuum filters regularly.

4. Only use your open fire/wood-burning stove when absolutely necessary

If your open fire/stove isn’t your primary source of heating, try to use it only when you really need it. And if you are replacing a stove, buy a Defra-approved stove that will be less polluting.

5. Burn smokeless fuel or dry, well-seasoned wood on your barbecue, open fire or stove

Wet wood is more polluting, so only burn dry, well-seasoned wood or smokeless fuels on your open fire, stove or barbecue.

6. Regularly service your boiler

Carbon monoxide from faulty boilers and heaters can be fatal so make sure you get your boiler serviced regularly.

7. Consume less energy = produce less pollution

Gas and electricity are big contributors to air pollution. Gas creates fumes when we burn it to heat our homes, and electricity produced by power stations burning fossil fuels creates air pollution. There are lots of things you can do to conserve energy (and lower your bills), such as switching off the lights, filling the kettle with just what you need and only running the washing machine and dishwasher when you have a full load.

8. Switch energy suppliers

Choose renewable energy tariffs for your home supply to reduce the pollution produced by power stations.

9. Recycle your compostables

Rather than burning your garden waste, compost it and turn it into food for your vegetable patch.

10. Book an indoor air quality audit

Get a home audit on indoor air quality, if you are concerned about any problems.  


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