Tips for Clean Indoor Air

You may be surprised at how many toxins there are in what appears to be a clean, healthy home. Carpets, fiberboard furnishings, formaldehyde-infused synthetic floor coverings, clogged furnace filters and many household cleaning products can pollute the air your family breathes on a daily basis, potentially leading to respiratory ailments such as asthma and COPD. It can also exacerbate allergic reactions and skin problems. Clean air filters, natural cleaning products and the addition of specific varieties of plants can protect your family's health.

Plants Are Natural Air Filters

NASA researchers have discovered that there are many varieties of plants that reduce indoor pollution. Boston Ivy and spider plants, in particular, breath in toxins such as carbon dioxide and release clean, breathable air into your home as well as adding beauty to your indoor space.

Natural Cleaning Products

Many household cleaners are dangerous to respiratory and skin health. Ammonia, chlorine and other harsh cleaners can be absorbed into carpets, upholstery and drapes, leaching them back into your home. Moth balls, once commonly used in closets, are actually carcinogens. By switching to natural cleaning products, such as baking soda, vinegar and lemon juice, your home can be kept just as clean without the added dangers associated with harsh chemicals and toxins in the air you breathe.

Ionic & HEPA Purifiers

Featured in many electronics stores, ionic machines attract and hold pollutants. The metal plates must be cleaned regularly to remain effective and they can only clean a limited space. HEPA filters are finely woven filters that can capture particles as small as 0.3 micrometers, which makes them especially useful in hospitals. Unfortunately, the superior blocking ability of HEPA air filters can also slow air flow through a furnace and reduce its efficiency.

Whole House Filters

Regularly cleaning and replacing furnaces, air conditioners and other ventilation systems with well-fitting replacement air filters is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to maintain clean air throughout your home. Air filters cost only a few dollars to replace, and can save you as much as 15% on electricity bills when replaced regularly.

Air filters must be cleaned or replaced based on usage, rather than the generic claim stamped on the side of the filter. A furnace filter may claim to be a "30-day filter" but it may only last 15 days during heavy usage or in a home with significant amounts of dust, dander or other pollutants. Also, there are different efficiency level ratings for air filters. These MERV ratings range from 1 at the lowest level of filtration to 16 at the highest, with most home air filters falling between 6 and 13.

To learn more about how air filters can protect your family from indoor pollution, contact FilterBuy. We manufacture only top quality after market air filters and can help you choose the best product for your needs and budget.