When we think of pollution, we think above all of cars, industries, insecticides and other particles that are outside, outside your home.
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Why pay attention to indoor air? Its Time to Have Air Purifier
However, the air we breathe is not always of good quality. And, since we spend an average of 14 hours a day in our home or apartment, it’s important not to neglect the quality of the air we breathe .
The causes of pollution can be numerous: building materials, tobacco, household products (floor care), furniture, dust mites, etc. So you need to be informed enough to reduce the factors that can then lead to health problems .
A basic rule: ventilate well
So, before browsing this website, there is a rule that you must respect: you must ventilate your accommodation .
If you don’t ventilate your home or apartment enough, pollutants build up in the air and end up in your lungs and throughout your body. So even in winter you have to open your windows every day .
Humidify The Air Naturally
While we know that too humid air can be a problem, we should not overlook the concerns that can also arise when the air is too dry.
This is the reason why we sometimes try to humidify the air naturally .
To naturally humidify the air in a house or apartment, we can start by playing with the temperature by increasing or decreasing the heating.
If you use central heating, the air may become too dry. To make the air more humid, you have to turn down the heating in your house a little.
Of course, if the temperature is already low, this is not necessarily the most suitable solution. We can then use a simple solution: dry the laundry in your home especially where the air is too dry.
If you don’t do laundry regularly, you can hang up a simple damp towel and repeat the operation as soon as it is dry.
Finally, you can also invest in radiator humidifiers, also called saturators .
These are small containers that hang on your radiators and hold water. The water will evaporate little by little to make the room more humid in a completely natural way.
Obviously, it will be necessary to regularly monitor the humidity level in the air using a hygrometer to make sure that everything is good for your health.
Conquer humidity inside your home or apartment
Humidity inside a house or apartment can be a real nuisance. Not only does the water accumulated in the air create dark stains on the walls, it can cause problems for your health, especially in terms of breathing.
Humidity is therefore a real problem. If your home is too humid, you can “get” more colds and therefore get sick more often.
Likewise, children can be subject to more bronchitis. It is therefore very important to check the humidity in your home regularly (especially if you have children).
How do you know if your interior is too humid?
First of all, it is not always easy to detect humidity in a house. If you live in it, you may have seen dark spots on the walls.
These stains are created by the water in the air in your interior. Due to the temperature difference between the walls and the air, water settles on the paint, walls and windows. Moreover, if you have mist on your bedroom windows in the morning, it is a sign that your home is too humid.
Water can therefore settle on your wallpaper which begins to rot (it’s actually a small fungus that forms on your puree) and creates black patches.
However, it is now possible to use materials specially designed to resist humidity (plasterboard, wallpaper, paint, etc.).
These symptoms are therefore not necessarily visible this way. But, just because there are no stains doesn’t mean your air isn’t humid.
The easiest way is therefore to use hygrometers to measure the humidity level in the air. This will give you a good overview of the humidity in the home.
The humidity level can differ between rooms, so it is a good idea to place it in different rooms and rooms to get a good idea of the whole.
You can use two types of hygrometers: analogue single needle or electronic. The first are not very precise and allow to have a somewhat vague idea of the humidity level. Electronic hygrometers, on the other hand, are more sophisticated and measure more accurately than analog hygrometers.
I always recommend more accurate electronic hygrometers, but I also have simple analog hygrometers in a few rooms to observe changes in humidity according to the seasons (if you have small children you know they are very sensitive to this. postman).
How to fight against humidity?
If you have a humidity problem in your interior, you must try to find the reason. Generally, it is a lack of ventilation that is the cause of the concern.
In this case, it should be checked that the windows comply with the opening standards.
It will also be necessary to see what type of ventilation is used according to the type of heating: central heaters or electric heaters do not necessarily have the same ventilation needs.
If you have a VMC system, see with a specialist if you do not have the means to adjust it better or to create a new exhaust to better ventilate the room that is too humid.
Unfortunately, if you are tenants and the owner of the accommodation does not wish to do these works or studies, you will have to fight with your own means against humidity.
For this it will be necessary to use moisture absorbers.
Chemical moisture absorbers
There are two categories of moisture absorbers: chemicals that use a kind of salt and electrics called dehumidifiers.
Chemical absorbers are the cheapest. Their operation is simple: we place in a plastic container a kind of salt bread which will attract moisture in the air. The water will be collected in the plastic bin.
Regularly, it will therefore be necessary to empty the tank but also “reload” the absorber using a new “bar” of salts.
These absorbers are sold by various brands, but it is especially those sold by Rubson that are known to the general public. You can use any brand: it will work the same.
These chemical absorbers work great when the problem is not significant. They have the advantage of being economical and easy to use.
But, for more regular use (see over a year or more) and more efficient, there are machines that do a much better job: dehumidifiers.
The electric dehumidifier
I lived in a small Parisian apartment of 26m² whose air was very humid.
The accommodation was old and located on the ground floor, which may explain that.
Still, I quickly understood that the simple humidity absorbers from Rubson (or any other brand) were insufficient given the problem.
So I got an electric dehumidifier.
The operation of these devices is very simple: it is plugged into the mains and a “motor” collects the water that is in the air which then flows into a plastic container.
It is therefore sufficient from time to time to empty the water.
There are different devices which are more or less efficient depending on the price, the capacity of the water tank and the functions.
If there is anything to do is take one of the more powerful devices. It will take more than 100 € or 150 €, but it is definitely worth it if you have very humid rooms.
These devices have an integrated hygrometer. It is then possible to leave them running with a simple adjustment. For example, you can instruct the device to operate only when the humidity in the air exceeds 70%, 75%, etc.
It is very convenient and it allows to run the dehumidifier only when a room needs it and keep the air healthy.
Nothing helps, my air is still humid
In extreme cases, your air will remain humid even with regular use of an electric dehumidifier.
If your walls remain damp, it may not be a ventilation problem but another cause among which:
- rising water by capillarity
- water infiltration from the ground
- infiltration linked to a faulty pipe
- roof infiltration (rain)
Either way, it will be necessary to bring in a professional to help diagnose the problem and make sure you can live a safe and healthy life.
A house that is too humid is bad for your health
When we think of the humidity in the house, we think especially of the walls which become a little dark. We also think of the problems that this can cause on the structure of the building.
But, the most important is your health. And humidity in a home can have a big impact on your health .
Walls and mold and your health
There are many reasons your home can be damp . But, to sum up, walls that are damp too often allow mold to develop.
However, all the research shows that humidity is bad for your health because it creates a situation that can be toxic for the body .
What must be understood is that it is not the humidity that is dangerous. But the consequences that humidity has on the house.
It is therefore the molds and mites that develop in your home that will create a situation conducive to disease:
- development of allergies
- respiratory diseases such as asthma, rhinitis or bronchitis
- eye irritation (sometimes related or not to allergies)
Either way, you should look and check the humidity levels in all the rooms in your house, to make sure there isn’t a problem with you .
How to fight against humidity?
If you find that your house is damp, the first thing to do is to ventilate well by opening the windows .
If this is not enough, then you need to implement more effective means against moisture .
Carbon monoxide: a danger for the air in your home
Carbon monoxide is a very dangerous gas that poisons many people every year. Fortunately, there are things to know that will prevent the worst, because you can also die from it.
What is carbon monoxide?
The carbon monoxide is a gas. Although “natural”, it is poisonous and can lead to very serious poisoning since there are about a hundred deaths each year.
In France, it is estimated that there are around 1,000 families who are affected by carbon monoxide each year. So it can happen to you too.
This gas comes mainly from problems with the operation of devices in your home.
What produces carbon monoxide?
The devices concerned are those that work with gas, wood, gasoline, fuel oil, ethanol or coal. More generally, any appliance that burns something can generate carbon monoxide.
Here are the devices that can produce carbon monoxide:
- water heater
- fireplace with or without insert
- fireplace with ethanol
- convector and radiator gasoline, fuel oil or alcohol
- auxiliary heaters
- gas radiant panels
- heat pumps
- heat engines (especially cars)
What are the dangers with carbon monoxide?
In the vast majority of cases, it is individuals who are exposed at home. But, sometimes the problem arises in some companies and factories.
The problem is that carbon monoxide is particularly difficult to detect. The reason is simple: it doesn’t smell . This is why we do not necessarily realize that there is intoxication (at the beginning).
Once you breathe in carbon monoxide, it replaces the oxygen in the blood. The blood will no longer be able to carry oxygen in your body.
You will feel nauseous, you will be very tired, you will also have a headache and you may feel unwell. In some cases, there is even muscle paralysis.
If we breathe oxygen again, everything can be fine. But, the problem with carbon monoxide is that it works very, very quickly . We therefore do not always have time to act and we can fall into a coma in just a few minutes.
This is the reason why people die breathing carbon monoxide.
For people who manage to survive, there can be complications with sequelae that we will have all our life.
What means of prevention?
To avoid poisoning, it’s no secret: you need to have devices that are perfectly tuned and in good working order.
Every year, and preferably before winter, you should ask a professional to check your heating system, your water heater, your fireplace (or your insert), etc.
Also remember to bring in someone who will maintain your chimney by sweeping
Also remember to ventilate your home (apartment or house) regularly, even in winter. Circulate the air for at least 10 minutes a day, turning off the heaters and radiators to renew the air inside the rooms.
Above all, never block the vents on the walls or windows even if they bring a little cold in winter. These vents provide air and its necessary for the ventilation of your home – and for your health.
The installation of generator set type devices must always be done in a place provided with good ventilation with aeration: they must therefore be placed outside homes and buildings.
The case of auxiliary heaters
If you have additional heaters, such as small radiators on casters, think that these are not designed to run 24 hours a day. In fact, if you run too much, they risk overheating and the release of carbon monoxide. .
Also follow the instructions for use of this type of device and read the instructions carefully. There may be information regarding the maintenance of an auxiliary heater or regarding ventilation of the room in which the heater is located.
Also, do not use any device other than a heater to create heat: oven, stove, barbecue, etc.
The carbon monoxide detector
The carbon monoxide detector is a way to find out if your house or apartment has a ventilation problem.
But, the problem is that it is not enough . Indeed, when the device rings to alert you to the presence of carbon monoxide, it may already be too late and the poisoning may have taken place.
Nothing can therefore replace the good ventilation of the home and the professional maintenance of combustion appliances .
What to do during carbon monoxide poisoning?
If you experience the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning (headache, nausea, vomiting, etc.), here is what you should do:
- STOP EVERYTHING YOU DO
- OPEN all doors and windows where you are
- LEAVE the premises
- CALL the emergency services: 112 (emergencies), 18 (firefighters) or 15 (samu)
Finally, once the alert is over, ask a professional to come and check your installations and wait for the advice of the firefighters before returning to your home .