Best way to get fresh air?
November 13, 2018 12:12 PM   Subscribe

I'm in the Bay Area, where the smoke from wildfires may continue to make the air outside unhealthy for an indefinite amount of time. I live in a tiny studio apartment that was recently built (a freestanding cottage) and is extremely airtight, which is good for keeping smoke out, but I'm wondering about fresh air.

The room is a little more than 200 square feet, with high ceilings. It's already been shut up pretty much since last Thursday. I do have the heat on; it's a gas heater in the wall, and I assume it's pulling air in from outside. Is that enough fresh air? It's an unusually airtight apartment, built to double as a basically soundproof music studio.

I have an air purifier running. I work from home and I've been staying in here generally because the air quality hasn't improved at all outside. Would it be better to go to a coworking office for the day to get more air? I don't feel great, but that could just be from breathing the terrible air when I do go outside. Masks are sold out at my local store.
posted by pinochiette to Health & Fitness (3 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Response by poster: Also, if you live in Portland (OR), Seattle, or somewhere else relatively nearby and need a free housesitter/petsitter at the last minute, please let me know!
posted by pinochiette at 12:14 PM on November 13, 2018 [1 favorite]

I'm having the same issues; in fact, I asked this question earlier. If you can, get yourself to a Westfield mall. All of the Westfields have free wi-fi, and some even have co-working couches and desks with outlets. In a pinch, you can also work in the food court.

Malls are also good because you can walk around and take breaks, and there's food and shopping. Good luck!
posted by so much modern time at 12:52 PM on November 13, 2018 [2 favorites]

With an air purifier, you're fine. If you're getting cabin fever, the mall is a good place to go, or a museum. Maybe getting some plants will help with the psychological aspect of this. You're not running out of oxygen. You're done a exactly what should be done when air quality is this bad. I just ordered masks online and got them in 2 days. You may want to try that if your local stores are all sold out.
posted by quince at 1:38 PM on November 13, 2018

« Older paper cuts, paper hearts   |   how can I improve my shipping skill set Newer »
This thread is closed to new comments.