We take on average 30,000 breaths each day. We spend 80-90% of our time indoors. We cannot see what is in the air we are breathing yet we assume it is clean and safe. In fact indoor air is many times more polluted than outdoor air especially in towns and cities and around busy roads. Tightly sealed buildings and homes may be more energy efficient but can trap moisture, pollutants and microbes indoors causing odors, mould, allergies and other conditions. There is now substantial evidence linking poor indoor air quality to serious heart, respiratory and mental health conditions and even premature death.
Indoor air pollution will build up in any home or building with ineffective or inefficient ventilation. In the UK this is very common because a) most properties are built to dated minimum standards that rely on ineffective natural background ventilation and b) most properties are built or retrofitted with energy efficiency measures that seal up the property ie. double/triple glazing, cavity wall insulation, loft insulation. Indeed, it is estimated that more than 26 million homes will need retrofit ventilation improvements from the strategies they were built to meet new indoor air quality / healthy homes requirements. This number may now be even higher given the UK Government’s recent announcement to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 – up from 80%.
Indoor air pollution / poor ventilation problems include:
Headaches, skin irritations and fatigue can result from short term exposure. Serious respiratory illnesses and cancer can develop from long term exposure and we are only just starting to understand the full implications of poor IAQ. Children and the elderly are particularly prone to indoor air quality related illnesses.
Indoor air pollution is a real threat to all of us which requires effective measures in order to be managed properly. From improved ventilation delivering smart and effective filtration and dilution/displacement to advanced purification and monitoring,Better Indoors can help you understand what may be causing your problem or recommend suitable products and solutions. We can even help you see what is in the air you are breathing. Call us and take the first step toward cleaner, healthier air for you and your loved ones.