Because we can’t see it, and there always seems to be so much of it around, it’s easy to take the air we breathe for granted. This is especially true in the home, where we feel safe and secure and are more likely to let our guard down.
Yet, it’s important to remember that contaminated air is detrimental to your health, which affects your day-to-day quality of life. When you take in air with heavy particle content, your risk of contracting a respiratory illness rises considerably, and often the damage cannot be undone. It is only through preventative measures that this issue can be avoided. These include regularly washing your electrostatic furnace filter or replacing your disposable one with a high-quality unit from PureFilters’ vast selection.
We strongly believe in educating our customers about proper indoor air quality and setting them up for success with the right filters for their particular homes. To that end, here are four ways your health can be affected by your household air.
On the Cellular Level
Our cells need the oxygen in the air to draw energy from the food we eat. They use this energy to perform all of our bodily functions from getting up in the morning to laying our heads down to sleep at night.
If you breathe air with contaminants your cells can’t use as food—such as hair, pollen, and pet dander— you will put undue stress on your heart and lungs and open yourself up to chronic respiratory ailments like bronchitis. These reduce lung capacity and make it difficult to exercise or play sports.
We at PureFilters know that everything you do begins with the air you breathe. This is why we recommend using one of our top-of-the-line furnace filters to improve your indoor air so you can be at your best each and every day.
Sleep is how your brain files and catalogues the information you’ve gathered throughout your waking hours. It’s needed to store new memories for safe-keeping, to help you retain yesterday’s class lecture, as well as to give you the best chance at passing your final exam the next morning.
On top of that, sleep allows your muscles and cells to repair the normal wear and tear they experience on a daily basis. It also plays a role in regulating your emotions, lowering your propensity to feel anxious or depressed compared to someone who hasn’t slept well. But your brain wouldn’t be able to achieve any of this without the right kind of fuel; namely, clean air.
Your indoor air quality affects your sleep and its many benefits by making it too hot or cold to rest comfortably or too stuffy to breathe without obstructing your airways. The end result is the same: waking up in the middle of the night and interrupting the deep sleep you need to feel refreshed when the sun comes up.
Give one of our furnace filters a try and be certain that you’re sleeping in an optimal environment, one where deep breaths and even deeper relaxation are the norm. Click here to learn more about how PureFilters can keep you and your loved ones cozy throughout the seasons.
A Busy Household
When you stop and think about it, there are a large number of everyday activities that lead to contaminated household air.
- Cooking: smoke from a sizzling pan can remain in the air for up to three hours.
- Setting the atmosphere: air fresheners and sprays use chemical compounds to release pleasant fragrances but the effects of long-term exposure to them remain unknown.
- Cleaning products: chemicals in household cleaning products release gases like benzene and formaldehyde that mix with air to form pollutants. Breathing them in can wreak havoc on your central nervous system and be a real danger to asthma sufferers.
- Smoking: cigarette smoke contains around 7000 chemicals that damage your airways and can linger in your home for months at a time in spite of rigorous cleaning. The link between tobacco use and various forms of cancer has also been thoroughly documented over the last 50 years.
- Quality time with your pet: playing with your pup or little furball is most definitely a boost to your quality of life. It’s just good to be mindful that most pets release dander into the air. Dander is made up of small particles of skin, saliva, and even urine that can aggravate the symptoms of anyone with a respiratory illness.
Whatever your needs may be, the PureFilters team is proud to provide a wide range of furnace filters fit for the busiest of households. Regardless of the contaminant, our proprietary pleated technology will stop it in its tracks so you can breathe freely. You can also benefit from our quick 3-5-day delivery and automated filter subscription service to save more time and spend it with those you love the most.
Because your furnace uses air from outside to warm your house, it tends to include microscopic particles of dust, pollen, and car fumes that must be removed before they reach you. This is why you need a furnace filter delivered with PureFilters’ top-notch customer service to trap these particles and keep your family safe.
Make sure to choose a filter with a Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value or MERV Rating between 8-11 to achieve the optimal airflow for your home. Any filter that falls below a rating of 8 is more appropriate for an industrial or commercial workplace, while one above 11 makes more sense for hospital settings like general surgery and inpatient care.
When it comes to your health, compromising on your indoor air quality simply isn’t an option. All it takes is 20 minutes per month and the diligence to keep on schedule to achieve proper household ventilation. Simply check on your washable furnace filter to confirm its expiration date and clear it of any build-up, or give us a call to replace your disposable polyester filter with a fresh one. Let us show you why our hassle-free service has made us a leader in the industry.