How to protect yourself against fine particles?

November 25, 2021

We cannot protect ourselves 100% from fine particles because we are constantly breathing them. They are mixed in the air, in means of transport (car, metro, train, etc.), everywhere in our workplaces and even in our homes. Therefore it is impossible to hide from it, even at home.

Fine and Ultrafine particles :

These fine particles are called PM 2.5 because their diameter is less than 2.5 µm. Some of them are also called ultrafine or PM 1. They are those whose diameter is less than 1 µm. This form of pollution is totally invisible but very present.

The danger of fine and ultrafine particles

If their size is so tiny that their diameter is only a few micrometres, then they’re harmless, right? Unfortunately, it is quite the opposite. Moreover, fine particles have been multiplying for several years, and the risk they represent becomes greater as scientific studies demonstrate their harmful consequences on health.

The fine and ultrafine particles permanently penetrate the body, get into the blood and even nestle in the pulmonary alveoli, which in the long run causes ailments such as irritation of the mucous membranes, respiratory disorders, pathologies. More serious diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease or endocrine disruption could also happen.

Is the interior of our home polluted with fine particles?

Our indoor air is probably 5 to 10 times more polluted than the outdoor air! 

Where do indoor pollution and fine particles that affect the air quality in our home come from? 

First of all, there are fine and ultrafine particles mainly generated from outside automobile traffic. How do they come to our house? Through ventilation, through doors and windows.

Next, we must not neglect the indoor emissions of fine particle pollution: kitchen fumes are the cause, as are cosmetics, paint, cleaning products, cigarettes and other types of fuels such as gasoline. Also, if the combustion releases carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide, it generates particles, and after their emission, they sometimes remain in suspension for long periods.

So yes, our indoor environment is polluted with fine particles. But this is not inevitable! To prevent our health from deteriorating due to this pollution, we can take action.

Protecting ourselves against fine particles is possible.

Although fine particles are present in the outdoor environment, there are ways to prevent them, especially in our home. It is possible to improve indoor air quality by reducing its content of carbon dioxide and other gases with harmful effects on health. 

Here are some tips for applying today to reduce fine particle emissions and improve our health:

  • Beware of scented candles, paints and other household products, often blamed for their emissions of harmful and polluting substances, including fine particles. Choose them carefully or go for natural, non-toxic alternatives;
  • Wear a mask but not just any. Paper or surgeon-type masks do not affect fine particles. Only certain R-PUR type masks with specific filters allow all pollution and the finest particles to be filtered;
  • Indoor pollution can also come from the fumes released by the use of a gas stove. To reduce this pollution, equip yourself with an aspirating host and favour an electric stove. Remember to ventilate regularly enough to minimize indoor pollution;
  • Choose household products without chemical compounds—for example, baking soda, white vinegar, or black soap. Remember to air out while you clean!

Green plants will not be of much use to you against fine particles, although they are still effective against VOCs (volatile organic compounds), formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and other pollutants. They remain beneficial for your health (and your decoration)!

Measure your environment

In this regard, Smart Sensor Devices has developed HibouAir – Air Quality Monitoring Solution that helps you measure, analyze and understand your indoor and outdoor environment to adapt to your daily life and optimize your comfort at home.

HibouAir is an affordable air quality monitoring solution that helps you accurately measure indoor environmental data for observations and study to preserve a healthy air quality environment. There are three models: 

Air quality monitoring solution

The device connects automatically to your HibouAir Dashboard account, which provides real-time data with various maps, charts and graphs for analysis. It can also generate alert notifications and periodically reports upon request. HibouAir mobile app provides real-time air quality data of nearby devices over Bluetooth. 

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