Get cosy with caution
How to maintain a healthy home during the long, cold winter.
Autumn and winter months can be dark, cold, dry, and more polluted than we think. Throughout the year, we spend an average of 90% of our time indoors¹, yet this increases as the weather turns colder and we settle down into our homes for the winter. But how are our winter habits impacting our wellbeing?
Shed light on the matter
Once the clocks go back, we function for significant parts of the day with much lower natural light levels. For many, this can trigger a negative change in mood, with medical bodies citing shorter daylight hours as a potential cause of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).²
The constant flickering of candles and open fires can put strain on our eyes if used to light specific tasks. An alternative can be soft background lighting to enhance the sense of space, or warmer lighting for a more relaxing environment. Daylight tracking technology within the Dyson Lightcycle range supports the body clock by providing the right light for the right time of day, as well as being flexible – from indirect lighting, to ambient mode, mimicking candlelight without the straining flicker.
It’s not just light quality that open fires and candles can impact. Any combustion event with an open flame can release many different pollutants into our homes. Smoke is formed from unburned carbon particles, released into the air as the hydrocarbon chain of candle wax breaks down. Candles and other scented products like reed diffusers can emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air – a form of gas pollution.
Senior Design Engineer, Sam Railton says, “By spending more time indoors during the colder months, our day-to-day activities increase the level of indoor pollutants – from cooking and cleaning, to using personal care products like deodorant.”
Rather than sacrifice these winter staples, you can opt for methods that minimise the impact of indoor air pollution. Dyson purifiers are engineered with HEPA filters as standard. The fully sealed filtration system combines an activated carbon filter and a glass HEPA filter. Working together they remove 99.95% of allergens and pollutants as small as 0.1 microns. ³ Meaning the air you breathe is cleaner. Not only that, but they can remove up to 97% of cooking smells!4
Don’t wait for the dust to settle
Dust mites thrive in dark, warm, and humid places where skin cell debris is high, like sofas and beds – those spaces in which we spend many hours getting comfy. Everyday activities like using central heating can disturb microscopic dust, resulting in airborne particles that contribute to pollution levels in the home.
Regularly vacuuming soft furnishings can help reduce the allergens in your home. The Dyson V11™ cord-free vacuum cleaner has twice the suction power of any other cordless vacuum cleaner. And the six stages of filtration capture dust and particles, while the high integrity seals prevent them from leaking back into the air.
¹Klepeis NE, Nelson WC, Ott WR, et al. (2001). The National Human Activity Pattern Survey (NHAPS): a resource for assessing exposure to environmental pollutants. J Expo Anal Environ Epidemiol. 11:231-252.
³Filter efficiency tested at 0.1 microns (EN1822)