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We spend most of our lives in our home. It is therefore important to maintain good air quality at home.

However, there are many activities in our homes that pollute the air to problematic levels. Fortunately, pollution can often be significantly reduced through minor changes in our everyday life.

Smoking, cooking, burning firewood and candles can cause high particle pollution in your home. The pollution increases the risk of cancer, blood clots, cardiovascular diseases, respiratory disorders, allergic reactions, and other serious diseases. Read more on particle pollution here

Release of harmful chemicals from cleaning agents, paint, fixtures, toys, building materials, etc., can pollute the indoor environment. It can cause minor inconveniences such as headaches, but can also increase the risk of cancer, allergies, and other serious diseases. Read more on chemical air pollution here

We produce carbon dioxide (CO2) and water vapour when exhaling. Drying laundry as well as bathing and cooking also increase humidity. A high content of CO2 in the indoor air is a sign of poor air quality in your home, which increases the risk of headaches, fatigue, and difficulties in concentrating. High humidity increases the risk of mould and house-dust mites, which can cause severe allergic reactions. Read more on carbon dioxide (CO2) and water vapour here

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that enters our homes from underground through leaks in the foundation. Radon increases the risk of lung cancer (especially among current and former smokers) and may increase the risk of cancer (leukaemia) in children. Read more on radon here

Polluted outdoor air from road traffic, wood smoke, diesel trains, cruise ships, slurry tanks, etc., can pollute the indoor environment. Especially when windows are opened or if the home has mechanical ventilation that sucks in the pollution from outside. Read more on pollution from outdoor air here