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10 tips on how to reduce your carbon footprint by improving indoor air quality

Sofia Takki

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Take action against climate change

Climate change, largely a result of greenhouse gases trapping heat in the atmosphere, is causing extreme weather events, including heat waves, droughts, floods and wildfires. It is also causing sea levels to rise, threatening coastal communities.

And your carbon footprint is (partly, just partly) to blame in that it represents the total amount of greenhouse gases emitted as a result of your activities. So by reducing your carbon footprint, you can do your (little) bit to mitigate the effects of climate change!

The role of indoor air in climate change prevention

We all know that improving IAQ benefits your health and well-being, but did you know that it can reduce your carbon footprint? Taking steps to reduce indoor air pollution can reduce the number of pollutants released into the environment, and it can actually reduce the amount of energy needed to heat or cool your home. So what to do?

  • Reduce your reliance on air conditioning. Air conditioning is a major energy hog, so it's important to use it sparingly. Instead of cranking up the AC, try opening windows and doors to let fresh air in.
  • Invest in energy-efficient appliances. When it's time to replace your old appliances, make sure to choose energy-efficient models.
  • Seal air leaks around your windows, doors, and other openings to improve your home's energy efficiency and IAQ.
  • Ventilate your home regularly. Ventilation is important for removing indoor air pollutants. Open windows and doors whenever possible, and use exhaust fans to remove pollutants from your kitchen and bathroom.
  • Use natural cleaning products, which are safe for people and the environment. Using them can prevent exposure to harsh chemicals that can pollute indoor air.
  • Avoid using tobacco products indoors. Tobacco smoke is a major indoor air pollutant. If you or someone in your household smokes, do it outdoors.
  • Install an air purifier. Air purifiers can remove pollutants from the air, including allergens, dust mites and smoke. Choose an air purifier with a HEPA filter for best results.
  • Use plants to clean the air. Some plants, such as the snake plant and spider plant, are known for their ability to clean the air.
  • Take care of your pets. Pets can shed dander and other allergens that can pollute. Brush your pets regularly and keep their bedding clean.
  • Invest in a comprehensive Indoor Air Management System.

The good news is that we now have the technology and resources to prevent the worst effects of climate change - but we must act now, and each of us can reduce our carbon footprint by acting responsibly. We must act now to protect our planet and our future.