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Top 5 Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality This Winter

4 Jan 2017
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5 Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality This Winter

People living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) often dread cold weather because it comes with worsened COPD symptoms like increased shortness of breath, coughing, fatigue and wheezing. To help you stay healthy and active during these winter months, we’ve assembled our Top 5 Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality This Winter.


Americans spend, on average, 90 percent of their lives indoors, so it’s smart to do what we can to keep our indoor air as breathable as possible. Indoor is often much more polluted than outdoor air and has been linked to a number of health problems, including heart trouble, strokes, allergies, asthma and chronic lung diseases such as COPD.

5. Dehumidify Your Home

As humidity makes our homes hospitable to dust and mold, consider installing a de-humidifier. Keep your exhaust fan running when you are cooking, and always fix leaks immediately to prevent mold growth.

4. Use Beeswax Candles Instead of Traditional Candles

Beeswax candles do not emit smoke. Traditional candles are typically derived from petroleum products and may release benzene, toluene or soot into the air. In contrast, beeswax candles are known to produce negative ions in the air that help in the removal of air pollution and other toxins. Another benefit of beeswax candles is their burn rate, which is significantly slower than traditional wax or paraffin candles, meaning they last longer.


3. Bring In Some Plants

As we’ve mentioned before, plants naturally take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen. Some species of plants also absorb air pollutants such as benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, toluene, xylene and ammonia. Of all the air-purifying plants available, NASA has suggested the Peace Lily as the most effective. It requires very little water or sunlight. Other good options include ferns, spider plants and aloe vera.

2. Dust, Vacuum and Mop

Keeping a clean home is essential to better indoor air quality. Dust regularly, wearing a mask and vacuum often with a high-quality vacuum cleaner. This will help limit dust buildup in your home. Mop floors at least twice a month, but be sure to use non-chemical-based cleaners. Remember to use fragrance-free and natural cleaners to reduce flare-ups from chemical fumes. If it’s difficult to dust and mop, ask a friend to help.

1. Don’t Allow Smoke Indoors

Of course, don’t smoke at all, and don’t allow others to smoke around you. If you suffer from COPD and are currently smoking, please consider stopping. We know it’s hard, but as we’ve mentioned, the dangers of smoking are deadly serious. Ranked 7th in the nation’s top New Year’s resolutions, smoking cessation is essential to improving the smoker’s life, not to mention everyone who lives near that person.


Improve Indoor Air Quality in Winter and Improve Your Quality of Life

Along with these tips to improve indoor air quality in winter, take proactive steps to improve your quality of life. Many patients have reported feeling better and breathing easier after having stem cell therapy.


The Lung Institute is a leading medical provider of regenerative cellular therapy for lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pulmonary fibrosis and interstitial lung disease in the United States. To date the organization has treated over 2,500 patients. The Lung Institute’s in-house outcomes summary shows that 83 percent of patients studied saw an improvement in their quality of life. Founded in 2013 in Tampa, Fla., the Lung Institute currently operates clinics in Tampa, Fla., Nashville, Tenn., Scottsdale, Ariz., and Pittsburgh, Pa. and Dallas, Texas. For more information, please visit www.lunginstitute.com or call (800) 729-3065.



  1. PB

    1 year ago

    Dear Louise,

    Thanks for your comment and question. While there isn’t a lot of research available on using essential oils to improve indoor air quality, there is some hopeful information about using them to help relieve certain lung disease symptoms. The article we read stated that a study found a unique mixture of essential oils in thyme helped animals with the clearance of mucus from the airways. Though this is promising, this has not be researched in humans. You can read the article by clicking here. We recommend talking with your doctor about using essential oils before trying them. Your doctor may have some recommendations about which essential oils could work best for you. We hope this information is helpful, and we wish you the best.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  2. Louise

    1 year ago

    Would any kind of essential oil be helpful?

  3. PB

    1 year ago

    Dear George,

    Thanks for your comment. We’re glad you found this information helpful. Keep checking-in with our blog to read articles on a variety of topics to help people with chronic lung diseases breathe easier.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  4. george white

    1 year ago

    great help need more news

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