Property management and the importance of air quality.

A ventilation system that improves the health of your tenants is a cost-effective investment. Keeping your tenants happy and healthy will also protect your income and expenditure.

Your tenants will want their home to feel inviting and comfortable, and air quality plays a significant role to achieve this outcome. Ventilation is a crucial factor in keeping a healthy and dry home. A natural ventilation system will keep dampness, mould, and airborne pollutants from your home by replacing indoor air with drier, fresher air from the outdoors.

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    Health and indoor air pollution

    The indoor air quality relates to the air inside buildings and their structures. Indoor air pollution is known to affect the health of occupants on a short or long-term basis.

    Some people are disproportionately affected by pollutants, including children, the elderly, low income, minority, and indigenous communities.

    Pollutants that can affect air quality in homes can include, gases or particles from space heaters, dryers, gas stoves and fireplaces that have poor ventilation. Carbon dioxide and nitrogen dioxide are colourless and odourless compounds which are the resultant toxins.

    Volatile organic compounds can be found in paints, carpets, personal care products, sealants, cleaning supplies and air fresheners.

    Second-hand smoke, pet dander, mould, dust mites and pollen are the most commonly found triggers for allergies.

    Some effects may show up immediately after exposure to the pollutant. The symptoms are usually treatable and include fatigue, dizziness, irritation of eyes, ears, nose, and throat and headaches. Illness like asthma may be triggered or become worse with further exposure. Some people may become sensitised to pollutants or repeated high levels of exposure.

    Having an adequate supply of outdoor air coming into areas indoors (via a ventilation system) will result in a home that breathes, by moving airflow efficiently.

    Air quality in the home or workplace is a shared responsibility.

    Tenants in homes can augment a ventilation system by using a range hood when cooking, opening windows regularly (especially in bathrooms) and limiting their use of chemicals. Detergents and household appliances can contribute to poor air quality. Regular changes of filters in heating, home air purifiers or dehumidifying units are required.  Minimising dust with vacuuming, dusting, and cleaning surfaces frequently will also improve the air quality.

    Tenants in office buildings can assist by keeping a building healthy. Examples are keeping vents unblocked, storing food properly, avoid transferring products into the structure that are harmful, disposing of rubbish responsibly and smoking outdoors. Integrating any air quality concerns with managers is also advised.

    Why does your business need a natural ventilation system?

    Many people spend up to 90% of their time indoors. Improving air quality will reduce illness and result in higher productivity.

    Indoor air quality problems such as temperature, humidity and sufficient air movement will be supported with a Riteflo ventilation product. Riteflo ventilators are exclusive because they rotate in both directions and will provide fresh air and natural light into your commercial and/or residential building. Riteflo products are environmentally kind, energy-efficient and will help keep your tenants safe.

    Please call or email today for advice on our Riteflo ventilation systems.