Is your house making you unhealthy?
Is your house susceptible to an attack of ravenous mould spores intent on invasion?
What can you do to improve air quality in your home?
When buying a house what factors are there to consider?
Whether you have recently bought a property, or are looking into the housing market or you would just like to enjoy the benefits of cleaner living there are many factors that contribute to a healthy home.
The next 3 articles will published once a week will discuss different factors to consider for maintaining a healthy home.
DISTANCE TO THE OCEAN
On the East Coast of Australia there is a relatively high population density compared to the arid outback. Around 85% of Australians live within 50 kilometres of the coast. The Northern Rivers and Gold Regions generally enjoy good rainfall, although there are a variety of climates inside within these regions.
Close to the ocean there is saltwater spray, the rule of thumb is that the closer you are to the ocean the worse the conditions are for rust. Any metal surface (especially exposed steel) is susceptible to rust. When buying a home near the water make sure rust hasn’t penetrated any structural parts of the house. Also check handrails, stairs, doors and windows, interior fittings, the roof and gutters, etc… With regular maintenance rust can be slowed down by making sure all of the metal surfaces exposed to the weather are protected by paint and by washing your car regularly. Fortunately there are products that can kill rust and it is much more cost effective to maintain rather than replace. Salty air can also effect other surfaces like wood.
The opposite is true for mould and dust. Fresh salty air near the ocean kills mould spores by dehydrating them, it is like poison for the mould. In fact if you have an allergy to mould you may think about living closer to the ocean! See Ionizing the Air
The saltwater mist also attaches itself to dust particles in the air that forms clouds making the coastal environment relatively dust free in comparison to inland Australia. People with allergies to pollen and dust mites will notice that their allergies are worse after a dry spell without rain as these allergens gather in the air. After a good amount of rain the air is purified and the pollen count goes down. Closer to the ocean these allergies aren’t as noticeable or variable as the saltwater mist maintains lower levels of these allergens.