As part of Clean Air Day on the 16th of June, new research was released showing that residents of the United Kingdom are spending around 11 more hours indoors every week compared with figures from five years ago.
In PIn Perth and Kinross residents are being encouraged to take a sustainable approach to travel, including turning of the car engine when parked, walking, or cycling short distances, to work and school and even going electric, as they to pledge their support for the national initiative to reduce vehicle idling and encourage residents to ditch the car and walk, cycle or use public transport.
Speaking ahead of Clean Air Day, Perth and Kinross Climate Change and Sustainability Committee Convener Councillor Richard said: “In Perth and Kinross our air quality is generally good, however it’s in all our interests to think about those everyday actions which can make a difference, reducing our carbon footprint and the polluting emissions that can have serious impacts on our health.”
With Vice Conveyer Councillor Liz Barrett adding: “Vehicle emissions also contribute significantly to global warming and climate change. We can all play our part on Clean Air Day and beyond by making the choice to protect ourselves and our environment and travel sustainably.”
The research released yesterday shows that the increase in time spend in door is impacted by the developments in online shopping, home working and people trying to save money.
The extra time amounts to an extra 23 days indoors every year, most of the people asked saying they rarely or never consider the quality of the indoor air they breathe.
Air inside homes is typically two to five times worse than the air outside, but there are things that can be done to improve it these include:
- Refreshing the air – getting fresh air in is key. As often as possible, open all your windows for as long as is reasonable and let fresh air replace any CO2 build up that’s been circulating in your home. This will also reduce humidity that leads to condensation and mould. If you live on a main road, however, try to do this when traffic is low and avoid rush hour.
- Check your vacuum – older vacuum cleaners and those that aren’t certified as HEPA may be responsible for spraying dust particles into the air, rather than keeping them contained.
- Beware of dust build up – dust mites live in the dust in your home and are one of the most common allergens. Refresh bedding frequently and maintain a clean, healthy home to keep them at bay.
- Turn on your extractor fans – it’s easy to forget to turn on the extract fan when cooking and bathing but these really help pull nasties out of the air in kitchens and bathrooms. Just be sure to check and clean the filters regularly – once a year should keep them in good working order.
- Invest in carbon guzzling plants – house plants like aloe vera, peace lilies, corn plants and ferns have been proven to reduce NO2 and CO2 in rooms by up to 20%.
Clean Air Day aims to highlight the risk associated by Air Pollution by encouraging people to act, with this year’s campaign focusing on the impact that pollution has on every organ in your body.