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What does your care home feel like?

The average person consumes 2kg of food and water and breathes out approximately 1,200 litres of carbon dioxide every day. With that in mind, it raises a question — how does that then affect the air quality of where we spend a lot of our time and how important is ventilation?

Care homes are occupied by residents and staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can imagine how stuffy it can get, especially on a hot summer day. A comfortable living and working environment is important for occupants’ health and general well-being.

Spring is officially here and the weather is warming up. Out in the garden, the smell of cut grass and an iced tea in hand — spring can be invigorating. But if you live or work in a humid and sticky environment with inadequate ventilation, it can feel almost insufferable.

Research carried out by the European Respiratory Journal highlighted that poor air quality in care homes is having an impact on the health of its residents, and that more natural ventilation removes old and musty air, providing fresh air into the building. Dr Isabella Annesi-Maesano, lead author of the study comments, “Nursing homes should do more to prevent indoor air pollution by improving ventilation in their buildings.”

The most common complaints from occupants living or working somewhere with poor air quality are:

  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Allergies aggravated
  • Eye, nose and throat irritation
  • Respiratory disease.

 

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