- 06 Jun 2017
WHY INDOOR AIR QUALITY IS IMPORTANT
June is Asthma Month for ENJO Australia - and we’re drawing attention to our significant partnership with the nation’s leading lung charity, Asthma Australia, in more ways than one. In addition to great offers on our dust-busting ENJO Living range, we’re focusing on ways to help improve asthma symptoms in everyday life..
Our partnership with Asthma Australia puts us in the position to fund vital research and drive awareness for a disease that affects so many. Barb de Corti, Founder and CEO brought ENJO to Australian shores to share the health improvements cleaning chemical-free had on her son’s asthma symptoms. Over 23 years later we’re continuing to drive change for a healthier way of living to households Australia wide.
Why asthma goes under the radar?
Asthma is a hidden disease with no visible signs, only symptoms that not only impact the daily life of those affected, but also, can have devastating and potentially life threatening effects.
Why it should be in the spotlight?
One in every nine Australians has asthma, and sadly, 400 Australians die every year from the disease, and it’s considered half of these deaths are preventable. And with 2.5 million Australians managing their asthma on a daily basis it’s no surprise that asthma alone costs Australia $2.8 billion a year1.
With the incidence of asthma only growing, education and taking steps to reduce asthma triggers and manage asthma symptoms is essential.
While research scientist work hard to find a cure, learning about the small changes to our daily routine that create improvements to health and wellbeing is one way we try to make a difference for the millions of people living with asthma. As winter approaches and we’re spending more time indoors, one way you can help improve asthma symptoms for you and your family is to assess your indoor air quality.
Why indoor air quality is important?
Studies have shown than indoor air can be five times more polluted than outdoor air2, and as we spend the vast majority of our time indoors, we’re breathing in chemicals and pollutants while we’re sleeping, eating and working. These airborne particulates trigger allergies and respiratory problems such as asthma, and there are growing concerns linking long-term air pollution with poor health later in life. Essentially improving the air quality at home and at work is important for good health.
Knowing what to look for in your home is the first step to improving indoor air quality, so we’ve put together a room by room assessment of potential air pollutants and asthma triggers and ways you can reduce them.
What affects air quality in the kitchen?
Cooking fumes affect air quality and can trigger asthma symptoms. Ensure your extractor fan is working efficiently, cleaning your kitchen extractor fan as the BBQ weather ends is a good way to ensure all your indoor cooking fumes are effectively removed throughout the cooler months.
Household cleaning products
Common chemical cleaning products pollute the air and can act as an irritant to trigger asthma symptoms. Keep your kitchen clean, and a chemical-free zone by converting your kitchen to ENJO. Handcrafted fibre products that allow you to clean up easily and effectively with just water.
Cockroaches can survive on very little, but warm shelter is essential, which is why we see them creeping into our homes. Cockroaches trigger both asthma and allergies. Prevent cockroaches in your kitchen by checking for and sealing cracks in walls and cabinets, storing food in airtight containers, vacuuming regularly and removing kitchen waste frequently.
What affects air quality in the bathroom?
High humidity levels in the bathroom creates the perfect environment for two of the most adverse triggers for asthma, dust mites and mould3. Make sure you have an exhaust fan fitted in your bathroom, and if possible open the window when having a shower.
Mould is an indicator of poor air quality as it needs long periods of humidity to grow. Improving ventilation is a way to prevent mould, but if you already have mould you need to remove it. Physically removing mould is the most effective way to ensure it is removed entirely and won’t grow back.
Some of the more potent chemical cleaners are reserved for use in the bathroom, and using them in such a small space can really pollute the air quality. Replace harsh chemicals with ENJO’s Bathroom range to keep your bathroom spotless with just water.
Artificial fragrances in the bathroom seems to have become the norm, and although it might be nice to have a fresh and fruity smelling bathroom, air fresheners are a big contributor to poor indoor air quality.
What affects air quality in the laundry?
Laundry detergents can contain high concentrations of irritating fragrances. Opt for a natural detergent with zero fragrance and store your detergents away safely in an air tight container.
Clothes dryers can create poor indoor air quality by generating a humid environment in a small space, opt to air dry your clothing or ensure there is adequate ventilation when using your dryer.
What affects air quality in the bedroom?
Dust mites are a common asthma trigger and are commonly found in bed linens and mattresses. Stay on top of dust mites by dusting and vacuuming your bedroom often, and wash your bed lining regularly on a hot wash.
You want the place you rest your head at night to have the best indoor air quality. Opting for furniture and furnishings that are made from natural, raw materials will reduce the amount of volatile organic compounds in the air.
A humidifier could help create the optimal humidity and improve air quality in the bedroom. Creating the balance is important and in winter humidity, can be lowered by heating systems, a humidifier will keep the humidity within the optimal range.
What affects air quality in living areas?
Household dust can’t be avoided, and is a big pollutant to indoor air quality and an allergen that triggers asthma symptoms. Opt for a dust cleaning system that physically trap and remove dust like ENJO’s Dust Glove and Dust Floor Fibre. The uniquely woven and super fine fibres trap dust efficiently and don’t release it until the fibre is washed, it’s super quick and easy for daily use.
We love them, but pets can compromise the quality of your homes air, especially in living areas that contain lots of fabric furnishings. Groom your pets regularly outdoors, make sure they stay off soft furnishing and keep on top of the dusting with ENJO’s Dust Floor Fibre and Dust Glove to pick up fur quickly without chemicals.