Human need for fresh air

Ventilation is not only about the technique and technology, it is not strictly technical. As there is the basic human need

Scientific research shows that ventilation is not only about 'window opening' or 'fresh air from the outside', but it rather deals with the notion of creating 'a good indoor environment'.

Aspects of the need for fresh air

Functional (practical) is related to practical aspects of connecting inside to outside, for example like airing out the building or being able to act in dialogue with the weather and the house itself.

Easthetic (bodily and sensory) is from the perspective of human body and its functions, i.e. regulating of body heat and odour, fresh air from activities in the house but also enjoyment of fresh breeze in a building.

Social (care and impression) elements deal our need for being in control, that is airing your home to provide health for close ones, the feeling of freedom by opening the windows and letting the fresh air and the sounds and the scents in the house.

We need to perform certain actions in our lives - routines (like coming home from work, or going to sleep to wake up or opening the windows) so we can enjoy our everyday lives. And fresh air is always part of these routines.

Fresh air makes you happier. It boosts moods.

Seratonin release is affected by the amount of oxygen you have in your blood. Seratonin promotes a sense of happiness and well-being so the more fresh air you have will help to significantly boost your mood. This is often why you feel better, more relaxed and much more refreshed

Fresh air increases your energy and sharpens your mind/focus. It energizes.

20% of the oxygen you breathe in is used by your brain to function. Increasing the amount of fresh air you have can provide greater clarity to the brain, promoting optimal function whilst helping you to think, focus and concentrate better.

Fresh air strengthens your immune system. It improves.

Each cell in the body needs oxygen to perform the metabolic processes necessary to sustain life. By increasing your intake of fresh air, you increase the amount of oxygen supplied to the body. This promotes the elimination of toxins and the destruction of harmful bacteria, parasites, and viruses by the white blood cells in the body.

Fresh air is good for your digestive system. It can improve your digestion.

Fresh air increases oxygen flow into your cells which improves circulation and cell function and helps you digest food more efficiently. But if you work in an office where you are busy all day long and probably take your lunch in a hurry to resume work; your blood supply to the digestive tract will be diverted. Instead, of it flowing to digestive tract, you’ll have more blood being supplied to the brain to help maintain concentration. This, in turn, may disrupt the proper digestion of food and facilitate indigestion and abdominal discomfort.

Fresh air helps you sleep better at night.

Fresh air gives you a burst of oxygen, which increases the feel-good hormone serotonin in the brain. Serotonin helps you stay calm and relaxed, and this automatically cancels out any negative thoughts, thus allowing you to experience a peaceful sleep at night.

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It lowers blood pressure and heart rate.

Every cell in your body needs oxygen to function. When there isn’t enough to go around, your heart needs to work harder to make sure that what’s available gets to where it needs to go. Fresh air has plenty of oxygen, so a few deep breaths helps to bring in more of this vital gas to your body. This means your heart can relax, since it takes less effort to deliver what your body needs. End result? Your heart rate slows down, and your blood pressure lowers.

It reduces airborne illnesses and infections.

Breathing in fresh air can help to reduce airborne illness and infection. This is because bacteria and viruses have a reduced chance of survival in fresh air.

It helps you heal faster.

Healing from illness and injuries is pretty taxing on the body. Since every cell requires oxygen, it makes sense that replacing damaged cells increases your body’s demand for air. While oxygen therapy has been shown to help improve recovery time for athletes, fresh air can help you feel better and heal faster, too.

It helps clean your lungs.

Fresh air is good for your lungs. When sitting indoors, it’s common to breathe shallowly, inhaling the air into the top of your lungs, known as apical breathing. When outdoors, moving, walking or jogging encourages increased diaphragmatic breathing. This means that you breathe more deeply, drawing more air deep into the bottom of your lungs. This not only brings more oxygen into your cells but helps the lungs to expel more airborne toxins from the body. This therefore helps you to cleanse from the inside.

It can prolong your lifespan.

When you are exposed to fresh air, it can help increase your lifespan by improving your overall health. Fresh air contains a variety of important chemicals and elements that can improve your immune system, keep your lungs healthy, and even protect your heart.

Fresh air never gets old.
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