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New NICE Guidance on Indoor Air Quality at Home

The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has released a new publication titled ‘Indoor Air Quality at Home’, which provides guidance for the public on how to reduce their exposure to indoor pollutants.

Key advice within the publication for reducing the risk posed by indoor pollutants is ensuring rooms are well ventilated through the use of extractor fans, trickle vents, cooker hoods and opening windows.

Another key recommendation is the reduction of damp and condensation in the home. Condensation and mould is not a new problem, but improved insulation and air tightness of existing properties without considering ventilation is causing a rise in new cases. For refurbishments, permanent effective ventilation must be included alongside energy efficiency measures.

NICE also offers advice on reducing damp and condensation by using background ventilation; using mechanical ventilation where possible; opening windows where possible and safe; avoiding moisture producing activities and removing any residual moisture when it forms.

According to Public Health England, between 28,000 and 36,000 deaths a year are related to long-term exposure to air pollution, making it is the biggest environmental threat to health in the UK.

See page 37 of the February issue of EW for Vent-Axia’s take on how wholesalers can increase sales by informing electricians on the best ventilation options to suit their projects.