Ryan Jacob CAE, Clean Air Engineering, is committed to protecting the earth. He believes that, as a metaphor, humanity is on trial as the defendant for destroying Mother Earth, but there is still a chance that we can be acquitted if we prove ourselves worthy enough. From California, CAE Ryan Jacob aims to do just that, helping everyday individuals make positive life choices. He uses his own knowledge and experience for this and, in recent news, has revealed the hidden pollutants that many people have in their own homes.
Ryan Jacob CAE on At Home Pollutants
There are lots of very surprising things that are having a big negative impact on air quality. Those include:
- Log burning stoves. They are incredibly fashionable and people think they are being green and sustainable because they are using natural materials of which there are plenty, using sustainable wood. In reality, however, the smoke that comes from these stoves can cause significant damage to overall air quality, not just outside but inside a home as well.
- Smoking continues to be a terrible pollutant. People don’t often smoke in their own homes any more, but they do burn candles, which are bad as well.
- Trichlorethylene is emitted by varnishes and paints, commonly used in homes.
- Formaldehyde is found in furniture foams.
- Nitrogen dioxide is emitted when gas hobs and stoves don’t have incomplete combustion. Most people have also heard of this because of the global emissions scandal.
- VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) are found in cleaning products, air fresheners, and new rugs and carpets.
It is important to understand just how bad this pollution is. In certain parts of China, for instance, families are given air quality monitors and those help them to determine whether it is safe for their children to play outside. And this situation is getting worse. This type of technology is something that CAE Ryan Jacob is very excited about because he hopes that it will raise enough awareness for people to start making a real change.
That said, there are six key methods he believes everybody should engage in that can make a huge difference to air pollution as well, particularly inside the home. Those are:
- To buy lots of house plants. Plants such as chrysanthemum, peace lilies, and common ivy are particularly effective at reducing indoor air pollution.
- To use air purifiers wherever possible, but to make sure they are energy efficient, or you will raise your overall carbon emissions.
- To switch on cooker hoods and extractor fans, while at the same time being mindful of energy consumption. When possible, use sustainable methods of generating energy, such as solar panels, to run these appliances.
- To use natural paint to decorate the home, focusing on water based materials.
- To stop smoking and to use flameless candles that are battery operated instead of real candles.
- To use natural cleaning products, water based, that are free from nasty chemicals.