How to make your home allergen-free during winters

Winter is a time that makes you want to stay tucked in and warm in the comfort of your home. However, shutting your windows against the cold can bring along its own set of problems. If you feel like your nose is stuffy and it’s difficult to breathe, your headaches, and your eyes are itchy, you may be a victim of winter allergies. The lack of ventilation makes it difficult for fresh air to enter your home and, thus, stale air and allergens continue to circulate indoors.

What happens during the winter?

There are allergens in the air indoors, which include fine dust, smoke or cooking fumes, dust mites, mould, VOC’s, perfumes, aerosol sprays and animal dander. And it’s during the winter months that we spend most of our time with them while cooped up indoors. Hence allergies caused by these are on the rise when the weather gets cooler.

Children, the elderly, and people suffering from asthma and other respiratory disorders are more vulnerable to these indoor allergens. While the immune system of children is in its developing stage, that of asthma patients and the elderly are weak. Thus, the effects of indoor allergens are heightened for them.

How winter allergies affect people

Symptoms like cold, sneezing, irritated throat, itchy eyes, etc. may be caused due to allergens. Some people react to mould and dust mites, in the same way, they would to pathogens. The antibody response is what causes symptoms like wheezing, watery eyes, coughing or sneezing. If the congestion is bad enough, it may also cause headaches and sinus pressure.

When you know it’s an allergy and not a cold

It is hard to tell whether the sniffles you’re bearing with are an allergy to dust or if it’s cold. Sometimes, it may be easy to distinguish between a viral infection and an allergy on the basis of body ache and fever, which may accompany a cold. An allergic reaction may cause you to experience itchy eyes, sniffles, sore throat and even rashes. Of course, it is recommended that you consult your doctor for an accurate diagnosis and get treatment for relief.

What to do about indoor allergens?

But prevention is better than cure, isn’t it? While braving the cold to grab some fresh air may not be a very tempting option, there are some ways in which you can fight allergens and curb indoor air pollution.

  • Vacuum your home frequently: Dust mites are microscopic creatures which are not visible to the naked eye and live in carpets, upholstered furniture bedding and warm spaces. Frequent vacuum cleaning of your home is the best way to eliminate them. Bring home Euroclean vacuum cleaners that deep cleans and eliminates these allergens thoroughly and easily. One of the primary features of Euroclean range is that it offers powerful suction that removes embedded dust. They come with a wide range of accessories that are ideal for varied cleaning requirements.
  • Keep your pets clean and in check: Pets carry a truckload of allergy-triggering proteins in their fur, dander, saliva and urine. Keeping them off your furniture and giving them a bath on a weekly basis are two ways to help limit your exposure to allergens.
  • Keep moisture to a minimum: Fungi & Mould thrive in damp places like your bathroom, kitchen and basement. Hence, reducing moisture indoors is key to inhibiting mould growth. Keeping surfaces dry with regular wipe downs, throwing away spoiled food from your refrigerator and turning on the exhaust fan while cooking are some of the ways by which you can control mould growth.
  • Get an air purifier: One of the most effective ways to get rid of allergens in your indoor air is by bringing home an air purifier. The Dr. Aeroguard SCPR 300 – Air Purifier is certified for the highest standards of air quality by gui-Lab Germany. With its 9-stage filtration system, it keeps your indoor air free of microorganisms, pollen, pet dander and other harmful pollutants in the air. It also releases Vita-Ions that ensure you and your loved ones breathe healthy air that will leave you feeling rejuvenated.
  • The air purifiers by Dr Aeroguard come equipped with a Therapeutic filter which releases Vitamin C into the air making it refreshing and healthy. Get a free demo in your home today- http://bit.ly/2Gxs5tb 

Winter is a lot more fun and cosy when you’re healthy, and you’re healthy when you’re living and breathing healthy. You can ensure that your household is allergen-free for you and your family by following the above steps.

Things You Should Know Before Buying an Air Purifier

‘Air pollution is turning Mother nature prematurely gray’. – Irv Kupcinet

As the entire country celebrated the beginning of a New Year, Delhi, yet again, had a major environmental setback. People stepped out of their houses with friends and family to commemorate the end of a remarkable year and were ambushed by the worst Air Quality Index. The day’s average Air Quality Index was recorded at 400, which was classified as ‘very poor’ by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).  Similarly, the AQI of Mumbai dropped down to 281 on 1st January.

One can’t escape the outdoor air pollution by staying indoors. The harmful air pollutants are capable of entering your home and adding to the already existing indoor air pollution. According to WHO, 4.3 million people a year die from exposure to household air pollution. So, are you and your loved ones not safe anywhere? The solution to this concern is taking a few precautionary measures to safeguard your family from indoor air pollution.

Here is a list of steps you can take to purify your indoor air:

  1. Ensure your home is properly ventilated
  2. Bring home houseplants that purify air indoors
  3. Deep clean your home effectively
  4. Invest in an air purifier

One of the easiest ways to make your indoor air healthy is by investing in a good air purifier. Before you make such a huge investment, here are some things that you should know about air purifiers.

What is an air purifier?

Air purifiers are devices that remove contaminating particles (dust, pollen and dander) from the air.

What are the benefits of an air purifier?

  • A good air purifier eliminates harmful pollutants from indoor air, making it healthy
  • It traps allergens and pet dander released by the pets in the house
  • It helps get rid of indoor smoke caused by cooking gas, fireplace, cigarettes, etc.
  • Air purifiers are portable and can be fit in any room comfortably
  • It helps you breathe fresh, healthy  air throughout the day

What are the things to consider before investing in an air purifier?

  1. Before buying an air purifier, make sure to consider the size of your room. There is a wide range of sizes available in the market. Always go for a size that is capable of purifying a larger space than your actual room size.
  2. Do your research about the filters in the air purifiers. Ensure that these filters are able to trap allergens, dust, molds and bacteria and purify the air effectively.
  3. Many purifiers in the market emit a buzzing noise as they are switched on. To relax in your home peacefully, invest in one that produces less or no noise.
  4. Before investing in any air purifier, ensure that the servicing plans are accurate. This will help increase product life and keep it functioning efficiently for a longer period.
  5. As air purifiers become a long-lasting part of your home, do consider the style and design of the product before buying it.

As mentioned earlier, it is extremely essential to know about the filters present in the air purifiers. Here is a list of filters that are present in an air purifier:

  1. Anti-dust filter:  Anti-dust filters in air purifiers eliminates dust, dirt and pet dander from the air.
  2. Anti-allergen filter: The anti-allergen filter traps, fungal spores and pollen in the air that can trigger allergic reactions.
  3. HEPA filter: The HEPA filter removes ultra-fine particulate matter up to 0.3 microns.
  4. Deodorization filter: The Deodorization filter absorbs harmful gases, VOCs, smoke and foul odour present in the air
  5. Anti-microbial formula: The anti-microbial formula destroys bacteria and fungi from the air, making it healthy to breathe
  6. Diatom filter: The Diatom filter is present in the shape of tiny balls that get rid of harmful chemicals in the air.
  7. Therapeutic filter: The Therapeutic filter not only purifies the air but also adds Vitamin C to it.
  8. Cold Catalyst Filter: The Cold Catalyst Filter decomposes volatile compounds like methyl aldehyde, ethanethiol, etc.
  9. Vita-Ion filter: The Vita-Ion filter releases negative ions in the air to purify it. The negative ions make sure the air you breathe is rejuvenating.

Air Purifiers give you a comprehensive solution to make your indoor air healthy. With the air quality deteriorating by the day, air purifiers are not a luxury but a necessity. So, take a step towards healthy living and bring home Dr. Aeroguard Air Purifiers, certified by German ‘gui Labs’. Dr. Aeroguard air purifiers with their advanced filters, not only purify the air in your home, but also make it healthy with Vitamin C. Book a demo here.