The impact of indoor air on our respiratory system

64523H(NC)—Air purity, particularly that of indoor air, plays an important role in our overall health. According to Statistics Canada, while Canadians spend almost 90% of their time indoors, whether at home, at school, at work, in stores or in recreational facilities, many of them are unaware of the effects of poor air quality on their health.

One of the many factors to consider in evaluating air quality is relative humidity. In most Canadian cities, the ideal indoor relative humidity level is 35% in winter and 50% in summer. Relative humidity below 25% is likely to cause nasal discomfort, dryness and irritation that can lead to nosebleeds.

Here are some tips to minimize the discomfort due to dry winter air:

•     Avoid heating with wood.

•     Check the humidity level using a hygrometer(sometimes called a humidity sensoror relative humidity indicator), which will confirm whether or not the air in your house is humid enough.

•     Purchase a cold-air humidifier and place it in the middle of the house. Remember to clean and disinfect the humidifier thoroughly after each use.

•     Relieve nasal dryness with a saline solution.

HydraSense To Go individual pocket-size doses products are ideal for relieving nasal dryness. The portable 5 ml format also meets the standards for airline carry-on restrictions with respect to liquids. More information can be found online at www.hydrasense.ca.

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