The lockdown and the ‘new normal’ we all face at the moment has seen dramatic changes in our lives – one of these being ‘working from home’. As many people are still working from home, VORTICE continues to be passionate about keeping people safe whilst working in these uncertain times.
VORTICE knows that there are fundamental things people can do to improve the indoor air quality (IAQ) within the home. A better IAQ is linked to improved concentration and productivity and more health benefits such as better sleep.
See our tips below to help create healthy indoor air quality whilst spending so much time at home.
- Open your windows
It has been widely published by the Government that opening windows can drastically reduce the build up of contaminants and is the most effective way of reducing this build up in the home. The UK Government states that opening windows prevents the build up of virus particles from accumulating in the air in your home and therefore helps stop the spread of Covid. The more fresh air that is brought inside the home, the quicker any airborne virus will be removed from the room.
2. Use ventilation fans where possible
Many people forget to use their extractor fans or they turn them off, but it is imperative that these are utilised in order to create an air path throughout the home to improve indoor air quality.
Using these fans will also help reduce a build up of warm air, condensation and then damp.
3. Keep pollutants to a minimum
One key aspect we can do to improve our IAQ is to reduce pollutants within the home. Pollutants come in the form of pet hair, dust, cleaning products and fireplaces which emit CO2. A build up of such pollutants can include irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, headaches, dizziness, and fatigue. Longer exposure to such pollutants can cause asthma, respiratory diseases and heart disease.
Continuous use of air fresheners, gas stoves and strong cleaning products can also cause a build up of pollutants.
4. Other points to consider
- Check houseplants for mould and repot if needed
- Do not allow pets to sleep in the bedroom, especially with asthma sufferers