People tend to think about air quality when they see smoke billowing out of a vehicle exhaust or leaves (and the mold spores they carry) blowing in the wind.
But, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the air inside our homes can actually be more contaminated by odors, allergens and chemicals than the air outside: Concentrations of some pollutants are often 2 to 5 times higher than typical outdoor concentrations.
And while your options are limited with outdoor air, there are some things you can do to improve your indoor air.
Allergens and other irritants or contaminants can enter your home every time the door opens. Make sure to regularly vacuum carpets, upholstered furniture, drapes and other furnishings using a high-efficiency filter vacuum.
Same with floors and other surfaces: Sweep and mop frequently and have a regular schedule for dusting and washing bedding to reduce dust and mites.
When it comes to humidity, which can be controlled with a dehumidifier or air conditioner, aim for between 30-50 percent. Removing moisture is key to inhibiting mold and mildew growth.
Make sure to repair any leaky faucets or dripping pipes. And, while research shows that indoor plants can act as living air purifiers by absorbing pollutants, make sure not to overwater them, as that will contribute to humidity or other allergens.
Improve ventilation by using exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens and properly vent damp air from crawlspaces and attics. Also, make sure your dryer is vented outside.
Use an air filter
Many air contaminants are tiny and invisible to the human eye, so even after cleaning and controlling the humidity, there still will be some to deal with. Consider using an air filtration system. A quality system can help filter these contaminants quickly and effectively from the air in the room.
Darius Machado, manager of product development for air and cookware at Amway, said the most effective systems use a filter that meets the U.S. government standards for HEPA, or High Efficiency Particulate Air.
“That means they remove 99.97 percent of all particles greater than 0.3 micrometer from the air that passes through them,” he said. (For reference, a human hair is about 50 microns!)
The Atmosphere Sky™ Air Treatment System from Amway exceeds those standards.
“It effectively reduces over 300 different airborne contaminants in seven different categories – allergens, bacteria, fungal spores, viruses, pollen, minerals and chemicals,” he said. “And effectively removes up to 99.99 percent of airborne particles as small as .0024 micron that pass through the system.”
That will definitely make you feel better about the air you’re breathing. Want to learn more about the Atmosphere Sky™ Air Treatment System? Visit Amway.com.