Our shared crisis is having wide ranging impact on our world. According to Green Biz, social distancing and self-isolation has drastically reduced air pollution. But while it is cleaning some of our air outdoors? What is happening in our homes? COVID19 might have us cooped up inside, but it can’t defeat us if we’re taking care of ourselves mentally and physically. By spending most of our time indoors, we need to be mindful of air quality.
According to Jane Clougherty, from the department of environmental and occupational health at Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health: “Right off the bat, it’s important to know that indoor air quality is not necessarily better than outdoor, the air quality can be complicated by traffic and industry nearby that comes inside through leaks in the home, as well as burning candles or incense, cooking on stove tops and more.” (quote courtesy of Huffington Post)
What can we do? Installing quality air purification systems are incredibly helpful, but not possible for everyone. Here are some tips to help you get through this crisis with clean air and lower risk to COVID19 infection.
Replace your air filters in your HVAC system. To get specific details, visit ACHR’s HVAC COVID 19 filter guide here
Regularly Clean and Disinfect Your Home
As we are facing bigger risks, we need to stay on top of the surfaces in our home. We need to do more than dusting, but wipe down surfaces. Here’s a great guide from the CDC on how to keep your home as clean as possible.
Create Air Flow
By opening windows and doors throughout your home, you can create a flow of air that will improve internal circulation and keep air cleaner. When cooking on an unvented stove, particles can become trapped and circulate in your home
Whether walking around your yard, or walking around the block (obeying social distance guidelines), will help your lungs take in clean air. While your home needs ventilation, your body does too.
Leave Your Shoes at the Door
If you’ve been outside, we can track particles and dirt into our home, and it doesn’t just dirty our floors, but our air, too.
Take it Easy on the Air Fresheners
Air fresheners may smell good, but they can sturate our indoor air with other particulate that isn’t healthy for us. Use them sparingly, and opt for all natural if possible.
Air Filters Can Help
Having air filters that are clean can be useful and improve air quality.
Consider an Air Filtration System
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