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Improve Air Quality When You Live on a Busy Road

How to Improve Air Quality When You Live on a Busy Road
February 20, 2016 Star Air Conditioning

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Street pollution can cause significant, if not life-threatening, health problems for people who live near busy streets and bustling, inner-city highways.

In this article, we investigate some of the simple ways you can improve the air quality in your home if you live beside a busy road.

Street pollutants, like dust, soot, car exhaust emissions, petrol fumes, and even tobacco, are some of the main culprits behind respiratory disorders, lung cancers, strokes, and heart disease. According to a study conducted by the World Health Organisation in 2012, there are 7 million premature deaths — worldwide — linked to air pollution every year. With numbers like that, it’s no wonder more and more people are turning to alternative solutions for filtering the air in their homes!

From air conditioners, to houseplants, doormats and activated charcoal, breathe easy with some of our top air filtration picks:

Air Conditioning

In addition to cooling your home, almost all modern air conditioners have a filter that removes allergens and dirty pollutants from the air. Simply by closing your doors and windows, switching on your air conditioner and cleaning your filter regularly you can reduce the amount of street pollution being carried into your home. Check out our services for the latest in commercial and residential air conditioning solutions.

House Plants

Houseplants are also an excellent addition to any home on a busy street. Recent studies have shown that specific plants, like aloe vera, peace-lilies, bamboo palms and spider plants, have the ability to remove toxins from the air and neutralise street pollutants.


Doormats are a great way to stop dust and other urban pollutants from being trailed into your home on your shoes. Place one at your back and front door, and watch as the accumulated dirt and street pollution on your floor disappears!

Activated Charcoal

Activated charcoal, also known as activated carbon, is odourless and contains small pores that absorb air toxins — perfect for any home on a busy street.

For professional advice or air conditioning enquiries, contact Star today.

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