What is Toxic Home Syndrome?
Whilst the quality of our outdoor air has been hitting the headlines regularly (read our take here), we believe that indoor air quality should be given a strong focus too. The air inside our homes can be even more polluted than that outside our windows – and we spend about 90% of our time indoors.
Sometimes known as Toxic Home Syndrome, this phenomenon can occur when the air quality inside your home is significantly reduced due to a build-up of toxins, pollutants, bacteria and moisture. It can have a direct and serious impact on health. More often linked with modern homes and new builds which are well sealed and insulated, poor air quality can easily build up and worsen.
When it comes to the causes, these can be many and varied. Unsurprisingly, mould can irritate the eyes, nose and throat, and even cause headaches, dizziness and fatigue. Perhaps lesser known is the fact that carpets can trap pollutants such as dust mites, pet dander and other allergens, and then release them into the air when disturbed. Many of our everyday household cleaning products such as aerosols and sprays also contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which at best can irritate and cause headaches, and at their very worst may even been carcinogenic.
So what can we do to help improve the air inside our home and reduce the risk of Toxic Home Syndrome? Here are some of our top tips:
- Naturally, if carpets can trap pollutants, wooden floors are the better option when it comes to keeping your home allergen and dust-free – if you have carpets, ensure they are vacuumed regularly.
- Rather than cleaning sprays, which can easily disperse into the air, try liquid or even solid cleaning products (solids are also more eco-friendly!).
- Try and prevent condensation by keeping your home warm in winter, and dry your laundry outside wherever possible.
Often the most recommended way to keep the air inside your home as fresh as possible is to ventilate regularly – but as recent news has shown, the air outside our homes may not be pollutant-free. You should always avoid ventilating at times of peak traffic, especially if you live in a city or by a busy road.
If you are looking to invest in your home’s air, purification solutions can significantly help improve its quality. Filtering out bacteria, pollutants, viruses and more, read about the various health benefits of purification here.