As New Year’s Eve approaches, many people are deciding on what will be their coveted “New Year’s resolutions.” Typically health-related or focused on improving some aspect of their lifestyle, most people promise themselves to work out more, eat healthier foods, drink more water and give up bad habits.
While brainstorming what ways to make 2018 your best year yet, consider how indoor air quality plays a role in your health and wellness. Between dry air and polluted air, there are many ways poor air quality can have detrimental effects on your health. Here are four reasons why you should include improving your indoor air quality as part of your New Year’s resolutions.
For most of the contiguous United States, dry air is no stranger. Whether you’re dealing with cold, dry winter air or hot, dry desert air, a majority of the population deals with dry air. Even in humid climates, over-zealous air conditioning systems dry out indoor air. No matter where you live, dry air is the enemy of wellness.
It is no coincidence that the winter season is considered cold and flu season, as it is easier for exhaled viruses to remain in dry air rather than properly moisturized air. When air has more moisture in it, viruses are less likely to be inhaled as they attach themselves to water droplets and become heavier, falling to the ground.
This is why it’s important to be aware of common seasonal illnesses. Make it a part of your resolutions to always be prepared for cold and flu season by getting a flu shot and stocking up on necessary medicine.
But more than anything, combat the dry air problem head on by investing in a quality humidifier. Adding moisture to the air will help keep your body moisturized and necessary body parts functioning at their full potential. When your nose’s mucous membranes are properly moisturized, they perform a protective barrier which prevent bacteria and viruses from entering the body. Dry air impairs your nose from performing these functions and protecting the body. Eliminate your body’s susceptibility to catching the common cold, flu and other potentially chronic respiratory illnesses by adding moisture to the air.
From coast to coast, millions of Americans suffer from allergies. For those suffering, healthy breathing is a significant concern. And while there are plenty of medications for allergy sufferers, what if you were able to reduce the amount of triggers in your air? Pollen, dust and dander float in the air, especially dry air, and travel from place to place on windy days. Once these allergens get indoors, allergic reactions and asthma attacks happen.
Whether you’re at home or in the office, airborne allergens can be a debilitating distraction, making it difficult to perform everyday activities if you’re constantly sneezing, blowing your nose or feeling under the weather. Allergy sufferers often feel similar symptoms to that of having a cold like having itchy eyes, a sore throat, nose congestion and headaches.
Stay alert and aware of pollen counts by downloading an allergy app for your phone, so you can be better prepared. Cleaning the air, or rather, washing your air of these allergens with an Airwasher is a surefire way to alleviate allergy symptoms and rid these triggers from your air before they become a problem. With the filter-free system from Venta, there have been incredible success stories from allergy sufferers. From those who have used the Airwasher to improve their indoor air quality and fight allergies, many have found it to be a product they cannot live without.
Take Melissa Morritt Coble, contributing author on lifestyle website, Blunt Moms, for example. Her real-life story about finding allergy relief for her son is a testament to just how important it is to take control of your indoor air quality:
“My son has allergies. I know, I know; doesn’t everyone have allergies? Yes, but really, he has the “fun” kind. He is allergic to everything in the environment and requires loads of pills and potions just to partially control it. We have seen allergists, dermatologists, and ENT’s. I had no idea you could spend so much money on allergies.
We took all the advice we could find, from removing the carpet to getting him immunotherapy shots. He has had surgery and taken every single medication they put out on the market.
So when we had the opportunity to try out a Venta Airwasher, I jumped. People – if you do not have one of these things, you have no idea what you are missing. I know because I had no idea what we were missing.
He claimed he hasn’t slept so well in ages after one night. Then he said could breathe through his nose for the first time in recent memory and I was sold. I expected the honeymoon to end, but after a couple weeks he emphatically told me that no matter where he moved, the Venta Airwasher was his and was going with him. I assume that wherever he ends up will be just as dusty as his bedroom, so he will need it.
So thank you Venta. The Airwasher was just what we were looking even if we didn’t know it. I finally get why you call it an Airwasher and I am super grateful that it works as amazingly well as it does.”
Air pollution is dangerous. That statement is something we are reminded of each time we read the news and hear about smog in cities or the hazardous chemicals being discharged from factories and power plants. But did you know indoor air pollution can be almost as harmful, if not more, than outdoor air pollution? Between candles releasing VOC’s, wood burning stoves and office equipment releasing fine-particle pollution, indoor air contains a fair amount of unhealthy pollutants.
In office settings for example, large laser printers emit a high level of fine-particle pollution which can cause respiratory illnesses or cardiovascular disease. Many new office buildings are built with energy efficiency in mind, and a downside to that is less air flow and ventilation. On the opposite spectrum, older buildings and even homes are built with asbestos, which is extremely dangerous to breathe and harms the lungs with a disease called mesothelioma.
At home, some more typical indoor air pollutants include radon, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, and mold. Some cleaning supplies, candles and activities like wood burning release pollution into your air in the form of volatile organic compounds and fine-particulate matter, which is damaging to the lungs when inhaled.
Keeping your indoor air clean of these pollutants by investing in a quality air purifier or Airwasher is important for your health and should be a priority when it comes to making healthy resolutions for the new year. No matter what time of year it is, when you’re spending roughly 90% of your life indoors, there is some piece of mind knowing your air is being cleaned of these airborne contaminants.
So far we’ve covered several ways poor air quality can be a health risk and how improving your air benefits your overall well-being. But when it comes to New Year’s resolutions, tangible goals should also be part of the plan. Getting that promotion at work, finishing the school year with top honors or running that marathon are all tangible goals that can be achieved when you feel rested and healthy.
Nothing paves the way to success like a good night’s sleep. And when you do not get the sleep you need to be successful, it will be difficult to achieve your resolutions!
Dry air disrupts the quality of sleep you can get, leaving you more susceptible to getting sick and waking up feeling groggy and tired. Airborne pollutants harm your lung heath and can cause serious health conditions like asthma, COPD, mesothelioma, cardiovascular disease and even lung cancer. While sleeping at night, give your body the air quality it needs to properly recharge and stay healthy.
Clean and humidify your indoor air with the filter-free technology of the Venta Airwasher. The dual system functions with whisper-quiet operation, perfect for sleeping. Venta consumers have noticed considerable improvements to their sleeping patterns, affirming that healthy air quality does in fact make a difference in your overall health and well-being:
“My youngest, Nathan, has always had respiratory issues since he was born, and the Nevada climate does not suit him, especially at night when sleeping. We purchased 2 more Venta Airwashers – one to place near the boys’ bedroom upstairs and the other for our bedroom. Nathan has been sleeping better, no more coughing or wheezing. We could really notice the change in the morning. Before, Nathan would wake up with a sore throat (from all the coughing at night) and just had a hard time getting up. Now, he’s up bright and early, having gotten a good night’s sleep.” -Jaden, author and TV chef from cooking website, Steamy Kitchen
“Brett and I were surprised at how much better we slept after just a few days of using it, and with the improvement of the boys’ allergies we were sold. Believers here! It an investment for sure, but one that’s worth it for improved overall health!” –Kristy from lifestyle website, Boys Ahoy
“I made sure to check the amount of humidity upstairs before starting up our Airwasher and it was at 15% – YIKES!! After running it for 1.5 hours, it was up to 50% and I swear I slept better and I haven’t woke up with a sore throat since we started using it two months ago.” -Lynzy from lifestyle website, Lynzy & Co.
“My daughter has always had a nighttime cough during allergy season or when she would get a cold. We noticed that this has helped to alleviate that cough and helped her (and us) sleep better. The air is noticeably more moist in our home, and we no longer wake up with a dry scratchy throat each morning.” -Nicole from cooking website, Or Whatever You Do
Venta is proud to be a part of so many people’s indoor air revolution. Between better sleep, less sick days from work and school and alleviated allergy symptoms, there really is no reason why you should not want to improve your indoor air quality. Make 2018 your healthiest and most productive year ever, starting by giving yourself the best quality indoor air.