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How to breathe easy while staying home in the heatwave

7/10 of us are worried about air quality in the home
   Hannah Caton  |  written on: 26-07-2019 08:00am

A recent YouGov study commissioned by Blueair analysed 5 countries (UK, US, China, India and South Korea) and found an increased concern for indoor air quality in the general population. Such worry has been shown to affect decisions on where we live, work, dine, work-out, and holiday – as well as choice of schools for children.

The anxiety seems to be well-founded, considering the US Environmental Protection Agency found indoor air is up to five times more polluted than outdoor air. And when you consider Brits spend 90% of our time indoors, it’s no wonder we’re getting anxious.

We see three emerging trends from the research,” says Sara Alsen, Chief Purpose Officer at Blueair, “First, there is an increased concern for indoor air pollution and how that will affect our health and well-being; secondly, children are the focus of concern and people across the globe agree that clean air is important for childrens’ physical and cognitive health as well as for their sleep; thirdly, access to clean air increasingly influences lifestyle choices such as where to live, work, eat out and go on holiday.”

The concern appears particularly prevalent in China, India and South Korea, where nine out of ten people chose holiday destinations based on air quality. Chemicals were the biggest concern in the workplace and bacteria/viruses in public spaces – which both seem logical.

But in the UK, our main worry tends to be indoor air quality. 78% of people said they are worried most about the dust in their homes, more than any of the other countries asked. Most people also think that polluted air has a negative impact on sleep – their own and their children’s. In the UK 88% of people believe clean air is important to help their children sleep deeper.

The top three actions parents in the UK take to help protect their children’s lungs is to avoid chemicals at home (28%), avoid highly trafficked roads (23%) and to have an air purifier in the children’s bedroom (7%). We might not be able to help you with the first two, but air purifiers like the ones available from Blueair are able to remove the most common pollutants such as dust, chemicals and germs. They can also remove smoke, PM2.5, pet dander, microplastics, formaldehyde and pollen. Of course it’s important to check the purifier you buy has been through thorough laboratory checks and has been certified.

If you fancied looking at a full copy of the report you can do so here.

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Hannah Caton

Hannah is the online writer for KBBArk, providing the latest scoop on all things interior. She's always on the lookout for the latest trends and most beautiful re-designs.