Vent-Axia has welcomed the draft guidance ‘Indoor Air Quality at Home’ published by National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE). The document urges both local authorities and the public to be aware of the air quality in their homes to reduce exposure to indoor pollutants and so help protect their health. Within the guidance it advises people to ensure rooms are well ventilated by extractor fans or by opening windows when cooking, drying clothes inside, using household sprays or solvents and paints.
A staggering 65% of UK homes suffer from poor IAQ as a result of inadequate ventilation. Exposure to indoor air pollution from cookers, damp, cleaning products and fires can all irritate the lungs and exacerbate asthma symptoms, as well as causing long-term adverse health effects. Poor IAQ costs the UK over 204,000 healthy life years, with 45% lost to cardiovascular diseases, 23% to asthma and allergy and 15% to lung cancer.
“At Vent-Axia we are committed to improving IAQ. With homes becoming increasingly air tight the problem of poor IAQ has become less easy to ignore. Without good ventilation in a home air quality can potentially deteriorate and as a result can lead to condensation, mould and build-up of toxic chemicals,” explains Jenny Smith, Head of Marketing at Vent-Axia.