Indoor air can be just as polluted as outdoor air. Even more so. For those who suffer from COPD and other respiratory illnesses, spending time indoors is not by choice. This is why it is important that the quality of the indoor air is as pollution free as possible.
To help improve the quality of air indoors, here are some top tips which will help anyone who suffers from COPD, asthma or any other respiratory illness.
#1 You need to take charge of the air you breathe inside
Over anything else you need to take charge of your home if you want to improve the quality of the indoor air you breathe. What this means is identifying the three main categories of substances that reduce the quality of your indoor air. These are:
Substances that cause your body's immune system to have an allergic response. These include dust mites and pollen.
These are substances that irritate your respiratory system. Common sources of irritants include paint, tobacco smoke and chemicals in cleaning products.
These are less common but cause greater harm on our health. These would include chemicals containing carbon monoxide which is highly poisonous and if detected in the home should be immediately eliminated.
#2 Talk to Your Doctor
Most health care specialists are very knowledgeable regarding issues surrounding air pollution - indoor and outdoor. Talk to your healthcare official or GP and they will help you with a plan to help you manage indoor pollution. Your GP knows you best so is the best person to advise you.
#3 Ensure your home is properly ventilated
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), one of the most important ways that you can reduce the build-up of indoor air pollution is to properly ventilate your home. Properly ventilating your home is easy. All you need to do is make sure you open windows, use exhaust fans and use window fans. Having exhaust fans fitted also benefit any home as they help to reduce moisture.
#4 Tell the smokers to smoke outside
The worst irritant of all for someone who suffers from a respiratory condition is tobacco smoke. Breathing in second hand smoke is dangerous to your health. Anyone who is a smoker and is visiting your home, why not ask them politely to go outside and smoke.
#5 Say goodbye to the house guests known as dust mites
If you did not know, dust mites survive by eating dead skin cells from humans and animals. Although invisible to the human eye these little mites are a major contributor of indoor pollution and are found in all homes. Dust mites have brittle shells that create dried particles. People can actually inhale these particles and cause damage to their lungs. You can reduce the dust mite population within your home with these few simple steps:
- Try and wash your bed linen on a weekly basis.
- Lower your indoor humidity level to below 50% (with a dehumidifier or air-conditioner)
- If you have pets, keep them off the furniture.
Following these simple steps can ensure your COPD treatment will be effective as well as help improve the quality of your indoor air. Some healthcare professionals may recommend you use a breathing trainer which will help you with your respiratory conditions.