Common Causes of Indoor Air Pollution and What to Do About Them

Common Causes of Indoor Air Pollution and What to Do About Them

Bold Commerce CollaboratorFeb 13, '20

Breathing clean air is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle that we should all take measures to keep up with. If you work in construction or in a chemical factory, for example, this could mean wearing a face mask to protect yourself from inhaling noxious compounds. But when it comes to breathing in your home, donning a piece of head gear seems more than a little excessive.

That said, there are a number of common indoor air pollutants that are easy to ignore. This is because they are often smaller than the human eye can see, and their effects on our health may only show up after months or years of repeated exposure. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a quick and easy way to ensure a steady supply of fresh air for you and your loved ones?

Well, you’re in luck, because our mission here at PureFilters is to keep your air clean by providing you with the best selection of furnace filters on the market. With one of our products in your home, you’ll be protected against contaminated airflow so you can entertain guests or spend quality time with your family without the added worry. Let’s have a look at four sources of indoor air pollution and how a high-quality furnace filter can stop them in their tracks:

High Humidity

Every home has areas that are prone to high humidity, such as showers, the basement, and the kitchen. If they’re improperly ventilated, they make for damp environments that are perfect for fungi like mold and mildew to thrive. If you disturb them with enough force, these fungi will release spores into the air that can cause irritation of the eyes and throat as well as trigger attacks in asthma sufferers.

An overly humid home will also feel hotter than it really is, making it difficult to get a good night’s rest. This is just one of the many examples of how your air quality affects your sleep and why you can benefit from one of our top-of-the-line furnace air filters to regulate the temperature in your home. You can make bedtime comfortable again and with the utmost convenience by taking advantage of our automated filter subscription service at 1, 3, 6, or 12-month intervals.

Household and Personal Care Products

Many household and personal care products contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs), a term that refers to chemicals that can evaporate into your indoor air. Common examples include:

  • Ethanol in rubbing alcohol
  • Acetone in nail polish remover
  • Toluene and styrene in glue
  • Butane or propane in dry shampoo sprays

Inhaling any of these compounds can cause fatigue, headaches, and dizziness, as well as more serious problems such a memory loss and nerve damage. It’s incredibly important to limit your exposure by either using VOC-free products or safeguarding your home with a furnace filter with a MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) rating that suits your needs. Here at PureFilters, we’re proud to carry a wide range of filters rated from MERV 8 to MERV 13, which are best suited for personal residences. If you’re not sure what to pick, give us a call and it’d be our pleasure to assist you.

Outdoor Air Pollution

Outdoor air is one of the most unpredictable sources of pollution because the wind does not discriminate in terms of what it blows your way. Contaminants can range from car fumes, to pollen, to microscopic bacteria that may make you ill.

We want nothing more than for our customers to be prepared for anything that might threaten their indoor airflow. With an assortment of over 900 filter sizes to choose from, we are confident in being able to deliver.

Dust and Dander

It’s normal for dust and pet dander to accumulate in a busy household, especially with little ones running around throughout the day. It can also be hard to notice until it has built up to such a point that it affects your breathing.

The truth is, there’s only so much that cleaning can do without the help of an expertly engineered furnace filter to support your efforts. Our proprietary pleated technology achieves just that by offering you maximum particle removal so tidying no longer feels like a chore.

You can sign up for our email reminders so you never have to do without the benefits of freshly filtered air. They even include a convenient one-click link to repurchase your filter so you can rest easy knowing your family’s air is the cleanest it can be.

Poor Ventilation

If your home is poorly ventilated, particles will linger in the air and cause it to go stale, raising the chances that you or your loved ones will catch a cold or wake up in the middle of the night. This is why it’s important to:

  • Open windows when using products with strong aromas.
  • Regularly inspect your soffit, fascia, and eavestroughs for openings where mold or small insects may be entering your home and affecting your air supply.
  • Run your exhaust fan when you’re cooking to minimize smoke and lower the humidity in your kitchen.
  • Make it a habit to clean your furnace filter every month with either a handheld vacuum or a simple cloth and a bucket of warm water. For safety reasons, take care to turn your furnace off and remove the filter before cleaning.

The beauty of clean indoor air is that its benefits carry over to every aspect of your life. By giving you more energy, it will not only make you more productive, it will also afford you good health to savor important moments with greater relish.

The PureFilters team would be happy to help you with your indoor air quality with the prompt and courteous service we’ve come to be known for over the last five years. Reach out today with any questions—by mail at support@purefilters.ca or by phone at 1-888-979-4284—and one of our customer service representatives will match you with the right filter and have it on your doorstep in just 3-5 business days.

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