How to maintain air quality at home

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Air pollution is harmful to the environment and to humans. And we’re not just talking about outdoor spaces: studies by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) indicate that pollutant levels can be up to five times higher inside buildings, which makes us wonder what the quality of the air we breathe at home.

In a very generic way, air quality (CAI or IAQ for the acronym in English of the expression ” indoor air quality “) refers to the state of the air inside a building in relation to the health and well-being of people. 

Air, by definition, is odourless, colorless and tasteless. However, in practically all interiors we find volatile organic compounds that come from construction materials, furniture or chemical products used for cleaning and that negatively affect their quality.

According to experts, the best indicator of air quality in an indoor space is the human body itself, which in situations of deficiency can react with physical symptoms such as headaches, cough, congestion, fatigue, eye irritation or respiratory symptoms.

What causes poor home air quality?

Determining a single cause of poor indoor air quality is difficult, since it is usually due to a combination of different factors. 

Indoor air quality management involves both the control of airborne contaminants and the introduction and distribution of adequate indoor air, and includes maintaining reasonable temperature and acceptable humidity levels. 

In the first case, we must bear in mind that outside air enters buildings through different points, including windows, doors and ventilation systems. 

Regarding humidity, it may be due to inadequate ventilation or poor insulation, and increases the risk of mites and mold problems, which are responsible for many allergies and respiratory problems.

Tips for maintaining good air quality in the home 

Maintaining good air quality at home is not a whim: it is a matter of well-being and one more way of looking after our health.

One of the tips to improve indoor air quality is to place plants, whose decorative potential is enhanced by their ability to filter the air naturally. 

Reducing the use of aerosols in the form of air fresheners, deodorants or cleaning products is another gesture that will help us reduce volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that reduce the quality of the air in the home.

Currently, there are many textiles that come from oil. In practice, this means that little by little they release the chemicals they contain, which pollutes the air in our interior rooms. 

By avoiding them and turning our home into a “smoke-free” zone, we also contribute to improving the quality of the air we breathe. 

Along the same lines, it is advisable to frequently vacuum carpets or sofa upholstery, surfaces where dust and mites accumulate more often.

But, without a doubt, the key to maintaining acceptable air quality in the home is ventilation . 

Cross ventilation helps us renew the air daily: it only requires five minutes, a time in which the walls and ceilings do not change their temperature, so the energy loss is relatively small.

To guarantee the quality of the air in the home, we can also use mechanical or controlled ventilation elements, such as air purifiers. These devices include fans and filters that renew the air in the home in a few minutes.

What can we do for you?

JUNKERS Vent 4000 CC is one of the best options to control the ventilation of your home. 

This heat recovery unit provides fresh air efficiently, without having to open the windows.

It is an optimal solution for mechanical ventilation in single-family homes or in blocks of flats, as it offers extremely high efficiency: up to 93% heat recovery and ErP classification of up to A+.

Its compact dimensions and low weight (15 kg) make the Vent 4000 CC a flexible system that allows its location outside the field of vision. In fact, it takes up so little space that it can be placed under a suspended ceiling. 

Regarding its handling, it is simple and intuitive, through different regulators and an app, and includes daily or weekly programs. 

In addition, Vent 4000 CC has a humidity probe to prevent the formation of mold and humidity that can endanger the quality of the air in the home.