Very Shocking & Interesting Topic huh…But Unfortunately, it is TRUE.
A Study done by The University of Colorado Boulder shows that cooking, cleaning, and other routine household activities generate a significant amount of Volatile & Particulate chemicals inside of an average home, leading to very poor levels of Indoor Air Quality.
During the study, it was also noticed that the airborne chemicals that originate inside a house don’t stay there. Volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) from products like shampoo, perfume & cleaning solutions eventually escape outside and contribute to ozone depletion and fine particles making up an even greater source of global atmospheric air pollution than cars & trucks do.
What Experts have to Say…
On the topic of the relationship between household activities and air Pollution, draw focus at 2019 AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington D.C.
“We have never considered homes as an important source of outdoor air pollution & We believe it is the right moment to start exploring that” said by Marina Vance an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Colorado University Boulder.
Professor Vance also added, “We want to know how basic activities like cooking and cleaning changes the chemistry of house.
2 Months Experiment…
In 2018 Vance co-led the collaborative HOMEChem field campaign of 2 months. In which they used advanced sensors and cameras to monitor the Indoor air quality of a 1200 square feet home where they performed daily routine activities done on regular household including cooking a Thanksgiving Dinner, on Texas University Campus.
To her team’s surprise, the measured indoor concentrations in the house were so high, that the sensitive instruments needed to be recalibrated almost immediately. She also noticed that a simple act of making Toast raised the particle levels higher than expected.
Our Psychology Towards Air Pollution.
joost de Gouw a scholar at Colorado university said, “We have a default picture in our head about air pollution in which Automotive and Big Factories play the major role, But we ignore the contribution of Household Activities in Air Pollution.
It wasn’t clear whether or not these Household Activities like Cooking, cleaning & household Products were contributing towards Air Pollution in a meaningful way, but that’s not the situation anymore.
What We Should Do About It….??
Moving Forward, we need to refocus our research efforts on these sources & give them the same attention as we give it to the fossil fuels and It is time when we update the picture of pollution in our mind, It should include a HOUSE too…!!!