30 September 2016
Posted by: Evolution
Time to read: 3 min
The answer is yes.
With flowers blossoming everywhere, Spring is literally in the air in the form of pollen and other allergens. Most of us feel the effects on some level, with some people suffering severe respiratory discomfort in the form of hay fever or allergic asthma.
We spend at least half our day in our homes. How we build and maintain them can go a long way to managing the effects allergies have on us.
“A healthy home is sited, designed, built, renovated, and maintained to support health,” as defined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
One key element is insuring that your house gets ventilated, not infiltrated. Air passing through crevices and poorly insulated walls pick up toxic materials and bring them into the home. Poor insulation and fluctuating internal temperatures can also lead to mould build-up, another common cause for respiratory illness.
Creating a draft-free thermal envelope around the house can eliminate this type of harmful infiltration. The CDC states that “Installing a vapor barrier [like Proclima’s Intello] can keep out radon and prevent moisture.”
(Click here to find out how Evolution creates an airtight thermal envelope).
Airing out the home is important, but there are alternatives to opening a window when the temperature is in single digits or pollen is pervasive. Mechanical Heat Recovery Systems (MHRS) use a cross-flow heat exchanger between inbound and outbound air, introducing fresh air into the house through a filter without compromising the internal ambient temperature, thereby saving energy.
Other features that can be added to a house (and are part of the standard Evolution package) are three-way locking systems on exterior doors and drop down seals on the internal door to the garage as well as dampers on extractor fans, preventing inbound airflow when the fan is not in use.
A few more ideas of how to mitigate the effects of allergies and asthma that can also be applied to an existing home are the following:
• Dust frequently
• Replace carpet with easy-to-clean wood or concrete floors
• Replace filters in appliances like heat pumps and vacuum cleaners
• Clean curtains and blinds
• Get a HEPA or small particle filter, particularly for the bedrooms
• Use a dehumidifier to reduce the growth of mould
• If you find mould, wash it away with a bleach and water mixture