Crash Course in Winter Allergies

Good Day Central Illinois

As the weather cools down outside and your audience heads indoors for the winter, allergy sufferers might not find the respite they’re expecting. One reason? Poor indoor air quality. We take about 20,000 breaths each day and spend nearly 90 percent of our time indoors, but indoor air can be two to five times worse than outdoor air.

Going indoors exposes one to a whole new host of allergens—dust mites, pet dander, and mold—in addition to some “unknown culprits” that are often associated with winter coziness—such as indoor fireplaces, home cooking, and scented candles.

To keep winter allergies at bay, it’s important to take steps to improve one’s indoor air quality. In this interview, Dr. John McKeon, Chief Executive Officer of Allergy Standards Ltd., which developed the Asthma & Allergy Friendly® Certification Program, will share common culprits of negative indoor air quality in the winter, providing insights and tips on how to combat them. Specifically, Dr. McKeon talks about:

  1. Household Holiday Offenders – When getting ready to host this holiday season, cooking and cleaning can be a source of harmful pollutants. Dr. McKeon will share strategies so you can clear the air for your family and friends.
  2. The Disaster of Dust – Dust and dust mites are both unpleasant and mean bad news for the air quality in your home. This interview will cover how to reduce these annoying little pests and keep your air clear.
  3. Cozy Culprits – Candles and fireplaces are often associated with winter coziness, but they may be wreaking havoc on your home’s indoor air quality. We’ll share tips on how to improve indoor air quality during winter months.

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