Millenials are not the only ones taking advantage of communal living these days. One in three people between the ages of 23-65 are living in a shared space, and considering that most people spend 90% of their days indoors, indoor air quality is more important than ever. The EPA ranked indoor air pollution among the top five environmental risks to public health and it’s important that we all do our part to help promote healthy IAQ (Indoor Air Quality) wherever possible.
Joining movements like BreatheLife can help to protect our health and planet from air pollution. The World Health Organization and United Nations Environment are leading this Climate and Clean Air initiative and their website is full of ways to get involved in this global campaign for clean air.
Big changes start at the local level. One good example comes from the Midwest. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has a state health plan online that you can access and become actively involved in. And every state in the country has Consortium Members who work to achieve the goals and objectives of the Healthy People 2020 initiative.
You can also utilize social media platforms to discuss, start up, and promote Healthy Home initiatives like IAQ. The Indoor Air Quality Association has a website as well as a Facebook page to check out for involvement.
IAQ at work:
- Don’t block air vents
- Follow office and building smoking policies, ensure your co-workers do the same
- Store and dispose of food properly
- Dispose of garbage promptly
- Report water leaks or any other suspected IAQ problems immediately
IAQ at school:
- The Clean Air Make More is a great online resource for parents and kids to learn and understand the importance of indoor air quality. It has activity books for kids as well as smartphone apps for parents that give real time air quality reports and information on air pollution reduction.
- The EPA also has an online action kit for improving IAQ in schools.
IAQ at home:
- Maintain your HVAC system
- Declutter by getting rid of dirt and dust collectors
- Vacuum and steam-clean rugs and upholstery often to avoid dust mites
- Detoxify your air with indoor plants
- Don’t smoke indoors
- Invest in an air purifier
For more tips on IAQ, check out our Healthy Home 101 series. If you’re building, renovating, or trying to improve your current environment, we’ll help you ensure quality air for you and your family.