Being close to nature, what would be better than this? Breathing fresh air, eating organic things, living a healthy lifestyle is everyone’s wish. Nature has gifted its uncounted precious gifts to us. We all have seen that people living in rural areas are blessed with this opportunity that they can enjoy these nature’s gifts more than us. That is why their health standard rate is high from us. The reason behind their health and their healthy lifestyle is that they are living in a place which is enriched with nature’s blessings, what they are breathing is fresh, what they are eating is fresh.
In urban areas breathing and eating fresh is just considered as a wish, what we are breathing is polluted, what we are eating is not fresh, causing different diseases and allergies. It has been observed and stated in different researches that people living in urban areas get easily affected by this polluted air. You may find every second person fighting with breathing disorders, allergies, asthma, etc. People use different tools and remedies like air purifiers for allergies.
Some people who are sensitive to dust mite or have respiratory problems and their breathing gets affected in winter because it’s too chilly to open the windows to pull or throw out musty air. So, it’s very important to be aware of these allergies during the chillier months of the year and also how to tackle them and improve indoor air because it plays a very crucial role in avoiding health problems like asthma, sinuses, and digestive issues.
Improving indoor air quality results in many benefits such as avoiding health issues like asthma, flareups, sleepiness, digestive issues, fatigue and many more. Not only this, but it also helps you breathe easily throughout colder months. You just have to make a few simple changes to your lifestyle to avoid these allergies and problems. It’s not possible to eliminate and eradicate all the allergens and dust mites inside your home but what you can do is reduce the number.
In winter months when there is no flow of fresh air, indoor air quality tends to be worse causing respiratory problems and allergies. In order to avoid all these problems following are a few strategies, you can use to improve indoor air quality.
- Fresh air is important: Fresh air plays an important role in eliminating the bad odor from the house. Even in winter months, it is very important to open windows from time to time and allow fresh air to move into the house. Other than that, using an exhaust in the kitchen helps in removing cooking fumes from the house. Cooking fumes stay in the house and result in bad odor affecting health and in order to avoid these problems opening windows timely is very important.
- An air purifier helps: If you are a pet lover and unwilling to give up on your pet then air purifiers are made for you. Air purifiers help in reducing and removing the irritants. Another important thing is they remove triggers for your symptoms like asthma and other respiratory and breathing issues. Air purifiers not completely eradicate or remove the allergens but they help in cutting down the number which may help the problem.
- Indoor plants create more problems than they help: Who doesn’t like indoor plants? They look so pretty and it’s a very common perception that indoor plants help in removing bad odor as they release oxygen but that’s not the reality, in fact, indoor plants collect mold and increase the chances for allergies and other health issues and you will definitely want to avoid them. The best way to avoid bad odor and health problems is to keep greenery outside.
- A clean house is a healthier house: Good indoor hygiene by regularly cleaning bedding, clutter, vacuuming rugs and carpets twice in a week can greatly cut down on dust and allergens. Cleaning efforts should revolve around strategies that help in reducing dust mites, mold and dander.
- Mopping: Mopping picks and cleans the dust that is not picked by vacuuming. Soaps and detergents help but mopping with just plain water also help in capturing allergens and dust that was left behind. There are new microfiber mops that are easy to use because they do not need any cleaning solutions and also pick and capture more dust than the traditional mops.
- Salt lamps help with asthma: These lamps which are made up of Himalayan salt emit negative ions. These ions fight against negative contaminants that cause allergies, breathing problems like asthma, and sinuses. There are reported cases where salt lamps have helped reducing symptoms that cause asthma.
- Activated charcoal: Another very fast and effective way to fight against contaminants and allergens is activated charcoal. Home appliances like vacuum cleaners and air conditioners have HEPA filters. This filter (HEPA) has activated charcoal that should be used to avoid bad odor. Activated charcoal is a great source to purify the air and avoid allergies.
- Furniture glues, they continue to release toxins: Many items of the furniture continue to release toxins into the atmosphere because of the glue that was used. It not only contributes to poor air quality but also to bad health conditions. The only way to avoid it is to carefully choose your furniture and ask what production method was followed.
- All-natural home renovation: Another very common factor for allergies and breathing problems is most of the paints and carpets continue to emit certain gases even after months of installation. There are many natural options available that are free from gases and do not irritate allergies, so make good decisions when you’re renovating your house and ensure a healthy home.
- Car exhaust control: Another important factor for pollution or poor air quality is many homeowners allow their cars to warm up during colder months. It is very important to keep in mind that the door of the garage is closed when doing this or else it will result in breathing health issues.
Nature has given so many gifts, breathing fresh air is one of them. but due to the advancement of technology and industrialization, the atmosphere has become polluted which has resulted in bad health conditions and different diseases. It’s very important to follow strategies to improve air quality. It’s our responsibility to protect and preserve nature for our next generations. Doing this will not only benefit us but also our next generations. All you have to do is to change your lifestyle a bit and it will help you in many ways such; protecting nature and improving health.