How does the indoor environment affect your health and how can smart home technology help?

12:15 - Wednesday 6th October 2021

Spaces & Infrastructure

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With homes rightly becoming more energy efficient in order to save the climate, a new threat is emerging: the healthiness of our indoor living conditions is getting worse as our homes become less well ventilated.

The more we make our homes airtight for energy efficiency reasons, the poorer our air quality can become. Indoor air quality is often 2-5 times worse than outdoor air quality and is a leading cause of health issues in the UK. High CO2, VOC, and PM2.5 levels have all be shown to have significant negative health effects through prolonged exposure.

Un-optimised temperature and humidity levels can lead to excessive mould growth, damp, and an increase in the prevalence of dust mites; all of which could create or exacerbate breathing conditions, physical and mental health issues.

Homes and working areas that are not well ventilated present a higher risk of airborne virus (e.g. COVID-19) transmission.

Homes that are too cold play a factor in the 10,000 deaths related to fuel poverty each year.

Homes that are overheated can cause other health conditions such as dehydration, heat syncope and oedema.

Our bodies are finely tuned machines that have evolved over millions of years. Many things introduced in modern society that our bodies are not familiar with have caused significant problems; from processed foods to asbestos. Indoor air quality is something that evolution has not been able to solve for us, so we need to take action ourselves.

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Chris Jones



Chris joined the founding team of HomeLINK in January 2018 with previous careers spanning technology strategy, advisory and commercialisation.

He started his career as a management consultant in the energy sector but directly prior to joining HomeLINK was the operations director at a high growth AI company where responsibilities included business development, marketing and operations.

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