Everyday activities such as heating, cleaning, painting and decorating can contribute to indoor air pollution. Common household products such as cleaning sprays, paints, varnish, pesticides, grease, solvent removers and aerosol sprays may contain harmful chemicals that pollute the air.
- Carbon Monoxide
- More than 50 people a year in the UK die from carbon monoxide poisoning, which can be caused by incorrectly installed or poorly maintained heaters or cookers. Badly maintained boilers may also create smog and greenhouse gases.
- Gas Appliances
- Landlords must have annual safety checks on gas appliances in their rental properties carried out by a tradesperson registered with the Council for Registered Gas Installers (CORGI). Failure to do this may result in a fine or, in very serious cases, in a custodial sentence.
- Under Part L1 of the Building Regulations 2000 as amended, gas-fired boilers installed or replaced after 1 April 2005 must be condensing boilers (as must oil-fired boilers installed or replaced after 1 April 2007). Non-condensing boilers may only be installed in exceptional circumstances, if an approved competent person confirms that the extra cost of installing a condensing boiler would be exceptionally high.
- Domestic Fires
- If you are resident in a smoke control zone, you may need to use an approved burner or smokeless fuel.
The Government regulations define a competent person as:
- Gas Safe registered installer for gas
- OFTEV registered technician for oil
- HETAS registered installer for solid fuel systems
- Registered operatives who comply with Building Regulation G2 for hot water systems
- FENSA registered installer for glazing