If you're not using a whole-home air purifier, there's a chance your indoor air quality (IAQ) is at risk. Environmental chemicals (aka hair spray, cleaning agents, other beauty care products, extra paint cans, etc) can create indoor pollution levels that rival -- or even exceed -- outdoor pollution levels.
Indoor Air Quality is More Polluted Than Outside Air
According to the EPA, "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." Since most of us spend as much as 90 percent of our time indoors, it's worth taking note.
There are several things you can do to prevent interior and environmental chemicals from polluting your home.
Re-think the Way You Use Your Garage
An attached garage is one of the biggest culprits when it comes to compromised IAQ. If the door seal between the garage and your home's living space is old, eroded or poorly installed, all of the toxins off-gasing from shelves and storage spaces can permeate your home.
Additionally, carbon monoxide from your car also can enter the home via cracks in the wall or door seal leaks. Never warm up your car in the garage -- even with the door open.
Change Air Filters on a Regular Basis
IAQ also is compromised by dust, dander, pollen, mold spores and other particulate matter that circulate through an HVAC system. In addition to improving HVAC efficiency, changing the air filters on a regular basis keeps particulate matter from exacerbating allergies, asthma, and other respiratory issues.
Consider Using a Whole-Home Air Purifier
While portable room air purifiers work to a degree, whole-home air purifiers are the best way to filter harmful toxins out of your home and back outside. These systems can be added after-market to an existing HVAC system, or they exist as an automatic feature of a new HVAC replacement. They improve IAQ as well as HVAC efficiency and lifespan.
Contact the team at P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling to learn more about improving the air quality in your Cleveland-area home.