Health And Fresh Air
Fresh air in our homes is
fundamental for our health as we breathe this half of
Due to the cost of energy
rising faster than our wages and for other
must reduce the use of energy. Energy reduction may be done by insulating our
homes and reduce the existing draft. Having reduced the energy consumption in
this way, we must also exchange the old, stale air with fresh air to assure a
The fresh air reduce or eliminates the effect of allergies, carbon mono oxides,
carbon dioxides, mould, rot and dust mites.
Radon is a radioactive gas which impacts the health.
Be sure your house has been tested for radon.
Fresh Air In The Home
There are many ways to have more or less fresh air in the home. A host of simple and complicated methods have been developed. The main quest is to improve the in-houseair quality without loosing the expensive energy used to heat the air. Recycling the air to a level where the recycled air is comparable to fresh air is very complex and expensive.
The simplest way is to use fresh air!
Fresh Air Heat ExchangerIt is important that the fresh air is pumped into the home at a known volume and that the energy is recovered.
Asthma, allergies, cold, radon, dry eyes and skin are diseases and
conditions that are improved by fresh air.
The majority of these triggers are reduced by fresh air.
Allergy and allergens is too numerous a subject to discuss here but some of
the allergens can be controlled through the use of FAHRenergy units.
Common allergens are dust mites, pollen and mould spores. Hayfever is one
reaction to these allergens.
Dust mites: For more about dust mites go to the web page of Wikipedia, dust mites.
By combining FAHRenergy with a pollen filter, pollen in the air of the
can be severely reduced.
Hayfever is normally
associated with spring/summer and pollen but may
occur all year. Hayfever may also be caused by a reaction to allergens around the
home such as dust mites, moulds or animal hair or fur.
For more information on hayfever go to the Betterhealth web page.
is important to know that moulds thrive in humid conditions.
Aspergillus fungi and many other moulds are inactivated or die at humidity
below 50%. An installed FAHRenergy system typically reduces the humdity
below 50% during the winter (at outside temperatures below 10°C).
of the many types of mould spores are
of health problems.
Moulds are considered the foundation for Sick Building Syndrome etc.
Information on Aspergillus may be found on the Wikipedia Aspergillus web page.
toxins (cancer causing) are
spread by moulds:
Aspergillus sp. - A genus of fungi containing over 120 recognized species.
Members of this genus have been recovered from a variety of habitats, but are
common as saprophytes on decaying vegetation, soils, stored food and animal
Some species are parasitic on insects, plants and animals, including man.
Various Aspergillus species are a common cause of extrinsic asthma. Symptoms
include edema and bronchiospasms. Chronic cases may develop pulmonary
emphysema. Members of this genus are reported to cause a variety of infections
of the ears and eyes.
Many species produce mycotoxins which may be associated with disease in
humans and other animals. Several toxins are considered potential human
Fresh Air: Prevention Is Better Than Cure
air in our homes is fundamental for
our health as we breathe this half of our
of a FAHRenergy (Fresh Air Heat
ventilator) is a very
efficient, simple and cheap way of obtaining fresh air in our homes.
For more information about FAHRenergy go to the FAHRenergy Home page.