Most homes are sealed so that the outside temperature would not be felt inside.
However, an adequate ventilation systems is often lacking. If there is no proper ventilation, we are breathing harmful to health dust.
Dirty indoor air is the reason for allergies, asthma and other illnesses.
The air we breathe affects our health. Good quality air is enough for us to stay stronger and regain our well-being, while unsuitable air affects our well-being negatively.
Fresh air contains the right amount of negative and positive ions. Indoors often lack negative ions for several reasons.
Their deficiency affects our well-being, causes dizziness, headaches, stress and so on. It is often referred to as the “sick building syndrome”.
Disturbance of air conditioning causes teary eyes, runny nose and chronic bronchitis.
It is necessary to condition dry indoor air and air humidification devices are just right for this job.
According to the norms of hygiene, during the cold season indoor temperature should be around 18-22 degrees Celsius and relative humidity should be around 35-65%.
During the heating season the percentage usually decreases by three times.
So, air that is too dry at home can cause various health disorders. “Respiratory lining dries out and performs its protective function less effectively. For this reason a person more often suffers from the upper and lower respiratory tract inflammations and even the flu if his immunity is weak.
The nasal lining becomes swollen, runny of stuffy nose appears too. It becomes difficult to breathe, tingling in the sinus area and headaches occur, chronic bronchitis can become more active.
One cubic meter of air usually contains about 500 different species of microorganisms. Their amount increases in dry air about three times – this creates good conditions an allergic cold.
Sometimes a person with an allergic cold may have shortness of breath. „Dry indoor air usually causes allergic eye reactions too.
Eyes become more sensitive, watery, dried out cornea becomes red and sensitive to light.
Dry eyes are treated with artificial tears or other eye drops. They should be used frequently, even 4–5 times per day and if eye dryness is still not healed, at night too”.
The skin around one’s eyes becomes dry too and sometimes swollen, eyelids can become itchy.
Unfortunately, health problems do not stop here, because due to the dry air in heated rooms our skin dries, peels, becomes red, its metabolism slows down. It becomes sensitive to temperature and humidity changes. Skin that is highly exhausted of skin allergies becomes extremely sensitive to dry indoor air too.
How to keep air fresh and clean?
- Hydrate the indoor at least 2–3 times per week and if the weather is very dry – every day.
- Remember: the more carpets, thick fabric curtains are in your house, the more air pollutant dust are in your home.
Do not clean dust in a dry way. Better use microfiber cloths: moisten them with water for an easy removal suitable for a variety of surfaces.
- Air Purifier is a device which removes unwanted constituent.
- Humidifier is a device that increases humidity.
- Dehumidifier is device reduces the level of humidity to eliminate musty odor.
Maintain Optimal Humidity At Home
Air pollution very heavily affects not only our respiratory system but also our heart, so it is important to at least maintain fresh air in our homes.
Due to excessive moisture, houses can start getting dust mites or mold, which is extremely dangerous to human respiratory system and overall health.
Climate parameters during the warm and cold seasons are different. During the cold season, relative humidity should be around 35–60%., while during the warm season – around 35–65%.
Humidity is particularly important in bathrooms as this is where mold usually builds up. So, if you feel increased moisture at your home, your windows get foggy or your walls get moldy, and your children often suffer from respiratory diseases, try cleaning the ventilation system as often as possible or use devices to dry the air.
- Suitable environment should not cause discomfort: „you should not feel headaches, have a dry cough or itchy eyes.
- The rooms or the walls should not contain black spots, and if they appear, you can suspect that something is wrong with the microclimate.
Moisture is most commonly seen, while dryness is usually felt. “Conditions which dry out our nose and throat.
Unstoppable viruses and bacteria enter the airways easier and can even cause allergies. They can also cause rash, itchy skin, and if the person has a chronic disease such as asthma, dryness can cause its more frequent attacks”.
Our blood vessels shrink in humid rooms, we lose our sense of comfort and try to find ways to warm up by putting warmer clothes, etc.
The best microclimate should be in the bedroom because this is where people spend the majority of their time. “ It is recommended to maintain bedroom’s temperature lover than in other living areas”.
Microclimate should be such that it would not disturb sleep, cause painful headaches and allow us to be energetic: „If the air is too dry or too humid, we will not be able to relax. Then the work that can be completed within an hour or two will take all day“.