There’s no denying that we need fresh air to survive. We instantly feel the benefits when we get outside yet in reality most of us spend a lot of our time in offices or buildings. In an ideal world we would be outside all day breathing in clean air; however, this is not the case so alternative steps must be taken to ensure our well-being.
The quality of air inside buildings can affect the health, productivity and comfort of those living and working inside. Measures that protect air quality, such as ventilation, should be taken seriously and introducing adequate ventilation into your building will significantly reduce your many issues – here’s why:
- Controls impurities
If you live in a built-up area you might think that the air quality isn’t great but often the air inside is more polluted than the air outside. Outdoor pollution can make its way inside and become trapped, for example from smokers that pass by, or factory or traffic pollution, and even cooking, cleaning products or lighting a fire can cause indoor pollution.
A good ventilation system can help expel a build-up of pollutants, bacteria, moisture and nasty whiffs such as body odour, which in turn can transform the air. It can significantly improve the air quality and will remove dust, making the indoor air cleaner and healthier to live in.
- Stops condensation
Condensation occurs when warm air collides with cold surfaces, or when there’s too much humidity in your home. This leads to mould and rotten surfaces which can damage wallpaper and furniture and attract insect infestation.
It doesn’t matter whether you live in a listed building or a newly built apartment – condensation can have a big impact. Damp conditions and condensation can cause serious health issues, such as allergic reactions and respiratory problems for many people. A well ventilated building with a good ventilation system can help reduce these risks and control the moisture levels inside.
- Reduce temperatures
When lots of people are in a confined space, the environment can become hot and stuffy, causing discomfort and fatigue. A ventilated room help regulate the air temperature and will instantly be more comfortable, making for a more productive workplace.
Indoor air pollution coupled with bad ventilation can lead to serious health problems including headaches, allergies, asthma, rashes and sinusitis. Ventilation minimises the risk of these health issues and helps to eliminate dust and toxins from your environment.