Since we are all spending a lot more time at home here in Berks County, one thing we need to focus on is the air quality in our homes. Even though having clean air in your home is no cure for the coronavirus, it will certainly help if you do end up with it (god forbid). Poor air quality can exacerbate asthma and allergies, and potentially worsen the conditions for people afflicted with the coronavirus. Air pollution can also boost levels of inflammation in the lungs, making you more vulnerable to other infections.

Here are several things you can do to improve the air quality in your home now.

Change your air filters

According to many filter companies, you should change your filter every 30 days. That may be subject to your situation. But if it's been a month or two, order more filters. And make sure you get quality filters.

Get an air purifier

Air purifiers are great tools for helping improve the air quality in your home. As air moves through the filter, pollutants and particles are captured and the clean air is pushed back out into the living space.

There's another interesting benefit of having air purifiers. According to a report by Curbed, "there’s also growing evidence that simple in-room purifiers can clean air enough to boost cognitive development and academic performance. A remarkable study was conducted in LA after the Aliso Canyon methane gas leak, where plug-in air purifiers were installed in businesses and schools within a five-mile radius of the gas facility as part of the mitigation process. These were larger, industrial-sized units that run about $700, but just adding them to school classrooms improved test scores, the study authors say—the equivalent of cutting class size by a third. This alone seems like an excellent argument for putting at least one purifier in the same room as your child’s brain.”

Get some plants

Plants have long been known to purify air and lower stress levels. Plants can remove pollutants such as benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene, which can cause irritation to the skin, ears, eyes, nose, and throat, as well as some cancers, according to the EPA. The study suggests that at least one plant per 100 square feet can effectively clean the air.

Get a salt lamp

Himalayan salt lamps not only look cool, but they're also thought to bring healing properties. Combined with a light source inside the lamps, the chunks of salt produce negative ions, which yield positive effects on indoor air. Placing a Himalayan salt lamp in every room of the home can reap several health and environmental benefits.

Keep the house clean

Vacuuming and dusting and cleaning surfaces more regularly to remove dust, particulates and other lung irritants, as well as prevent the spread of coronavirus.

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