While most of us know that outdoor air pollution can be harmful to our health, it’s important to remember that indoor air pollution can have its own negative effects on the quality of indoor air inside your home.
According to the EPA, indoor air pollution is one of the top five threats facing public health.
“In the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities,” the EPA writes in The Inside Story: A Guide to Indoor Air Quality. “Other research indicates that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Thus, for many people, the risks to health may be greater due to exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.”
Failing to remedy indoor air quality troubles can lead to health problems, including:
- Eye irritation
- Allergic reactions (50 million people in the U.S. suffer from nasal allergies)
- Asthma and other respiratory illnesses
- In rare cases, poor indoor air quality can lead to life-threatening conditions such as carbon monoxide poisoning or Legionnaire’s disease.
To make matters worse, the people who are exposed to indoor air pollution for the longest periods of time are often the ones most susceptible to its effects: children, the elderly, the chronically ill, particularly people with respiratory or cardiovascular ailments.
If you’re concerned about the air quality in your home, there are some steps you can take:
1. Keep your floors clean
By using a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter, you can reduce the levels of lead in your home while also getting rid of other toxins, pollen, pet dander and dust mites.
Keep a floor mat next to every door to reduce the amount of dirt and other pollutants that get tracked in, and mop your floors to pick up the dust that vacuums leave behind.
Dust mites and mold thrive on moisture, so keeping the humidity in your home around 30 to 50 percent keeps them under control. You can also keep humidity down by using an exhaust fan or opening a window while cooking, running the dishwasher or bathing.
3. No smoking inside
Second-hand smoke is a leading contributor to indoor air pollution. While smoking poses a serious health risks for the smoker, people exposed to second-hand smoke are in danger as well.
If you’re trying to quit smoking, there are several support groups, therapies and medications that can help. If you haven’t yet been able to quit, at least take your habit outside.
4. Whole House Purifier
Another solution is to install a whole house air purifier like the Air Scrubber Plus.
The Air Scrubber Plus – with ActivePure technology – reduces up to 99.9% of the harmful contaminants throughout your home. Once you’ve installed the Air Scrubber Plus, you’ll ensure that your air ducts, furniture, countertops, bathrooms, doorknobs, and virtually every surface is cleaner and safer for your family. It’s as simple as turning on your fan, furnace, or air conditioning system.
In addition to purifying the air in your home, the Air Scrubber Plus reduces strong odors by naturally mopping up the particles that allow those smells to keep persisting. With this whole house air purifier, you won’t need to spray or scrub your home with toxic chemicals.
And as the Air Scrubber Plus cleans, it also purifies, actively treating the air by continually sending out ActivePure scrubbers to greatly reduce the chemicals, mold, and dangerous contaminants in the air.
Now is the perfect time to add this system to your home, as we’re offering a pro-rated monthly payment option for this popular product. Click here to contact us, or call 215-860-0111 for details.