How to have a health­ier home

Make your house healthy again as you re­treat in­side

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Au­tumn’s here and with it plum­met­ing tem­per­a­tures and dark evenings – it’s no won­der we’re hap­pier snug­gling down in­side. In fact, we spend an in­cred­i­ble 90% of our time in­doors, but what you may not re­alise is that it could it be do­ing you more harm than good.

‘In­door air can be more haz­ardous than out­door air, par­tic­u­larly for young chil­dren and the el­derly,’ says Peter Howarth, pro­fes­sor of allergy and res­pi­ra­tory medicine at the Univer­sity of Southamp­ton. ‘Some fam­i­lies are be­ing ex­posed to a po­tent mix of air­borne pol­lu­tants within the home be­cause of poor ven­ti­la­tion, caus­ing more fre­quent res­pi­ra­tory and skin prob­lems.’

The past two decades have seen what ex­perts have dubbed an ‘allergy ex­plo­sion’. In fact, when it comes to com­par­ing the high­est rates of al­ler­gies, the UK is in the top three coun­tries in the world. A stag­ger­ing 44% of Bri­tish adults now suf­fer from at least one allergy, ac­cord­ing to Allergy UK, and the num­bers are ris­ing an­nu­ally.

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