Indoor Pollution and Its Impact on Health

How important is indoor pollution in our health? Well, much more than many people think. Right now, that we have become aware of the dangers posed by external pollution and that every day there are more restrictions on the use of the car or fossil fuels, the population has realized the real problem posed by polluting. However, it is not so common that it is known that, in cities, buildings are the main emitters of airborne pollutants.
If what we produce in our homes and workplaces involves the greatest number of pollutants that we throw into the air of our cities, wouldn’t the closed places also be a source of pollution? Definitely. It is very common to ignore the quality of the air we breathe inside the house, but most respiratory problems occur by letting our interiors become contaminated.
Cooking without opening the windows, using chemicals in cleaning without considering if it is being ventilated, the use of aerosols or simply leaving an accumulation of dust are phenomena that can cause us to end up breathing stale air, and that is an important problem for our health.
Some data to consider understanding the danger of indoor pollution are the following:

  • More than 3 billion people worldwide heat their homes and cook indoors with combustion solutions. For example, these are wood stoves or coal stoves, among other solutions.
  • More than four million people die every year prematurely due to diseases that are attributed to indoor pollution and stale air, which appears due to the use of fuels for cooking.
  • The same indoor polluted air is responsible for about 3.8 million premature deaths due to the occurrence of non-contagious diseases, such as strokes, ischemic heart disease, chronic obstructive neuropathy or lung cancer.
  • Among all children under five who die of pneumonia, more than half do so because they have inhaled contaminated air particles at home.

These serious consequences are usually caused by small particles – which today we call PM2.5 – and by other pollutants that also inflame the airways and lungs. Continued exposure to this smoke cuts our body’s ability to oxygenate the blood, and further weakens our immune system.
Breathing an air of poor quality indoors, coupled with a bad diet, smoking or lack of physical exercise, can lead to pneumonia and other respiratory problems. The World Health Organization itself strongly recommends that in homes around the world the use of fuels for cooking or air conditioning be avoided, but also that energy consumption be halted. In any house, even if no fuel is used, it is possible to generate a mass of stale or high humidity air that ends up affecting the health of people.

How to combat indoor pollution?


The health risks arising from indoor pollution are notable and we have already commented on them. Therefore, it is important to fight them at home to avoid health problems. How can we do it?
The most efficient way is to ventilate the rooms. And, to achieve the best results, it is better to use mechanical ventilation systems. But in those homes where there is no ventilation mechanism available – more than two thirds of the buildings in Spain are over 30 years old – we can also opt for the following:

  • Open the windows. It is considered that to air a room it is not necessary more than ten to 15 minutes, but it is important that the air run as long as possible.
  • Use bathroom extractors in sinks, at least during times when the light is on. They are economical and very easy to install.
  • When cooking, use the extractor hood ten minutes before cooking and another ten after, in addition to during the entire process.
  • Every time we clean the house or cook, it is ideal to open the windows a quarter of an hour before and leave them until at least ten minutes after finishing.
  • We can get a dehumidifier to eliminate excess if we live in coastal areas.
  • The use of fans can also help us, especially if they point to the windows to extract the air.
  • Be attentive to bad smells, they are indicative that something does not work in the air at home.

The best solution will always be the installation of a mechanical ventilation system, among which the dual flow ones stand out. These can extract the air automatically and driving previously renewed and filtered air.

Benefits in the Use of Solar Energy for The Home

There is much talk about the benefits of using solar energy, its use and improvement for the environment, among other information that we have received over the years that this type of alternative energy has been implemented.

Going into detail about the operation of the use of solar energy, its transformation process, manufacturing of cells, characteristics of the panels, is something we can talk about in another post.

For now, we will focus on something that interests you most, dear reader, as is the benefit you can get from using solar energy.

But have you really known what are the benefits of using solar energy? Do you have any idea how this greatly improves your economy and makes your contribution to the environment?

Perhaps the last question causes you a bit of doubt and you will think: How can something benefit me economically if the installation has a considerable cost? There, the most interesting thing about the use of this energy, but which we will address later.

Another question that can be asked is, can these panels damage the roof of my house? Or would it damage the aesthetics and beauty of my home design?

Environmental and economic benefits of solar energy

When talking about the benefits in the use of solar energy, it is undoubtedly necessary to address the environmental issue, its capacity of non-emission of CO2 or other gases in its use, as well as the non-generation of noise, makes this type of energy of A substantial contribution to our environment.

From an economic point of view, the benefits are perhaps more striking for some consumers. While it is true that installation costs are considered by some users as high, it is no less true that such investment is returned in a maximum space of between 2 to 5 years.

You will ask then, how is that investment returned? Simple, it is not that you will receive an extra payment for the use, this type of energy has a zero-maintenance cost over even about 20 years, if we relate it to the payment of electric service savings in pesos in a few years is substantial.

In the same way, it ensures the useful life of your home appliances, as there are no energy fluctuations or blackouts (very common in the transport of electric energy), it further improves economic savings.

At present, solar energy, thanks to its advances, can withstand the use in the home or residential area in the hours of greatest demand, that is, noon and night hours, without any voltage drop problem or loss of energy.

Installation versatility

The installation is very simple, in Mexico there are companies like Enlight that perform this type of facilities with the best technology and the guarantee of permanence over time, most importantly, to have the necessary advice for its use.

Enlight is an organization that for years has shown the seriousness, trust, responsibility and ethics in its functions of panel installation, technical advice, as well as assistance to sectors deprived of electrical energy through strategic alliances with other organizations.

Today, solar energy has had enough maturation to present itself as a real alternative, and more importantly, the reliability of its use without contracting any type of problems for the user, housing, its environment and the environment. The low weight of the panels does not damage any roof and maintains the aesthetics of the home.

Investing in solar energy for the home, will allow you to have the peace of mind of a sustainable, free electric service, which will serve you for savings and reinvestment in other services, without a doubt the benefits are greater than you thought. True?

Advantages and Disadvantages of PVC, Aluminum and Wood Windows

One of the biggest questions that you usually ask us is if when installing the windows of the house it is better to opt for PVC or aluminum windows. Therefore, we want you to be aware that each type of window has its advantages and disadvantages.

Therefore, pay attention to the advice we are going to give you to choose the best option for your home. Keep in mind that the weather or the budget are reasons that will make us opt for one or the other.

Remember also that you can request a quote for the installation of your window through this link, in addition, we will advise you on the type of window that you should install in your home depending on the situation in which it is located.

ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF PVC WINDOWS

The most commonly used option is PVC windows we believe it is one of the best options. These windows have a lower cost than aluminum, but also provide many other advantages. Let’s analyze them.

PVC WINDOWS TO AVOID COLD

PVC windows are the most capable of insulating temperature. So, in case your home is located in a region with temperature changes, or very cold regions, they are highly recommended.

PVC WINDOWS TO INSONORIZE

The windows made with PVC are also the best option in the market when soundproofing the home. Tests have been done comparing these windows with those of aluminum and it has been shown that they are the best in this field.

Therefore, if you live in an urban area where there is a lot of noise, the ability of PVC windows to soundproof or insulate sound will help you a lot. Thanks to its insulating capacity you will not have trouble sleeping.

THE PRICE OF PVC WINDOWS

Due to the cost of the materials with which they are made, PVC windows are priced cheaper than their competitors. Therefore, these windows are quite economical for all the advantages they offer.

LACK OF CUSTOMIZATION

The biggest disadvantage of this type of windows is that they are difficult to customize. This is because the materials do not offer different or more original forms, something that does happen with the wooden ones. In addition, the diversity of colors it offers is very limited.

RESISTANT ALUMINUM WINDOWS

Aluminum windows have a greater resistance to other materials because aluminum is very resistant. This causes these windows to be used in areas with hurricanes, earthquakes or in coastal areas where humidity tends to damage housing structures.

TEMPERATURE IS NOT YOUR PARTNER

Aluminum is not the best thermal insulator that exists, which is why compared to other materials, aluminum windows are not the best for insulating a home. Therefore, if using windows of this style ensures that your home is in an area with a climate with constant temperatures.

EASY TO PAINT

These types of windows offer many possibilities when decorating them. Therefore, it is true that in some spaces where you want to get a special decoration, they are used a lot. Aluminum windows absorb colors very well and become another decorative element.

NOISES ARE A PROBLEM

Just as the aluminum windows do not isolate the temperature well, the same goes for the sound. This is usually a problem in urban areas since it does not isolate the sound of the street.

ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF WOOD WINDOWS

 

Wooden windows are the windows that have been used most throughout history. Anyway, at present they are losing prominence in front of other windows but in spite of the new existing materials they are still very used.

IT IS A GOOD INSULATION

The insulating capacity of wood is much superior to aluminum both when insulating temperatures and sounds. Although it does not get to insulate in the same way as PVC windows.

GOOD FINISH

Wood offers many possibilities both when making a design and when painting it in any color. Anyway, if you have opted for wood the best option is always to maintain its original color.

In addition to color, the advantage of wood is that it can take different forms with a very high number of details. This is what makes it one of the first options when decorating a house in a very personalized way.

PRICE OF WOOD WINDOWS

Wooden windows are priced higher due to the cost of both the material and the treatment it requires. This has made that little by little they have been displaced by others with cheaper materials.

MAINTENANCE OF WOOD WINDOWS

Do not forget that wooden windows have an extra cost by needing a much more frequent maintenance treatment than the other types of windows. These types of windows require frequent treatment to keep in good condition and this involves work and money.

As a conclusion about PVC or aluminum or wood windows we can say that each of them fulfills a different function. There are no better or worse windows but windows for each situation.

As we have said, PVC windows are windows that insulate very well, both acoustically and thermally. On the other hand, aluminum windows are the most resistant of all and wooden windows can help to give a nice look in the house keeping the temperature