Ultra Clean Air

by Karen Bates
(last updated August 31, 2015)

Breathing clean air is a high priority for most people. What we may not realize, however, is that places where we assume we are breathing clean air may not be as pure as we think.

Take your home, for instance. Although you might think that you are safe from air pollution, it is possible that you could be breathing contaminated air indoors. Even though the problem isn't exactly the same as you'd expect of air pollution outdoors, poor air quality indoors can still have an impact on your health and well being.

Contaminants can enter the air in your home through various means. You may have mold spores, pet dander, dust, dirt, and other particles circulating through the air inside, even though you don't see them. One way to get an idea of an air pollution issue is to consider any allergies or breathing problems that may be acting up. There can be different reasons for allergies, but one of the major causes can be indoor air pollution.

So what can you do to get ultra clean air if you find that there is contaminated air in your house? There are multiple ways to help you get cleaner air:

  • Check the air filter on your heating and air conditioning system. This filter should be changed often. In many cases, once a month is a good frequency to change this filter, but you might need to do it more or less depending on factors like if you own pets, if you smoke, etc.
  • Have the air ducts cleaned. If it's been a while since you checked out your home's air ducts, odds are good that they could use a cleaning. Hire a professional duct cleaner, or try doing the job yourself with a vacuum cleaner.
  • Buy an air purifier. These come in different types and may vary in effectiveness, but you might find one that can really make a difference to the air quality in your home.
  • Dust, vacuum, and sweep often. Instead of letting dust settle and begin filling the air in your home, try to stay one step ahead and clean it up before it gets really bad. Preventing build up can help you breathe easier indoors.

If you are concerned about your indoor air quality, try the above ideas or consider hiring someone to come in and analyze your air quality to help you decide how to proceed with fixing the issue.

Author Bio

Karen Bates

An English student who enjoys writing and art, Karen has had her poetry published in her university's literary journal and has several novels in the works. ...

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