Overall health and wellness is determined and affected by various factors. Eating right and exercising are top of mind when considering health, but a major factor that should be considered is the air. It is not a decision to breathe; it is a natural state of being that requires no thought or energy. It is a commonplace assumption that the air outdoors has pollutants thanks to vehicle emissions and pollen to name a few. But what kind of air is being breathed within the confines of our homes?
Homes are susceptible to the allergens and emissions of the outdoors every time a door or a window is opened, but the home also has its own sources of pollutants. Space heaters, ranges, ovens, furnaces, and water heaters are some of the appliances that release gases into the air. Dust mites and pet dander are other examples of indoor pollutants, and perennial (year-long) allergens are ten to 100 times more likely to occur indoors over out according to William J. Calhoun, MD, professor of medicine and vice chair of the department of medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.
Though the threats are looming, there are ways to tackle them and clean the air at home. Air purifiers are made to continuously filter the air in an entire home and even trap and kill bacteria, viruses, mold spores, allergens, and other pollutants. A more economical approach is to have the heating and cooling unit serviced regularly by a professional and to change filters routinely.
By taking measures to purify the air at home and being conscious of the potential harms floating through the air, solutions and measures can be found to protect you and your family from bad air triggered ailments such as coughing, chest tightness, sore throat, watery or itchy eyes, shortness of breath, or even a full blown asthma attack.