A new study reveals what we suspected all along: poor inside air quality causes an increase in the number of people suffering from asthma. But the figures show the problem is worse than we thought – the number of sufferers could soar by 80 percent if steps are not taken, according to the report from The Future of Indoor Air Quality in UK Homes and its Impact on Health.
Indoor Air Pollution and its Effect on Health
The researchers say that building regulations are not strict enough to tackle the problems of inside air pollution, and they predict that there could be an 80 percent rise in asthma sufferers in 35 years. Levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are set to rise above the levels recommended by the World Health Organisation. As well as becoming energy efficient, homes and businesses also need to consider the impact energy efficiency measures make on air quality. For example, better insulation traps more of these particles within homes and buildings. Adequate ventilation is needed – fresh air circulating around a building cuts the incidence of asthma and other health conditions like flu and the common cold. Here are a few things you can do to improve the air quality in your home of office.
Offices and homes should be vacuumed at least twice a week with a vacuum that has a filter for getting rid of allergens. Particular attention should be paid to upholstery and furniture where dust accumulates. Mop floors with water and a microfiber cloth that picks up the dust left behind by a vacuum cleaner. Make sure that you have a door mat at the entrance to the building.
A healthy level of humidity is best for air quality. Using an air conditioning system in the summer months helps keep humidity levels down – look at the air conditioning Norwich suppliers offer to see how you can install a system economically in your business or home. Air conditioning also reduces the pollen count in the building which helps asthma and allergy sufferers.
Use Natural Cleaning Products and Fragrances
Synthetic products for laundry and cleaning may smell good but the chemicals they contain could be doing a lot of harm for the quality of the air, and your health. Try to choose products that are fragrance free, and avoid artificial fragrances. Avoid using aerosol sprays in the office or at home. Open the windows when you can so that you let in fresh air and get rid of toxic chemicals that can build up in the building. Using natural cleaning products in your home kitchen like baking soda and lemon can make the place smell nice without the harmful additions that create air quality problems. You can also make a difference by filling rooms with natural plants – just make sure not to overwater them as this can create a humidity problem.