Why You Should Care About Air Pollution
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You will have seen that the UK’s air quality make the news with the UK government being taken to court for the third time over its failure to suitably combat air pollution in the UK, but had you considered the impact air pollution has on you?

You may not think that the air quality is particularly bad where you live, but did you know that there are 40,000 deaths a year in the UK as a result of unhealthy air? The polluted air is the result of emissions such as NO2, CO2 and particulate matter building up over time to a level that in turn affects your health.

How does air pollution affect your health?

Air pollution has been proven to contribute to a wide range of health ailments including:

  • Causing or worsening allergies such as hay fever
  • Worsening concentration and productivity levels
  • Affecting sleep patterns
  • Causing and worsening asthma and other respiratory issues
  • Degrading cognitive function over time
  • Contributing to heart disease and brain disease
  • Causing strokes and heart attacks

As you can see, the effects of air pollution are wide ranging and can be extremely severe in the worst cases. You may believe that air pollution only occurs in busy towns and cities with a lot of traffic. Whilst this is true, air pollution is becoming a growing problem within homes and offices; particularly in modern properties.

Why is air pollution becoming a problem in my home?

There is a drive in the UK to make new build homes and offices more energy efficient. This quest for better energy efficiency has seen new buildings become more insulated and air tight. Improved air tightness is great for heat retention and reducing heating bills, but the knock-on effect of this air tightness is that it traps the air inside the property.

By trapping the air inside the property, you are not only trapping in the pollutants that may enter the property from the outside but you are preventing the pollutants that are created inside the property from escaping. Over time, these pollutants will build-up and start affecting your health and wellbeing.

You may think that the outdoor is more polluted than the air inside your home or office, but you’d be wrong. Indoor air can be up to 50 times more polluted than the air outside and can contain over 900 health affecting pollutants.

These pollutants can develop from the excess moisture created through everyday living and cooking and cleaning, and if left unchecked, can lead to damp and mould developing inside the property.

The most effective way of preventing these pollutants building up inside a building, be it a home, flat or office, is through effective ventilation. This is because effective ventilation will remove these pollutants and excess moisture from the property and leave healthy, fresh air inside the building; protecting both your health and the fabric of the building itself.