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Concern with health has caused air cleaners to become increasingly popular products in the US. According to the EPA, poor indoor air quality is among the top five environmental risks. Some say that pollutants in your home’s air can cause dizziness and headaches, and aggravate allergies and asthma. In order to make your home’s air free of pollutants, there are three steps you can take—remove the source of the problem, ventilate the area, or clean the air. Remember that air cleaning alone can't adequately remove all of the pollutants typically found in indoor air.
There are a few simple steps you can take to keep the air in your home healthy to breathe:
Types of Air Cleaners:
There are a wide range of products available for helping to clean and regulate moisture levels in the air you breathe in your home. Unlike traditional air filters on your heating system, air cleaners are designed to filter out particles that are unseen by the human eye. These tiny particles are easily inhaled and are believed to cause or irritate health problems. Some air cleaners are designed to be installed in ducts as part of a central heating or air-conditioning system and others can be stand-alone units that are portable, working just in a concentrated area of the home.
Modern energy efficient windows, proper insulation, vapor barriers, and sealing all joints with caulk help reduce energy bills and increase the efficiency of a house. The problem is that a house functions best when it can still breathe. Houses need to be ventilated. Without proper ventilation in a home, moisture and mold can become a problem. For optimal comfort and health, experts say that the home’s relative humidity levels should range between 35 and 50%. By maintaining this humidity level, you may also be reducing the opportunity for mold and mildew problems.
Want to know more about why air cleaners are important health tools in today's polluted indoor-air environment? Read our article:
Okay, I'm gonna go off-topic because I found a really great resource for outdoor air quality:
Airnow.gov an air-pollution alert system.
I had previously assumed that protecting ourselves from air-pollution hazards was somewhat beyond our control. and while Weather.com, and a few similar sites, have some basic pollution-reporting features, they are not that great.
A particularly useful tool available on Airnow is EnviroFlash: "a free service that provides you with information about various environmental conditions. This service allows you to sign up to automatically receive customized environmental information. The following types of data are currently available:
Posted: Tuesday, May 23, 2006 2:11 AM
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