Ever thought about your home’s indoor air quality?
Probably not unless you’ve had a serious problem with it like carbon monoxide or mold growth.
It makes sense to think about because, as you know, you spend most of your life indoors.
You may even be one of the many millions of Americans who now work from home. And since companies are slowly catching on to the fact employees who work from home are happier and more productive, you can expect this trend to continue.
Believe it or not, as much as you hear about air pollution in the earth’s atmosphere, indoor air quality is actually almost always worse than outdoor air quality.
Outdoor air pollutants leak into your home and join forces with the indoor air pollutants you already have.
Pet dander allergens, pollutants from combustion devices and gas appliances, and VOCs from household cleaning chemicals can spread throughout.
If you have poor indoor air quality, you will notice coughing, chest tightness, a sore throat, watery eyes, dizziness, fatigue, shortness of breath, and even asthma attacks.
You can also purchase a home air quality test kit to confirm any suspicions you have.
Air purifiers aren’t the only tool to use to improve your indoor air quality and your health. But they are an important one.
They improve your cardiovascular and respiratory functioning. And they can decrease your allergy and asthma symptoms.
It’s unrealistic to expect these issues to go away entirely. But good air purifiers can certainly minimize these problems.
You can also reduce unpleasant odors from pets and cooking.
They work by using a series of filters to trap contaminants, including bacteria. After passing through the filters, the air then gets circulated back around your home.
The best ones filter particles as small as 2.5 micrometers, and that’s important because your body has no natural defense against particles that small.
Air purifiers have a CADR rating, which tells you how many square feet of your home they can effectively purify. The EPA recommends a CADR of 65 per 100 square feet of your home.
To choose the most energy efficient air purifier, simply look for one with the Energy Star logo. You can expect around a 40% energy savings versus competing air purifiers.
Yeah. Air purifiers work. And if you’re really interested in indoor air quality, you can also improve attic ventilation, run exhaust fans in your kitchen and bathroom, get higher-quality HVAC filters, and fix foundation damage.
Enjoy your home’s healthier air – and the energy savings too!