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How ventilation improves indoor air quality

A guide to the problems of poor indoor air quality and how to improve it.

Family of four enjoying fresh air in their living room thanks to ventilation

We spend a huge amount of our time breathing indoor air, so it's important that it's healthy. Ventilation can make a big difference to air quality.

How ventilation improves indoor air quality

Air quality is crucial for our health and well-being. Indoor air pollution can be even more damaging than the pollution in the air outside, given that people in Europe spend 90% of their time indoors. This has a real effect on our health, especially given that indoor air quality can be five times more polluted than outdoor air. A clean home environment is essential for better health. But what are the effects of poor air quality?

  • Reactions to pollution

Poor ventilation will lead to a build-up of pollutants in the indoor air. It can also result in dirt and dust mites due to the build-up of dirt or emissions from heating appliances. That can lead to unpleasant skin reactions or breathing problems.

  • VOC and other chemical dangers

Every day we use potentially dangerous chemicals in our homes. Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are emissions from household chemicals that are toxic in high concentrations. Correctly storing chemicals is crucial. Make sure the room you store them in is well-ventilated too. Carbon monoxide is present in many buildings that use coal- or gas-burning appliances too. A build-up of this gas can lead to poisoning. Ventilation helps minimise the risk.

  • Asthma and respiratory problems

People with asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory problems have more sensitive lungs. Polluted air can trigger these conditions. Dust and mites can cause flare-ups, as can mould or pests such as cockroaches. These problems can occur if the air inside your home is too damp or humid.

Solutions to improve air quality

An effective ventilation system is key to improving air quality. A professional mechanical system improves indoor air quality and ventilation throughout your home.

  • Reduces moisture and condensation

Condensation occurs when humid air is cooled quickly. Moisture forms on windows, walls and other surfaces, resulting in mildew, dampness or even mould. It happens during everyday activities such as showering or cooking when rooms aren’t well-ventilated. It's one of the most common problems with indoor air quality. A ventilation system offers a solution. It helps regulate temperature and controls moisture levels.

  • Reduces backdrafting risk

Backdrafting happens when the air pressure inside a home is lower than the pressure outside. As a result, gases such as carbon monoxide are drawn back in through chimneys or other openings. These gases are dangerous for your health and bad for air quality. Ventilation helps to control the pressure inside a building and reduces the risk of backdrafting.

  • Reduces dirt and pollutants

A ventilation system removes contaminants, dirt and pollutants. It draws them out and allows fresh, outside air in. Inadequate ventilation means that dirt and odours stay inside, making an unpleasant living environment.

Our homes are like lungs. They need consistent circulation of fresh, clean air. That helps protect both the property and the health of the people living there. Daikin ventilation solutions make the air inside your home as clean and healthy as it can be, giving you lasting peace of mind.

Mother tucking in daughter to bed in a ventilated room
Girl reading book in her chair enjoying fresh air

Find out how our Daikin ventilation systems can improve your indoor air quality