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Are radiators your saviour for drying washing? Doctors advise you are damaging your health!

How to keep the air in your home clean, safe and breathable

Aspergillus fumigatus spores Aspergillus fumigatus spores

It's a scary fact, but in modern society our indoor air quality can be even worse than outside! We try to keep our buildings air-tight and energy efficient, but poor ventilation is making our homes stagnant and filled with pollutants, excess moisture and mould. Do you dry your clothes indoors or hang a few on the radiator to dry them a bit faster? Of course you do, we all do it. Sadly, this simply and profoundly innocent task can lead to a serious health risk. Drying your washing indoors, as much as it is convenient sometimes it isn’t convenient for your health and it can cause moisture levels to rise indoors by a massive 30%. With rising moisture levels also comes rising mould spores because the ideal breeding ground for mould spores to grow has been achieved. Experts are mostly concerned about Aspergillus fumigatus spores because there has been a rising number of patients admitted which have required treatment after inhaling them. Spores can cause you harm, mostly in the form of nasty lung infections such as pulmonary aspergillosis which can unfortunately cause irreparable and fatal damage to your lungs and sinuses. Many people actually suffer from this without being aware why. Doctors are now advising people to dry their wet washing outside or in a tumble drier to ensure they stop the moisture levels in their home from rising to high. You have three lines of defence when it comes to tackling humidity in your home – hygrometers and dehumidifiers, and air purifiers.

Hygrometers – DEFENCE 1hygrometer

A good hygrometer is a convenient piece of equipment that measures both the temperature and the humidity/ moisture in the air. You should use your hygrometers to measure the humidity level in your home to ensure is at a comfortable level. If your home is excessively humid, the air may smell a little bit musty, and mould can begin to flourish in its ideal setting. As we discussed above it is this mould problem in your home which can cause a number of health problems such as allergic reactions and respiratory ailments, moreover mould can also damage your home and furnishings. If the air in your house is too humid, it can often feel stuffy and breathing can feel somewhat uncomfortable. When the air is too dry in your home it can cause you to have dry skin and lips which can be very noticeable. The recommended relative humidity level in a home is usually between 30 and 50 percent. Our favourite hygrometer is the Beurer HM16 Thermo Hygrometer. The clever little device measures the humidity and the temperature in your home and indicates what level your home is and whether it’s in the ideal level.

Dehumidifiers – DEFENCE 2

As we know a damp house can lead to serious health conditions, not to mention those unpleasant musty smells and furniture damage. A hygrometer will let you know what’s what whereas the dehumidifier will fix the problem for you. Using a dehumidifier in your home will bring the level of moisture in the air down quickly and quietly, so you can breathe easy and minimise your chances of developing respiratory problems and heightening your allergies. Electric dehumidifiers work by filtering out the excess water in the air which mould spores love, making it safer and more pleasant to breathe in. If you have respiratory problems, why not try a compact dehumidifier that you can easily move to wherever it’s needed? Free yourself from damp, mould and ill health with our range of dehumidifiers.

clothes-on-radiatorFitAir to cover your bathrooms too – DEFENCE 3

We know that the bathroom can be a breeding ground for mould and allergies due to the constant damp and different smells and sprays. Air fresheners pollute your air and leaving the doors open can make more moisture circulate through your home. With FitAir Oxy your bathroom can smell clean and fresh without pumping chemicals into it and having to refill expensive and polluting canisters. Also you can avoid those embarrassing toilet odours too; did you know that with every flush you create a bacterial and viral aerosol which remains airborne for at least two hours? This means germs are able to float around as a microscopic mist which can be inhaled and lead to coughs and colds and other nasty things!

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9 thoughts on “Are radiators your saviour for drying washing? Doctors advise you are damaging your health!”

  • Nicola Holland
    Nicola Holland 09/11/2015 at 19:12

    Our tumble dryer broke and so we do dry our clothes indoors on the this would be so useful to see how damp our home really is!

  • Sally Branch
    Sally Branch 09/11/2015 at 20:10

    I'd love to know how drying indoors affects my asthma - it seems to have got worse since we got a condenser dryer, although a lot of our clothes still go on the clothes horse and radiators

  • Janettewhitelaw

    I did not know drying your clothes could harm you.i have suffered a cough for over a year and have been given an inhaler my house is bad with dampness especially my bedroom it is all black fungus right up the wall other rooms to we have been waiting for 4years to get moved out and the dampness fixed I am going to fight to get moved quicker now I can't cope with this cough much longer but I don't know which item would help would it be a dehumidifier I would need I am a pensioner and ant afford to pay a lot. Plus extra electricity but I will try and get something to help.

  • Penelope

    We won't leave the tumble drier running when we are out or in bed, as a friend had one catch fire. Hence, indoor airers are fully laden with wet washing this time of year.

  • Emma

    Hi Janette - a dehumidifier would help you immensely; mould spores can cause so much damage to your health. We have dehumidifiers from as little as £49.99!

  • stephen taylor
    stephen taylor 10/11/2015 at 17:00

    were using the radiators as well as dryer so i wonder how damp the house is

  • Andrea A

    I use a dehumidifier but dampness is still a constant issue so I'd like to win a hygrometer as it will let me know what’s what and hopefully enable me to solve the problem.

  • Serena La Pietra
    Serena La Pietra 14/11/2015 at 00:04

    I'm disabled on a low budget so any extra help i can get regarding heating and well being is most welcome.

  • Hester McQueen
    Hester McQueen 14/11/2015 at 14:41

    It would let me work out what the problems is with the fan in the showerroom. Continually have mould growing in there. The fan is supposed to be sensitive to humidity and was expensive!