Air Quality & Ventilation Blog

Better Indoors have formed a new strategic partnership with water and air quality providers, SMS Environmental, to help UK businesses, healthcare and education settings create safe indoor environments.

Headquartered in Surrey, Better Indoors, is the sole UK distributor of RGF Environmental Group, manufacturers of innovative active air purification technology that instantly eliminates harmful viruses and bacteria, including SARS-CoV-2 at the point of transmission.

Using no chemicals or harmful substances and requiring virtually no energy, the active air purification technology works by replicating Earth’s natural air cleaning processes indoors. It does this by producing and maintaining minute equilibrium concentrations of hydroperoxide molecules throughout the indoor air space. When these active molecules come into contact with microbials, they break them down and destroy them and then revert to harmless water vapour and oxygen. The technology produces 1 quadrillion hydroperoxide molecules every second, quickly killing any airborne virus or bacteria, including COVID-19.

Originally established in 2001, SMS Environmental is now in the UK’s top 5% of companies within the water treatment sector, delivering specialist water treatment, air hygiene and other building services via a team of over 100 multi-disciplined industry experts.

In forming a new strategic partnership with Better Indoors, SMS Environmental will now offer active air purification technology as part of its suite of air hygiene solutions – creating safe, indoor environments that eliminate the risk of harmful viruses and bacteria, like COVID-19, transmitting between people, without increased ventilation.

Andrew Hobbs, Managing Director of Better Indoors, confirmed: “One of the issues with the COVID mitigation guidance is increased ventilation air changes, especially via natural means, makes building less energy efficient. Therefore, since the outbreak of the current COVID-19 pandemic, we as a country have been moving further away from our 2050 carbon reduction targets rather than closer. Our solutions do not rely on increased ventilation air changes or passives and create an added extra layer of protection by instantly and continuously destroying COVID particles at the “point of transmission” without penalising energy efficiency.

Originally invented in the late 1990s, the RGF PHI and REME active air purification technologies have been thoroughly verified for safety and efficacy by nationally accredited independent labs and testing bodies in the US and by other Governments – and are proven to inactive of a wide range of highly infectious viruses and bacteria including COVID-19, SARS, H1N1 or ‘Swine Flu’, Norovirus, MRSA, Bird Flu just to name a few.

John Lees, HVAC Director of SMS Environmental, added: :SMS Environmental have always strived to be innovative and only use the very best solutions and products available, especially when it comes to health and safety and particularly with the current pandemic still being very much present.

Building this partnership with BetterIndoors not only means that we can now offer a range of products and services which are designed to create healthier and safer indoor environments for our customers across the UK, but it also allows us to work with an industry leader like ourselves who are experts within their field and deliver on their promises. All of which are incredibly important to us as a company and our ethos.”

Dedicated to helping organisations maintain water and air quality for a safe and compliant environment, SMS Environmental operates on an international basis with offices spanning Oxfordshire, Derbyshire, Cardiff and Bellshill, Scotland.


Leading emotional support charity, Samaritans, has installed a new active ventilation solution at its branch in Reigate, Surrey, to ensure volunteers can continue to support callers whilst reducing the risk of catching COVID-19.


Part of the local community since 1964, Samaritans’ Reigate branch is one of over 200 branches across the country. The incredible efforts and dedication of Samaritans volunteers have meant that the charity has maintained its 24/7 service since the start of lockdown, with volunteers across the UK and Ireland clocking up more than one million hours listening to those who are struggling to cope during the pandemic.


Since the start of the pandemic, Samaritans Reigate has been applying strict guidelines with regard to hygiene standards and social distancing. In recognising the importance of maintaining its levels of caller support through a team of over 90 listening volunteers, Samaritans Reigate requested the help of local HVAC and air purification specialist, Better Indoors, to install an innovative Active PIV solution, which combines mechanical ventilation that increases the air changes in line with COVID mitigation guidance with active air purification technology, to instantly eliminate harmful viruses and bacteria, including SARS-CoV-2 at the point of transmission.


Using no chemicals or harmful substances, and requiring virtually no energy, the active air purification technology works by replicating Earth’s natural air cleaning processes indoors. It does this by producing and maintaining minute equilibrium concentrations of hydroperoxide molecules throughout the indoor air space. When these active molecules come into contact with microbials, they break them down and destroy them and then revert to harmless water vapour and oxygen. The technology produces 1 quadrillion hydroperoxide molecules every second, quickly killing any airborne virus or bacteria, including COVID-19.


To ensure widespread coverage of the building, Better Indoors installed a multi spigot ducted system on the ground floor covering all of the compartmented spaces including the client waiting area, together with and a loft mounted system for the first-floor open plan office.


Completely safe for people to work and live around, the Active PIV solution provides continuous 24/7 protection without disrupting productivity or negatively affecting energy efficiency – one of the consequences of increased ventilation air changes.


Andrew Hobbs, Founder and Director of Better Indoors confirmed:“We are delighted and honoured to assist The Samaritans Reigate whose forward thinking leadership wished to create the safest possible indoor environment for their volunteers and visitors. Our retrofit solution increases ventilation fresh air change rates and RGF’s integrated active technology creates an extra layer of “continuous point of transmission protection” that is not possible under the current guidance.


Kevin Siggery, Branch Director for Samaritans Reigate, added: “Safety is our first priority. As essential workers, our volunteers continued to work under difficult conditions, where, to maintain fresh air ventilation, we often had to leave windows open, even through the coldest nights, to mitigate any risk of stale and potentially infection-carrying air. Whilst we recognise the need to rigourously follow Covid precautions, this is an important step in caring for volunteers so that they are there, in turn, for our callers.”


Originally invented in the late 1990s by RGF Environmental Group, the active air purification technologies have been thoroughly verified for safety and efficacy by nationally accredited independent labs and testing bodies in the US and by other Governments. Experiments include the “sneeze test“, which proved the 3 foot instant elimination zone and 99.9%+ inactivation of a wide range of highly infectious viruses and bacteria including COVID-19, SARS, H1N1 or ‘Swine Flu’, Norovirus, MRSA, Bird Flu just to name a few.


Originally founded in 1953, Samaritans is now supported by over 20,000 volunteers, across 201 branches UK wide.

In recent weeks there has been increasing public discussion about airborne transmission of the COVID-19 causing SARS-C oV-2 coronavirus. In an open letter published on 6 July 2020, 239 scientists from across the globe urged WHO to affirm the airborne transmission route and to address the issue in guidance. WHO responded to this letter by acknowledging “emerging evidence” of airborne transmission. Better Indoors were among the first to write to the UK authorities about the significance of airborne transmission and we are pleased that our expert views are at last being recognised.

But, what does “airborne” really mean? The coronavirus is spread through tiny water droplets that contain the virus that are emitted when people sneeze, cough, talk and even just breathe. The size of these droplets ranges from visible particles that fall out of the air under gravity onto surfaces and floors to invisible particles so small they remain suspended in the air. It is these tiny particles, known as aerosols, that greatly increase the transmission risk because they can spread over long distances carried by internal airflows and can be inhaled by people who are a long distance away from the source. Indeed, research has shown that infectious aerosols can remain in the air for up to 16 hours and can maintain infectivity for longer periods. We believe this is one of two main reasons why this virus spread so far and so quickly and has become a global pandemic. The other being people are highly contagious without showing any symptoms – termed asymptomatic.

What is the option to minimize the aerosol transmission of the virus?

There is a high risk of transmission in any busy household or commercial space. An infected person will release the virus via aerosols inside these spaces which will likely be inhaled by another person somewhere inside the space. Crowded spaces however cannot stay locked down permanently but there needs to be more effective mitigation than simply wearing masks, social distancing, wiping down surfaces and limiting numbers.

At Better Indoors we have been advocating since this emergency began that every building must be served with effective ventilation combined with a process of active air purification. In the UK, most buildings are built to minimum ventilation standards which means they predominantly rely on natural background ventilation, or opening windows. This method is often leads to problems of indoor air quality especially during the colder months and would need to be improved upon in order to create robust conditions to prevent virus transmission. Ventilation however does not physically remove infectious aerosols, it just moves them around and/or expels them from the property. Active air purification offers the capability to physically destroy airborne virus and other organics such as bacteria, odours, mould spores, VOCs and house dust.  Active differs from passive filtration/PCO type systems which must force all the air in a space through a unit to treat it which never guarantees all the air in a space is treated because it treats all the air and surfaces in a space simultaneously and continuously.  In short, an indoor space that has effective ventilation and active air purification offers the most effective defence against airborne transmission of COVID-19.

Please read our blog: Air Sanitation System To Fight Against Second Waves of COVID 19 which shares some great insights about the second wave of coronavirus, what would be its impacts and how you can reduce its risk.

On 11th May, Certain groups in UK were encouraged to return to work and people were allowed to go outside to exercise multiple times a day. June saw the reopening of non-essential business outlets, households mixing outside, certain year groups returning to school, reopening of indoor hospitality venues and ease in social distancing guidelines.

On the 4th of July pubs, cafes and restaurants in the UK opened their doors for customers. This has sparked warnings of a second wave of COVID-19 infections. Experts have repeatedly warned that the relatively swift easing of lockdown restrictions in UK risks cases rising again.

There is a high inherent risk of second waves of COVID-19 infections as lockdown measures as eased and people of all demographics, from homeowners, business owners, staff and customers are asking what can be done to avoid this risk. We deal with many such enquiries on a daily basis and are increasingly asked how our expertise assessing and specifying/retrofitting HVAC improvements and the use of our advanced air purification system can help reduce COVID-19 infection transmission and what makes our system different to the myriad of other options out there. It is clear the scientific community agree that in addition to social distancing, wearing masks and contact tracing measures, improved ventilation performance and air sanitization measures, perhaps combined with real time IAQ monitoring is also necessary to allow building occupants to feel confident risks are being managed properly and indoor spaces are in fact healthier.

Effective Ventilation Performance

Effective ventilation delivers dilution and displacement of indoor air with fresh (and filtered) outdoor air. This process can help eliminate build up of pollutants and contaminants on the indoor air and ineffective ventilation will do the opposite, leading to sick building syndrome risks. Effective ventilation performance can help reduce viral and bacteria organic loading in door spaces although it should be noted that it will not physically remove the particles – it will just move them and it will not do anything for surface deposits. We are experienced HVAC contractors and we have specialized in providing solutions that improve IAQ over the past 7 years – the very solutions that are now being demanded by government guidance and the scientific community. The vast majority of existing property stock in the UK is built to minimum ventilation standards and generally does not meet the performance requirements that are now being suggested. For existing buildings we can help building owners, FM managers and homeowners quickly understand their HVAC system performance and what measures may be necessary to retrofit improvements. For new builds our supply and fit total solution ensures effective ventilation performance for those who occupy the completed building.

Air Purification – Passive Systems

The vast majority of air purification systems are passive. These include filtration and chamber based systems that require the air to pass through them in order to be treated. One of the main problems with passive systems is they do not offer real time protection to virus or bacteria transmission in the air or on surfaces. A good example of this is the recent Qatar Airways flight from Doha to Athens where 12 passengers acquired the SARS-CoV-2 virus during the flight in an aircraft with HEPA filtration.

HEPA Filters

HEPA filters or High-Efficiency Particulate Air filters filter out particles that are as small as 0.3 microns with an efficiency of 99+%. However, viruses such as COVID-19 virus are far smaller than this so they can pass straight through and back out into the air.

UV Lights

UV-C is considered a genuine solution for COVID-19. The problem with this however is that efficacy of UV-C is only effective very close to the light source (within 5 cm) and has no effective against moving airborne particles. This is known science to experienced HVAC contractors like us who have worked with in-duct UV-C systems for many years. UV light strength is inversely proportional to the square of the distance to the light source.  This means that the UV-C light solutions that are currently being proposed for indoor spaces will not in fact be very effective at all.

Active Air Purification System – The Most Effective Way To Fight COVID 19

Better Indoors active air purification systems by pass these risks. Our technology is not passive and in fact turns an entire indoor space into a purification chamber by distributing safe concentrations of naturally occurring ionized oxidisers throughout the indoor space, treating all of the air and surfaces on a continuous basis. The distribution reaches into every cubic cm of air and surface space so is effective everywhere at all times. The efficacy of our technology has been tested by many nationally accredited laboratories and is proven to destroy bacteria and deactive viruses instantaneously the moment they are exposed to the treated air. The “sneeze test” demonstrated an immediate 99% reduction in airborne bacteria growth rates and an immediate 94% reduction in surface bacteria growth rates in any part of the treated air. Originally developed in response to bio-terrorism threats in airliner cabins post 9/11 in the US no passive HEPA or PCO system can perform like this.

Speak to us today to learn more about our world leading air purification solutions and how we can help protect your family, your workplace colleagues, your customers or your patients.

Better Indoors’ active air purification technology constantly purifies all the air in a space at the same time makes breathing easier and making people more productive. From mitigating bad odours to destroying viruses in the air and on surfaces, installing our active air purification will improve the environment in any indoor workplace from offices, schools, hospitals, warehouses and factories, food processing plants to salons and clinics and public transport.

Advanced Air Purification to Eliminate Odours

Odours usually impact negatively on indoor environmental comfort. The smell of chemicals, smoke, cooking, mould and mildew, pets etc can create an undesirable experience for workers and visitors and can ruin the interior atmosphere. Our advanced air purification technology offers a total and permanent solution to odour control, often completely clearing the most persistent smells in a matter of hours.

Advanced Air Purification for Viral Infection Transmission Control

The COVID-19 emergency has brought into focus the importance of infection transmission control for all of us. Our technology is proven to instantly destroy any type of virus iemitted onto the air from breathing, talking, coughing or sneezing or deposited onto surfaces by touch. It differs from passive/filter systems which have no effect in the air or on surfaces. Our systems allows workplaces to eliminate the risk of infection transmission, leading to significant economic and social benefits – improved productivity, reduced absenteeism, no deaths from transmitted illness acquired after patients are admitted to healthcare/care home facilities, reduced HVAC maintenance costs, improved economic viability of facilities etc.

Elimination of Bacteria, Mould & Mildew

Better Indoors ventilation solutions maintain indoor relative humidity at levels where mould and mildew cannot develop and grow. However, there will still be millions of microscopic mould spores and other organics lurking in the air and on surfaces. Our advanced air purification technology constantly breaks down and destroys these microbes on contact, thus creating a constantly sanitized environment. This is a great option storage facilities, food processing plants, warehouses, buildings with basements or crawl spaces etc.

Relief From Summer Allergies and Winter Colds & Flu

Summer allergies affect millions of people in the United Kingdoms and are a major cause of chronic illness as are winter colds and flu. Our advanced air purification technology removes from the air and surfaces the viruses that cause colds and flue and the particles that trigger summer allergies, such as pet dander, pollen, dust mites and more. Hospitals, clinics, dental practices and other health facilities benefit from this.

Advanced Air Purification that is proven to Increase Productivity

Reduced or eliminated infection transmission in workplaces, hospitals and care homes and reduced absenteeism in schools increases productivity. In an environment with clean indoor air, workers, vendors and customers or patients will generally feel more energetic and healthy. All of these factors means an improved bottom line and better business.

It has been two months since Chinese health authorities informed the World Health Organisation that there were increasing instances of a new type of pneumonia in the city of Wuhan. There was then a rapid increase in the number of confirmed cases and deaths within a short period of time. The Novel Coronavirus pathogen was identified which rapidly spread to other countries due to its method of transmission (via water droplets emitted from humans as they talk, breathe, cough or sneeze and via touch). On March 11 2020 WHO declared the Novel Coronavirus emergency a global pandemic.

What Are The Symptoms Of Coronavirus?

Coronavirus is closely identified with the SARS infection, and research centres all over the world have been able to utilize this data to create tests to detect the virus. The virus is said to have originated in an open-air seafood market in Wuhan. It causes common cold and flu-like symptoms which can lead to more severe symptoms including difficulty of breathing. X-rays of the lungs of deceased patients confirms extreme pneumonia as the cause of death.

What Causes The Spread Of Coronavirus?

The survival time of coronaviruses such as SARS in water droplets in the air and on surfaces has been studied. Low temperatures and humidity levels allow them to survive for long periods which means any indoor environment is ideal. At high temperatures, they can be rendered inactive which suggests they are most potent during the colder months of the year just like cold and flu viruses. This is the reason there have been repeated MERS epidemics on the Arabian Peninsula exclusively during the cooler winter months. It is expected that the current Novel Coronavirus will likewise display similar behaviour in relation to temperature and humidity. Experts suggest that the rate of transmission of coronaviruses from human to human is highly influenced by the indoor air conditions.

The main method of transmission of Novel Coronavirus is by person-to-person contact. The disease can spread when droplets from the breath or cough or sneeze of an infected person are propelled a short distance (generally up to 3 feet) through the air. The virus also can spread when a person touches a surface or object contaminated with the infectious droplets and then touches his or her mouth, nose or eye(s). Homes where the air is typically heated to 20 to 24 degrees, serves as the ideal environmental conditions for SARS Coronaviruses to survive on surfaces and in the air for a longer duration. This further results into increased transmission via contact with contaminated surfaces.

Advanced Air Purification/Disinfection Technology To Combat COVID-19

Our advanced air purification/disinfection technology acts in a proactive way to combat transmission of all virus types including coronaviruses through the air and on surfaces in any indoor environment (home, office, hospital, care home, gym, car, ship etc). The patented Advanced Oxidation Plasma (AOP) inside our products is distributed throughout the entire indoor space. When the ionized hydro-peroxide molecules contained in the AOP come into contact with any organic pollutant such as Novel Coronavirus they break it down and destroy it and then revert to harmless hydrogen, oxygen and water vapour afterwards. It is effective against odours, bacteria, viruses, mould, gases (VOCs), pollen, dust, and other organic airborne particles. Further it passes a charge off to inorganics and larger particles causing them to clump together and drop out of the air. The result is the cleanest, healthiest air throughout the entire living space and no infection transmission risk within the indoor space. This outcome is a unique and significant benefit given everybody around the world is today concerned about how to top nCv infection transmission. Our technology can help.

For more information about our advanced air purification technology, you can contact us at 0333 014 7669 or you can fill the form below:

To protect ourselves against outdoor pollution like smoke, dust, smog and other pollutants, most of us seek the comfort of our homes and offices. But what if we tell you that the air inside our homes or workplaces is just as worse. Though you can’t see it, but you can smell it. It can aggravate, irritate and in some cases, can cause serious harm. Air quality experts estimate that indoor air pollution is two to five times worse than outdoor pollution. Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not affecting your health.

Since our cave-dwelling days, some of the pollutants have been in human homes. Burning wood to create fire lead to the formation of harmful chemicals. Other pollutants have only been introduced to our homes in modern times which may arise due to the natural environment, including mould and bacteria. Microbial pollutants such as pollen, mould and pet hair can mix with volatile organic compound (VOCs) and develop toxic indoor environments. Poor quality of indoor air causes certain allergies and asthma. This may result in weakening your immune system and expose you to cold and other diseases. To eradicate the pollutants and improve indoor air quality, you should identify the major causes of Indoor pollution primarily.

Wherever indoor pollution comes from and whatever be its cause, identifying it can help you and your loved ones breathe easier. Risk of serious long term health problems can also be reduced through it. Below you can read about some of the common causes of indoor air pollution that you can know about for a safer and cleaner home.

1. Pollution Due To Household Cleaning Supplies

It may help you in keeping your home or office clean, but it can also be a cause of indoor air pollution. The chemicals in cleaning supplies start to circulate in the air you breathe as soon as you spray them indoors.

2. Carpet Fumes

When a new carpet is installed, sometimes it might release chemicals from the vinyl backing and the adhesive used to hold the carpet to the floor. This is known as off-gassing and some of these chemicals may trigger headache, dizziness, nausea, shortness of breath and asthma. Though the majority of off-gassing takes place in the first few months of installation, but these chemicals can be released for as long as five years after the new carpet is installed. It is recommended to have heavy ventilation for at least three days after the carpet installation gets completed.

The carpeting may not be the best choice if you or your family are especially sensitive to these chemicals. You can opt for a carpet with natural fibers or opt for bare floors with rugs instead.

3. Paint and VOC’s

There is an abundance of volatile organic compound (VOC) in household paints. A fresh coat of paint may just do the trick of causing health problems in high concentrations. Now you understand, why you feel a headache after painting?

By the time that paint is dry, most of the VOC’s released in fresh paint is gone – but not all. Those which are lingering their may put you and your family at risk and are the cause of poor indoor air quality. You’ll be shocked to know that some of these pollutants such as methylene chloride and benzene are known carcinogens i.e linked with cancer.

4. Mould And Mildew Development

Mould formation in homes happens due to excessive moisture in the air. This can cause a serious problem when these microscopic spores in the mould mix with the indoor air you breathe causing potential health concerns. Ensure that the humidity levels in your home or office are not too high. Usage to dehumidifier to combat mould growth is also a great option.

5. Poor Ventilation

Sometimes, a poor ventilation system fails to circulate outdoor and indoor air properly. It is necessary to check for the air intakes and exhausts for each room to ensure that they are free of pollutants and dust. With the help of a proper ventilation system, you can easily reduce the amount of indoor pollutants in the air. Some air conditioning systems with built-in dehumidifiers can help in monitoring the humidity levels in your home or office.

6. Smoke from Cigarette

A single stick of cigarette contains a hundred of toxic substances which makes it one of the most common causes of poor indoor air quality. But this can be prevented by using air purifiers around the home or office and limiting the amount of cigarette smoke.

These were some of the major causes of poor indoor air quality. It is wise to eliminate these causes from your home either by yourself or if the problem is to a larger extent, than you can contact indoor air quality experts in UK. We at Better Indoors provide highly effective and affordable indoor air quality services and ventilation solution in UK.

For more info, you can contact us at 0333 014 7669 or you can fill the form below for expert’s consultation:

Mould and mildew on interior don’t just look unpleasant, they are bane to most households and can be hazardous for your health. It could develop a larger problem for your home depending on the amount of mould. Luckily, with certain measures to remove mould and mildew from walls it is possible for you to banish and prevent mould from creeping back in again. Read on for a quick guide on how to remove mould and mildew from walls in your home, as well as prevent it from coming back.

Though mould and mildew look similar, there is a difference towards the approach in which they must be treated. 

What Is Mould?

Mould is the result of large fungi infection that develops from airborne spores. It has a black and green appearance and usually grows in damp and warm conditions without much airflow. This makes household bathrooms and loft spaces mostly affected by the mould. It has a negative effect on your health due to the release of toxins if left untreated. It is often caused by lack of ventilation and humid conditions, but may also be developed due to plumbing leaks, inside and outside the property. Moisture behind the walls can also be caused due to badly insulated heating pipes.

What Is Mildew?

Mildew, on the other hand, is a surface fungus that has a grey or white fluffy appearance. These are the spots that can then spread over a larger area if left untreated. You can easily test for mildew by applying some bleach onto the affected area with the help of a cloth. If the dark colors fade after applying bleach is confirms it’s mildew, else it’s probably a patch of dirt.

Why Do Mould Occur On Walls?

Condensation is the major cause behind the mould formation. The moisture present inside condenses on to the warm moist air on contacting with the surfaces at a lower temperature. It commonly occurs on surfaces such as windows and walls particularly in the external walls. Due to the lack of proper airflow, mould starts growing in crevices and window sills and seals. Due to being an asexual organism, mould spreads incredibly quick. This means that a single pore is capable of reproducing into trillions of mould spores in the space in a matter of few days.

How To Remove Mould From Walls?

Moulds can appear on any homes and surprisingly, newer properties get it more often than older ones. This is because mould develops in areas having high humidity concentration and tight seals around doors and windows in new home construction which keeps in more moisture than drafty old homes.

Tips To Remove Mould From Walls Safely:

– First and foremost, you need to protect your skin by wearing rubber gloves to avoid coming in contact with mould and mould removal sprays. Once you are done with the spraying process, remove the gloves instantly, to avoid spreading the spores throughout your home.

– While cleaning for mould on walls opt to wear old clothes with long sleeves and once you are done wash the clothes in HOT water to kill any mould spores that wind up on your clothes.

– Properly ventilate the area, by opening the windows and doors while you’re working. This will save you from inhaling the mould and mould removal spray.

– Keep in mind to put all the safety measures, if anyone in your household has an allergy from mould or has a compromised immune system. If possible, get them out of the house while the cleaning process is going on. If this is not possible, then you can at least minimize their exposure by closing doors between rooms.

How To Identify Mould Growth In Homes?

Finding green, brown, orange or even black spots are the most obvious sign of mould problem. There are also some other, less apparent signs of mould growth, which are:

– Cracked or peeling paint

– recurrent black streaks, specks or dots

– Discoloration

– A musty, damp smell

– Bulging

At What Places You’ll Spot Mould?

– Mould on exterior walls or basement develops when air containing water vapor meets a cold surface and condenses the vapor.

– Mould on laundry rooms and bathrooms occur because they’re typically very humid.

– The walls and ceiling near humidifiers and any room with a hot tub or indoor jacuzzi not installed properly are other areas inviting mould development.

Contact The Experts For Mould Removal

If the problem of mould formation is to a greater extent and cannot be removed from the suggested steps then it can seriously cause damage to your house. Health problems such as allergies, cough, chest pain, etc are likely to develop if the mould formation is not tackled well. If the problem doesn’t get resolved from above measures then you should contact mould removal specialist. We at Better Indoors are mould removal experts that can help you in providing mould and mildew removal solutions for your home.

For more info, you can contact us at 0333 014 7669 or you can fill the form below for expert’s consultation:

Research Indicates That Improving Indoor Air Quality May Positively Affect Cognitive Abilities As Well As Health

We all understand the importance of clean air in our surroundings. The pure and fresh air absolutely makes us feel better, as the oxygen we breathe reaches every single part of the body. Apart from the physical benefits it provides to our body, the clean air also help our brains to function at their best. A prominent group of researchers has conducted a study to observe the differences between the cognitive abilities of those living in conventional homes with tight envelopes of air, with those of residing in green buildings with better indoor air quality. A study published in a notable health journal showed that the subjects not only perform better on the cognitive tests while living in cleaner settings, but they also did significantly great in other physical activities as well.

The Adverse Effects Of Sick Building Syndrome (SBS)?

Researchers were inspired to conduct this study based on the time span we spend indoors, which is nearly the 90% of our time and also the fact that some household interior environments can adversely affect our well being. The impact a household can have on our brain and body is a somewhat a recent phenomenon. Construction methods of home have changed to improve the energy efficiency, as the energy costs began to increase in the last third of the twentieth century. Though air tight building designs are structured to keep in the heating and cooling and lock out the elements, however they also trap in the airborne pollutants like mould, mildew and other allergens. We saw the emergence of the phenomenon called as Sick Building Syndrome(SBS) by the early 1980s. Sick Building Syndrome is a collection of symptoms such as cough, throat irritation, headache, achy muscles, tightness in chest, etc. which drastically affect the people working or living in a building. People suffering from SBS commonly experience relief upon leaving the said building structures. Poor air quality inside a home has become an increasingly prevalent health hazard as the years have passed and homes have become more airtight and energy efficient than earlier. This has resulted in health degradation and slow productivity of people living in such surroundings.

All The Factors That Affect Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Of Your Homes

Improper ventilation factors are not the only problems that affect the indoor air quality (IAQ). Other factors including exposure to allergens or humidity also contribute to the complaints related to brain and body health issues of the residents. Presence of materials that releases or emit volatile organic compounds such as paints and furniture are the another major problem. Of course, poor ventilation systems increase the risk of health degradation but the presence of allergens is a serious modern problem as well.

The occurrence of these health related problems associated with modern building designs has initiated new strategies for building and structures that are more green and sustainable. This is good for both the environment and the health of those who spend most of their time indoors. Besides the energy efficiency being a major factor, new significance has been provided to the use of low emitting materials, limiting the other sources of pollutants, and emphasizing on ventilation and filtration. Lower concentration of pollutants such as allergens, radon gas, nitrogen dioxide, VOC’s and particulate matter, has been reported in buildings with smartly monitored air indoor quality. Productivity in such spaces becomes higher and the people living in such premises report fewer symptoms when surveyed.

How To Easily Fix The Indoor Air Quality?

So what can you do about these potential problems related to air indoor quality of your home? Well if you are building a brand new home for yourself then you can talk with your builder or may take help of air quality experts and ventilation specialists to make sure there’s adequate ventilation in your future home. You can discuss the use of low VOC emitting building materials and furnishings with them and also inquire about the use of radon-resistant construction techniques or radon mitigation services to keep a check on radon gas development inside your home.

For those who live in an older existing home, especially those built before the 1980’s. they may need to have their home tested for the existence of VOC emitting materials such as asbestos or lead paint. And they should have their basement or crawl space tested for radon gas. For this, you can contact radon testing specialists or radon gas consultants to correct those issues.

People always want to make their homes environmentally healthy form inside and outside. Of course, you would like to take care of the lush greenery around our homes, but you also need to keep track of the air quality inside your property. This will certainly help in making it a place that’s healthy, comfortable and safe for you and your loved ones.

Suggested Read: How to Stop Condensation on Windows During Winter

Easy fixes for how to stop condensation on windows

Stop Condensation on Windows

Do your homes have a problem with windows sweating whenever the temperature drops during the winter season? If it does, then you’re not alone. Condensation on windows in winter is a growing problem in the UK and its root has a surprising origin. Due to the sealed homes for restricting air leakage, the natural ventilation of homes gets reduced. This results in indoor air containing damaging levels of moisture. This can be downright irritating and can damage your home especially in case of older windows. It not only damages the plaster and rot wood molding but also causes interior condensation which can damage your entire home, not just the windows.

Excessive moisture inside the house causes the interior window condensation which often occurs during the winter season due to the condensation of warm air inside the house on the cold windows. On the other hand, exterior window condensation occurs simply when the window is colder than the dew point. Saturation of desiccant inside the widow or broken seals between the panes results in the condensation between the window panes.

Whether its interior condensation or the exterior, Its definitely not any fun to have a peer through hazy windows and you just want to get rid of it as it can possibly damage your house as well. Fortunately, there are various steps that can satisfy all your queries for how to stop condensation on windows in winters.

The most common type of condensation is the one that occurs on the inside your windows I.e interior condensation. There are various things you can do to stop condensation on windows in Winter:-


1. Turn Off The Humidifier

If you use a humidifier, you might notice condensation in your kitchen, bathroom or nursery. You can try turning it down so that there is less release of moisture into the air and this will primarily reduce the condensation problem.

2. Install A Moisture Eliminator to Stop Condensation on Windows

You can buy a moisture eliminating device if you suspect there is excess moisture in certain areas of your home. You can use these devices to remove moisture from the air in kitchens, bathrooms, or closets.

3. Use Fans In Kitchen And Bathroom

Every time you cook or take a shower make sure to use your kitchen and bathroom fan. A lot of moisture is released in air during cooking and showering and sometimes this moisture cannot escape from your house easily. You can remove this moisture with the help of exhaust fans. It is recommended to run the fans for 15 to 20 minutes after you shower or cook.

4. Ceiling Fan For Air Circulation

You can also reduce the condensation on your windows by circulating air using ceiling fans. Rotating the fan in a clockwise direction can push the warm air off the ceiling back down to the floor.

5. Opening The Windows

You can let your windows open if it isn’t too cold. This will help in releasing out the warm and moist air that is trapped indoors and will enhance the indoor air quality of your house during winters.

6. Contact The Experts to Stop Condensation on Windows

If the problem of window condensation during winters is to a greater extent, then it can seriously cause damage to your house in the form of mould formation. This condition triggers other risks related to health as well. problems like allergies, cough, chest pain, etc are likely to occur. If you discover such symptoms in anybody living in the house then it should be your prime concern to handle this. If the problem dosen’t get resolved from above measures then you should contact condensation removal and ventilation specialist. We at better indoors are indoor air quality experts that can help you in providing condensation removal solution for your home.

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