New Year’s Resolutions - Committing to cleaner and healthier environments
Year after year, we promise to make positive changes in our personal and professional lives: eat healthier, exercise more, and learn a new skill. In fact, the act of making New Year's resolutions dates back to ancient civilisations, where the concept of a new year marked a time for reflection and self-improvement.
The ancient Babylonians, for example, were known to make promises to their gods at the start of a new year in the hopes of earning favour, pledging their loyalty to the king, and avoiding bad luck. While the resolutions we now make have evolved, they remain a way for people to identify areas for improvement and act towards achieving their goals.
With all our promises of self-improvement, we must not forget to commit to cleaner and healthier environments. One such improvement you can make to improve the air quality in your home and workplace is to use an air purifier.
Health resolutions: Using an Air Purifier to Improve your Health
If your New Year's resolution is to reduce the number of times you get allergies or the flu, investing in an air purifier is a good place to start.
An air purifier can help you improve your health by removing allergens and pollutants from the air, which can benefit your respiratory health. Contaminants such as dust, pollen, mould, pet dander, and smoke can cause symptoms such as sneezing, a runny nose, and coughing.
Additionally, some air purifiers (such as the Solenco CF8500 and CF8608 Air Purifiers) are equipped with a Medical Grade H13 HEPA Filter and an antiviral filter and can remove certain types of bacteria and viruses, which can help reduce the spread of illness and reduce SARS-CoV-2 infection. By removing these contaminants from the air, you can improve the overall air quality in your home and workplace and help to alleviate symptoms of conditions such as asthma, allergies, and other respiratory issues.
To effectively reduce indoor air pollution, use an air purifier in conjunction with other measures such as cleaning and vacuuming on a regular basis, using natural cleaning products to reduce volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and, if possible, improving ventilation in your home by opening windows to let in fresh air.
Exercise Resolutions – Using an Air Purifier to Improve Exercise Performance
If you have decided to make 2023 the year for a fitter you, then you should consider using an air purifier when you are working out indoors. An air purifier can help to improve the air quality in a room, which can make it more comfortable to exercise in certain situations.
If you are trying to exercise in an area with high levels of indoor pollution, such as dust, pollution, cigarette smoke, cooking odours, or chemicals, they can make it unpleasant to exercise and even harder to breathe. An air purifier can help remove those pollutants and make the air cleaner to breathe. This can make it more pleasant to exercise in that environment and, in some cases, allow you to exercise for longer periods or harder.
Improved Sleep Resolutions - Using an Air Purifier to Improve Your Sleep
If your New Year’s resolution is to catch up on some z’s and improve your sleep health, an air purifier can help by removing pollutants and allergens from the air and reducing your exposure to VOCs, which are a common source of sleep disruption. If you have allergies, for example, exposure to allergens such as dust, pollen, and pet dander can cause your allergies to flare up, resulting in sneezing and congestion that makes falling and staying asleep difficult. An air purifier can help to remove these allergens from the air, reducing symptoms and improving overall air quality, making breathing, and sleeping easier.
If you are worried that an air purifier will be too noisy and disrupt your sleep, it will actually do the opposite. For example, the Solenco Air Purifier Purification Pal, designed to clean the air in your baby's nursery or child's bedroom, operates at 24 – 48 dB, which is quieter than your electric toothbrush. It helps your baby sleep by producing white noise, which can help to improve sleep by creating a more consistent, peaceful environment, making it easier to fall and stay asleep.
However, there could be other factors affecting your sleep, in which case an air purifier may not be the solution. In this case, using an air purifier in conjunction with other sleep hygiene techniques such as maintaining a comfortable room temperature, avoiding screens for a certain amount of time before sleep, and practicing relaxation techniques can be beneficial.
Even though not all the resolutions you make will be achieved this year, the act of setting goals is a great start towards accomplishing what you want.
Best of luck.