We think you are very likely to spend the majority of your life indoors. But most people still do not understand the seriousness of indoor quality. When they think about air pollution, they assume that air pollution is an outdoor problem because that’s where factory smokestacks, smog, and exhaust from traffic exist. But, do you know that air quality indoors can be worse than outdoor air quality- almost 10 times worse.
During the colder winter months, we like to stay indoors to keep warm. During the warmer summer season, air conditioning is a welcome relief to the outside heat and humidity. When we are spending so much time indoors it’s not just important to know the seriousness of poor quality indoor but also how to improve it. And, this is even more important for people with allergies or respiratory issues.
How does indoor air quality affect your health?
Air pollutants can range from contaminants brought in by other people or pets, dust mites, spores, mold, and mildew, dangerous gases like carbon monoxide and radon, or volatile chemicals emitted from conventional cleaners and cooking.
Indoor air quality tends to be worse in the winter months because there is often no flow of fresh air from the outside, meaning allergens stay trapped inside.
These air pollutants and allergens can not only cause respiratory problems but can cause flare-ups in people who already have breathing issues.
How to improve indoor air quality?
There are several easy ways to improve indoor air quality, whether it’s your home or office. Doing these can greatly improve your comfort and general health all year round:
Change indoor air filters – The air conditioning systems at your home or office not only cool your home but also clean the air of common pollutants. Over time, these air filters fill up and must be cleaned. If not, they can’t trap pollutants resulting in a poor air quality index.
Keep it clean and vacuum – Vacuum carpets and rugs at least once or twice a week with a vacuum cleaner equipped with a HEPA filter. Also vacuum other areas where dust accumulates including walls, carpet edges, and upholstered furniture. Make sure to place rugs at all the entrances of your home, as they are designed to capture dirt, dust, and other pollutants that might be brought in from the outside. This will help you improve the air quality in your home.
Use air purifiers – If you have a hard time regularly cleaning your home, using an air purifier and dehumidifier can help. These devices, in particular ionic purifiers, can help capture some of the irritants that can cause respiratory problems.
Let the fresh air inside – Even during the extreme hot and cold of any season, it’s important to open windows every so often to allow fresh air to circulate in the house.
Here are some other things you can do to improve indoor air quality:
How gO2 therapy can help you in dealing with poor indoor air quality?
Maintaining good indoor air quality is important as your body needs oxygen to create energy for your cells, brain, tissues, and organs. The air we normally breathe contains only around 21% oxygen – the majority is useless 78% nitrogen. gO2 therapy is 99% pure supplemental oxygen and can be used indoors as an all-natural and healthy respiratory support during cleaning or normal everyday activities. gO2 therapy provides nearly 4X the amount of pure oxygen you get from the air. If you don’t have the ability to clean as regularly as you’d like, gO2 therapy can help you deal with the harmful effects of poor air quality at your home.