You spend a lot of your time indoors—probably around 90%—and we’re guessing a lot of that time, your doors and windows are sealed tightly. The quality of the air you breathe plays a major role in how you feel from day to day, particularly if you have asthma or allergies. We’ve put together a few facts about indoor air so that you can take the proper steps to correct poor air quality in your home.
Your indoor air quality may be worse than you think
Experts estimate that most indoor air quality is about 2 – 5 times worse than the air outside. This is true in part due to the things that are already in your home, including chemicals, dust, and pet dander. You run your air conditioner in the summer and your heater in the winter, which circulates these contaminants around your home, making it worse than the fresh air outdoors.
The AC’s filter might not provide adequate filtration
The air filter was not actually designed to make your air more breathable. It was designed to protect the system from incoming debris. As the blower fan sucks in air from your home, it can also suck in a number of particles, which get trapped in the filter instead. However, the smallest contaminants are some of the most common allergens, and your standard air filter might not catch these.
You can take additional steps to improve your indoor air quality
There are a few steps you can take to help improve the quality of the air you breathe. You should continue to change or clean your air filter each month. Ventilate your home whenever possible and avoid harsh chemical cleaners. Schedule duct cleaning with a professional technician and consider installing a new indoor air quality system. Consult an indoor air quality specialist for more information.
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