Does your home have poor indoor air quality? Whether dust, pet fur, viral particles, smoke, or another issue is the primary problem, take a look at how an air purifying system can help.
What Affects Indoor Air Quality?
Unlike the outdoors, your home's interior isn't subject to the ravages of pollutants and other in-the-air contaminants—right? If you believe your windows and doors completely protect the indoor air, think again. While well-sealed windows and doors can keep some pollutants, contaminants, and allergens out, these entry points aren't perfect. Gaps, cracks, damage, and poor fits can make it easy for the outdoor air to get in.
Along with gaps or damaged areas, windows and doors that you open in the warmer months can also allow the outside air in. Not only can pollution get into your house, but pets and people can contaminate the air from the inside. Common contaminants include pollen and secondhand smoke.
Why Is Indoor Air an Issue?
Whether pollution/contaminants come from the outside or inside, indoor air quality is something you shouldn't ignore. Poor indoor air quality can affect your health or the health of your household members. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the immediate health effects of pollutant exposure could include (depending on the contaminant) headaches, dizziness, or irritation of the eyes, nose, or throat.
Over time exposure to indoor air pollutants can result in heart disease, some types of cancer, and respiratory problems. If you have an existing respiratory condition, such as asthma or severe allergies, poor indoor air may aggravate the issue.
Even though allergens and pollutants can trigger disease or reactions, these aren't the only indoor air contaminants to watch out for. Viral, bacterial, and fungal (mold) particles can also cause problems in an enclosed indoor space. Without proper filtration, the risk of contamination can rise. This can make it difficult to control the spread of an illness inside of your household.
Why Choose an Air Purification System?
How can you reduce the risks and clear your indoor air? Before you open the windows to let the "fresh" air in, consider what else will enter the interior space. Again, the outdoor air carries contaminants, allergens, and other potential pollutants. Instead of open windows or another similar option, an air purifier can clean or remove particles without the addition of other contaminants.
Which Type of Air Purification System Should You Choose?
There's no universal answer to this question. Talk to an air purification company that offers products like Puradigm air purifying systems for advice. Make sure the system you choose is scientifically proven to reduce contaminants, easy to use, and can remove smaller-sized particles.