Given the events of 2020, you are likely spending more time indoors, specifically in your own home, than ever before. While we often put time and energy into eating well and staying active, there is a hidden health culprit in our now more highly frequented home environments that we rarely consider – the air we breathe.
Keeping ourselves and our families healthy during this pandemic is on everyone’s mind. And while many of us can apply nutrition and movement to our health routine, it’s important to remember that good air quality is just as pivotal to our overall health, especially for those who suffer with allergies or respiratory issues.
Maintaining good air quality might seem simple: have good ventilation, control contaminants, and maintain optimal humidity to reduce allergens like dust mites, fungi and mold. Yet, there are many lesser-known challenges of maintaining optimal air quality throughout our indoor spaces.
Without proper knowledge, ensuring the good quality of the air we breathe in our indoor spaces, like our homes, offices and schools, is easier said than done. There are many factors that can affect the air quality in your home and by extension your health, but the variables that affect indoor air quality can be broken down into three main categories: indoor environmental issues, indoor air contaminants, and insufficient air exchange.
Indoor Environmental Issues
Indoor environmental issues include humidity, which can affect your health in two ways. First, if there is too much moisture in the air (high humidity) and you are asthmatic, you may notice an increase in your asthma attacks. High humidity can also contribute to dust mites and fungi spore growth. On the other end, if there is not enough moisture (low humidity), you and your family may suffer from respiratory tract infections frequently.
Other indoor environmental issues include poor air circulation, meaning there is very little airflow or movement in your house. This might be a problem if you have very few windows in your home or office. You may not be in an area where you can leave your door open to let in the fresh air.
Indoor air quality can also be affected by ventilation system issues, specifically the condition of your HVAC system. The air might be unevenly distributed throughout the system. Another problem might be that the exhaust ventilation is insufficient.
Modern homes are particularly vulnerable to this type of problem.
Indoor Air Contaminants
You may be surprised by the number of air contaminants that can affect our indoor spaces and prevent healthy breathing. These include pollutants from human actions such as smoking tobacco. Construction materials in new homes and remodels are also damaging to air quality from resulting particles including fiberglass, asbestos, formaldehyde and dust.
There are also harmful chemical solvents hidden in everyday items like perfume, glues, disinfectants, cleaning solutions, solvents, pesticides, paints and even our carpets and furniture, where bacteria, fungi and molds can live.
Insufficient Air Exchange
In order to keep the air inside as healthy as possible, you should always have good external ventilation of air frequently. Stagnant air carries a higher concentration of aerial contaminants and allergens.
Maintaining Better Health with Healthy Air Quality
There are many hidden health culprits existing in our modern indoor spaces. Even in our own homes. Unlike other elements of maintaining a healthy lifestyle such as exercising or eating well, keeping our air quality clean is low-maintenance and a low-time investment with a simple piece of technology: an air purifier.
While there are several reasons why you should consider an air purifier for your health, we have listed our top five reasons:
1. Keep allergies at bay
Allergy sufferers know how absolutely debilitating an allergy attack can be. Sometimes the symptoms can be quite overwhelming which include sneezing, a runny nose, coughing, post-nasal drip, nasal congestion, itchy nose and eyes.
Regardless of your allergies, an air purifier will help ensure your indoor air quality is at a healthy level, helping you to control and improve symptoms. Air purifiers are also quite adept at filtering out the harmful allergens and are recommended for allergy sufferers, as they provide added protection against severe attacks.
2. Managing pets impact on allergies
Pets are well-known causes of many allergies. An air purifier allows you to have pets even if you have allergies, as it helps to remove pet dander (dead cells from hair and skin) in the environment that may worsen allergic symptoms.
3. Improving respiratory problems
If you or a loved one suffers from asthma or any condition that might be worsened by allergies, an air purifier is an excellent idea. Sometimes attacks are unpredictable so keeping your air clean and healthy with an air purifier helps minimize attacks and makes breathing easier.
4. Improving air quality in a new home
If you have just moved into a new home, it is a good idea to buy an air purifier. It may help to remove harmful irritants like paint fumes leaving the air healthy to breathe.
5. Lessening the impact of tobacco smoke at home
If a loved one is a smoker and you have allergies or breathing issues, it can be tough. However, an air purifier can contribute to cleaner air.
I certainly want you and your loved ones healthy on the other side of this pandemic.