You have probably been asked to stay at home if you have flu symptoms, asthma or allergies.
But maybe you should also go into fresh air.
"A significant increase in asthma and allergies in the last decades will probably be associated with a poorer indoor climate, especially in winter, children live much more indoors than outside, and we know that they become easier and more infected by viral and bacterial diseases. The room air can often be much more polluted than the outside air – says Dr. Kjell Vaage.
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It is well documented that poor indoor climate can exacerbate the plagues of asthma and allergy sufferers.
The incidence of these diseases is increasing, and studies show that the causes of growth are increasingly related to environmental factors outside and inside buildings, according to the Norwegian Asthma and Allergy Association.
The case goes under the picture.
"In the winter months, we enter, the same applies to pests such as mice and rats." In addition, we know that the occurrence of fungi and fungi in residential homes often increases this season. Studies show that staying in a moist and moldy building over time increases the risk of getting sick to asthma, and can also lead to worse and worse infections of the airways, cough and chest tubes, "says Øyvind Setnes in Tryg Forsikring.
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Various infectious diseases related to the indoor climate primarily affect the mucous membranes of the airways and throat. It causes widespread complaints such as colds and flu.
One of the worst sources of pollution in rooms is molding.
"Especially in the transition period between wet autumn weather and winter frost molds are growing in. We do not like it but it affects the room air, if you do not get a glass of beer, it will change into a health problem for all who live in the house, says Setnes.
Forms of condoms are the most common, but you can prevent all forms by good prevention. The key words here are to keep the surface clean and dry, and to make sure that the moisture can not accumulate anywhere.
Good advice for a good indoor climate:
- 1. Rinse twice a day for 15 minutes. Do not stop opening windows, you have to open the windows at all ends of the house. Then the humidity increases and the temperature decreases, which in turn causes the rotating dust to become heavier and puts on the floor. In addition to using the exhaust fan during cooking, the window must also be open. This is to avoid water vapor and gas.
- 2. Keep a constant temperature in all rooms at 21 degrees. Do not turn off the heat in rooms that you do not use, which may cause the surfaces to become cold and create condensation in combination with moisture. Water that occurs can quickly lead to mold. It is particularly important to have a temperature of 18-21 degrees in the bedroom, because during the sleep we do a little moisture.
- 3. If possible, avoid putting clothes to dry in the room. Water vapor is one of the worst conditions prevailing in your home. Moisture can lead to mold, which is the main problem when it comes to the room climate, which can increase asthma and respiratory disorders. If you want to hang clothes to dry in the room, it is recommended to do so on the bathroom with a hood.
- 4. Avoid large furniture directly on cold external walls. Where cold and warm air meet, it should be airy and ensure good air circulation. Otherwise, condensation will develop which can eventually turn into forming. We recommend a distance of at least 5-10 cm between furniture and cold external walls.
- 5. Provide documentation, especially if you are a tenant. In some cases, building owners may be required to make improvements and, in extreme cases, require them to terminate the lease. This applies to homes where it has been shown that you risk your life and nothing is done to improve the conditions. (Source: insurance)