Indoor Air Quality

766678Ventilation, indoor air quality and some methods of cleaning up the air in a house

Nowadays quite a lot of householders pay great attention to the interior of their very homes. When planning a brand new house or making the restoration of an old one, they want to ensure that everything there will be cosy-comfy and functional.

When one plans a house, the first thing he takes into consideration is the inner comfort of his nearest ones. That is why he might purchase any kind of equipment that would make the atmosphere at home warm and pretty.

Nevertheless, when making a living, most of the house owners usually forget to take into consideration one of the last- but not the least- detail: the air quality.

Everyone knows that painful feeling that comes with cold weather. It forces us to fell extremely uncomfortable even in such houses where we enjoy our stay at another time. The air becomes damp and smelly, and whatever you do in such atmosphere, you can’t feel well and work productively.

In most cases the reason is in fact hidden in the house’s walls: the home is highly isolated and overheated, that is why it cannot “breathe”. The insulation simply doesn’t let the fresh air in, at the same time keeping the exhaled air inside. That is the reason for us feeling bad in such places- the brain just can’t get enough oxygen for it to work normally. Besides, the isolation doesn’t let the dampness go away, storing it in the room and making it hard for us to breathe. And we already know that normal breathing is essential for us to work effectively.

The main question is: how does one restore the natural humidity level in the room and make it easy for his family members to stay in? The most obvious reason is removing the heavy particles of carbon dioxide from the air so that everyone could breathe easily and feel comforted and fine. In a word, each room in the house should be ventilated perfectly all the time.

The air humidity, if to speak about that, is calculated according to the volume of water vapor the air consists of. The absolute humidity is a physical term that defines the amount of water vapor per one cubic meter of air. The value fully depends on the air temperature, because the hotter is the air, the more vapor it can handle. For example, on frosty winter days the air can’t handle a lot of vapor in it because of the environmental temperature. For the opposite reason (the hotter is the environment- the more humid will be the air) it may be hard to breathe, say, in July- the air seems hot, extremely humid and somewhat thick.

Every 2.8 litres of vapor may raise the overall humidity level from 15 to 60% in a house with the estimated area of 93 square metres.

So, how is the excessive humidity produced?

It depends on quite a number of reasons. Say, in an average house it is made up by a washing machine, some flora representatives such as flowers, also by anyone taking shower, washing windows, and even sneezing. Apart from this, we ourselves produce quite a volume of vapor when breathing. If the breathing is more frequent than always, water can condense on a window glass, making it hard to see through. If nothing is done about it, soon it may turn into stinky mold that is extremely hard to get rid of.

Also, a human feels the changes in the humidity level too. When the level of vapor in the air rises unexpectedly, a man fells shiver and may catch a cold. There’s not much ways of dealing with such mischief: either rising the air temperature or putting on every piece of clothes one can find in the whole house. The specialists in medicine also notice that in a poorly ventilated room the chances of catching a viral infection increase to a vast extent.

Another flaw of the poorly nourished air is that concrete and solid clay are easily destructed when put in such conditions for a long time. You will probably face numerous cracks and defects, ending up with many leaks that should be fixed.

Apart from what has been said, at home we face quite a number of air contaminants. Not only the tobacco smoke, but a lot of other substances we never care of. Say, a gas called formaldehyde. It is vastly produced by such usual things as synthetic carpets, window insulators and even furniture and curtains. Being highly toxic, it affects negatively the whole human organism, especially eyes, lungs, skin and even reproductive glands.

Mercury should be remembered too. If a thermometer is broken, the poisonous substance doesn’t disappear as it may seem- it gets under the floor and makes living a torture, affecting the neural system and airways.

The effective key to all these problems is that easy: consider installing an air conditioning system into your house or flat! Just make sure that the fresh air reaches every single room and every single corner so that your home will always be the place you won’t ever want to leave.

Provided the air is clean and fresh, you and your nearest ones will feel better and happier. May the luck and health always follow you!