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Improving Air Quality In Your Home

You’d be amazed at the figures released regarding the poor levels of air quality indoors. Herts Air Conditioning has decided to look into this further and have listed actions you should do that will result in improving air quality in your home.

Last week our blog was regarding ‘Air Conditioning For My Business‘ which you can still read by clicking here. One of the benefits we listed within that blog was improving air quality. We decided we were going to do this week’s blog all about improving air quality. You may call this fate or just pure luck, but when I was flicking through Facebook last night I came across a post from the Comet Newspaper (for those of you who don’t live in Hertfordshire, they are a local newspaper for Herts) titled, ‘Air Pollution Responsible For One In 18 Deaths In Hertfordshire‘. This really shocked me and made my mind up that I had to go ahead with today’s blog topic as planned. You can read The Comets article in full by clicking here.

I don’t want to quote the article word for word and my post was going to be more about indoor air quality. But a few interesting/shocking facts from this post:

  • air pollution responsible for one in 18 deaths in Hertfordshire amongst people aged 30 or over
  • Public Health figures estimate this to be roughly 5.6% of deaths for people aged 30 or over in Hertfordshire throughout 2018. All caused by air pollution.
  • Compare that to the national average of 5.2%, Hertfordshire is slightly higher than the average figures.
  • the data measures deaths associated with long term exposure to tiny particles known as PM2.5, which have a diameter of about 3% of the width of a human hair.
  • vehicle emissions are also a major source of harmful particles along with the burning of fuels for heating.
  • repeated exposure can trigger chronic diseases such as asthma, heart disease or bronchitis, and cause other respiratory problems.

Unfortunately, there’s not much I or Herts Air Conditioning can do to help to reduce the levels of emissions outdoors, we’ll leave that to the experts. But we can help you by talking about the alarming levels of poor air quality in your home. Firstly, let’s go through the types of common indoor air pollutants:

  • airborne particles from diesel exhausts, dust, smoke, mold, allergens, and other sources
  • indoor formaldehyde from building materials, furniture, cooking and smoking
  • household odors and gases from activities such as painting, cooking, and smoking
  • ozone particles from the outdoor air (ground-level ozone particles are harmful to breath)
  • carbon dioxide from people exhaling and cooking

There are some actions you can implement in your home to help with some of the above. We don’t recommend putting a ban on visitors to your home from breathing but you can help by storing paint for example in a shed or garage and not in the house. If you’re a smoker, smoking outdoors will help to decrease the levels of pollutants in your home. You may think we’re being a bit OTT here but let me go through a few more alarming facts with you that may surprise you:

 

Troubling Facts About The Air Inside Your Home

improving air quality in your home

  • in a single year, a 6 room (not 6 bedrooms, a 6 room) house will collect on average 40lbs of dust which can be laced with up to 45 different toxic chemicals
  • asthma is the leading chronic disease in children accounting for on average 14.2 million doctor visits and 1.8 million emergency room visits each year
  • you will spend nearly 90% of your life indoors where, according to the EPA, pollutants can be 2-5 times higher than outdoor levels
  • women who work from home (or who are stay at home mums) every day have a 54% higher death rate from cancer than those who work outside their home
  • 200% higher allergen levels in super-insulated homes
  • alarmingly up to 60% of homes are hazardous to their occupant’s health

I think we will all agree, there are some alarming statistics here. Although we can’t remove all the dangerous pollutants in the air  within your home there are things you can do to reduce them:

  • keep walkways and entries to your home clean – start by keeping outside sidewalks, entry areas, porches, and steps clean
  • use mats to trap soil at the entry to your home – outside and interior mats should be used to trap and contain particles and moisture and should be placed at each entry point to your home
  • clean shoes at entry – cleaning or even removing and leaving your shoes outside reduces fine particles containing lead entering your home
  • purchase and use a high-quality vacuum cleaner – a quality, durable, upright vacuum with a brush attachment is a must for all homes. I’m not on commission here, but my vacuum cleaner of choice is a Shark (but if someone from Shark would like to get in contact 🙂 )
  • vacuum frequency – once you have brought your Shark, I mean vacuum cleaner. USE IT!!!!. Don’t leave it sitting in a cupboard or in the garage. Vacuum regularly especially your entry points to your home
  • clean your carpets – a professional hot water extraction cleaning process lifts and suspends fine particles of soil
  • clean other soft surfaces – clean upholstery, drapery, bedding, and other fabric surfaces regularly. Wash bed linen weekly to remove allergens
  • go green with indoor plants – as we breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide, plants do the complete opposite. this process is called photosynthesis
  • control moisture and humidity – dust mites and mold are the two most common allergens present in higher humidity climates. A great way to remove these allergens is by purchasing a ……………….
  • air conditioning system – AC systems improve your air quality by maintaining humidity by humidifying or dehumidifying. they provide constant and adequate ventilation. they clean the air you breathe by removing allergens and pollutants. Meaning they help by improving the air quality in your home.

Herts Air Conditioning can help you with the bottom two points listed above. The air con systems supplied by us will help improve the air quality in your home by removing the allergens and pollutants in the air, you can set them to dry which will humidify or dehumidify the air in your home. All this, of course, leads to better breathable air in your home which will help to improve your health, especially if you suffer from any respiratory problems.

This is our blog on improving the air quality in your home. Please let us know what you think.

So if you’re looking for Air Conditioning Installation in Hertfordshire, contact Herts Air Conditioning today. Our prices start from just £920 for a 2.5kw system and with continuous rising energy costs, homeowners will make significant savings by using their new air conditioning system to heat their homes.

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