It is a well-known fact that the most common trigger for asthma is dust-mites, followed by pollen, moulds and fungi, confirmed by My Dr website. Dust mites are present everywhere but thrive in damp environments like near mould and fungi.
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 – however, the most (cost) effective way is to ventilate with fresh pre-heated air – a point outlined on the Better Health channel in their recommendations for an Asthma Friendly Home.
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 on our Solar Air Collectors they 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. 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 will lower the amount of moisture accumulated in the house over time. The subsequent lower humidity levels reduce the volume of dust mites and prevent mould, mildew and fungi from developing. Eliminating these asthma attack triggers prevent 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 slightly positive air pressure which acts as a barrier.