It’s probably safe to say that nobody wants to inhabit a poorly ventilated space. Poor ventilation happens when there is an insufficient amount of fresh air coming in and the polluted air is trapped in the room instead. Not only does it cause discomfort, but it also puts a toll on your health!
If you want to face the problem head-on, the best tool stems from knowing its root cause. To help you out, here are the common agents and activities that contribute to the accumulation of poor air quality in your room.
Common Causes of Poor Room Ventilation
Cigarette smoking has long been established to carry detrimental effects to your life and it leaves no room for an exception to the air quality indoors. Beware if you have smokers at home! A room lacking in proper ventilation puts you at a higher risk of inhaling secondhand smoke.
2. Cooking and Heating
Does the smell of the food you cooked a few days ago still linger in your room? To tell you why, cooking activities can increase the humidity levels in a room. Notice that those kitchen areas without a proper vent system often suffer from grease splatters, smokes and cooking smell.
Certain heating appliances and materials, like water heaters and fireplaces, also contribute to the poor air quality indoors by emitting pollutants in the form of particles and gases.
TIP: Having a range hood or exhaust system is ideal for your kitchen in order to minimize air contamination as a result of cooking.
3. Housekeeping Supplies and Activities
Who doesn’t love house cleaning supplies? Disinfectants, pesticides, and other aerosol products solve all your household cleaning problems in just a few sprays, wipes or drops! Admit it, they might even be one of your prized possessions for they free your room from dirt and odor problems.
But ironic as it sounds, these cleaning materials contain chemicals that contaminate the air in your room. Be careful what you spray around, it might contain harmful substances that’ll get in the air you breathe!
Moreover, while you’re doing some dusting, sweeping, or vacuuming, ensure that there are no occupants in the room as these household activities can also pollute the air.
Did you know that just like your house cleaning agents, cosmetic products, such as perfumes and body sprays, also contribute to the build-up of pollutants in your room? Be sure to practice proper usage, storage, and disposal of these supplies to minimize their effects on the air quality of your room.
4. Poor Building Construction and Design
Rooms designed to have proper ventilation normally have exterior vents to allow the exit of air contaminants. They could also include a well-designed air-conditioning system, exhaust fans, and filtrates. Without these, your room can generate thermal discomfort and an imbalance exchange of gases entering and exiting your space.
Why should you give towering attention to construction and design? Well, in putting up room ventilation systems, you need to put into consideration the location, amount of space, adjacent rooms and the intended number of occupants. Leave it to the care of interior designers for they sure know how to supply your needs for excellent room ventilation! Keep in mind that the initial design of your room plays a vital role in how you will enjoy your personal space in the long run.
5. Lack of Maintenance of Airconditioning Systems
The air conditioner in your room demands attention when it comes to regular maintenance. For instance, failure to unclog filters does not only affect the efficiency of the airconditioning unit but also impedes the normal airflow in your room.
Look out also for the accumulation of stagnant water in drain pans as it results in the growth of microbiological agents, such as fungi, bacteria, and algae, that pollute the air you breathe.
6. Building Materials and Furnishings
Did you know that most of the materials used in building your room are strong agents for the emission of volatile organic compounds or VOC? Household paints and carpets are on top of the list, followed by asbestos, tiles, and flooring. Other furnishings such as adhesives, varnish, and sealing agents also emit such volatile compounds.
If you’ve noticed, these materials usually vent out strong odors, especially when newly furnished. Note that these indicate the presence of contaminating agents in the air.
TIP: Since some of the materials mentioned might be essential for building your room, consult first with the experts (interior designer or engineer) when your room is safe and ready to be inhabited. Better yet, you can also turn to eco-friendly building materials instead!
Whether or not you’re spending most of your time in your room, this personal space of yours deserves the finest attention in keeping the air quality clean all the time. You might find it inevitable to get rid of some of the causes, but knowing the roots of poor air quality in your room already gives you the upper hand in reducing its damaging effects on you and your health. With a commitment to proper usage, storage, disposal of substances, aided by proper room design and construction, you’re on your way to enjoying a well-ventilated space!
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