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Why your new year's resolution should be improving air quality in your home

Why your new year's resolution should be improving air quality in your home

19/12/2016

A healthy life is a happy life. You may not realise it, but the air you breathe inside your home could be harming you and your family in a number of different ways. Nothing could be more important than the air you breathe, so make it your resolution for 2017 to improve the air quality in your home. Here are some tips to help you out in your planning.

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21 simple ways to improve the air quality in your property

21 simple ways to improve the air quality in your property

05/12/2016

Though it may seem a foregone conclusion that your home may be affected by air pollution from the many household items that are deemed essential to day to day life, there are actually many different things that you can do, and products that you can buy, to circumvent health issues and keep your home safe.

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Don't ignore mould in the home

Don't ignore mould in the home

14/11/2016

Mould is a common household problem. It can be caused by poor ventilation, leaks and moisture in the air, which causes condensation. Every day activities such as bathing, cleaning, cooking and even fish tanks and indoor plants can cause dampness in the air, leading to condensation and eventually mould.

Untreated, mould can cause allergies and respiratory problems, so it is important to ventilate your home well and keep an eye out for potential problems. Mould can be tricky to get rid of once it starts to grow, so it is best to be aware of prevention methods before it multiplies and causes a much larger problem.

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Keep condensation and damp out this winter

Keep condensation and damp out this winter

31/10/2016

As winter approaches and the temperature outside plummets, condensation and damp become increasingly common problems in our homes.

Left unchecked, they can cause unsightly mould patches, and may even rot or damage surfaces or structures, which could prove very costly to repair. Worse still, condensation and damp can contribute to respiratory health problems.

Knowing which type of damp problem you have, and the solutions available to tackle it, can stamp it out for good. Fortunately, there are lots of things you can do to banish condensation and damp from your home this winter.

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Social Landlords: Protect your housing stock against condensation & mould

Social Landlords: Protect your housing stock against condensation & mould

17/10/2016

If you are a social landlord and want to ensure you are maximising profits and protecting your investment, we can help. As we strive to make our properties more energy efficient by keeping in the heat, we are losing fresh air and ventilation in our homes. Poor ventilation coupled with condensation and moisture can mean mould and damp problems, creating issues that could affect the health of your tenants and the value of your property. In this post, we look at why it is so important for social landlords to continually review the ventilation and energy systems in their properties, in order to maximise their profits, and minimise their problems. 

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Students: There is an easy cure to improve the damp in your student house

Students: There is an easy cure to improve the damp in your student house

10/10/2016

Damp and mould can be harmful to your health and for students living in privately rented accommodation, they can find themselves readily exposed to it. It’s important to check your accommodation for damp and mould and to understand the implications it can have for your health and well-being. It’s also important to understand the steps you can take to prevent and to remedy damp and mould in your student accommodation.

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Back to Uni: Did you know how unhealthy your accommodation could be?

Back to Uni: Did you know how unhealthy your accommodation could be?

03/10/2016

The return to uni is always hugely exciting, with the buzz of seeing friends, hitting the student social scene and getting stuck into another year of your degree. It's easy to get swept up in the adrenaline and forget to keep a close eye on your health. But when it comes to black mould and damp, you really cannot afford to be complacent. 

Some student accommodations are notoriously unhealthy if they aren't properly maintained and cared for, and both damp and black mould can become a problem. Think this is just unsightly or a bit of a pain? Think again, as you could find yourself at risk of serious health complications if action isn't taken. Our guide will tell you more.

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When did you last review your ventilation strategy?

When did you last review your ventilation strategy?

26/09/2016

When it comes to ventilation, many landlords have no strategy at all. This is strange because damp is a widespread problem. It not only affects tenants, who have to put up with the musty odour and unsightly black patches, it affects the landlords who will have to repaint, refurbish, or even re-plaster the walls where it is particularly bad.

Without proper ventilation, you are inviting damp into your property. During the winter, the temperature difference between the interior and exterior causes water to condense. This is why damp is most often found surrounding windows and doors – these areas are where warm, humid air meets a cold surface, causing pools of water to collect.

By creating a strategy, you can overcome the tendency of homes to become muggy and stale smelling during the winter. For the best results, start early, and try thinking long-term. 

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Landlords: install a permanent solution before winter

Landlords: install a permanent solution before winter

19/09/2016

Thinking about the winter months leaves most landlords cold. Many do not think to plan ahead. Others trust that circumstances will resolve themselves. To most, the months of blazing summer heat do not lend themselves to thinking ahead to burst boilers, faulty thermostats, and permafrost pipes.

Yet, by thinking now, landlords can leap the savings curve and increase the returns on their properties by reducing energy costs over winter. Landlords can make their properties more energy-efficient – and therefore economical – by starting in the summer. The services of plumbers, contractors, and even the price of fixtures will be cheaper when there is less demand, i.e. during the summer. Furthermore, by starting now, they have more time to brainstorm and get truly creative about their solutions.

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Landlords: Help your tenants save money this month!

Landlords: Help your tenants save money this month!

12/09/2016

September is not the usual time of year we associate with the landlord’s nightmare that are high energy bills. However, from proper ventilation to fridge care, there are always a few things that can be done around any property to keep it in optimum shape and save money. You might think that these kind of tips might bore your tenant to death at best, or be flat out ignored at worst, but you'd be surprised how much of a motivation money saving is for many people!

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Make your home a healthy home

Make your home a healthy home

30/08/2016

When the phrase ‘air pollution’ is mentioned, most people immediately think of traffic fumes, smoke from incinerators, or emissions from industrial plants or factories. Indoor air pollution in your own home doesn’t immediately spring to mind.

There are various reasons for poor air quality in the home, but many people have no idea that this can be a factor that if left unchecked, can, sometimes severely, affect the health of the occupants.

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Did you know household chemicals and products can pollute indoor air?

Did you know household chemicals and products can pollute indoor air?

22/08/2016

Your home is almost certainly the place where you feel at your most relaxed and most comfortable, and yet there are all sorts of hidden dangers lurking in some of the most unexpected of places. We all know that most accidents happen in the home rather than at work or when out and about, but beyond the trip hazards, faulty electricals and cooking nightmares are the things you can’t necessarily see which may be affecting your health.

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Why we should be paying more attention to VOCs?

Why we should be paying more attention to VOCs?

15/08/2016

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are contained within many of the products and items we are surrounded by day to day, and are carbon-based chemicals which evaporate at room temperature. The list of products which contain VOCs is extensive, but among some of the most common household items to contain these potentially harmful chemicals are carpet adhesives, paints, upholstery fabrics, air fresheners, disinfectants and cosmetics. 

With so many household products containing VOCs, the Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risk estimates that there are up to 900 chemicals in the indoor air we breathe. Staggeringly, that means that the air in our homes may in fact be up to 70% more polluted than the air outside, with airborne irritants significantly impacting our overall health and physical wellbeing. 

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Why energy efficiency matters

Why energy efficiency matters

08/08/2016

Energy efficiency matters now more than ever. Despite a global recession and public spending cuts across the board, global warming remains one of the biggest threats to the planet and those who dwell on it. Put simply, energy efficiency is the attempt to reduce the amount of energy used to provide everyday products and services by making improvements to technology and buildings.

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It's not just top athletes who need a good quality supply of air...

It's not just top athletes who need a good quality supply of air...

01/08/2016

With the 2016 Olympic Games set to open in Rio de Janeiro on 5th August, excitement (and nerves) are building and sports fans are talking of little else. The quality of the air we breathe has a major impact on our body’s ability to circulate oxygenated blood, vital for physical activity and, indeed, overall health and wellbeing.

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Indoor air quality in the home

Indoor air quality in the home

22/06/2016

Most home owners don’t think about the quality of air in their home. While pollution from traffic and high pollen counts is often in the news, the fact that the air in your home can be just as bad for your health and wellbeing isn't as widely reported. Indoor air quality (IAQ) is defined as the absence of air pollutants which could affect the comfort or health of the building residents. Nowadays, we spend a lot of time insulating our homes - adding cavity wall insulation, double glazing and loft insulation to make them more energy-efficient and to save on our utility bills. 

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Tips to help reduce hay fever

Tips to help reduce hay fever

20/06/2016

It's that time of year again, when the weather’s gorgeous and you’d love to be out in it and having fun, but the wheezes and the sneezes and the irritation of hay fever hit, and can easily ruin your summer. EnviroVent gives their top tips to reduce hay fever effects for you this summer.

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What is hay fever?

What is hay fever?

08/06/2016

Hay fever is believed to affect over 10 million people in the UK and can be an annual visitor or afflict people for a shorter time. It is an allergy caused by pollen or dust which inflames the mucous membranes of the eyes and nose, causing a runny nose and watery eyes.

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How do you test for radon gas in the home

How do you test for radon gas in the home

30/05/2016

Exposure to radon gas can be harmful to respiratory health, but as the gas is odourless, you can't directly tell if it's present in your home. The only way to know if radon gas is making its way into your home through a building's materials or foundations is to do a test.

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Radon poisoning: What is it, and how can you reduce the risk?

Radon poisoning: What is it, and how can you reduce the risk?

23/05/2016

Radon poisoning is the cause of more than 1,000 deaths in the UK each year, yet many people do not know what radon is, or how radon poisoning occurs. Find out all, and how to reduce the risks.

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Correct ducting could be key to more effective ventilation systems

Correct ducting could be key to more effective ventilation systems

17/05/2016

As every installer should know, high quality ducting is essential to the effective running of a ventilation system and there are a number of important considerations to take into account. When ducting is selected and installed correctly, it can improve and prolong the efficiency of the whole system, leading to long term low maintenance.

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Radon shouldn't be ignored

Radon shouldn't be ignored

16/05/2016

Worried about radon gas levels in your home? Read on to find out some of the simple ways you can reduce your radon exposure.

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What is Radon Gas

What is Radon Gas

02/05/2016

Ever wondered what Radon Gas is, where it comes from and what risk it has to you and your families health? EnviroVent has created a quick overview to help explain what you can do to help reduce radon in the home.

 

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10 easy tips to improve the air quality in your home

10 easy tips to improve the air quality in your home

25/04/2016

We’ve all done it. If it’s cold, if your neighbour’s doing some noisy DIY, or there’s a funny smell in the air, you shut your windows. Keep that nice, clean air in your house, and the nasties of the outside world away from your home. The problem with that is that with the super efficient double glazing and doors we have these days, you’re trapping all manner of things inside your house, turning it into a sealed box of potentially harmful elements. What can you do to keep your home’s air quality as good as it can be, even with the windows shut?

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What are VOCs? (volatile organic compounds)

What are VOCs? (volatile organic compounds)

18/04/2016

If you have asthma or another respiratory condition, young children, or an elderly person in the house, you should find out about Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). These are the groups of people who are potentially susceptible to the effects of VOCs in the home.

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What is Toxic House Syndrome and what can I do about it?

What is Toxic House Syndrome and what can I do about it?

11/04/2016

More than 15 million homes are affected by Toxic Building Syndrome in the UK alone, so what is it, how does it affect you and what can you do about it? 

Essentially Toxic Building Syndrome is where the air quality in your home or office is so bad that it can affect the health of those inside. You see you might think you’re breathing clean air, but in fact the air inside your home can have more than 900 harmful chemicals and organisms in it, which you simply cannot see. Everything from carbon monoxide to mould spores can form part of TBS and they all have their own, hugely detrimental, effects on your health.

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World Allergy Week - Why are allergies on the increase

World Allergy Week - Why are allergies on the increase

04/04/2016

Up to 35% of all people throughout the world experience allergies at some point in their life, and this number is on the increase. At first, allergies only seemed to be increasing in developed countries such as the UK and USA but as more and more countries around the world become more industrially developed, they too are seeing an increase in the rate of allergies. 

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Whole house heat recovery systems for self-builders

Whole house heat recovery systems for self-builders

28/03/2016

If you are building your own home then you almost certainly want the most cost-effective, future-proofed and damp-proofed home possible. One way to achieve this is by designing your build around an EnviroVent whole house heat recovery system that will enable you to go for a more insulated house, with fewer vents. This will be much more efficient in the long run.

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The difference between rising damp and condensation

The difference between rising damp and condensation

21/03/2016

Easily confused, rising damp and condensation are both things which you might find in your home. However, while one can be relatively easily remedied before too much harm is caused, the other will need more time and investment to banish it from your home.

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Sustainable homes – your house still needs to breathe

Sustainable homes – your house still needs to breathe

08/03/2016

For a home to be described as sustainable it must meet certain criteria, and these are laid out in the Code for Sustainable Homes. It's a set of guidelines forming an environmental assessment method that can be used to rate and certify how newly built homes perform in terms of their energy consumption and retention. Some of the elements of this standard are now also codified in Building Regulations, which apply to all homes built in England.

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A first time buyer's guide to damp

A first time buyer's guide to damp

01/03/2016

Damp is one of those horrifying words that keeps potential homeowners awake at night and rising damp can indeed be a serious problem that can cost you a huge amount to fix. If you’re a first time buyer, you would do well to educate yourself on the tell-tale signs of damp, but it’s also worth bearing in mind that there are things you can do.

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Happy homes with Envirovent's PIV

Happy homes with Envirovent's PIV

06/02/2016

Positive input ventilation, or Positive Pressure Ventilation as it is sometimes known, is quite simply the best way to ventilate your property. Whether your home suffers from condensation, black mould, or general dampness, Positive Input Ventilation, or PIV for short, could be the solution you’re looking for.

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Condensation 101: everything you need to know

Condensation 101: everything you need to know

06/02/2016

Most of us have experienced condensation in our property at some point in time, most likely during the deep winter months. In fact, one in five UK homes suffer from it. The cold weather brings our attention to damp problems hiding in our homes, resulting in streaming windows and all number of debilitating problems, including damp and mould. The problem will come back to haunt you time and time again unless it is dealt with professionally. If you think you might have a condensation issue in your home, keep reading for everything you need to know about how to treat and prevent it.

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Is the air in your home making you sick

Is the air in your home making you sick

05/02/2016

Breathing is something we do without thinking. Unless we're practising yoga or another activity which requires us to control it, we breathe subconsciously. Maybe that's the reason many residents ignore the possibility that what they're breathing in at home could be doing them harm.

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How to remove black mould: do those old wives' tales really work

How to remove black mould: do those old wives' tales really work

05/02/2016

Black mould has long been the curse of homeowners, appearing not just in bathrooms, but in bedrooms, behind furniture, around windows and even on floors and clothes. Far from just being an aesthetic problem, studies have shown that mould is bad for your health, causing headaches, breathing problems and even triggering asthma. Fighting back against the problem as soon as it rears its head is, therefore, imperative.

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