Reduce Asthma and Dust Mite Levels

It is a well know fact that the most common trigger for asthma is dust mites, followed by pollen, moulds and fungi, e.g. confirmed by My Dr website.

Dust mites are present everywhere, but thrive in damp environments with poor ventilation. Rooms with high moisture content, e.g. bedrooms, have an increased risk of the occupants showing symptoms of asthma.

In order to control dust mite levels, as well as mould and fungi, it is essential to keep the area in question dry. This may be done using a dehumidifier – or through heating – Dust Miteshowever the most (cost) effective way is to ventilate with fresh, preheated air. This will also reduce asthma attack frequency – a point outlined on the Better Health channel in their recommendations for an Asthma Friendly Home.

The key to reduce asthma is understanding the asthma triggers and gaining control, this link from the EPA provides valuable insights and suggests action to be taken to reduce asthma.

Condensation is the main cause for black mould growth, however as outlined in the Condensation & Ventilation section of Natural Parenting’s website condensation can be prevented or reduced to a minimum by lowering moisture levels through ventilation.
Whenever the sun shines, our solar air collectors draw fresh air from outside in through the collector where it is heated by the sun. When the air is heated, its ability to carry moisture increases – and the relative humidity of the air introduced into the house drops significantly. In fact, on clear sunny days a 3 square metre collector will typically supply air with a relative humidity content of less than 10% for 4-5 hours a day, which over time will lower the amount of moisture accumulated in the house and reduce asthma attack frequency. The subsequent lower humidity levels reduce the volume of dust mites and prevent mould, mildew and fungi from developing. Eliminating these asthma attack triggers prevents unnecessary asthma attacks and symptoms ensuring  less stress and higher quality of life.

Our solar collectors also filtrate the incoming air – preventing pollen from entering the house via the collector – and creating a slight positive pressure which acts as a barrier. Solar ventilation also offers other benefits such as reduced heating costs and offering a more comfortable indoor environment.

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