Following a recent study, the Mackintosh Environmental Research Unit revealed that new homes are being build too air tight for natural ventilation.
As a manufacture of gas fires and stoves, where efficiency is at the forefront of our minds, we are aware of the importance of efficiency. However, it is important to also consider the health implications that could arise from anything, which looks at reducing ventilation.
According to the study, IAQ (Indoor Air Quality), was a significant issue with houses that had their trickle vents closed. Common pollutants include volatile organic compounds and carbon dioxide from things like carpets, furnishings, plywood, MDF and other home furnishing products.
According to the study, a lack of ventilation causes symptoms such as headaches, allergic reactions, coughing, sneezing and watery eyes. More serious longer term effects have been linked to serious health conditions including lunch cancer, respiratory infections and cardiovascular disease.
The WHO (World Heath Organisation) has estimated that IAQ (Indoor Air Quality) is responsible for around 99,000 European deaths a year.
Ventilation & Stoves/Fires:
Although highly efficient, air tight new homes maybe great for lower fuel bills and a cozy environment, a highly efficient air tight home will have an impact on the type of gas fire or multi fuel stove you can have. Some new builds will not have a chimney, while an airtight new home will mean a large, roaring fire you may have in mind will simply be too much for the room. A site survey will be able to highlight the ideal sized fire for your home.