Asthma-Proof Your Home This Summer
If you have little ones with asthma or if you suffer from it yourself, there are several ways you can prevent flare-ups and asthma attacks by being vigilant around the home.
What is asthma?
Asthma is all to do with the tubes inside your lungs called bronchi, whose job is to carry air in and out. When you have asthma these become inflamed and hyper-sensitive when exposed to certain irritants.
These irritants or 'triggers' cause the airways to narrow, an increase in phlegm and the surrounding muscles to contract. This leads to wheezing, chest-tightening, coughing and shortness of breath, or in extreme cases, an asthma attack.
There are 5.4 million people in the UK suffering from asthma each year – including 1.1 million children.* This time of year is worse for asthma sufferers as the extreme heat and a high pollen-count can aggravate symptoms.
* Asthma UK Asthma facts and FAQs
Common household asthma triggers
This time of year is worse for asthma sufferers as the extreme heat can lead to an increase in humidity levels which, together with a high pollen-count, can aggravate conditions for asthma sufferers. The main allergens for asthmatics include pet hair, mould, dust, strong odours and cigarette smoke. Read on to find out how you can reduce these in your home.
How to create a safe environment for asthma sufferers
Increased dampness in your home can attract mould and dust mites. Investing in a Beko Tumble Dryer instead of air-drying your clothes on a rack will reduce the amount of moisture in the air.
Beko’s Cooker Hoods can also help eliminate dampness in the home by extracting steam as well as cooking smells – both of which can trigger an asthmatic reaction.
Choose home appliances with innovative features to reduce allergens in the home. For example, Beko’s WMB61631 Washing Machine has a special pet hair reduction function which adds a pre-wash and extra rinsing steps to your cycle.
Beko’s self-cleaning ovens eliminate the need for harsh cleaning chemicals.