Protect Your Lungs Against Cold Air

Cold air can be harsh on the lungs, particularly for those with lung conditions such as asthma or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). In this blog post, we will discuss some tips for avoiding cold air and protecting your lungs from its harmful effects.

1. Dress warmly:

When you go outside in cold weather, make sure to dress in layers to keep your body and lungs warm. Wear a hat, scarf, and gloves to cover your head, face, and hands. This will help to keep the cold air from directly contacting your skin and causing irritation. Additionally, when you breathe in cold air, it can irritate your airways and make it harder to breathe. Wearing a face covering can help to keep the cold air out, reducing the risk of respiratory irritation and making it easier to breathe. To get the maximum benefit, choose a face covering that fits snugly over your nose and mouth and is made of a breathable material. Avoid using face coverings that are too loose or made of materials that are difficult to breathe through.

2. Avoid strenuous activity:

Cold air can cause your airways to constrict, making it harder to breathe. This can lead to symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, and difficulty breathing, which can be particularly problematic for those with lung conditions. To avoid this, try to avoid strenuous outdoor activity when the air is cold. If you do need to participate in outdoor activity in cold weather, try to avoid strenuous activity as much as possible. Instead, opt for low-intensity activities such as walking or light stretching. The best option is to exercise in a warm, indoor environment.

3. Stay indoors:

If possible, try to stay inside when the air is cold. This will help to protect your lungs from the harsh outdoor conditions. If you do need to go outside, try to limit your time in the cold as much as possible. Cold weather can increase the risk of respiratory infections, such as the common cold and flu. Participating in strenuous outdoor activity in cold air can further increase this risk, as it can weaken your immune system and make you more susceptible to infection.

4. Use a humidifier:

Cold air can be very dry, which can irritate your airways and make it harder to breathe. Using a humidifier can help to add moisture to the air, making it easier to breathe and reducing the risk of irritation. For those with lung conditions such as asthma and COPD, a humidifier can help to alleviate symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, and difficulty breathing. This is because the moist air can help to reduce inflammation and make it easier to breathe. Further, dry air can also make it difficult to sleep, as it can cause nasal congestion and dry out your throat. Using a humidifier can help to add moisture to the air and make it easier to sleep, particularly if you use a cool mist humidifier.


If you are shopping for your first humidifier or upgrading your current model, it is important to understand the different types. Humidifiers come in four main styles–evaporative, impeller, ultrasonic and vaporizer (also known as a warm mist humidifier). Each has a different way of producing and pushing hot or cold moisture into the air. Which one you choose depends on your own space and needs. 

Evaporative Humidifiers

Top-rated overall evaporative humidifier: Vornado

Top-rated affordable evaporative humidifier: Vicks

Top-rated high-end evaporative humidifier: Venta

Top-rated 'smart' evaporative humidifier: Vornado

Impeller Humidifiers

Top-rated overall impeller humidifier: Everlasting Comfort

Top-rated affordable impeller humidifier: Honeywell

Ultrasonic Humidifiers

Top-rated overall ultrasonic humidifier: Levoit

Top-rated compact ultrasonic humidifier: Levoit

Top-rated affordable ultrasonic humidifier: Pure Enrichment

Top-rated 'smart' ultrasonic humidifier: Homvana

Vaporizer Humidifiers

Top-rated affordable vaporizer humidifier: Honeywell

Top-rated compact vaporizer humidifier: Crane

Top-rated 'smart' vaporizer humidifier: Boneco

5. Take your medications:

If you have a lung condition such as asthma or COPD, it is important to take your medications as prescribed by your doctor. This will help to prevent symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, and difficulty breathing.

By following these tips, you can help to protect your lungs from the harmful effects of cold air and reduce your risk of respiratory problems. Remember to always consult with your doctor if you have any concerns about your lung health.

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