Purify Your Air
Cover your bases when it comes to purifying the air you breathe at home
You’ve made improvements to your home and cleaned all the physical surfaces. But are you doing enough to eliminate the triggers for your allergies, like cleaning the air? Try some of these ideas to purify your house.
On clear days, let some fresh air inside
• Surprisingly, outdoor air is cleaner than indoor air in most places, says Jim Gates, a National Air Filtration Association-certified Air Filtration Specialist.
• Outdoor air includes pollutants from vehicles emissions and industrial exhausts, but these usually get diluted by clean, fresh air.
• The best time to open windows and doors may be early in the morning, when winds tend to be relatively calm.
• Check pollen counts and the weather report to make sure.
Dust and vacuum often
• Large particles of dust are too heavy to travel through the air and end up falling onto surfaces, which can become hotbeds for germs.
• Clean and vacuum to remove the germ-laden dust.
• Look for high-quality, multi-stage filtration vacuums, and use them often.
Use high-quality air filters and purifiers
• Viruses and bacteria can attach themselves to dust particles and go airborne.
• Use a high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter to clear the air of dust.
• Consult with an air filtration specialist to find a filter that fits your budget and your needs.
• The Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value, known simply as MERV, measures the performance of air purifiers. Ratings for whole house and building air purifiers range between 1 and 16. The higher the number, the more effective the air filtration.
Switch your fan from “auto” to “on”
• During spring and autumn, air conditioning systems cycle less.
• In order to filter the air, the air must be circulating.
• Turn your fan on to keep smaller particles airborne so your air purifier or HEPA filter can catch them.
Invest in plants
• Some plants may trap allergens through their leaves and release clean oxygen. According to NASA, they may also give off moisture.
• Top plants to look for are the Areca Palm, Lady Palm, Bamboo Palm, Rubber Plant and Dracaena.
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Worried about an allergy attack while cleaning mold and dust buildup in your home? Wear a N95 particulate mask (Centers for Disease Control (CDC) NIOSH rated) when vacuuming, sweeping, or doing house work to reduce your exposure to fine particulates and allergens.