Pollution can be a serious issue for people who suffer from respiratory conditions. Dust, dirt, mold, pollen and stale air can be incredibly problematic for asthmatics and people with conditions such as COPD. Simply letting some fresh air into your home is often all it takes to reduce the symptoms of your condition dramatically – although you will still need to take other measures to manage the condition fully. Check out the list we’ve compiled for you below from Aroundclock.com.
Ventilation and Fresh Air
The most important thing is to keep your home well ventilated. Simple fans will not be enough because all they do is circulate the air that is already in the room. What you really want to do is let fresh air in. If you are lucky enough to live in a rural area, where the air quality is good, then getting into the habit of opening your windows is a great starting point.
However, not everyone can count on the idea of just opening a window. If you have allergies and live in an area with a high pollen count then you will not want to let too much outside air in, unfiltered, and if you live near a motorway the combination of noise and air pollution would be unpleasant too.
For most people, a proper air-conditioning system is a must. This is particularly important if you have a house that has double glazing, draught excluders and insulation. Many homes are almost hermetically sealed these days, and this makes them a nightmare in terms of condensation and stale air.
For the best results, you should invest in an air conditioning system that filters the air it takes in from the outside, bringing it to a temperature that is close to the ambient temperature in your home and removing pollutants at the same time.
One problem that a lot of people have is that even though their homes are reasonably well air-conditioned, it is either too dry or too humid. Humidities of over 50 percent (relative) are not really suitable for a main living environment, but dry air can be no good for respiratory conditions either. You may need to experiment with a few different levels of humidity to figure out what works best for you. Consider buying and using a dehumidifier in your bedroom.
Another thing to look at is dust. Purchase a vacuum cleaner with a good HEPA filter and use that to get rid of as much of the dust in your property as possible. You may need to “deep clean” several times to get on top of the dust when you move into a new property, but after that day to day maintenance will most likely be enough to keep the environment fresh.
Use candles with natural fragrance instead of chemical air fresheners. This will help to ensure that you get a nice smelling property without exposing yourself to any unnatural allergens that could be problematic for you. The fewer chemicals in your life, the better. Check out Aroundclock.