01 March 2021
Did you know that by the time you turn 30, you've been in bed for more than 12 years? You spend roughly a third of your life sleeping, so the state of your bedroom has a massive impact on your respiratory health.
Four key factors in a comfortable healthy bedroom are:
- Humidity & condensation
- Dust mites
- Find your Goldilocks zone. Nothing's worse than being too hot or too cold in bed - in fact research has shown that even one night in a cold room can affect a child's respiratory function for days. The ideal temperature for a comfortable sleep is 18C so bedroom air-conditioning can keep it at the optimum level. Using a heat pump in your bedroom needn't be a burden on your power bill either - read our 6 ways to use heat pumps efficiently in summer.
- Put a Blanket on your Ceiling. Before getting a heat pump make sure your ceiling has it's own nice warm duvet to prevent heat gain in summer and heat loss in winter. Ceiling insulation can move, creating gaps for heat to escape through so it's good to check. Plus your ceiling insulation should be at least 150mm thick and if you have underfloor foil insulation, it should still be shiny and rip free.
- Clean the air. Keeping doors and windows open creates a cross draught that keeps your whole house fresh and blows away stale humid air. And don't forget to leave wardrobes slightly open for ventilation.
- Close Bathroom Door. Opening doors for ventilation is a great move but leaving bathroom doors open in or near bedrooms is not. Make sure ensuites and bathrooms have effective extraction vents and keep the door shut to prevent steam creating condensation in your bedroom.
- Give your mattress a makeover. A regular turn and vacuum will keep your mattress smelling sweet (or not smelling at all). Dust mites hate sunshine so once a month, put your mattress out on the deck for a few hours. The same goes for covers and blankets - a regular wash and sunshine works wonders.
- Suck it up. Treat your bedroom carpet or rug to a deep clean. Your local supermarket has steam cleaners for hire and it's worth the money just to see the change in colour.
- Check the filters. Heat pumps, dehumidifiers, ventilation systems... any appliance with a filter needs to be regularly cleaned to keep it healthy and operating safely. With clean filters they'll help remove dust from building up and improve air quality.
- It's curtains for mould.
- Remove mould: Mould and mildew are factors that can aggravate respiratory conditions. EECA recommends using vinegar and water to remove mould from windows, sills, walls & ceilings.
- Clean curtains: Wash curtains and dry well in the sun before hanging back up. For removing mould, moisten the areas with some lemon juice and then spread with salt and leave in the sun to dry, before rinsing thoroughly twice*.
Source: * http://www.stainexpert.co.uk/