It’s incredibly important to know what’s in your air, and what you can do about it to stay healthy.
Living in the city, though convenient comes with its cons. Near the top of the list would be the health effects that come with living in such populated and urban area. Less time to go to the gym thanks to traffic, long work hours and the strong temptation to just eat fast food are just a few of the struggles that come with living in metropolitan areas.
I recently took a trip to New York and even though lots of people say that is quite polluted, when I went out for my early morning runs, I felt lighter, more energetic and faster. You could say that this was due to the cold weather or just the excitement of getting a jog in Central Park. But I am convinced that the air has to do something with it. Each time I travel, I run, simply because it is the most convenient form of exercise while on the road; and when I run I feel differently in each city. In the Philippines and large cities in Asia like Bangkok, Saigon and Shanghai I always feel so stifled and out of breath. In other huge cities like Tokyo or Singapore where the government is really concerned about the pollution of the air, I do feel a slight cleaner difference (except when the smog rolls into Singapore from Indonesia).
The problem is that pPollution doesn’t just remain outdoors, in the streets where there are tons of car exhaust and factory fumes. Pollutants make their way in to your own home and can affect your health. No wonder lots of offices here get air purifiers and humidifiers to just try and control the situation a little better.
On top of that household air can contain tiny particles, bacteria and viruses, and dangerous gases like carbon monoxide. Spraying air cleaners and fresheners is not enough.
This for me is a problem because one way I make sure to stay fit is to have my workout equipment conveniently sitting at home, staring me in the eyes and forcing me to use them. So I usually begrudgingly crawl to my rower or kettlebells in the morning and try to get my routine done quickly.
After working out, I’ll have a quick protein shake, a coffee and start working for an hour or two on clearing out my email inbox and getting a heads-up on my work for the day. So I end up spending quite a bit of time at my house every day and on weekends, as one should expectedly.
Per the World Health Organization, air pollutants can increase the risk of respiratory conditions. In the short term, air pollutants can cause you to feel shortness of breath, dizziness, coughing or wheezing, and throat irritation. They can also worsen conditions like asthma, especially in young children.
I’ll put a list of some air pollutants and their sources that may be in your home at the end of this article.
So, what’s the solution?
Besides practicing proper hygiene when sick and making use of masks and similar protective gear during renovations, it’s also good to keep your home well-ventilated.
British technology company Dyson, famed for their bladeless fans have come up with a neat solutions. They’ve combined their bladeless fans with purifying capabilities – with it introducing the Dyson Pure Cool Link.
With the Dyson Pure Cool Link, your home is not only kept cool but its air is also purified. The Dyson Pure Cool Link air purifier and fan removes 99.95% of allergens and air pollutants as small as 0.1 microns—that’s almost a hundred times smaller than a grain of sand. This air purifier is great for removing odors from the kitchen, and its bladeless design is sleek and modern.
I usually just put it where I am for the longest on that day. Behind me while I’m working out, in the kitchen while I’m preparing my daily meals, in the room at night or while I’m Netflixing and snoozing on my couch.
Trust me, if I could I would have one in every room.
Also, at my age we usually have a bunch of my nieces and nephews running around and our curious pets getting too close to traditional fans, which is why I’ve always been a fan of Dyson’s new technology.
I find myself travelling more and more for work every year and it’s great to know that even when I’m away, I can control and view the air quality in my house through my phone.
The Dyson Pure Cool Link is the perfect companion to keeping your home cool and healthy.
Source: American Lung Association (www.lung.org)
Bacteria and Viruses
Airborne bacteria and viruses from infected members of your home can stay in the air if your home is poorly ventilated and humid.
Mold, Dust Mites, and Pet Dander
Mold and pet dander can easily get trapped in carpets and rugs. These particles are sent to the air when disturbed, or when vacuumed. Dust mites, though they don’t remain airborne for long because they are heavier particles, proliferate in humid environments. All of these can cause allergies and worsen conditions like asthma.
Plywood, pressed wood, paints, solvents, and polishes can give off odors and gases after time. They may also emit volatile organic compounds into the air that can cause respiratory problems.
This odorless gas is released when fuels are burned. Gas appliances, fire places/wood stoves, space heaters/oil or kerosene heaters, charcoal grills, gas-powered tools, and car exhaust fumes are sources of carbon monoxide. Inhaling carbon monoxide in low levels is never good.
Products in aerosol spray cans, air fresheners, bleach, and oven cleaners have ingredients that can mix with ozone in your home. This may produce formaldehyde and other fine particles that are damaging. Never mix bleach with products that contain ammonia. This combination releases a harmful gas that may cause chronic breathing problems and possibly death.