On averages, the most polluted air you breathe is inside your home. According to the EPA, indoor air is twice as polluted as outdoor air, and can be up to one hundred times more polluted. Not a very pretty or encouraging picture, is it?
It wasn’t always this way. In fact, one big contributing factor to today’s air quality mess was the building industry’s answer to skyrocketing energy costs beginning in the 1970’s. Homes and office buildings began being constructed with materials and practices that help make them more energy efficient, partly by not allowing air to escape. The problem is, neither can airborne pollutants.
Are you or other family members suffering from symptoms of a cold or allergy when, in fact, the real cause is polluted indoor air? To play it safe, here are some steps you can employ to help rid your home of airborne contaminants:
- Clean your carpets regularly to remove dust and dirt.
- Use natural cleaning solutions to avoid inhaling chemicals.
- Use natural skin and hair care products.
- Leave your shoes at the door so pesticides and other pollutants stuck to the bottom stay right there with them.
- Don’t allow smoking in your home.
- Purchase and nurture indoor plants. They help clean the air.
- Have your air ducts cleaned at least every four years.
- Have a whole-house air filtration system installed in your home.
Here at Nero Air Conditioning & Heating, we are indoor air quality specialists. Installing a whole-house air filter is just one way we can help you breather cleaner, healthier indoor air. To learn more and to see what might work best for your particular needs, contact Nero today.