Why is clean indoor air important?
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Indoor air quality is a concern today as most new homes are being built "tighter" to be more energy efficient. Existing structures have also been "tightened-up" with better insulation, weather-stripping, upgraded windows and high quality exterior doors. Unfortunately making homes more energy efficient exacts an unexpected price. Indoor air quality suffers as the exchange of indoor and outdoor air is limited. Indoor air pollutants get trapped inside and can build up to harmful levels. Because of this, it is important to clean the air by filtering out as many pollutants as possible.
Indoor air pollutants can cause homeowners to suffer from flu-like symptoms such as headaches, nausea and respiratory irritation. They can also exacerbate existing illnesses such as allergies and asthma. Recent statistics show that over the past ten years, asthma cases have increased 51.6%, and that over 40 million people suffer from asthma and allergies today. By removing airborne dust particles from the air, you reduce the amount of exposure that they have on your respiratory system.
Choosing an air filter that's right for you
There are many factors you should consider when evaluating an air-cleaning device:
The efficiency of an air filter is measured in terms of the particle size it can capture. The higher the efficiency, the more effective it will be at the removal of small, hard to capture particles.
Consider not only the initial purchase price of the item, but cost of maintenance and upgrades as well. Make sure that the filter you purchase is of reasonably high quality. Inexpensive filters may not clean the air as effectively as you need them to and may also need to be replaced more frequently.
Air cleaning devices should be accessible and easily removable to make cleaning or replacing the filter a breeze.
Are there other items besides air filters to get cleaner air?
Yes. You may choose to have your heating and cooling ductwork system cleaned. The caution here is deal with a reputable long time duct cleaning company and one who is trained to work on HVACR systems. Secondly, there is Ultraviolet light or UVC light that destroys mold and bacteria, the food source for dust mites and other critters. Consult a professional technician and do your homework before making an investment to improve the air in your home.
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