The air you breathe can be one of the dirtiest things inside your home. Here’s how (and why) you should keep it clean.
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How do you maintain a clean and healthy home? The answer may be right under your nose. A national survey conducted by Radius Global Market Research revealed that while 60 percent of people worry about the quality of the air they breathe inside their homes, 26 million never change their air filters. Whether it’s our house filters, vacuum filters or your HVAC, filters are one of the simplest tools to help combat allergies, breathe cleaner air and help keep your home’s mechanical systems running well.
If you’re forgetting the many benefits of filters, here’s a refresher:
Common Air Pollutants
Unfortunately, many different kinds of air pollutants may exist within your home, including pollen, dust mites, plant spores, fungi, mold, bacteria, pet dander and others. Most air purifiers utilize HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filters to help remove these particles from the air in your home. HEPA filters are extremely effective and remove more than 99 percent of pollutant particles.
VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, float around in the air of many homes. These chemicals turn into vapor at normal room temperatures. Some of them are known to be harmful to your health, especially in large accumulations. Some paints, coatings and other household substances contain VOCs that can be quite dangerous. Studies have shown that consistent indoor exposure to these VOCs can be linked to a higher risk of cancers like lymphoma and leukemia. Not all air purifiers have the capability to remove VOCs from the air inside your home. So, if VOC removal is a major concern for you, make sure you choose an air purifier with the ability to remove these chemicals.
Many air purifiers also utilize carbon filters to keep the air inside your home smelling fresh and clean. These filters absorb odor molecules as the air passes through the purifier. While odor removal may not be a direct health issue, a clean smelling home is definitely a big benefit for many homeowners.