….all I need is the air that I breathe

One of my favourite songs is “The air that I Breathe” by the Hollies.  Showing my age, I know, but like the song, I’m a classic! For those of you too young to know it and for the rest of us that recall the “slow sets” of the 70’s here it is http://youtu.be/7duPNQCp-w4

Fresh air

We can manage without food for a length of time and even without water, but without air our body closes down, fast.

So it stands to reason that the quality of the air that we breathe is important.

Fresh air is full of negative ions, which cleans your lungs giving you more energy and a sharper mind; improved digestion; improved blood pressure and heart rate and a strengthened immune system.

And best of all ….It makes you happier 

The amount of serotonin is affected by the amount of oxygen you inhale.

Serotonin can significantly lighten your mood and promote a sense of happiness and well-being.

Fresh air will leave you feeling more refreshed and relaxed.

The air that we breathe inside is not as fresh as we need it to be. Dust is a fact of everyday life. It collects on every surface, and we breathe it in.

The Dust Mite

And then, there’s the dust mite. They are not parasitic and do not bite. The concern about dust mites is people are allergic to them. The dust mite allergen is their tiny feces and body fragments which are components of dust. These particles are so small they can become airborne and inhaled when dust is disturbed. Allergy symptoms  include sneezing, itchy, watery eyes, nasal stuffiness, runny nose, stuffy ears, respiratory problems, eczema and (in severe cases) asthma. Many people notice these symptoms when they stir dust during cleaning activities.

Indoor air is also polluted by combustion gases from cooking appliances, fires and stoves. Also, chemicals from furniture, cleaning products, paints, smog, pollen, mildew and cooking fumes, to name but a few. 

Natural ventilation such as trickle vents, wall vents are often closed to prevent heat loss, but even while open will only give about 1-2 air changes per day. Opening windows offers a similar result, and in good weather allow pollen to enter the home.

The result of this poor ventilation often manifests itself in the form of excess condensation mildew and mould.

With the rising cost of heating fuel and our growing awareness of energy conservation, we are  sealing our homes to prevent heat loss, to enhance our comfort and reduce fuel bills.

However this is having a detrimental effect on the quality of our indoor air and subsequently our health. When air is breathed several times a day it becomes stale and lacks oxygen, causing headaches, dizziness, colds, infections and unexplainable fatigue.

Stale air is the number one cause of asthmatic and allergy conditions, and repeated exposure to polluted air over the years can result in such conditions as heart disease, cancer, and respiratory illness.

What to do?

Fresh indoor air

Installing a Positive Input Ventilation unit, will provide up to twelve air changes per day.

DRIMASTER  Positive Input Ventilation units provide a continuous supply of fresh filtered air into your home by way of positive pressurisation. A gradual pressure is built up forcing moisture and indoor air pollutants out through natural leakage points found in every home, in turn creating an atmosphere in which condensation and mould growth cannot exist.

The unit is fitted in your attic and will operate at an almost imperceptible noise level. You will hardly know it’s there. The input air enters your home at ceiling level, either hallway or landing. This method re-circulates the warm air that rises and collects there and re-distributes it throughout the home thus collecting and removing old contaminated air from stagnant corners, wardrobes, storage areas etc.

The only maintenance required is the replacement of filters every 5 years (under normal conditions)

A Drimaster Positive Input Ventilation is the most cost effective way of creating a healthy living environment in your home.  It will reduce the air moisture content to a healthy 50%-60% leading to improved air quality, and providesolutions to condensation, mildew and poor air quality problems in both new and existing properties.  Drimaster will also help reducing any build-up of poisonous gases such as carbon monoxide and will reduce radon gas.

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas which is both colourless and odourless which can enter buildings from the ground and can expose occupants to doses of radiation. High concentrations of radon particles, once ingested, increase the possibility of damage to tissues and in extreme cases the risk of lung cancer. It is estimated that 100,000 homes have higher than average concentrations of radon above the safe levels of 200 Becquerel per m2.  See http://www.rpii.ie/  for more information and check the map to see if your home is in a High Radon Area.

Positive input ventilation is a recognized method of Radon control, increasing the internal air pressure will reduce radon entry into a dwelling and increase dilution of indoor radon (because of increased ventilation).

In short installing a Drimaster in your home will

  • Continuously creates a healthier indoor environment.
  • Protect the fabric of a dwelling from damage caused by mould and condensation
  • Reduce the maintenance costs of the property.
  • Prevent external pollutants from entering a dwelling and suppress unwanted draughts.
  • Minimise the loss of heat in a loft space by recirculating the air, providing a significant net energy gain.

Last but not least, I can attest to two of the most positive results of having a Drimaster Positive Input Ventilation unit fitted in your home.

Dust is reduced ……Therefore dusting is reduced

And ………..DRUM ROLL ……… Improved air quality can also improve the problem of Snoring

 Restoring harmony, and perhaps stirring up romance like when you danced to your song…

……all I need is the air that I breathe…..

Note: This article uses 10-point Century Gothic font to reduce your ink footprint should you wish to print it.

About Pat Murphy

True to me; Mother, Wife, Friend, Environmentalist; Living comfortably; Being warm; Knowing what's enough; Chair of WFQA (Irish wood fuel quality assurance scheme)
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6 Responses to ….all I need is the air that I breathe

  1. Dee sewell says:

    Really, snoring??? That’s it I’m getting the duster and Hoover out at the very least!

  2. Michael Wall says:

    Hi Pat,
    Thanks for all the info on PIV Drimaster. Radon Control, Dust Control, such an welcome unit considering the cost of installing Radon treatments. I’ve seen quotes for between €500 – €1,500 already!

  3. Karon Atchison says:

    House dust mites can trigger respiratory or dermatological conditions including asthma and eczema.The main component of dust is shed skin flakes, which is the mite’s preferred food source. Areas around the home that are heavily used, such as beds, carpet and upholstered furniture, will have much higher mite populations than the rest of the house…

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