Healthy indoor climate

We spend two thirds of our lives indoors and about 25 years of our lives asleep. The indoor climate is therefore an essential component for comfortable, healthy living and supports the recovery phase during the night’s rest. Healthy and restful sleep is essential for cell regeneration, which is important for the formation of an intact immune system.

The causes of so-called house diseases are often pollutants in building materials or furnishings, poor indoor climate, mould, radon or electrosmog.

The indoor climate is made up of a multitude of factors:

Indoor air: composition of gases (e.g. oxygen, CO2), dust, fungi, bacteria, allergens, pollutants, radon, air movement, odour, etc.

Temperature: heat radiation, heat conduction, convection, surface temperature, heating/air conditioning, sun, etc.

Humidity: Air humidity, material humidity, condensation, hygroscopicity, vapour diffusion, etc.

Electroclimate: alternating electric fields, direct electric fields (electrostatics), alternating magnetic fields, direct magnetic fields (magnetostatics), high frequency, colour spectrum and flicker component of lighting.

Factors that can have a negative influence on health are called risk factors. These do not add up with the increase of the individual factors, but they increase in potency. Health symptoms such as allergies, headaches, chronic fatigue, infections, loss of performance, sleep disorders, depression, burn-out or respiratory problems can be the result.

Due to the multitude of influencing factors, a healthy indoor climate without any risk factors is often difficult to create or maintain in the long term. It is therefore all the more important to identify as many risk factors as possible in order to reduce or avoid them.

Airtight construction often exacerbates the problem of indoor concentrations of pollutants, CO2 or humidity or radon due to insufficient air exchange. The use of the digital, smart world through pulsed wireless transmission (mobile telephony, WLAN, Bluetooth, etc.) represents an additional burden.

This makes it all the more important to create a healthy living environment in order to reduce or avoid the number of risk factors as best as possible. Modern and healthy living requires holistic action.