Conquer these 8 Indoor Air Issues
Did you know that indoor air quality can be up to 5 to 10 times more polluted than outdoor air, and its estimated that the majority of us stay indoors 90% of the time only getting out to and from work, or while running errands. This is why keeping your air clean and pure is essential.
Some of the most common indoor air issues would include:
-Chemical cleaning products
-Bacteria and viruses
These microscopic pests are a widespread household problem, hiding in your upholstered furniture, carpets, curtains, bedding and, mattress. If you suffer from asthma or allergies, mites are a big trigger to your symptoms. To help reduce dust mites, use an air purifier, reduce humidity in your home, eliminate as much material in your home and replace with furniture and items with smooth surfaces, use a damp mop or cloth while cleaning to trap in dust and prevent it from moving and settling onto a new surface.
We love our pets! But our fur babies leave our house with pet hair and dander. Even the hairless breeds of animals still contribute to the dander problem. Vacuuming, cleaning, and dusting all help to keep this problem at bay, but when the cleaning stops, your beloved pet doesn't. As they continue to move around, more hair and dander goes into the air. Running an air purifier with a True HEPA filter will significantly reduce pet hair and dander up to 99.97%.
Chemical Cleaning Products
Cleaning is something we do regularly to keep out homes feeling fresh and tackle any lingering germs. The products we use can irritate our eyes and throat, cause headaches and other health issues, including cancer. Be wary of products marketed as "Green" since manufactures are not obliged by US law to list all there ingredients. Do your research and avoid unnecessary exposure that can pollute the air you breathe. A simple mix of vinegar and water or an organic brand of soap and water can do the trick, and you can use baking soda for tougher areas to scrub. Many models of air purifiers eliminate harmful VOC chemicals found in cleaning products.
Bacteria and viruses
These two culprits are responsible for the common cold, influenza, and other diseases and capable of exasperating asthma symptoms. They travel through the air when someone coughs or sneezes, spreading throughout the atmosphere in your home and landing on commonly touched surfaces. Poor air circulation causes these germs to stick around the house. Damp and humid conditions prolong the life of these germs as well. Cleaning the surfaces of your home is a good start. Adding in an air purifier will continuously suck those pathogens out of the air, leaving you with not only cleaner air but reducing your risk of getting sick.
Much more serious indoor air issues:
While eliminating the source of smoke indoors is the best solution. High-quality home air purifiers designed with activated carbon and True HEPA filtration rid the air of small smoke particles and odors.
When inhaled, this dangerous gas reduces the blood's ability to carry oxygen to the body. Being exposed to CO poisoning commonly feels like flu-like symptoms. Install a carbon monoxide detector near the bedrooms and use an air purifier with a True HEPA filter and an activated carbon filter with the right square footage for your bedroom. Be sure to have any gas appliances checked yearly by a qualified technician.
Exposer to asbestos can lead to major breathing problems and even cancer. Asbestos particles range from 0.7 to 90 microns a True HEPA filter can capture particles as small as 0.3 microns up to 99.97%
If you suspect any asbestos in your home, leave the material alone, and hire a trained professional. Trying to remove it on your own will result in these dangerous microscopic fibers to become air born.
This odorless, colorless, and tasteless gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in America after smoking. Radon is formed naturally, and the only way to know of its presence is to test for it. Home testing kits are available at www.epa.gov/radon They are easy and inexpensive and should be done in every home. Using a high-quality air purifier with high amounts of activated carbon will do a great job of eliminating harmful gases. However, you should not solely rely on an air purifier a radon specialist should always be consulted if your home tests positive for radon gas.
Whether you're dealing with the most common home air issue or a more serious one, we hope this information serves to help you keep your home air clean and your lungs healthy!
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