We’re smack-dab in the middle of cold and flu season…
And this year, there’s also a huge increase in RSV and, of course, the “ominous omicron” that’s circulating as well.
Ever wonder WHY these things seem to thrive in the winter? After all, shouldn’t the cold air kill those bugs off?
Here’s the thing… the problem lies in your indoor air quality.
Germs get circulated around and around through your heating system. Your windows are closed because of the chilly air outside, so whatever’s floating around in the air just stews and gets redistributed to every corner of your home.
Regular furnace filters do nothing to stop it.
Most people don’t know that indoor air quality can be up to 5x worse inside than it is outside.
Smoke, toxins, air pollution, mold, pollen… it all gets trapped inside and mucks up your air.
In fact, a study in Salt Lake City, Utah, showed that when air quality was bad outside, pollution levels spiked indoors to unhealthy levels… despite having the windows shut.
What can you do to improve indoor air quality?
Fix any water leaks and keep your home dry in order to avoid mold. Wash bed linens once a week or more. Dust and vacuum often…
...EXCEPT if air quality is particularly bad, in which case you should avoid vacuuming or dusting because it stirs up toxins.
A home air purifying system can be a HUGE benefit when it comes to safe air quality inside."
Great Life Member Concierge
Regarding air purification, you don't have to get crazy or expensive. A basic system with a hepa filter will do. All the bells and whistles generally just drive up the price of the unit.
What's often ignored is humidification. Many heating systems do not provide humidification. And often times, those that do, are not working and thus useless.
Humidification is important for several reasons:
► Diminishes the spreading of air-borne viruses. When germs combine with moisture, they just drop because they become too heavy to float. How much humidity? As much as 43%.
► Reduces dry and chapped skin - certainly something that helps us.
► Helps your home feel warmer - yes, you will save on heating costs.
► Helps relieve allergies. Humidity helps soothe the tissues in the throat and nasal passages.
► Reduces static electricity.
► Prevents damage to wood furniture. In winter time wood dries out and joints become lose.
You can find portable humidifiers in many retail stores like Target, Walmart, Lowes, Bed & Bath.
We have a dual purpose mister in our store, Pure Mist Essential Oil Mister. You can use it to add humidity and disperse essential oils of your choice - many essential oils are in our store. We added the mister when we added clary sage oil (Brain Fog Eraser). Clary sage is said to help with memory, intellectual function and reduce brain fog.
Save a couple dollars and get the mister and the Brain Fog Eraser together.
But, no matter what you do, filter and humidify your air.