Clinical update

Improving air quality at home: what to advise patients

NICE guidance on risks for those with allergies or respiratory or cadiovascular conditions
Picture shows a woman wearing household gloves and holding a cleaning sponge looking at patches of mould. Poor air quality in the home is linked to a range of health problems, and guidance from NICE suggests how to achieve improvements.

NICE guidance on implications for those with allergies or respiratory or cadiovascular conditions, as well as pregnant women and young children

Essential facts

People spend up to 90% of their lives indoors and 60% of that time at home, according to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) .

While health risks caused by outdoor pollution are relatively well-known, air pollutants in the home are less well understood.

These include mould spores caused by dampness; toxic fumes from gas cookers, open fires, candles or wood burners; allergens from house dust mites; and vapours from household sprays, cleaning materials, paintwork and furnishings.

Poor indoor air

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