You have probably been told to stay indoors if you suffer from flu symptoms, have asthma or allergies.
But you may also get to the fresh air.
"The significant increase in asthma and allergy in recent decades is likely to be associated with a poorer indoor climate. In winter, young children especially live much more indoors than outside, while we know that they become easier and more infected with viral and bacterial diseases. There is a connection here. Often, indoor air can be much more polluted than air outdoors, says Dr. Kjell Vaage.
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It is well documented that bad indoor climate can exacerbate asthma and allergy sufferers.
The incidence of these diseases is increasing, and research shows that the causes of the increase are more and more associated with environmental factors outside and indoors, according to Norway's asthma and allergy association.
"During the winter months we enter, the same applies to pests like mice and rats. In addition, we know that the presence of mushrooms and mold in residential buildings is increasing frequently during this season. Studies show that living in a humid and moldy building over time gives rise to increased risk of develop asthma and can also lead to more and worse respiratory infections, coughing and touching the chest, "says Øyvind Setnes in Tryg Forsikring.
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Various infectious diseases associated with indoor climate affect primarily respiratory and mucous membranes in the nose and throat region. It causes common diseases such as colds and flu.
One of the worst sources of indoor pollution is casting.
"It is mainly in the transition between the wet autumn weather and the winter's cold that mold thrives. We do not like it, but the indoor air is affected by it." If you do not get a mold, it will be a health problem for everyone living in the house, says Setnes.
Condomforms are most common, but all forms can be prevented through good prevention. Key words here are to keep the surfaces clean and dry and ensure that moisture can not accumulate anywhere.
Good advice for a good indoor climate:
- 1. Rinse twice a day for 15 minutes. It does not stop opening a window, you have to open windows at all ends of the house. Thereafter the humidity increases and the temperature is lowered, which in turn causes swirling dust to become heavier and lay on the floor. In addition to using the fan, you must also have an open window when cooking. This is to avoid water vapor and gas.
- 2. Keep a constant indoor temperature in all rooms at 21 degrees. Do not extinguish the heat in rooms you do not use. What can happen is that the surfaces become cold and create condensation in combination with moisture. The water that occurs can quickly lead to mold. Particularly important is to have a temperature of 18-21 degrees in the bedroom because we actually do some moisture when we sleep.
- 3. Avoid wearing clothes to dry indoors if possible. Water vapor is one of the worst for the climate in your home. The moisture can lead to mold, which is the biggest concern regarding indoor climate, which can improve asthma and breathing needs. If you need to hang your clothes to dry indoors, it is recommended that you do it in a bathroom with hood.
- 4. Avoid having large furniture directly against cold exterior walls. Where cold and warm air meets, it should be airy and good air circulation. Otherwise, condensation development will develop, which may eventually develop into shaping. We recommend at least 5-10 cm intervals between furniture and cold exterior walls.
- 5. Provide documentation, especially if you are a tenant. In some cases, landlords may be required to make improvements, and in extreme terms one may require the rental contract to end. This applies to homes where it has been shown that it is risky to live and nothing is done to correct the conditions. (Source: Insurance)