Frey in front of grey wall at Central Embassy

Article written by Frey
@myhealthybangkok

It’s that time of the year again. Ho ho ho! Uhm… Sorry father Christmas, we’re not talking about you. Nope it’s that time of the year where we have to check our apps to make sure the air outside is clean enough to leave the house. I have been super happy as November had plenty of times the air kept on popping in the green figures, but we all know that soon it will start to go from yellow to orange and probably red as well. With having lung issues myself, my entire life, and having lived in Southeast Asia getting medication just during specific times of the year to be able to breath properly, you might understand why I am on top of this. This linked with two young kids, who unfortunately inherited the lungs of their mom – sorry kids! – I am always on the look out to see how we can breath the best air possible.

Protecting our loved ones

Sorry sorry sorry, it sounds a bit dramatic, I know . But for a mom who has just gone through a pneumonia scare of her 1 year old – which made us stay in hospital for 3 days – I feel like I need to be more on top of my game.

baby boy walking hospital corridors

So together with Joëlle, I have been listing down several things we can do to protect ourselves and our loved ones from the air pollution that is heading our way. And this is the type of information we’d like to share with you too. Tips and tricks that not only give you information on where to look out for when buying products, but also where you would be able to get it here in Bangkok.

Our picks to get through Bangkok’s air pollution season

Get informed

Let’s start at the beginning, because that’s always a good start. I find it super important to know how good the air is outside. So I like to check the AQI in the area I live in. AQI stands for Air Quality Index, and shows when the air is good or unhealthy.

Pollution meters measure the air quality around the world. This includes dust and gasses that you can’t see with the naked eye. The AQI has made it very easy to see in a quick look whether the air is healthy or unhealthy – with the easy 5 color coded levels, ranging from Good (green) to Hazardous (dark brown).

For me the best way to monitor the air around my house is with the Air Visual App. It’s easy to use, gives you an overview of how the air will be in the coming 3 days, and you can pick several locations to monitor. For instance around your house, work and the kids school. The color coding makes it very easy to use, even my 3 year old understands it!

Printscreen of the air visual app

Cleaning the air in our house

We spend so much time at home – just think about the time spend sleeping alone! Which makes it important to make it as clean as possible. There are plenty of ways to keep your house a safe haven.

Air purifiers

Talking about air purifiers – these have saved my sanity. I was very scared to be getting any of the pollution inside, especially as I live in a pretty old condominium, with some cracks in between the windows and the wall. But since we haveair purifiers running inside, I’m feeling a lot more at ease!

Deciding what to use to clean the air in our home is not an easy task. Making sure that what we use is safe and effective is obviously the most important. When in doubt, we find it best to turn to tried-and-true brands and products with excellent user reviews. So check out what the store close to you has to offer, and cross reference it with user reviews to meet your criteria.

Mi Air Purifier in front of a white wall

Bring nature inside

Houseplants are a great way to clean the air inside your house and make it look pretty at the same time. But some plants are more effective than others at filtering pollutants and chemicals in the air. Yes I am looking at you Aloë Vera. Soon we’ll be sharing an article with easy to find plants in Bangkok that can help you clean your home too. Even better, we’ll give you some places of where to get them!

two small potted aloe vera with white background

Air it out

This might sound a bit strange, because we don’t want the bad air to come in. But sometimes it’s important to get a bit of air circulation in the house. So if the air isn’t too bad outside, make sure to open doors and windows to get some oxygen in. If you have air purifiers, they will be able to help clean the air if it did become a bit too polluted.

Essential oils to the rescue

With an aromachologist in our midst, you wouldn’t think that we’d forget about essential oils that could help us clean the air at home, did you? Joëlle will be sharing 6 essential oils you could diffuse at home to purify the air.

Joelle mixing essential oils

Photo made by Ploy Phutpheng

Mask up

Even if we wanted to, we can’t stay indoors forever. So how can we protect our respiratory health when we step outside? An anti air pollution mask can do the trick. Frey will list down where to look at when buying a face mask, and she has found some great products in the market you can easily get here in Bangkok. And we’ll even have a great give away that you don’t want to miss. 

2 air pollution masks on a white background

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