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People living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) often dread cold weather because it comes with worsened COPD symptoms like increased shortness of breath, coughing, fatigue and wheezing. To help you stay healthy and active during these winter months, we’ve assembled our Top 5 Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality This Winter.
Americans spend, on average, 90 percent of their lives indoors, so it’s smart to do what we can to keep our indoor air as breathable as possible. Indoor is often much more polluted than outdoor air and has been linked to a number of health problems, including heart trouble, strokes, allergies, asthma and chronic lung diseases such as COPD.
5. Dehumidify Your Home
As humidity makes our homes hospitable to dust and mold, consider installing a de-humidifier. Keep your exhaust fan running when you are cooking, and always fix leaks immediately to prevent mold growth.
4. Use Beeswax Candles Instead of Traditional Candles
Beeswax candles do not emit smoke. Traditional candles are typically derived from petroleum products and may release benzene, toluene or soot into the air. In contrast, beeswax candles are known to produce negative ions in the air that help in the removal of air pollution and other toxins. Another benefit of beeswax candles is their burn rate, which is significantly slower than traditional wax or paraffin candles, meaning they last longer.
3. Bring In Some Plants
As we’ve mentioned before, plants naturally take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen. Some species of plants also absorb air pollutants such as benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, toluene, xylene and ammonia. Of all the air-purifying plants available, NASA has suggested the Peace Lily as the most effective. It requires very little water or sunlight. Other good options include ferns, spider plants and aloe vera.
2. Dust, Vacuum and Mop
Keeping a clean home is essential to better indoor air quality. Dust regularly, wearing a mask and vacuum often with a high-quality vacuum cleaner. This will help limit dust buildup in your home. Mop floors at least twice a month, but be sure to use non-chemical-based cleaners. Remember to use fragrance-free and natural cleaners to reduce flare-ups from chemical fumes. If it’s difficult to dust and mop, ask a friend to help.
1. Don’t Allow Smoke Indoors
Of course, don’t smoke at all, and don’t allow others to smoke around you. If you suffer from COPD and are currently smoking, please consider stopping. We know it’s hard, but as we’ve mentioned, the dangers of smoking are deadly serious. Ranked 7th in the nation’s top New Year’s resolutions, smoking cessation is essential to improving the smoker’s life, not to mention everyone who lives near that person.
Improve Indoor Air Quality in Winter and Improve Your Quality of Life
Along with these tips to improve indoor air quality in winter, take proactive steps to improve your quality of life. Many patients have reported feeling better and breathing easier after having cellular therapy.
The Lung Institute is a leading medical provider of regenerative cellular therapy for lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pulmonary fibrosis and interstitial lung disease in the United States. To date the organization has treated over 2,500 patients. The Lung Institute’s in-house outcomes summary shows that 83 percent of patients studied saw an improvement in their quality of life. Founded in 2013 in Tampa, Fla., the Lung Institute currently operates clinics in Tampa, Fla., Nashville, Tenn., Scottsdale, Ariz., and Pittsburgh, Pa. and Dallas, Texas. For more information, please visit www.lunginstitute.com or call (800) 729-3065.