Pollution: How to Improve Air Quality at Home – Yahoo News


The “clean smell” at home is caused by harmful substances in chemical household products, which are preferable to healthy products. – Photo credit:Collanges/BSIP via AFP

During the Covid-19 pandemic, the ventilation of our indoor spaces has acquired the status of a barrier gesture and devices such as CO2 detectors and air purifiers have controversially made their way into classrooms.

Over the past twenty years, scientific research on indoor air quality has advanced through a better understanding of the various sources of pollution. They combine with those of air pollution and are concentrated in buildings where we spend 80% of our time. However, even today, indoor air quality remains an issue for experts that is not yet a subject of citizen responsibility. However, everyone has scope at home to breathe more healthily.

“Ordinary Denial”

The research I took part in, with support from Ademe – the Agency for Ecological Transition – and Leroy Merlin Source – Leroy Merlin’s housing research network – aimed to look at indoor air quality from the perspective of residents in order to understand how to the general public can mobilize public opinion on this issue. This research brought together a team of sociologists (GBS Cabinet) and technical experts (Médiéco) and adopted a unique approach that combined ethnography and support for residents.

Twelve families participated by opening the door of their house to the researchers for half a day, divided into an observation period – between […] Read more