How Indoor Air Makes Winter Colds Worse


With winter, indoor air quality worsens, leading to a greater opportunity for colds during the season. Here are some solutions to keep indoor air healthier.

1. Open the windows every now and then. On warmer winter days, fresh air can actually kill germs, flushing them from stuffy rooms.

2. Get rid of poor indoor air quality at the source. Clean air ducts and replace furnace filters regularly to prevent germs from re-circulating throughout your home all season long.

3. Use air purifiers. The best air cleaners can help reduce the cold and flu virus, especially in closed spaces. Air purifiers can also safely remove 99.97% of airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns, including pollen, ragweed and other allergens, viruses, germs, dust mites, mold spores, pet dander and cigarette smoke–all factors that contribute to compromised lung function and make anyone in a winterized household more susceptible to airborne germs. You may want to consider certain air cleaners which feature allergy and flu settings to help during flu season and also allergy season in the spring.

It’s also important to know that during cold and flu season babies are more susceptible to the airborne germs circulating in your home. In fact, babies breathe an average of 30-60 times a minute–that’s more than double the amount of an adult. Considering that a baby’s lung are not yet fully developed at birth, and with their faster breathing rate, respiratory illnesses can account for the most health problems among infants. Specially designed baby air purifiers kept in a nursery can aid with reducing airborne pollutants around a young child.


You may also want to look for air purifiers that feature carbon filters for odor, and definitely a True HEPA filter to help reduce as many airborne pollutants as possible. Some air purifiers also feature alerts to let you know when it is time to change the air filter, and quiet performance so that you can run your air purifier in a baby’s room or while you sleep without any disturbance.

Be sure to choose your air purifier by room size. Some air cleaners are perfect for small rooms. For larger spaces, make sure the air cleaner you choose has the capacity to cover the square footage of the area you want to be purified.

If you have pets, you may also want to consider air cleaners that help with pet dander and other allergens that are associated with dogs and cats. You don’t have to curse your pets for your sneezing anymore.

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