If you’re one of the estimated 24 million Americans that live with COPD – or have a family member that lives with this chronic medical condition, you understand first-hand the importance of indoor air quality. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is on the rise. In fact, it’s the only disease among the top 5 in the United States that is increasing in diagnosis. With this being the case, people living with COPD have a need to ensure the air they breathe daily – without the dependence on oxygen therapy is as clean as possible to avoid those nasty COPD flair-ups.
Here are four easy and affordable ways improve air quality to help your COPD:
Define Your Common COPD Triggers
The first reality of COPD is that it is an umbrella term for several specific respiratory illnesses including:
- Chronic Bronchitis
Depending on the level and diagnosis of COPD, will determine what individual elements cause COPD flair-ups. For some people it will be allergens, while others dust and irritants are the main culprits. Ask your respiratory therapist about what items you should remove from the inside of your home that will allow you to breathe easier.
Check Your Air Filters
Anybody that lives with COPD should have their indoor air filters replaced every month. The indoor filters are the first line of defense for the spread of harmful bacteria, dust, debris, allergens, and pollen that tends to exasperate most lung function for COPD patients. When air filters are clean, they can do a great job at trapping these harmful lung irritants. When filters are dirty, all they do is allow more of these triggering factors to release into the air we breathe.
Being proactive about replacing indoor air filters is the first line of defense. If you’re a COPD patient, and have trouble with this task, talk to a family member or friend that can help you with this monthly task. There are also several great local HVAC companies in Phoenix that have affordable programs available to help with this (what is for many people) a routine task.
Ways to Treat Air Pollution and COPD
Replacing the indoor air filters is by far the easiest way to improve indoor air quality – however, for many COPD patients; it simply isn’t enough. There are several exceptional indoor air quality devices manufactured today that can remove up to 99% of the allergens, dust, bacteria and chemicals that trigger COPD flair-ups. In fact, many insurance companies will help offset the cost of these devices for people that live with COPD.
Here are a few items in particular that you should consider:
Air Scrubber Plus
The Air Scrubber Plus® is a revolutionary new indoor air quality device that is engineered to significantly reduce air pollutants, VOC’s (chemical odors), dust, pollen, mold and odor-causing bacteria and odors caused by cooking and pets. These are many of the trigger factors of COPD flair-ups. This system uses special germicidal UV light-wave technology that is infused with a proprietary catalytic process which will create enviro-scrubbing molecules of hydrogen and oxygen – just like trees and plants do daily.
Trane Clean Effects
Trane Clean Effects products are exceptional for COPD patients. The Trane Clean Effects indoor air quality system is designed to remove those harmful particles like dust, pollen, pet dander, dust mites, lint, tobacco smoke, cooking grease, and even bacteria without restricting the efficient air flow.
A fact to remember is that everybody has the right to breathe. People that live with COPD have a hard time with this basic human right. However, it’s important to realize that even though you may be diagnosed with a disease that currently has no cure; it doesn’t mean you should compromise your right to live a positive life.
To work with one of the top HVAC companies in Phoenix call, Hays Cooling and Heating at 602-714-8270. Learn more about how you can improve the indoor air quality in your home or office building and reduce your COPD.
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