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How To Improve Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality

Posted 01-13-12

UV Germicidal LampAccording to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air pollution is one of the top five environmental health risks. The air inside the average home is two to six times worse than the air outside. UV germicidal lamps improve your indoor air quality while reducing asthma and allergy problems.

Indoor Air Quality
Today’s homes have been built to hold air inside and minimize air leaks. This tight construction saves you money on energy bills by avoiding heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer. However, it also keeps dust, mold, pollen, animal dander and other pollutants inside your home.

The simplest way to combat poor indoor air quality is to open your windows and air out your home, but the weather does not always permit this method. That’s where an ultraviolet (UV) lamp can help improve your indoor air quality by eliminating harmful pollutants.

Types of Indoor Air Pollutants
The pollutants in your home come from a variety of sources including pets and plants. Also the natural condensation created in your cooling and heating system is a great place for mold and mildew to grow. Almost all homes have more than a healthy concentration of one or more of the following.

 

  • Mold, mildew or fungus
  • Bacteria, virus
  • Pet dander
  • Dust mites
  • Tobacco smoke
  • Pollen
  • Dust, soil, ash

 

Healthy Habits
There are several things you can do around your house to help improve the indoor air quality your family breathes. These steps will reduce the number of pollutants in your home and help family members that struggle with asthma and allergies.

Clean. Modern vacuums have filters that trap many of the common pollutants. Carpets, upholstery and curtains are a common place for those pollutants to settle. Frequently vacuuming and cleaning your home greatly reduces the number of airborne contaminants circulating through the air you breathe. Changing your air filter regularly is also important.

Ventilate. If the weather allows and the air in your area is not experiencing high pollution, it may be a good idea to air out your home by opening all the windows for a day. This may not be a good idea for those that are allergic to pollen and other allergens that are more common outdoors.

Sterilize. Even when doing everything else correctly, you probably still have indoor air quality problems. According to the American College of Allergists 50% of illnesses are caused or aggravated by mold, mildew, bacteria and fungi. A whole-home UV germicidal lamp is designed to kill those pollutants.

By combining regular cleaning habits with a whole-home UV air sterilizer, you can protect yourself and your family from air pollutants that can cause or aggravate allergies and asthma.

Contact Coolray online today for more information on how we can help you improve the indoor air quality of your home with a UV Lamp. 

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