This week is Breathe Easy Week which is promoting lung health, and what better way to start than in your own home?
Though you may be more worried about poor air quality outside, some of us spend up to 90% of our days indoors where the air can be even more polluted.
Awair, a device that tracks toxins and chemicals, gave us five easy tips to help you improve your lung health at home.
1. Get a house plant
Plants are a great way to help keep air in the home clean.
Lots of plants can remove chemicals commonly found in furniture, cleaning products, and decorating materials.
With the ability to remove pollutants such as formaldehyde and benzene - which are found in paints, smoke from fireplaces and synthetic fibres - plants such as the spiky Red-edged Dracaena are perfect for the living room.
The English Ivy is ideal for the bathroom and reduces airborne faecal particles, while the Moth Orchid is a colourful addition to the bedroom as it combats toluene – a solvent found in paint thinners, glue and nail polish removers - and gives off oxygen at night to help individuals sleep more easily.
2. Reduce indoor humidity
Not only is it unpleasant in warmer months, humidity can create harmful mould in the home. This can cause anything from nasal stuffiness and wheezing to mould infections in the lungs.
With bacteria and dust mites also thriving in humid conditions too, it’s worth monitoring humidity levels in the home with useful gadgets like a dehumidifier.
3. Get hoovering
The carpet is usually to blame for any allergies and symptoms that flare up for no reason or can’t be explained.
Whilst it may look clean, carpets are usually home to dust that needs to be removed on a regular basis.
If your room feels dusty, reach for a vacuum cleaner with HEPA filters to get rid of it for good.
4. Control the temperature
It’s not uncommon for the weather to change from freezing cold to tropical sunshine over the course of a British summer day.
But as well as being annoying when you’re deciding what to wear, temperature changes are especially bad for people with asthma.
Cold dry air irritates lungs and leads to shortness of breath, while hot air can act as a trigger for asthma.
Make sure you adjust your thermostat to find a suitable balance.
5. Open the windows
High carbon dioxide levels can lead to headaches, drowsiness and, in extreme cases, coma or death, so it’s important carbon dioxide levels are monitored at all times, in particular in smaller homes.
This can be easily rectified by opening windows for around 15-20 minutes each day.
What are your tips for breathing easily? Let us know in the Comments section below.