Indoor Air Quality
Air Filters • Air Purifiers • Air Quality • Air Cleaners at eBayToday's homes are often built with energy efficiency in mind. They are designed to "hold" air inside – thus avoiding heat loss during cold winter months and and heat gain during the hot summer months. Of course, what is better for your energy bills is not necessarily better for indoor air quality; this type of "tight" construction often doesn't allow these homes to breathe.
Weathertight homes tend to trap airborne particles inside, where everyday household contaminants can become increasingly concentrated. The result is that indoor air can become more polluted than the air outdoors.
Most people are not aware of the poor quality of some indoor air. Many Americans spend up to 90% of their time indoors, either at home or at their workplace, where they can be exposed to very high levels of airborne particles. In fact, the EPA ranks indoor air pollution among the top five environmental risks to public health.
Pollen, mold spores, pet dander, household dust, and tobacco smoke are common indoor airborne particles. Most such particles cannot even be seen; these contaminants are often associated with people's asthmatic and allergic reactions. According to the EPA, levels of many airborne pollutants may be 25 to 100 times higher than outdoors!
Indoor Air Quality SolutionsThere are three basic methods for improving the quality of indoor air.
Indoor Air Quality Resources
Indoor Air Quality ProductsIn addition to air cleaners, there are a number of other products and appliances for the home that can help improve indoor air quality. Central air conditioning systems can help keep you comfortable during humid summer months. If central air is not feasible or affordable, a room air conditioner may be a more economical comfort solution. Both types of air conditioning equipment generally clean the air to some extent. For serious indoor air problems, you may wish to consider an efficient HEPA filter.
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