Fresh air: what matters when it comes to indoor climate

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CAUSE RESEARCH. Even though you do not have a cold, you find yourself having a fit of sneezing while relaxing at home. Alternatively, you might not have an infection causing your burning eyes, dry mucous membranes, and general fatigue and fogginess within your four walls. But what else could be causing these symptoms? It could be related to a poor indoor climate. Indoor air quality significantly impacts our well-being, health and performance.

FACT CHECK. The indoor climate describes various factors that influence living quality and comfort. Air quality is primarily affected by surface temperature differences between walls and floors, humidity, odors, oxygen content, pollutant levels, and air temperature. And, of course, lighting and natural sunlight also significantly influence the indoor climate.

Whether you feel comfortable in a room or not naturally varies from person to person. For example, men and women perceive cold and heat differently. Older people also have a different perception of warmth, and where you come from influences how warm or cold you want it to be. Despite these differences in subjective perception, there are generally recommended guide values for temperature and humidity that positively affect our performance and health.

CLEAN FORMULA. When we talk about clean air, it consists of 78% nitrogen, 21% oxygen, 0.03% carbon dioxide and 0.93% noble gases. But this “optimum” condition cannot be maintained, of course, because the climate changes as soon as people, plants or objects are in a room. People and plants give off moisture, and breathing increases carbon dioxide. So if there are several people in a room, oxygen can become scarce, which can make itself felt through tiredness or headaches, among other things.
However, it becomes more dangerous if the air in the room is contaminated with pollutants, such as floor coverings, paints, wood-based materials, glue, etc. These usually not only smell unpleasant but also smell bad. These usually not only smell unpleasant but are also harmful to health. Intolerance to chemical gases or volatile organic compounds can quickly lead to allergic reactions. This is why you should always look for low-emission furnishing and building materials when furnishing your home.

VENTILATE PROPERLY. The windows should be fully open to ensure that the air exchange is as effective as possible. The best option is to place windows and doors across each other to create a short draft. When the outside temperature is cold, it is advisable to ventilate 2-3 times a day for around 5 minutes.

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