Air surrounds us everyday. It follows us wherever we go, both indoors and outdoors. But what we can control is whether the air in our home is clean or dirty.
Most of us spend much of the day inside. We are a society that has evolved to spend more time indoors than out, especially in urban areas.
The average Brit spends just 8 per cent of their time outside during weekdays. We travel from our homes to work or school back home.
The time we spend outside has cut down significantly since the days of the hunter gatherer.
Outside air is largely out of our control. The quality of that air is determined by other people’s actions.
Fumes from car exhausts and the burning of fossil fuels from factory plants all contribute to making it a little harder to breathe outside.
In major urban cities there is a growing problem of air pollution. In the UK, children growing up in polluted, urban cities like London develop stunted lung capacity that is 8 to 10 per cent smaller.
The good news – we can control air quality inside but what happens when we don’t look after it properly.
Mould forms in the air
Mould is a microscopic organism that occurs naturally. We need mould as it helps to break down organisms in a natural way, composting would not be possible without it.
A little mould is not a bad thing for the human body – we can eat blue cheese after all! However, we do not want it growing inside our homes and buildings.
How does it form?
You come in from a from freezing cold walk home and jump straight into the shower. You might have a slightly longer shower than normal. As you look around, water droplets have formed on all the surfaces.
That’s condensation. Excess moisture caused like this is is just one way mould can form over time. Other ways excess moisture can enter a building is through leaking pipes, damage to the roof or windows.
How is mould harmful to us?
As a healthy person with a strong immune system, the effects of mould may not be immediately felt. However, if left to fester, mould can cause allergens, irritants and in extreme circumstances, toxic substances.
People with respiratory or immune problems will feel the effects greater if exposed to them. They might experience symptoms such as itching, sneezing and sore throats, much like any allergic reaction.
The best course of action is prevention as opposed to treatment. To make sure mould doesn’t build up in the first place you need to make sure your home or work place is properly ventilated. Too much moisture in the air is the main cause of your mould problems.
- Open windows for a few minutes each day.
- Invest in better insulation.
- While cooking or showering, open windows, turn the fan on and close the door to the room.
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