Everything You Need to Know About Purifying Your Air
Indoor air quality is often underestimated. While there is necessary cause for concern when traveling through busy metropolitan cities or fields of pollen, it's just as critical to be cognizant of the air you breath indoors. Believe it or not, the quality of the air inside the four walls of your home is often worse than the perceivably polluted outdoor air itself. The potential sources of air pollution are lurking in nearly every room in your home and possibly interfering with the health of you and your loved ones.
But don't panic. The great thing about indoor air pollution is that the power to control it is in your hands. Many indoor sources of pollution and irritants are easy to identify and get rid of. There are also a number of methods and resources for eliminating allergens that won't break the bank. Continue reading to find out everything you need to know about purifying your air.
Indoor Air Pollution
It's been found that the majority of people spend more than 90 percent of their time indoors. That being said, just how polluted is the air that you breath day in and day out? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reported that indoor air levels of a variety of pollutants can be 2 to 5 times higher than levels outside. Occasionally, there are some pollutants that can be as much as 100 times higher. Common household allergens include mold, dust mites and pet dander. Slightly more dangerous sources of pollutants are tobacco smoke, fumes from burned kerosene and wood, radon, building materials, pesticides as well as fumes from combustion devices.
Bad Air and Your Health
Most homes are filled with all sorts of irritants and allergy triggers that are often invisible to the naked eye. This poor quality air can lead to watery eyes, scratchy throats, runny and stuffy noses and even shortness of breath for some. Bad air that is ignored for too long can sometimes lead to more complex issues and full-blown colds, headaches and even asthma attacks. The best way to keep you and your family healthy is by maintaining pure, clean, crisp and fresh indoor air as much as possible.
Keeping Pollutants Out
There are some immediate and obvious means of keeping dangerous pollutants out of your home. First and foremost, do not allow smoking inside of your home. If you haven't already, installing a carbon monoxide detector outside the bedrooms is a very effective way to protect you and your family from the invisible and odorless gas that leads to carbon monoxide poisoning. If you do have fuel-burning appliances, you should have a qualified technician inspect the devices at least once a year. Testing for radon and avoiding paints and household cleaners with high levels of chemicals are additional best practices for keeping a safe air quality level in your home.
However, when it comes to household irritants such as dust, dander and mold, protocol is different. With proper education and care, keeping out these common allergens is simple to do. Follow these four methods of keeping your air as clean as possible.
- Ventilate: One of the main reasons that indoor pollution is often so much worse than outdoor air is because the contaminants in the building have nowhere to go. Once they are inside, they become trapped and continuously circulate through the air. Flowing fresh air is important, but also be wary of common outdoor pollutants, especially when pollen counts are high. Keeping thick screens in your windows - that can let cool air in but keep outdoor pollutants out - is key for circulating fresh air. It lets new, clean air in while keeping unclean air out. Fans are also great sources of circulating fresh air. Window fans especially, offer versatile air flow. The Holmes® Twin Window Fan with Reversible Air Flow Control can either bring in cool air from outdoors or exhaust the stale indoor air to the outside when facing outward. It circulates and creates a comfortable cross breeze.
- Dehumidify: Mold grows relatively quickly in moist, damp places such as bathrooms, basements and even kitchens. When indoor air becomes too moist, it only enhances the possibility of allergens and irritants negatively affecting you and your family. If the humidity levels in your home are reaching more than 50 percent, using a dehumidifier will suck out the moisture, leaving your air at a comfortable level.
- Clean: Regular dusting, vacuuming and overall cleanliness of your home are the best ways to keep dust and dander at bay. If you have pets, be sure to bathe them regularly to reduce the amount of dander released into the air. Combing or brushing is another way to remove excess hair and dead skin cells, but make sure to do this outside so that you aren't bringing new irritants indoors.
- Purify: In addition to regular ventilating, dehumidifying and cleaning, the best way to ensure that your air is pure and clean is with an air purifier. An air purifier such as the Holmes® Mini Tower Air Purifier with Ultra-violet Technology can create a fresh environment in your home by removing up to 99 percent of airborne allergens such as dust mite debris, pollen, dander and household dust. The ultra-violet technology can also remove odor, smoke, ragweed, bacteria and mold spores. Start breathing better and purify your air with a Holmes® air purifier today.