Purifying the air in your car

What is the pollution in the air of the passenger’s compartment ?

Vehicles contain all the pollutants usually found in urban air, but also pollutants more specific to confined environments.

 

External sources of pollution in the car: accumulation of fine particle levels

Patrice Halimi, Secretary General of the Association Santé Environnement France (ASEF), highlighted the accumulation of pollutants inside vehicles, caused in part by their ventilation systems, during a study on air quality inside cars. Fine particles, nitrogen dioxide, benzene come directly from the exhaust pipes of surrounding vehicles. They get into your car and degrade indoor air quality.

They are particularly irritating and can affect your airways when you inhale them.

Pollutants from inside the car

In addition to this external pollution, our cars contain their own pollutants.

The hygiene laboratory of the City of Paris has effectively analyzed the interiors of hundreds of vehicles in circulation to find:

 

  • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), i.e. molecules in gaseous form emitted into the atmosphere, which are found in decorative products, varnishes, glues, plastics, etc….
  • Formaldehyde, a particularly toxic Volatile Organic Compound found in textiles, glue or plastics.

These pollutants come mainly from the materials chosen for the manufacture of seats, armrests and floor coverings. They are partly responsible for the degradation of the air inside our cars and their contact can cause irritation, dizziness or allergic reactions… May lead to long-term health problems with chronic exposure.

 

 

How can you purify the air in your car ecologically?

Don’t worry, you can limit the concentration of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) in your vehicle and fight against indoor air degradation by following these tips.

– Aerate, but not at any time!

Do not open the windows and, if possible, cut off the outside air supply when you are in an enclosed area (tunnel, underground car park, etc.), in a traffic jam or when driving behind a polluting vehicle. Outside these circumstances, it will be necessary to aerate to renew the air in your vehicle.

 

– Avoid the use of air fresheners

These interior fragrances, with which you think you can improve the air in your vehicle, are actually real pollutants. Their composition masks bad smells, but increases the concentration of formaldehyde in your car.

– Beware of new cars

Whether you like the smell or not, you should know it’s not good. It signals the presence of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC). Make sure you air your new car well before using it and vacuum carpets and seat fabrics regularly.

– Do not smoke inside your vehicle, even with windows open!

Tobacco is a very important source of indoor pollution and the particles released may remain, even if the windows are open. We advise you not to smoke in your car, in order to keep healthy air. See the article on the effect of tobacco.

– Use an indoor air purifier in your car!

Our Blooow air purifier can be installed to clean the air in your vehicle. It is composed of two depolluting agents:

  • Activated carbon which, thanks to its adsorption capacity, definitively captures VOCs in its pores.
  • Acetoacetamide: an organic active substance that binds formaldehyde.

– Clean your surfaces with products with a natural composition.

Most household products you find in supermarkets contain chemicals that evaporate during use. These compounds, which degrade air quality, are toxic and you may inhale them, especially in an enclosed space such as a car. We advise you to carefully check the composition of the products used to clean the interior of your vehicle by favouring ecological products and, in all cases, respecting the recommended dosage.

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