Is the modern UK home a healthier place to live in that the equivalent house of 75 years ago? It would be natural to assume that it is, given the rapid change in building science and the regulations surrounding the building of British homes. But this may not be the case.
Whilst it is true that overall building standards have improved substantially, not every aspect of modern housebuilding has been beneficial for the people who live inside those homes. One unfortunate consequence of these techniques has been an increase in the number of people suffering from allergies related to internal atmospheres.
The health issues associated with modern housebuilding techniques have one major common source. This is the greatly reduced level of ventilation that has resulted in a dramatic increase in moisture levels within the average British home. This process is exacerbated in homes with larger families.
With the advent of central heating, closed windows and, especially, poor ventilation in utility rooms and bathrooms, humidity levels in our homes are substantially higher than they were 100 years ago. Now, at this point, you might imagine that the obvious solution is to use a dehumidifier and this would obviously help, but it won’t effectively prevent one of the major causes of the respiratory problems associated with household environments. That cause is dust mites.
Dust mites, and the debris associated with them, are a very major cause of domestic respiratory problems. Indeed, studies in Scandinavia have suggested that they are the number one cause of such illness, followed closely by mould spores and pollen. All of these allergens can be reduced or eliminated completely with an air purifier.
Air purifiers can be used, in the majority of domestic situations, to control these allergens. A number of methods are utilised by purifiers and these have differing degrees of effectiveness, but most of the market leading products are capable of virtually eliminating airborne allergens completely.
Air purifiers are not a magic solution however. Most air purifiers are only effective within a given space and will certainly not be able to deal with a whole house. In most cases, an air purifier should be used in the room which is most problematic, often a bedroom, and left there. This is because even the very best products on the market will take 2 to 3 weeks to properly purify the air in the appropriately sized room.
All I can say is that, as someone who has researched and now uses purifiers, they do make a considerable difference in a relatively short space of time, as the sneezing and snuffling I used to experience every morning disappeared within a couple of weeks.
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