Depending on where you live, you may be accustomed to a seasonal yellow blanket of pollen that covers everything. The pine trees cause it, and it can be particularly bad in areas with dense pine tree populations. In fact, it can be so bad that it coats entire homes and even lakes in a yellowish film. For those who’ve never seen it before, it’s a wonder of nature. But for those accustomed to it, it’s a tremendous inconvenience at best and a time for allergy sufferers to experience those awful symptoms of itchy eyes, sneezing and lethargy.
After months of winter, people want their windows open, but this yellow wind gets onto everything, and it can quickly wreak havoc on our indoor air quality. It’s even worse for those who suffer from asthma and other allergens. Even with the windows constantly closed, many of them require antihistamines and other medications just to breathe. And this is just caused by pollen, a particle that you can actually see. Now, consider all of those other airborne pollutants and contaminants from the freeway traffic and industries outside our doors. Their pollutants find their way in.
There is also pollution that comes from internal sources, such as dust, mold spores, dust mites, fungus, mold and mildew, bacteria and pet dander. We give much attention to the outdoor pollution, but we provide so little attention to what’s going on within our walls. After all, the average person spends most of their time indoors.
Here’s What We Do Know
Today’s heating and cooling systems have led to homes that are more airtight than ever. Airtight means poor ventilation and therefore poor indoor air quality. And science has found a correlation between indoor pollutants and both heart and lung disease.
Air fresheners clean our air by spraying contaminants into it. Sure, we can make it smell better temporarily, but we’re not actually cleaning it. To ensure clean, healthy air we must target the source not the symptom, and this is what makes HEPA filtration technology our best choice.
A HEPA air purifier removes particles as small as 0.3 microns with 99.97% efficiency. It eradicates all sources of indoor pollution, including dander, dust, mold spores and even pollen, and in doing so, energizes the air that we breathe. In fact, allergy sufferers and those with respiratory ailments find the greatest levels of relief while using a HEPA air purifier.
A HEPA air purifier actually cleans the air and helps provide tangible allergy relief unlike air fresheners and ionic air cleaners. Additionally, many homeowners place all their trust in their whole house home filters to clean the air. They do reduce particles and contaminants overall but they can never reach the effectiveness that a HEPA air purifier can provide.
The best way to improve indoor air quality and to reduce symptoms from allergies is via a combined strategy. The first step should be to reduce or even eliminate activities and materials in the home that produce pollutants and other harmful particles like volatile organic compounds (VOCs). We can limit the use of aerosols and similar products, and we can ensure that we have properly vented all of our appliances to the outdoors. We can have professionals inspect our HVAC systems, we can change our house filters regularly and we can use a professional grade yet affordable HEPA air purifier.
At Clean Air Plus, we’re the indoor air quality experts and we can help you take those steps to protect your family with clean indoor air.
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