Prevent Mould and Indoor Air Pollution
No one wants them. No one has to put up with them.
Nobody wants mould and indoor air pollution in their home. It’s that simple. Not only is mould unsightly it can also be harmful and impact on respiratory problems.
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Mould has long been recognised as a potential allergen, harmful and damaging to the respiratory system especially to those whom may be susceptible to breathing difficulties.
The word mould generally describes a large family of microorganisms that produce spores. Airborne mould spores contain proteins that have been identified by the research community as having the ability to trigger adverse reactions in people who suffer from allergies, asthma or other respiratory problems.
The familiar ‘mildew’ smells that we associate with basements arise from these moulds that are growing in damp spots. Some forms of indoor mould produce toxic compounds called ‘mycotoxins’.
Exposure to mycotoxins can represent a health risk to both non-allergic and allergic individuals. While it is not clear how much mould toxin exposure it takes to cause illness, or what kind of symptoms are likely, recent research does demonstrate that mould toxin is a potential health hazard.
Mould is not going away anytime soon, unless changes are made by all disciplines involved in building design and construction. A recent survey of Indoor Air Quality Professionals indicated that the majority of these experts believe that mould problems will continue to increase.
Preventing Indoor Pollutants
In Feb 2016 BBC News reported that “UK air pollution ‘linked to 40,000 early deaths a year’.
Air pollution is contributing to about 40,000 early deaths a year in the UK, say the Royal Colleges of Physicians and of Paediatrics and Child Health. The BBC article explains, that asthma is costing
Mould and mildew in poorly ventilated rooms can also cause illness.
Prof Grigg said explained that “NHS costs continue to escalate due to poor public health – asthma alone costs the NHS an estimated £1bn a year – it is essential that policy makers consider the effects of long-term exposure on our children and the public purse.”
Indoor air pollution
- Not as big a problem as outdoor pollution, but experts say it has been overlooked and needs studying
- Heating and cooking appliances can release particulates and nitrogen oxides that can damage the lungs and heart
- Carbon monoxide from faulty boilers and heaters can be fatal
- Mould and mildew in damp and poorly ventilated homes can cause respiratory problems
- Common household products – cleaning products, air fresheners – contain organic chemicals that evaporate into the air
- Carpets and furniture can also release these volatile organic compounds
- At present, not much is known about what health effects occur from the levels of organics typically found in homes
Offering advice to Prevent Mould
Prof Holgate advised people to open and close windows in the home several times a day.
“It’s amazing that we are now living in these tight, sealed homes that we are frightened of opening the window and letting a bit of fresh air in,” he told BBC Radio Four’s Today programme.
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