As winter well and truly settles in, people all over the country will be spending a lot more time at home. Being indoors this time of year can be lovely and cozy, but it can also feel stuffy and cramped. Particularly for people who have allergies or are particularly sensitive to respiratory conditions. If your home is particularly small or overcrowded with poor ventilation, you will be breathing the same poor-quality air over and over again. This can make you highly susceptible to allergic reactions or illnesses like cold and flu. Poor ventilation increases the prevalence of dust mites and mold which can play havoc on your lungs.

It’s essential you take steps to look after your health this winter. There are lots of home hacks you can use to improve the air quality in your home and protect you from respiratory problems. To get you started, here are a few helpful tips to improve the air quality in your home.

Keep it clean

Some of the biggest offenders when it comes to respiratory problems are dust, mold, and pet hair. When these are found in large quantities, they can get into the air and be easily breathed in. And in homes with poor ventilation, this effect is worsened. Keeping your home clean will go a long way towards reducing this risk. Vacuum clean your carpets at least once a week and clean all surfaces of dust. Take extra care to clean those hard to reach areas like the tops of bookshelf and the backs of appliances. Make sure you clean your bedding regularly, as this can accumulate a lot of dust from your body’s dead skin. The more clutter you have in your home, the more dust will accumulate, so have a clear-out and get rid of any extraneous items. Mold can be disastrous for your health, so check your bathrooms and windows for the appearance of black or dark green spots.

Add some greenery

Plants are one of the best natural air purifiers. They take in carbon dioxide and toxins from the air and pump out fresh oxygen. They can make a room seem less stuffy and will significantly help your breathing. Just take care not to buy a plant that triggers your allergies. Here are some of the best houseplants for boosting air purity.

Buy an air purifier

If your home has particularly poor ventilation, investing in an air purifier can be a smart move. It will capture any irritants in the air, such as dust mites, and will quickly improve the air quality throughout your house. This is especially useful for people with allergies.

Open the windows

Even though it may be cold outside, opening the windows for a short time each day can be hugely effective in improving air quality. It allows air to move more freely from room to room and can prevent irritants from settling. Make sure you wrap up warm while the windows are open to prevent you from catching a nasty cold.

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