Pro Tips

The air you breathe can be one of the dirt­i­est things inside your home. Here’s how (and why) you should keep it clean.

Log Home Living - - CONTENTS -

• 6 Tips to Cleaner In­door Air

• Adding on to Your Log Home

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:

1

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.

2 VOCs

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.

3 Odors

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.

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