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Role of design in Indoor air quality, A Design Studio

“A home design that allows for a lot of natural air circulation is an ideal one. You can choose to set up a design that ensures you are close to outlets that let in natural air such as vents and windows. It makes sense to setup work desks or seating arrangements in an aesthetic manner near the windows or balconies of the house”, says Rupali Naik & Satish Naik, A Design Studio


Does the design of a house have any influence on indoor air quality?

Indoor air quality is something that we need to pay particular attention to when you want to make sure that the health of the people in the house is maintained. There are numerous ways in which indoor air quality can be targeted and improved but the simplest way to do it is with the help of a good indoor design or layout. One of the most essential factors that can influence the quality of air in the house is the way in which the air circulates. In the present times when most people are staying at home and there is no reason or need to go out, it becomes even more important to ensure that the air circuit in the house is effectively maintained. A home design that allows for a lot of natural air circulation is an ideal one. You can choose to set up a design that ensures you are close to outlets that let in natural air such as vents and windows. It makes sense to setup work desks or seating arrangements in an aesthetic manner near the windows or balconies of the house.

Alternately, with the use of indoor plants as an element of interior design also you can ensure that the indoor air quality is maintained efficiently. Plants not only help in cleansing the air naturally but also make for great design features when you set out to experiment with different kinds of plants and planting containers such as pot, vases and more.

We use several chemical based products in interior design, like paints, wooden panels, pipes, etc. Do they have any impact on indoor air quality?

Anything that makes use of chemical in its production or processing tends to give out some sort of fumes, especially when it is still fresh such as paint or varnish on wood or chemicals treatment for pipes. There is little that can be done to avoid the fumes from the chemical based products that are used in the course of designing a house. However, with the help of a professional designer you can make sure that you get products that are least harmful for you as a user and for the interior space as well as the indoor air quality. There are, paint, varnish and waterproofing products in the market that are sold based on their safety standards. With the help of an experienced designer it is possible to make sure that the harmful effects of the products are minimized by picking the most viable products only.

How efficient are the air purifiers in improving indoor air quality?

The best air purifiers work by sanitizing the air and circulating clean air through a room. This implies that purifiers are the best tools in keeping air clean in enclosed rooms within a short span of time and in an effective and efficient manner. While it is true that air purifiers are effective in keeping the air clean in an enclosed space, it is important to understand that the right technology and brand needs to be trusted to do the job to its best potential. Having a purifier in the house can help a great deal when you have the most reliable system working for you and that is possible only with a good brand.

Does indoor gardening help to improve air quality indoors?

In conjunction with the use of an air purifier, the use of indoor plants can also be naturally effective in keeping the air clean inside a room. However, it is most important that you pickplants that are easy to maintain and are ideal for the indoors. It is however, assumed that extra help in the form of indoor plants helps in the effective and efficient working of air purifiers. Indoor plants help in purifying indoor air but cannot be solely depended upon for the task, which means that the task is inter-dependent between indoor plants and a reliable and effective indoor air purifier.

What impact the cooling machines have on indoor air quality?

While it is common knowledge that constant use of air conditioning or indoor air cooling mechanisms cannot be a healthy option for indoor air, it is important to realize that not all cooling systems are harmful. There are, various air-conditioning or cooling systems that not only work on keeping enclosed spaces cool but also work on keeping the room clean and the air pure. In order to ensure that the right kind of effect in keeping indoor air clean is achieved, it is important to make sure that a cooling system that works on the humidity and particulate matters in the air, is opted for. This will help in making sure that the indoor air does not remain unclean or unfiltered while natural air is not being allowed into the room.

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