Titon To Play Key Role In ‘My Health My Home’ Campaign - February 2015
Titon is supporting BEAMA’s ‘My Health My Home’ initiative, which is publicising the issues surrounding poor indoor air quality in the UK. The campaign, which commenced in October 2014, has highlighted how effective ventilation can improve indoor air quality and reduce the risk of Toxic Home Syndrome.
Toxic Home Syndrome is reported to affect around 15.3 million houses in the UK, causing occupants’ health to deteroriate due to poor quality air in the home – increasing the risk of diseases such as cancer and heart disease.
Professor Peter Howarth, who specialises in allergy and respiratory medicine at Southampton University, called for increased awareness of the condition, stating: "Toxic Home Syndrome occurs when individuals and families are exposed to a potent mix of airborne pollutants within the home arising from poor ventilation, causing respiratory and skin diseases to occur more frequently."
As the campaign continues throughout 2015, manufacturers – including Titon – will be highlighting the products and services they have which can help elimate Toxic Home Syndrome.
Commenting on the campaign, Tyson Anderson, Sales & Marketing Director at Titon, said: "We are pleased that BEAMA has highlighted the risks associated with poor indoor air quality and is bringing Toxic Home Syndrome to the public’s attention. By educating people as to the ventilation systems already in their home (they’re often there but not recognised or used incorrectly), we can help reduce some of the illnesses linked to poor ventilation. It is excellent that our MVHR units and ventilation systems are capable of improving indoor air quality and can help eliminate the health risks associated with airborne pollutants inside the home."
Titon feels it is important to stress that a change of living habits will go some way towards improving indoor air quality, such as not drying washing indoors and opening windows whenever possible. Identifying the ventilation system already installed in a home and cleaning and maintaining it may be all that’s required. For example, if extract fans and trickle ventilators are installed, the fans may simply need cleaning and the trickle vents opening.
If the householder is considering purchasing new windows, the addition of trickle vents will assist in reducing indoor air pollutants substantially, at very little extra cost. Replacement windows will be better sealed than those being replaced, therefore increasing the need for improved ventilation; as a result, the householder should "insist" on trickle vents when replacement windows are installed. Since 1990, all replacement windows fitted require trickle vents if they were in the original windows. In fact, trickle vents are advisable in most replacement window situations – if not, condensation may arise, resulting in the need to immediately spend money on a new mechanical supply unit.