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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 during 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 you can take to stop condensation on windows during winter.

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:-

 

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

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

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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