Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Act now for better indoor air quality throughout winter

Indoor air pollution can affect
the whole family.
In order to keep warm and save money, most of us do everything we can to seal up our home during winter.

But while an airtight home saves energy, it also locks in indoor air pollutants that can affect your health and well-being.

Most HVAC systems are contaminated and spread pollutants such as mold, fungi, bacteria and tiny dust particles in the home. A regularly changed filter will help reduce the particles, but it won’t protect residents from the particles and chemicals that are present in the rooms.

In any given indoor environment, the air may be polluted with volatile organic compounds (VOCs) off-gassing from building materials, furniture, textiles, cleaning products, personal care products and electronic equipment. Dust is always present in homes, and so are mold spores.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air is often five times as polluted as outdoor air.

And when do we spend most time indoors? In the winter, of course.

There are simple steps people can take to improve their indoor air:
  • Change the HVAC filter regularly, at least once a year
  • Check the HVAC system for contamination, insulation deterioration, a dirty evaporator coil
  • Open the windows for short periods of time to let some fresh air in
  • Clean regularly with natural cleaning products like vinegar and baking soda
  • Don’t use scented candles, fragrances or commercial air fresheners – they introduce more pollutants into the ambient air.
  • Use a portable air purifier in your bedroom or living space – AllerAir’s air purifiers feature the most advanced cleaning system with activated carbon + HEPA that removes chemicals, gases, odors, particles, allergens and mold.

For cost-effective and efficient general purpose air cleaning, opt for one of AllerAir's popular 5000 Exec models.

For more tips and further information, contact AllerAir at 1.888.852.8247.

Source: Journal Sentinel