Keep Indoor Air Healthy In the Winter

Friday, January 15, 2010 by Justin Randall

The EPA says indoor air can often be many times more polluted then outdoor air.  Further they say we spend as much as 90% of our time indoors.  In the winter when it's cold outside the percentage is probably even higher so it's important to understand what you can do to make sure your homes indoor air is clean. 

There are some real basic things that can be done including use non toxic cleaners, dust often, use fans when cooking, wash your bed sheets in hot water, if you have an attached garage pull your car out right after you start it, don't smoke indoors, and the list goes on.

Despite doing the aforementioned items you're still going to end up with particulate and pollution in your homes air.  Due to the fact that in the winter there is very little fresh air getting into your home that pollution can build up and cause everything from cold symptoms, sore throats, stuffed up noses, allergy symptoms to much more serious long term effects like asthma and other long term respiratory health problems.  

That is why it is important to have a whole home air cleaner to remove particulate in your homes air before you breathe it.  Aprilaire offers 3 different levels of air cleaning with different efficiency ratings and control options.  Control is a very important part of any air cleaner; most air cleaners only run based on temperature, which doesn't make much sense...you need to clean the air when your air is dirty and that has nothing to do with when you need to change your temperature.  Look for more on the importance of controlling your air cleaner from me in future blogs.



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