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More time at home has certainly had its benefits: we’re spent more time with loved ones, finally got round to redecorating and less time commuting on public transport has reduced our exposure to pollution. But how much do we understand the air quality at home? 

What makes up our indoor air quality?

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Indoor air pollution is made up of tiny dirt and dust particles. These invisible dangers carry chemicals and harmful pollutants such as carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxides. Poorly ventilated rooms result in a particle build up which can have a detrimental effect on our health.

What are the effects of poor indoor air quality?

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EPA research reveals indoor air can be up to 2 to 5 times more polluted than outside. But what are the warning signs to watch out for? Reduced cognitive function is a clear indication of an unhealthy environment: high levels of CO2 leave us feeling sluggish or distracted and our productivity suffers as a result. Fatigue, asthma and a tight chest are also all signs it’s time to improve airflow at home.

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What causes indoor pollution?

Indoor air pollution comes from a number of sources.

- From outside, through open windows and doors.
- Oven grills and gas hobs
- Household cleaning products and chemical products
- Electronic devices such as laptops and TVs.
- Heat and humidity

There’s no way of completely preventing it but knowing what’s in the air around us means we can control indoor pollutant levels.

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How can I stay healthy at home?

The first step is purchasing an air quality monitor. These clever devices ensure you’re living in a healthy environment and there are a number of ways they help:

Track VOCs: put simply VOCs are pollutants in airborne gas - some are harmful, others (like the smell of peeled fruit) are not. Air quality monitors give indications of when VOCs levels are too high.

Monitor humidity: high humidity levels can affect allergies and complicate respiratory diseases. For asthma sufferers monitoring humidity is paramount to staying safe. Air quality monitors give you instant, real time alerts so you can adjust your air as needed.

On-going recommendations: air quality monitors constantly anaylse the air at home and make recommendations for how to stay safe . In app alerts tell you when a window should be opened, when CO2 levels are getting too high or when the temperature is too uncomfortable to sleep. When it comes to air monitors there's something to suit every need, from standalone monitors like this one from Netatmo, to multi-device packages like the Airthings HouseKit. Interested to learn other ways technology can improve your health at home? Check out our wellness collection today.

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Netatmo Air Quality monitor to measure the indoor pollution levels that might exist in your home | Sparkwell Home, Wellness
Netatmo Air Quality monitor to measure the indoor pollution levels that might exist in your home | Sparkwell Home, Wellness

Netatmo Air Monitor

Air Monitor |
£89.99
Airthings Wave Plus an indoor air quality monitor to place anywhere in your home
Airthings Wave Plus an indoor air quality monitor to place anywhere in your home

Airthings Wave Plus

Air Monitor |
£239.00
Airthings wave mini - a small indoor air quality monitor
Airthings wave mini - a small indoor air quality monitor

Airthings Wave Mini

Air Monitor |
£69.00

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