Healthy home: time to sleep easy
Gulf News – Dubai
September 12, 2013
A new Dubai-based company is encouraging UAE residents to look at the indoor environmental quality of their homes.
It doesn’t bear thinking about, but at any given time, there are about two million dust mites living in your bed, feeding on you as you snooze. Then there are the bed bugs, bacteria, mould, fungi and viruses also taking refuge between your sheets, not to mention under your carpets, on your sofa and in your curtains.
Whether you realise it or not, Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) is a real concern in the UAE. Extreme temperatures, high humidity levels, the continuous use of air conditioning, frequent sandstorms and a never-ending haze of construction dust all contribute in ensuring that the air that gets trapped in our homes is full of impurities. Add to this the fact that people in the UAE spend an average of 80 per cent of their time indoors and that most homes have double glazing, which prevents the sun’s UV rays – the earth’s natural disinfectant – from getting in, and it’s little surprise that, according to the latest research, up to 40 per cent of children and a third of all adults in the UAE suffer from allergic rhinitis, while one in eight adults is asthmatic.
If you’ve ever found yourself experiencing severe headaches, lethargy or sinusitis during the hotter months, and have been happy to put it down to increased exposure to your AC, you’re probably only halfway to the truth; it’s time to start questioning how healthy your home is.Read more