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The Tips For Good Indoor Air

HEPA stands for High-Efficiency Particulate Air. A HEPA filter works with a robust fan to force air through a thick pleated mesh that traps pollen, pet dander, dust mites, and smoke. It could filter out nearly all toxic microorganisms including bacteria, mold spores and viruses. Hospitals are one of the largest users of HEPA air filters.

Sounds great, right? Let's run-down to the store and buy one. Wait, not too fast. There are a couple of problems you'll encounter if you try to put a HEPA filter in your air handler or at the air return ducts. The first one is expense - ten dollars for a vacuum size filter, and over $200 for commercial air handlers. The 2nd problem is that residential air handlers do not need fans with enough power to push air through HEPA type media.

But there is good quality news - since the idea of utilizing a fancy filter is to clean the air, you can find things you can do to improve the air quality inside. One is to employ a HEPA filter in your vacuum when it is a model that is designed to use HEPA filtration. Another thing you can certainly do is purchase a standalone air purifier, which I'll cover in the next article.

Without moving to a passionate air cleaner, these things will allow you to keep indoor air fresh and clean.

A well-maintained vacuum, with a HEPA filter, used many times a week on floors and carpets should go a lengthy way in keeping your home air clean. A non-HEPA vacuum with dirty filters, on the other hand, will actually add dirt and contaminants to the air by picking it up off the floor and re-distributing it in to the air.

Changing your air con and heating filters on a schedule, and using high-efficiency air filters. The mid to high-efficiency ac filters sold at the supermarket are great at trapping nasty particles.

Minimize the usage of candles and wood fires in the event that you can. These add to the indoor pollutant load.

Limit usage of air fresheners and strong cleaning products.

Don't smoke indoors.

Use exhaust fans if you have them when you're cooking, but don't utilize them when you yourself have a wood fire going in the fireplace. The fan can draw smoke into the living space from the fireplace.

You may also call an air conditioning contractor in the future to your residence and quote upgrading your air handler fan to one that may handle a HEPA installation. This is not a relatively inexpensive upgrade, so you may want to use the strategy above first, and then consider a standalone air purifier.

Opening windows on nice days should go a long way in cleaning your indoor air. With the Environmental Protection Agency claiming that indoor air is two to five times more polluted than outdoor air, letting the breeze sweep out pollutants will reduce your task list.



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