When you think about air quality, you may think about outdoor air pollution. Did you know that the air inside your home can be an average of two to five times more polluted than the air outside? The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers indoor air quality as one of the top five environmental dangers. Rates of children developing asthma and severe allergies are climbing at alarming rates and may be linked to poor air indoor air quality. Here are the facts about the sources of pollution gunking up the air in your home:
- Tobacco smoke is an obvious source of indoor air pollutants but wood-burning stoves, fireplaces (both gas and wood-burning) and even some types of candles also contribute to indoor air pollution.
- Construction materials used to build or remodel your home also contribute to indoor air pollution. Insulation, adhesives used for flooring, carpeting, cabinetry and pressed wood materials can release chemicals involved in their manufacturing into your home for several years--an often overlooked source of indoor air pollutants.
- Common household cleaners and chemicals contribute to indoor air pollution as well. Toxic cleaning products, air fresheners and protectants applied to furniture all add to the mixture of irritants that impact indoor air quality.
- Changes to building techniques starting in the 1970s and 1980s to make homes more air-tight and energy-efficient also tend to trap allergens and pollutants in the home, worsening air quality issues. Without ventilation to escape, pollen, radon gas, dust, mold, viruses and bacteria collect in your home and the air you breathe--especially if you don't change your filter frequently enough.
It may sound as if you would do better to live outside than in your home with all of these sources of indoor air pollution. Carolina Comfort Systems has the solution--a state-of-the-art air purifier from Bryant. The Bryant Evolution Perfect Air Purifier or the Bryant Preferred Series Air Purifier are both designed with your health in mind. Give us a call to explore how we can help you and your family breathe easier.