Indoor air quality is something that affects us all. In developed countries, we tend to spend approximately 90% of our time indoors. That's a lot of time exposed to air that tends to be five times more polluted than outdoor air. Dust, mold, gaseous chemicals, and pathogens circulate throughout our dwellings and compromise our health. It's a concern for everyone, but especially those with compromised immune systems and the elderly.
As the weather gets colder, we're sure to find ourselves huddled inside even more. For those who are fighting infections, taking medications that suppress the immune system, or just generally have lower immunity due to the aging process, it's extremely important to address indoor air quality.
A preventative way to improve air quality is to clean regularly with mild cleaners. Less dust in the house means less dust mites, a major allergen, so be sure to sweep and vacuum at least once per week. An easy way to clear the air is with an air purifier - just make sure it's a HEPA filter and be sure to change it out every 3 months, exactly as you would with the air filter for your furnace or air conditioner.
Melva Sherwood, RN