How to improve your Indoor Air Quality
Air pollution isn’t limited to busy cities, as although new British homes are incredibly well built and provide excellent insulation, they are virtually airtight. This airtightness has led to indoor air being up to 50% more polluted than outdoor air. The following tips can help you combat the issues of indoor air pollution and improve the indoor air quality in your home:
TAKE YOUR SHOES OFF AT THE DOOR
Believe it or not, this simple act prevents dirt and dust amongst other things being trailed around the house. General living means that the dirt can easily turn into airborne pollutants which can exacerbate allergies and even cause respiratory problems.
USING WOOD/TILE FLOORING WHERE POSSIBLE
Wood and tile floors are easier to clean than carpets and unlike carpets, don’t trap dirt and hair which can trigger allergies and cause respiratory problems. Carpets are also the perfect environment for collecting dust mites. Over 50% of asthmatics are sensitive to house dust mites. Using wood floor will significantly reduce the risk of dust mites building up.
MINIMISE CONDENSATION IN YOUR BATHROOM OR KITCHEN
Everyone likes a steamy bath or a hot shower, however this causes a lot of excess moisture to develop in the room. If this moisture isn’t controlled and swiftly removed from the room, it can lead to mould developing in the area. This will affect your health as the spores can trigger allergies and will also affect the health of the property
There is a wide range of options available to you which ensures that excess moisture and pollutants are swiftly removed from your property (and in some cases prevented from entering). By ensuring your wet rooms (kitchens, bathrooms and toilets etc.) are properly ventilated, you ensure that excess moisture isn’t given the opportunity to develop into mould and damp which can negatively impact both the health of the fabric of the building and the health of you and your family.
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