Is Your Clutter Impacting the Air You’re Breathing?

Is Your Clutter Impacting the Air You’re Breathing?

Nadir Chaudhry30/5/19

At PureFilters, we understand the necessity of clean indoor air and the long-term impacts that can come with unaddressed air contaminants. Of course, it’s more than forgetting to dust or going a couple of weeks without vacuuming that can cause poor air quality.

Clutter is a leading cause of poor air quality as it gets in the way of ventilation and increases the amount of dust and bacteria in your home. There are a lot of emotions that are often linked to clutter, which makes it that much harder to get rid of. To truly grasp its impacts, one must understand how it affects your indoor air and as a result the long-term health of those living in your home.

The statistic from the United States Environmental Protection Agency that Americans spend up to 90 percent of their day indoors is used in reports and news articles again and again, for the sheer shock value of how much time you really do spend inside your home. We think this is a pretty good reason to keep your indoor air as clean as possible. We strive to help you keep your indoor air clean by making changing your furnace filter as easy as possible. PureFilters makes the process seamless by being exclusively online; we have hundreds of products that you can browse to find the exact furnace filter replacement you need.

We are Canadian owned and committed to air purification and providing the best customer service we can. After you buy your furnace filter at PureFilters, it will be at your door in three to five days — thanks to our three distribution centres located in major cities. We help you maintain quality indoor air by notifying you when it’s time to change your filter. A few months after you purchase your furnace filter, we will send you a reminder email with a one-click link that will re-order your last furnace filter purchase. It really is that easy. Of course, furnace filters are most effective when paired with other cleaning habits like keeping your home neat and clutter free to reduce airborne allergens and other contaminants. When your space is packed with clutter, it’s harder for your furnace filter — or other air purification device — to keep your air clean. These are the main ways that your cutter is negatively affecting the indoor air you are breathing on a daily basis:

Allergen Heaven

According to the Alliance for Healthy Homes, homes with clutter have a lot more dust than the average household. These high levels of dust often result in contaminated air and can lead to breathing problems. The more clutter you have, the more surface areas there are for allergens to collect. Clear your home of clutter to avoid build-up of allergens such as:
  • Dust
  • Mould
  • Chemical Pollutants
  • Pet Dander
  • Indoor Pollen
  • & more
There are countless health benefits of breathing clean air, and just as many negative long-term health impacts of contaminated indoor air.

Think About Where That Clutter Is

Chances are, your clutter has accumulated in spaces where indoor air quality is vital — specifically, your bedroom and garage. According to The Spruce, your garage is packed with fumes, exhaust and airborne chemicals (VOCs) that can enter your home and impact your indoor air quality. The more clutter (boxes, faulty appliances, unneeded tools etc.) that occupies your garage, the harder it is to ventilate the space and filter out these VOCs that can quickly make their way into your home and cause long-term health effects.

Harder to Clean

Quite simply, having mass amounts of clutter makes it harder to clean your home — and cleaning your house is vital for your indoor air quality. If you have things everywhere, it makes it that much more impossible to get into those harder to reach areas to vacuum or dust. The harder it is to clean these tricky areas, the easier it is for allergens and bacteria to build-up. It’s vital to be able to clean these areas; vacuuming is essential to reduce any accumulation of dust, mold and pet dander that can build up over time if not dealt with. Clutter also tends to deter you from cleaning your home, because you just don’t know where to start.

Poor Air Flow

When you have mass amounts of clutter, there’s less room for air to circulate. Good air circulation is essential for healthy indoor air, and clutter takes a huge toll on air ventilation. You want to let as much fresh air into your home as possible, but having densely packed spaces makes it that much harder for fresh air to filter the area. On the topic of poor ventilation, if your closet is packed to the brim, more and more dust will collect as air can’t flow through your closet and keep the space clean. This results in your clothing collecting dust mites and other particles that can cause you to experience allergy symptoms, among other health impacts. According to The Lung Association, poor air flow can also result in mould — it’s best to purge your home of clutter to avoid these kinds of issues that can have long-term effects.

All Those Half-Opened Cleaning Products

Are you guilty of harbouring an impressive collection of cleaning products? Everyone needs cleaning products, but it’s important to reduce how many are cluttering the areas where you store these materials. Cleaning solutions release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into your indoor air quality that can be avoided by purchasing natural products or can be reduced by having less of these products cluttering your space. There is no need to have a huge collection of half-opened cleaning products when you can consolidate and just have one or two under your sink.

Too Many Plants

With so many people talking about the benefits of bringing the outdoors inside, sometimes the balance can be lost. While there are definitely advantages to having a couple of indoor plants, cluttering your space with these plants can be disastrous for your home. According to Harvard Health Publishing, plants can collect and foster the growth of mould. Specifically, fake plants are notorious for collecting dust which contaminates your indoor air quality.

Improve Your Air Quality Today with PureFilters

PureFilters is your source for furnace filters and other air purification tools in Canada. PureFilters is committed to maintaining your indoor air quality. We make it easy to buy, change and repurchase your furnace filters. If for whatever reason you can’t find the specific furnace filter you need in our well-stocked shop, we are happy to make a custom filter to suit your needs. We sell furnace filters, but our dedication is to our customers and their convenience. We will make sure that changing a furnace filter is easy by sending you an email notifying you of when it’s time to make that change — the email’s one-click link will make the re-purchasing process that much easier. Be sure to buy your furnace filter online at PureFilters today! Keep your indoor air clean.

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