In this article, we will discuss some of the small ways that you can improve the air quality in your home.
What is deemed as “good” air quality can be different from person to person. In some cases, simple indicators such as the smell of your home or how the walls feel to touch are a good way to tell if the air quality in your home is good or not.
The need for acceptable air quality is more apparent for anyone who may be chronically ill or more affected by airborne allergens. In this case, it is advisable that you take more active measures to improve your home’s air quality.
Keeping houses well-aired is important. Where possible, have a window open for 5 to ten minutes throughout the day. This can help to clear your house of allergens and reduce the risk of airborne viruses such as coronavirus.
This would especially be beneficial when cooking, showering, or any time that there is indoor construction.
It should be noted that while a similar effect can be achieved with extractor fans, opening a window is the best method. For any rooms that lack an outside wall, the installation of one of our roof windows will allow you to effectively air the room.
Some roof windows, such as our Better Energy range, have built-in ventilation valves. These valves allow for constant natural air flow without having to leave windows open, which is useful at particularly cold and hot times of the year. They also give the additional benefit of increased ventilation for high-humidity rooms at night, when you might not want to leave a window open.
Making sure that your home remains condensation free is a great way to help improve air quality. Excess moisture in the air can cause condensation, especially when it is colder, and can be common in rooms such as bathrooms and kitchens. Over a long period of time, a room that experiences a lot of condensation can develop mould.
Increasing the ventilation in your home by opening a window for at least 10 minutes a day will increase the amount of fresh air flowing into a room. This also allows any excess moisture in the air to escape the room, reducing condensation.
Keeping your home warm will benefit you and the building. A well-heated house will prevent any build-up of condensation, damp, and mould. It is ideal in winter months to keep your house heated at 18 °C to 21 °C.
If you are having issues with mould in your home, be sure to check out our insightful blog regarding mould in your loft today.
Installing something like our PVC Roof Windows is also a great way to reduce condensation and improve air quality. Due to them being a low conductor of heat, less heat is lost from the room that the PVC Roof Windows are installed in. This keeps the room warmer, which means the air can hold onto more moisture. This results in less condensation, and therefore helps to prevent additional mould or spores incurring.
Airing your home is important no matter the circumstances, however, it is especially important for any home prone to smoke. Whether that be through smoking, cooking, or using a fire to heat your home, an increase in smoke increases the need for good ventilation.
Using allergy-friendly products is a great way to keep hidden allergens from getting into your home. Some simple swaps you can make include swapping your hand soap for a fragrance-free version and changing your aerosol deodorant for a solid product.
Cleaning your home regularly is a great contributor to “clean” air. Taking small steps, such as dusting with a damp cloth or vacuuming more often, can make a huge difference by reducing the amount of dust in the air, giving a home a sense of freshness.
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