According to a growing body of scientific evidence, the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialised cities. Poor air quality has been known to cause headaches, allergies, asthma, rashes, and sinusitis.
When you also bear in mind most people spend approximately 90 per cent of their lives inside, it makes complete sense to ensure your own home has good ventilation so that you and your family can avoid the health implications of poor quality air.
The various windows and doors available from Colne Valley Windows are designed to keep the cold air out, prevent warm air from escaping, but also maintain good ventilation for the following reasons.
It can help reduce condensation
Even though condensation is commonplace in many homes, it can be quite frustrating and potentially harmful. It occurs when humid air is cooled quickly but can no longer hold all of the moisture in the form of water vapour. The moisture then migrates to the coldest surface available and condenses, thus forming water droplets on windows and walls.
By not taking steps to prevent condensation, your home could suffer from peeling wallpaper, mould and mildew formation, and even structural damage to wood. However, good ventilation will regulate the temperature and control moisture levels.
It can filter out allergens
People who suffer from sneezing fits, watery eyes, and a runny nose during summertime will often take medication to cope with their allergies. But did you know that pollen, dust, and other irritants can actually become trapped and concentrated inside your home if ventilation is inadequate?
With proper ventilation, large particles and dust can be removed from the air. In addition to effectively reducing allergens, it can also make the indoor air much more comfortable for hay fever sufferers and the like.
It can reduce the effects of naturally-occurring gasses
Depending on where you live, there is a chance that radon gas could be present in your home. This colourless and odourless substance is formed by the natural decay of uranium in rocks and soil.
Radon gas may become trapped in homes near mines, water treatment facilities, and caves. But with adequate ventilation, you can reduce radon gas concentrations to healthy levels and avoid certain conditions linked to the substance, such as lung cancer.
It can lessen the impact of VOCs
Invisible gases known as VOCs, or Volatile Organic Compounds, originate from a wide range of sources including cosmetics, air fresheners, and even permanent markers. VOC levels could be as much as 1,000 times higher than background outdoor levels and can therefore lead to many health problems in the home.
But the installation of high quality doors and windows can introduce clean, fresh air from the outside to dilute and control VOCs. Even so, you should always try to store chemicals properly and take extra care when carrying out certain activities such as cleaning and stripping paint.
Don’t hesitate to contact Colne Valley Windows today for more information about good ventilation in the home.