No one likes getting colds or dealing with agitated allergies or asthma.
The constant coughing and sneezing makes it hard to enjoy the time you have with your family while at home.
But ironically, the air inside your home may be the cause of your pain. In fact The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that indoor air can be two to five times--and sometimes up to 100 times--more polluted than outdoor air.
And if your home is tightly sealed for energy efficiency, the problem is multiplied since the pollutants will accumulate.
So what’s a homeowner to do?
Use these three solid strategies to improve your indoor air quality, and you’ll enjoy your time at home and increase the health of your family.
Why fight the symptoms when you can fight the source? The most cost effective way to improve indoor air quality in your home is to understand where the pollutants come from and eliminate them.
According to the EPA, the sources of most indoor quality problems come from:
Here is a comprehensive list of air pollutant sources on the EPA website.
Another source of indoor air pollution are short-term activities, such as:
You can improve your home’s indoor air quality by opening your doors and windows and using fans to ventilate your home during these and other activities that generate high levels of pollutants.
Always make sure to read the warning labels on products that use organic solvents and use them as directed.
Air cleaners do just what they say: they clean your air by removing or killing pathogens, germs and bacteria from your home's air.
While we won’t get into the different cleaning methods, we will explain the two main types of air purifiers: tabletop and whole-house.
Tabletop air cleaners are portable units that can be taken to different rooms in your home
Whole-house air cleaners are installed into your ductwork and clean the air in your entire home
To learn more about air cleaners, check out this guide from the EPA: Residential Air Cleaners (Second Edition): A Summary of Available Information
Combine these three strategies to maximize your indoor air quality, especially if someone in your family has an allergy or asthma problem.
If you’re interested in a top quality whole-house cleaner, Coolray offers the Carrier line of air cleaning products that can rid your home of pollutants in your home.
Coolray is the Atlanta area’s most trusted heating company. If you have further questions about your home’s air quality, just ask one of our friendly, knowledgeable experts.