They say the cold weather will really start rolling in within the next few weeks. Are you ready? Are you prepared for the sniffles, the sneezing and coughing, the sore and itchy throat and watery eyes? These things are so hard to avoid, but we can prepare ourselves and do whatever we can to fight those germs off! Those symptoms will most likely pop up because illnesses spread like wildfires during the winter weather. Grab your tissues, germ-x, cold medicine and humidifiers!
What if you were feeling those symptoms and you went to the doctor and they said you were not actually sick? If they said they could not find any trace of a cold or the flu, what would you do? What would you think? It is definitely possible that you aren’t actually sick, but that you are feeling the effects of indoor air pollution (or dry air, which is why I suggested grabbing your humidifier!).
Indoor air pollution is described as dirt, dust, dander, and other little pollutants floating around your home. Those can cause the cold/flu-like symptoms! Do you ever sneeze when you are near something really dusty? Imagine breathing in all of that dust all day long. If you have asthma, that can be a real issue! If you are able to get outside and breathe that fresh air in as much as possible, go for it! However, if you are stuck inside due to the weather, you may need to make some minimal home improvements to help with your air quality.
This may come as a surprise to you, but owning certain houseplants, such as Boston ferns, can really improve your air quality! These plans actually neutralize the contaminants you may have in your air. Clean or upgrade your air filter. Old filters may contain bacteria, mold and viruses. If the weather allows it, open up your windows for at least five minutes a day if possible. Let the old air out and let the fresh air in!
What are some things you do to improve your air quality at home? Have you ever experienced any cold-like symptoms due to too much dust or bacteria? How did you take care of it? Did you call your local HVAC Company? Let us know in the comment section!