Do you often get a dry throat, cough, shortness of breath, wheezing or have an itchy or runny nose?
These symptoms can often be attributed to our stressful daily routines, the season & outside air quality, but the main culprit could be the very air that you breath inside your home.
The air inside your home contains a whole range of pollutants, from particles such as dust, mold and pollen to gases like formaldehyde, indoor ozone, and volatile organic compounds.
It also includes airborne pathogens such as bacteria and viruses, which can survive on many surfaces for longer periods of time and which can get airborne when disturbed, which in turn get inhaled right into your airways, infiltrating your body and its natural defences.
Something that’s especially concerning due to the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic.
Now, it can be tough to always have to maintain good air quality within your home, especially if you live in a highly-populated area such as near a city center where pollution levels are far higher than in rural areas.
The first and logical thing any person would do is to ensure proper ventilation by opening up the windows in order to promote airflow…
But what if the quality of the air outside is equally as bad if not worse?
Even if the quality of air outside is good, this strategy would only work in the summer when it is warm enough; this strategy however would not be sustainable, especially during the winter months as you would instantly release any warm air that you’ve built up when trying to keep your apartment warm.
Which results in increased energy bills...
Another factor to consider would be that during the winter months, the concentrations of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC), compounds emitted from furnishings, detergents, paints etc, have been found to be the highest.
This makes sense as the emphasis is on insulation and stopping any drafts of air, both inside and outside in order to maintain heat during the winter months, leaving no gap for these compounds to escape.