Maintain Healthy Air Quality At Home

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  • Wellbeing
  • Self Care
  • Dr. Jatin Bhide

For those of us practising social distancing, being mostly indoors and working from home, indoor air quality is more important than ever.

Poor air quality at home can be deadly and can irritate the eyes, nose, and throat, cause shortness of breath, aggravate asthma and other respiratory conditions, and affect the heart and cardiovascular system.

Breathing polluted air for long periods of time can seriously compromise your immunity. Says a Harvard study, even a small increase in long-term exposure to air pollutants leads to a large increase in the risk of COVID-19.

Here are a few tips to improve air quality at home:

Let fresh air into every room Disinfectants, paints, cleaning products and sanitisers produce certain Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).

Opening a window and ensuring good ventilation will allow the trapped gases to escape and will dilute any remaining VOCs with fresh air, which will keep your immune system in fighting shape and reduce issues of pre-existing respiratory conditions.

Stop smoking indoors – Smoking is bad for your home’s health too. Tobacco smoke can tank your air quality.

There is no safe level of tobacco smoke so you will, as a family, have to put a complete stop to it. Be firm with smoker-visitors too.

Spring clean regularly – Dust mites and molds can mix with the air in the house. This will hurt the air quality and pose potential health risks.

Regularly wiping down surfaces, dusting, vacuuming, cleaning and wet-wiping the floors will prevent dust particles from building up in your home and air.

Invest in an air quality monitor – A good air quality monitor can measure air pollution in your home.

Get an air purifier – A good air purifier will help you bust air pollution in your home.

Air purifiers control air quality by getting rid of allergens, pollen, dust, pet hair and strong odours.

Do your research and look for a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) purifier with a genuine HEPA filter.

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