During the pandemic, most of us have spent more time at home than ever before. Many of us have also spent a lot more time cleaning and decluttering our homes. While you’ve been scrubbing and organizing, have you thought about cleaning the air in your house? I usually only consider the quality of the air in my home when our furnace is due for cleaning or when the forest fires are causing air quality warnings here in Vancouver. However, clean air in your home is important. Here’s why, and how an Okaysou air purifier can help you.
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Why Air Quality Matters
Breathing comes so naturally to most of us that we don’t even think about it—until we’re forced to breath through a mask or inhale the smoky air caused by forest fires. Air quality affects many aspects of our lives, from our quality of sleep to our productivity. If you have kids, air quality could be affecting their grades. Many health problems are also linked to the air we breathe. The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety notes that poor indoor air quality can cause symptoms such as
- Dryness and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and skin
- Shortness of breath
- Hypersensitivity and allergies
- Sinus congestion
- Coughing and sneezing
While we haven’t experienced any of these symptoms, I believe it’s important to be proactive about our health. For example, our bodies can handle a certain amount of environmental toxins, but if it must keep fighting these toxins week after week, year after year, health problems will ensue. Rather than worrying about this, I can do something about it by turning on my air purifier and making sure they are breathing clean air in our home at least.
How to Improve Indoor Air Quality
Some things you can do to increase the air quality in your home include:
- keeping house plants
- using natural cleaners
- sweeping and vacuuming frequently
- buying an Okaysu air purifier
- changing the filter on your furnace and AC unit regularly
- getting your furnace and ducts cleaned annually
Over the past month, I’ve been using an Okaysou Air Purifier to clean the air in our home. This small, quiet air purifier sits in the corner of our living room and gives me peace of mind about our home. It has a medical grade H13 True HEPA filter that can capture and reduce up to 99.97% of airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns, including kitchen odors, pollen, pet dander, pet hair, smoke, household odors, harmful gases like formaldehyde, ammonia, and VOCs.
Factors that Affect Indoor Air Quality
Where we live can greatly affect the quality of air we breath. An unfortunate side effect of city living is the pollution here. Some larger cities have poor air quality, and even have air quality indices and warnings. For example, in summers here in Vancouver, we often deal with air quality warnings because of smoke from distance forest fires. If you live in a large city or in an area affected by forest fires, investing in an air purifier for your home is a good idea.
Another factor of air quality is your proximity to busy roads. One of the first homes we looked at buying was just off a busy highway. While a large row of trees helped reduce the noise from the highway, we wondered about the air quality in a home so close to so many cars. We chose instead to buy a condo in a quieter area of town. However, we still live one block off a major commuter road. While it’s not a highway, it sees nearly as much traffic (and much idling at the stop lights every block).
While pets can bring a great many benefits to a home, they can also affect the air quality. One of my primary reasons for not wanting to get a cat is the pet fur and dander everywhere. We talk about getting a non-shedding, hypoallergenic dog such as my mom’s Wheaton Terrier. At the same time, having an air purifier helps me feel better about introducing a pet (and all their hair) into our home.
Changing seasons can also bring different air pollutants. Spring is approaching, when pollen and poplar fuzz begin to float through the air. Then comes summer, with its increased chances of forest fires. Then fall, with dead leaves falling. And finally winter, when we keep our doors and windows closed as much as possible and breath the same air in our home for several months. If you find that you are more affected by the symptoms listed above at a certain time of year, then one of these air-borne pollutants may be affecting you and an Okaysou air purifier could help reduce your symptoms.
If you have renters or tenants, they could also be affecting your air purifier. The first two homes we lived in had smokers living in the basement. I used to hate the smell of their smoke drifting up into our living areas. You can’t control what your neighbours do, but you can help ensure your home at least has cleaner air.
More about Okaysou Air Purifiers
Nowadays, fresh air is no longer something that we can take for granted. Not even in our own homes. Okaysou is here by our innovative design and technology to bring you a feeling of balance, harmony, and happiness to your daily life.
Okaysou has a variety of air purifiers to meet your needs, with a variety of different filters for different air-borne pollutants. We have the AirMic4S Medical Grade Air Purifier with three fan speeds and a timer. Right now, I’ve been running it on the lowest fan speed, but if I noticed extra pollen in the air or haze from a forest fire, I’d turn it on high. When on the lowest speed, it sounds no louder than a computer running. The timer lets you set it to run at certain times only—for example, at night while you’re sleeping.
One thing I like about our air purifier is that it’s small enough to be inconspicuous in any room. I’ve had it on our piano, on the end table beside the couch, and underneath my plant stand beside the computer. It can also move easily from room to room. For example, if one of the kids was sick, I could place the air purifier in their room overnight.
Have you ever considered the importance of clean air in your home? Do you have an air purifier?