(NC)—As summer fades away and we spend more time inside, it’s important to take notice of the air around us. Thanks to allergens, air conditioners, heaters and the smelly souvenirs left behind by household pets, chefs and athletes, indoor air isn’t always the healthiest. Those of us with asthma—more than three million Canadians—or allergies, know all too well how the changing seasons can affect our ability to breathe.

Effectively improving the air quality in your home or office doesn’t have to be a chore. Follow the tips below to ensure the air in your home is cleaner, better smelling, and healthier for you and your family.

• Invest in one of today’s advanced air purifiers you can take with you from room to room. You can move it to help those with seasonal allergies, combat cooking smells in the kitchen or place in the bedroom of your little one suffering from a cold.

• Choose the most effective air purifier for your home. Sharp’s Plasmacluster Ion-based air purifiers shower a room with positive and negative ions to seek out and inactivate many airborne contaminants, cleaning the air in a process similar to the way nature cleans the environment after a thunderstorm. This allows them to inactivate up to 99.97 per cent of airborne particles including viruses, bacteria, mould spores, germs and fungi, which are then trapped by its HEPA Filter.

• With indoor season approaching, consider investing in a humidifier for your home. Humidifiers restore moisture to your indoor air and make living more comfortable during the winter months. For a two-in-one punch, choose an air purifier that also includes a humidifying function. It’ll take up less space and be more cost efficient overall.

• Avoid installing carpeting throughout your home if you have allergy or asthma sufferers in residence. Carpets attract the dust and allergens that can aggravate these conditions. If you do have carpet, remember to vacuum frequently to avoid dust build-up.

• Don’t forget your car! Research has shown our cars can be a minefield of bacteria and dirt. And let’s face it, we spend a significant amount of time in that closed-in space. You can keep bacteria levels lower with regular cleaning and by using one of today’s small, but mighty air purifiers that fit into your car’s cup holder.

With these tips, you and your family can rest and breathe easy in the winter months, knowing your home has the best air possible. And while it never hurts to get outside in the winter weather and get fresh air into your lungs, it always helps to know your warm, healthy home is waiting.



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