While there is a lot of talk on what we can do to improve the air quality outdoors, there is plenty to be done about the air you breathe in your home, too. As people spend on average 90% of their time indoors, where only ventilation can guarantee an adequate source of fresh air for healthy breathing, improving the quality of indoor air should not be neglected
Unfortunately, nowadays the air contains dilute airborne odours and pollutants and only good ventilation system removes all those and controls humidity in the house. Not many of us know an average family of four produces over 10 litres of moisture per day through daily activities.
A recent study states that humidity levels in many houses are far from ideal. Almost 16 million homes in the United Kingdom are at high risk of Toxic Home Syndrome. Advanced improvements in insulation of the houses will result in the increased amount of harmful airborne pollutants if not combined with sufficient ventilation. All of which can contribute to respiratory issues and lead to the spread of damp and mould.
My Trusted Builder Team has learnt a great deal about ventilation while working closely with AirOn Team on house extension and commercial fit out projects in London. Today, we are sharing with you some hot tips how to improve the air quality in your home:
- Vacuum Clean: Regular cleaning will to help remove dirt, fungi and other harmful pollutants from your house. Quick fact carpets can be four thousand times dirtier than a toilet seat!
- Ventilate: The greatest way to do this is to install a sufficient ventilation system. Maintaining is also very important to extend the life of the system. Consequences of bad ventilation can be shocking. Bedrooms of children are often the most polluted areas in the house with 45% levels of carbon dioxide.
- Go natural: It is not very difficult to swap your regular aerosols for eco-friendly products which do not present any risk to your health.
- Free your feet!: Guess how many units of bacteria contain your shoes, the answer is over 420.000 units. However, you decide to wear or not shoes in the house.
- Dry wise: Try to dry your clothes outside if you do not have a ventilation system. Letting wet clothes to dry on radiator or heaters increases dramatically level of moisture and have an impact on your and your family’s health.
If you are considering a rear or side extension or a loft conversion in London, please do not hesitate to book a free consultation with one of our Experts to discuss improving ventilation in your home.