In a piece by Vortice, the company says we spend over 90% of our time indoors and unless we take steps to ventilate our homes and workplaces correctly, the quality of the air we breathe can be fifty times more polluted than outdoor air, with all the associated health risks.
And why is that?, they ask. Its says we only need to consider the number of cleaning products, hair sprays, paints, air fresheners and new furniture and carpets that are in our homes to realise what we’re feeding our indoor air quality with.
Condensation and mould can also worsen skin allergies and respiratory conditions, with today’s new builds tending to be very airtight, which means they do not experience the benefits of fresh air entering the home.
To keep homes healthy and avoid symptoms such as dizziness, watery eyes, fatigue, headaches and coughing, action has to be taken. Ideally, an airtight home should be matched with a mechanical ventilation system which removes moist and stale air.
Although opening your windows regularly helps to ensure air movement, the moment they are closed, the air quality deteriorates very quickly, particularly if you are cooking, taking a shower or spraying aerosols.
A continuous mechanical extract system from Vortice can cost less than £5 a year to run and is a shrewd investment.
Another option, particularly useful for new build properties, is a mechanical ventilation system with heat recovery; it introduces fresh air into the property whilst recovering heat from the stale air that it is extracting and re-uses that heat by passing the fresh air over a heat exchanger.
These units must be maintained by ensuring the filters are cleaned regularly and changed every year to ensure the occupant is getting the freshest air within the home.
Vortice heat recovery systems come with smart controllers, which warn the occupant when the filters need cleaning or changing. These can be accessed via the new Vortice website, along with full technical data sheets and instruction booklets.
Marketing Manager Jennifer Quinn said: “After years of educating people about the importance of ventilation it is great that there is now a lot more knowledge and interest within the building industry on the importance of indoor air quality.
“We will definitely be supporting the clean air day initiative on 21st June here at Vortice and continuing to educate our customers on how to maintain a healthy environment by using Vortice expertise and product selection.”
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