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Taking Control of Your Indoor Air Quality

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Air pollution swells out of factory smokestacks and pours out vehicle exhausts. We see it; sometimes we smell it; and because of that, the danger is apparent. Poor indoor air quality, on the other hand, is much more dangerous. We don’t see it; we don’t smell it; we don’t recognize it; and within the confines of our home, it exists at much higher concentration levels. In fact, the air in our homes, schools and worksites is often ten times more polluted than the air outdoors.

Indoor Air Pollution Causes

You probably don’t even realize it: Where you sit right now, you likely have airborne contaminants seeping into your air from candles, chemical air fresheners, dust, paint, carpet, furniture, upholstery and so forth. We’re not even talking about external pollution yet, but rather sources directly in your home that are diminishing your indoor air quality, causing irritation and exacerbating allergy and asthma symptoms. Here are the five primary indoor culprits:

  • Mold, Dust Mites, Pet Dander, Mold Spores and Pollen: These common contaminants diminish our air quality, trigger asthma attacks, exacerbate allergy symptoms and cause coughing, chest tightness and difficulty breathing.

  • Secondhand Smoke: Nicotine smoke is an extremely dangerous indoor pollutant, especially to children. Smoke has a residual effect that can cause cancer, respiratory illnesses, ear infections and even SIDS.

  • Volatile Organic Compounds: Chemicals in a wide range of items, including cleaning supplies, air fresheners, office equipment and furniture, emit these VOCs into the air over time.

  • Combustion Pollutants: These gases, which are colorless and odorless, originate in fuel-burning appliances, such as dryers, water heaters and even wood-burning stoves. Nitrogen oxide can cause shortness of breath and irritation, and carbon monoxide, which is lethal, disrupts the delivery of oxygen.

  • Radon: Radon, a radioactive gas, occurs naturally. You may not even realize that it’s there in your soil seeping into your home over time. Radon is the leading cause of cancer in nonsmokers.

How to Improve Indoor Air Quality

We don’t have to settle for dangerous or even poor indoor air quality. There are solutions, such as HEPA filtration, which we recommend as a first step. A

HEPA air purifier employs a HEPA filter that removes 99.97% of all airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns in size. Most HEPA air purifiers also have an activated carbon component, which is the aspect that removes gases, chemicals and even odors.

The second step is a regular cleaning cycle that includes dusting and vacuuming often. If you have a lot of carpet, a HEPA vacuum can be an excellent investment. Carpet traps dust, and dust traps contaminants. Often, a regular vacuum can’t bag the smallest particles, so it simply redistributes them along the carpet. A HEPA vacuum ensures that you trap the particles on the first pass.

The third step is all approach and attitude:

  • Tell smokers to smoke outdoors, away from doors and windows.

  • Use non-toxic all-natural cleaners. Never mix cleaning agents.

  • Avoid chemical air fresheners.

  • Purchase only low-VOC or no-VOC furniture and office equipment.

  • Ensure proper ventilation for the home. Add ventilation when working with chemicals, paints and solvents.

  • Ensure that all fuel-burning appliances, heaters and fireplace are well ventilated.

  • Maintain relative humidity below 60, which discourages mold, mildew and dust mites.

  • Change filters for the heating and air conditioning system and the HEPA air purifier on a schedule.

  • Buy a do-it-yourself kit, or hire a professional to test your home for radon.

  • Filter and scent the air naturally through indoor plants. Be careful not to overwater.

  • Limit asthma and allergy triggers by reducing the amount of carpets and curtains.

  • Furthermore, place pillows and mattresses in airtight, allergy-free covers.

  • Try to wash bedding weekly but at least monthly.

  • Use a HEPA vacuum at least weekly, daily in the bedrooms.

  • Use a shower filter to protect yourself from the toxic effects of chlorine exposure.

A HEPA air purifier, particularly one from a superior manufacturer can have a dramatic effect on your family’s quality of life. This is especially true if anyone in the family suffers from allergies or asthma. Some sufferers even experience a total loss of symptoms after using a HEPA air purifier. This type of decision is too important to put off. Don’t waste another day. Get a HEPA air purifier from Clean Air Plus.

 

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