I never really bought into the important of indoor air quality growing up. As a teenager and then a young adult in college, I just always figured the human body could handle it. Apart from something really bad like carbon monoxide poisoning, I figured decades of evolution would keep me healthy and fit. The nose has little hairs to keep dust and things out, and I had never even had seasonal allergies. Fast forward to last fall when I moved into an apartment that unknowingly contained my worst enemy. In just one month, I began coughing and sneezing all the time. I thought I was just catching a cold, so I took over the counter medication and thought nothing of it. I made sure to keep the central heater at an adequate setting, eat healthy, and drink plenty of water. But the cough kept persisting, because I was breathing in the problem every day. It was until I went under my bed to grab my phone that I found my wooden bed frame absolutely covered in mold. Since I was living in a basement, I didn’t have adequate ventilation or humidity levels. I didn’t even have central air conditioning, so there was nothing filtering the air at all. A few house plants wasn’t going to solve this one–I need equipment and cleaning ASAP. I had to clean the bed frame outside, as well as purchase an air purification system and a dehumidifier. In just a week, I was breathing better than ever, without a single cough or sneeze. I learned my lesson; indoor air quality is absolutely vital to your health.