So what are these ways?
1. PUBLIC TRANSPORT IS THE WAY TO GO!
We all want to drive our own cars and take private taxis, but the carbon emissions from these are extremely high. Every extra car on the road contributes to air pollution. You can help combat this by using public transport and cycling or walking up shorter distances.
2. GO GREEN FOR ALL YOUR HOME APPLIANCES
Many home appliances like your air conditioner and your refrigerator may begin to emit gases that are harmful to the environment if not serviced regularly. A lot of them tend to reduce them even if they are. This greatly contributes to the poor air quality in our cities. Make sure to use them for as less time as possible. In fact, if you can avoid using them altogether, do that!
In case, you’re thinking of buying new appliances, make sure they have a 4-5 star energy efficiency rating, those tend have minimum emissions.
The cleaning effluents and sprays we use daily are filled with chemicals that wreak havoc on the overall air quality. We may want to use these to keep our homes clean, but let’s help keep our air clean too! There are various products that are air-friendly, and even some home-made solutions that the environment will be thankful for.
4. INCREASE INDOOR VENTILATION
Ventilating rooms reduces moisture levels, a major problem for indoor air quality. By ventilation we don’t necessarily mean opening windows and letting in all the outdoor air pollution. Instead, install trickle vents to purify and cycle the air you breathe indoors. Another great alternative is to use exhaust fans which help carry pollutants outside. Make it a point to ventilate your kitchen since cooking can be a major source of indoor air pollution, especially if you have a gas stove. Scientists who measured indoor air quality found that cooking a single meal on a gas stove can produce levels of nitrogen dioxide that the EPA considers unsafe to breathe. Investing in induction stoves would be a wiser, more environment friendly option. Also, after you take a shower, be sure to vent out all the steam and extra moisture in the air which can cause mold and mildew growth by turning the fan on.
5. GROW SOME PLANTS!
Having your own little garden at home can not only be therapeutic, but also improve the air around you! By using their own mechanisms to sustain life, plants make our air clean and oxygen rich – a boon for you and the air!
In light of the worsening air quality around us in our cities, these are ways that you can do your own bit and make the air a little bit cleaner for yourself and those around you!