Air is something we take for granted every second of every day. We can’t live without it, yet its invisible nature means we rarely take notice. The danger is that poor air quality can be problematic to your health. Is your family safe?
While American society still has a ways to go before healthy habits are considered the standard, most of us do a pretty decent job of avoiding things that we know are bad for us. For example, you know that eating greasy fast food for every meal is unhealthy. Sure, you may occasionally grab a burger and fries from McDonald’s, but it’s not something you do regularly.
Alcohol consumption is something else that most people try to do in moderation. Outside of a handful of partiers and those who suffer from addiction, most people either abstain from alcohol altogether or only consume the recommended one or two drinks per day.
Then there’s smoking, which is clearly deadly but has become far less mainstream over the past 50 years. From 1965 to 2014, the percentage of adult smokers in the United States dropped from 42.4 percent to just 16.8 percent.
Clearly, You have a desire to be healthy and keep your family healthy. And while saying you want to live healthy and actually taking the necessary steps to purge unhealthy habits are two different things, the vast majority of people are doing a commendable job.
But what if we told you that there’s something equally as dangerous as greasy food, tobacco products, and excessive alcohol use that most families are exposed to on a daily basis, yet do nothing about? You’d probably listen up, right? Well, there is: the air quality inside of your home.
While invisible, the air in your home actually contains billions of different microscopic particles and elements. But because you can’t see them, your family unknowingly inhales some of these particles – many of which are unhealthy and dangerous to your health.
The short-term health effects of poor indoor air quality include irritation of the sinuses, nose, and throat, headaches, fatigue, and possibly even dizziness. Usually removing the individual from the environment allows these symptoms to clear up.
“Other health effects may show up either years after exposure has occurred or only after long or repeated periods of exposure,” the EPA points out. “These effects, which include some respiratory diseases, heart disease and cancer, can be severely debilitating or fatal.”
Chances are, you’ve never had your air quality tested. If you have, you probably ordered a radon test when you purchased your home and haven’t paid attention since. Quite frankly, this is troubling.
“While pollutants commonly found in indoor air can cause many harmful effects, there is considerable uncertainty about what concentrations or periods of exposure are necessary to produce specific health problems,” the EPA notes. “People also react very differently to exposure to indoor air pollutants. Further research is needed to better understand which health effects occur after exposure to the average pollutant concentrations found in homes and which occurs from the higher concentrations that occur for short periods of time.”
But does it really matter? Short-term effects, long-term effects, immediate exposure, prolonged exposure…no amount of unhealthy air is safe. It’s time for you to take action.
Here are some tips for proactively improving your home’s air quality, one step at a time.
Did you know that most HVAC systems don’t automatically bring fresh air into the home? You can always open windows and doors or use window fans, but this isn’t practical when the weather is hot or cold. Having said that, you need to find ways to proactively improve your home’s air quality with added improvements and systems.
One thing to consider is adding an air purification system to your home. A system, like the PureAir from Lennox, address pollutants that circulate throughout your entire home and clean every room. In fact, the PureAir system removes 99.9 percent of pollen, dust, and pet dander. All you have to do is replace the filter every so often and you’ll rest easy knowing that you’re breathing clean air.
Having an air purification system is one thing, but you still need to do your part to keep pollutants and toxins out of your home in the first place. Here are some tips:
There are plenty of other little things you can do, but the more you avoid introducing chemicals, toxins, and pollutants into your home, the less you have to worry about your air quality suffering (even when you have some sort of purification or ventilation system in place).
Did you know that plants are natural air purifiers? Scientists have found that plants can absorb gases and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) through their leaves and roots and then neutralize them via the microorganisms living in the soil. So try adding some indoor plants to your home!
“While most leafy plants are adept at purifying indoor air, some of the plants that scientists have found most useful in removing VOCs include Japanese royal ferns, spider plants, Boston ferns, purple waffle plants, English ivy, areca palms, golden pothos, aloe vera, snake plants and peace lilies,” explains Elizabeth Palermo, associate editor of Live Science.
At Atomic Filters, we’re the only source you need for clean air and water. If you’re looking for cost-effective, reliable filters for your home’s air purifier, furnace, or water filter, we’ve got you covered. Browse our selection of air filters, and air purifiers today and read our blog for healthy tips to keep your home air fresh and clean so you can breathe easy!
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When you are buying your air filter online most important thing to know is Air Filters have two sizes that you need to understand the Nominal size and the Actual Size. Not understanding these numbers often leads to consumers purchasing a filter that does not fit their Furnace or HVAC system.
Not understanding the Nominal Filter Size is the primary culprit for incorrectly purchased filters.The Nominal Size are the usually the dimensions used to Label the filter. For instance 16x20x1. These dimensions are a rounded value on the filters actual measurements. The actual measurements on this filter may be 15.5x19.5x.75, but that could vary by brand and manufacturer. So in order to make sure you have the correct size filter, especially if you are replacing with a different brand it is important to confirm the actual size on the filter. When purchasing filters on the internet the Nominal size is usually found the in the product title.
The actual size as you might have guessed are the actual dimensions of the filter by length, width and thickness. This size is often on the filter right below the Nominal size and is usually labeled as the actual size. When you are buying a filter online the actual size is sometime in the product bullet point or the product description. If your filter does not have actual dimensions on the outside of the filter, you can measure you filter to get the correct dimensions. Some brands have a foam gasket on the outside of the filter, in this case you will want to make sure you have a compatible actual size size and that it also has the foam to insure a snag fit.
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Furnace filters should fit securely but should not have to be forced into position. If you have to force the filter into its slot, then it is probably too big. Forcing an improper filter size in a filter can cause it to buckle, damaging the filter or reducing its ability to function properly. Filters are a smaller than their slot to allow for easy replacement. Some HVAC units may need a filter with dimensions that are unique or uncommon. In these cases, a custom filter needs to be ordered.