Vent-Axia welcomes NICE guidance on indoor air quality

Vent-Axia welcomes NICE guidance on indoor air quality

Vent-Axia has welcomed the draft guidance ‘Indoor Air Quality at Home’ published by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

The document urges both local authorities and the public to be aware of the air quality in their homes to reduce exposure to indoor pollutants.

Within the guidance it advises people to ensure rooms are well ventilated by extractor fans or by opening windows when cooking, drying clothes inside, using household sprays or solvents and paints.

Vent-Axia is pleased that the dangers associated with poor indoor air quality (IAQ) are now being recognised, especially since recent research on respiratory health has pointed to non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOCs) in the home posing a risk to health.

Currently, a staggering 65% of UK homes suffer from poor IAQ as a result of inadequate ventilation.

Poor IAQ costs the UK over 204,000 healthy life years, with 45% lost to cardiovascular diseases, 23% to asthma and allergy and 15% to lung cancer.

Jenny Smith, Head of Marketing at Vent-Axia, commented: “We are committed to improving IAQ. With homes becoming increasingly air tight, the problem of poor IAQ has become less easy to ignore.

“Without good ventilation in a home, air quality can potentially deteriorate and, as a result, can lead to condensation, mould and build-up of toxic chemicals.”

With IAQ now a high priority, the Vent-Axia PureAir Sense, as the UK’s only bathroom fan with an odour sensor, has been designed to help offer peace of mind to households.

The draft guidance consultation for ‘Indoor Air Quality at Home’ runs from June 28th to August 9th. It is expected the guidance will be published on December 11th, 2019.

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