Every winter we read copious advice about how to keep colds and flus at bay. This good advice generally includes eating more fruit and vegetables, exercising, taking vitamin C and Echinacea, getting plenty of sleep and washing your hands frequently. But what about the environment that you live in? How healthy is your home? Is condensation a problem?
Your House in Winter
In winter we spend more time indoors and if we have pets, they do too. We close the windows and doors and crank up the heating. This closed in, warm environment can deliver a massive amount of condensation on walls, windows and floors with unexpected consequences to your health that often go unacknowledged.
· Bacteria, dust mites, germs, mould and viruses thrive in a warm closed in environment;
· Pet dander can be a problem – pet dander is the urine proteins, saliva, dead skin flakes and hair that your pet sheds. It builds up and becomes food for dust mites and bacteria;
· An overheated space can remove too much moisture from the air and can result in drying out our mucous membranes which makes them more vulnerable to bacteria and viruses;
· Condensation, especially in bathrooms, laundries and kitchens can result in dampness, mould and poor air quality;
· Poor quality air is very common during the winter months as a result of all of the above and leads to asthma, allergies and sickness.
Improving Air Quality
Our exposure to bacteria, dust mites, mould and viruses is the reason we get ill. It is therefore prudent to remove as much of these contaminants from your home as possible.
Ways to improve air quality include:
- · Maintain a constant even temperature of 18° to 21° C;
- · Maintaining ambient humidity to under 60% RH is best
- · When it is dry outside, open windows and doors to allow fresh air to enter the home;
- · Dust and vacuum frequently with a HEPA vacuum cleaner;
- · Always use exhaust fans in kitchens and bathrooms that are vented to the outside of the building;
- · Install heating lamps in the bathroom and use them;
- · Dry clothes naturally as much as possible, a dehumidifier can be used for this;
- · Make sure the filter in your reverse cycle air conditioner and dehumidifier is clean;
- · If dry air is an issue, place a small bowl of water near your heating source or dry your wet clothes near the heating source (be careful of fire hazard);
- · If dampness and condensation persist on walls floors and windows, the most effective treatment is the use of a room sized dehumidifier*;
- · To remove the build-up of contaminants in your carpet, have them professionally dry cleaned**.
In the winter months, it is much more likely that dampness will be an issue. Condensation is caused when warm moist air comes into contact with a cold surface such as your windows. All this dampness attracts mould which is very unhealthy.
If opening windows and using exhaust fans and heating lamps aren’t fixing your damp problem, then it’s time to invest in a dehumidifier. Dehumidifiers work by removing the excess moisture in the air that feeds condensation and mould. They reduce mould growth and corrosion, improve air quality and can even be used to dry clothes with more energy efficiency and damage than your clothes dryer.
Dehumidifiers are portable and can be moved from room to room depending on your needs. They come in a wide range of sizes 8L-38L and models to suit your budget and solve your damp problem. The specialists in dehumidifiers for the Australian climate are Damp Solutions Australia who provide excellent service Australia wide with one on one professional phone advice.
Why Clean Carpets are Healthier**
Carpets are air filters. They trap contaminants. Dusting and vacuuming regularly are essential to keeping air quality at safe levels but did you know that your vacuum cleaner can only remove up to 60% of dirt and debris from your carpet and that approximately 40% is left behind to build up? Once your carpet becomes clogged with contaminants such as pet dander, bacteria and dust mites it can no longer act as an air filter and the contaminants become air borne again. Once they are air borne we breathe them in and they can lead to illness.
Electrodry Carpet Dry Cleaning will remove the build-up of contaminants and sanitise your carpet to remove germs and bacteria during the cleaning process. In addition, the Electrodry process uses up to 90% less water than traditional steam cleaning and will leave your carpets walk-on dry. This is particularly important during winter as a wet carpet can take a long time to dry and lead to mould.
The Electrodry Carpet Dry Cleaning process leaves you with healthier carpets www.electrodry.com.au
This winter, don’t forget that your home environment can lead to ill health. Clean carpets and clean air will go a long way to keeping you, your home or office and your family healthy.