Poor indoor air quality is a fast-growing problem and, thankfully, one we’re becoming increasingly aware of. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the air we breathe indoors is often significantly more polluted than what you’re breathing outside — up to five times more polluted, in fact. Exposure to poor-quality air can lead to both short and long-term consequences where your health is concerned. Pollutants, such as pet dander, dust and mites, toxins from cleaning products, and other allergens, build up quickly indoors and cause problems like headaches, nausea, persistent respiratory issues, and even neurological damage.
There are many ways you can improve the quality of air in your home, such as opening windows, switching to non-toxic cleaning products, and grooming your pets outside, to name a few. The most effective way to cleanse the air you’re breathing is to install a whole-home air purifier. Typically, but not always, connected to your HVAC system, a whole-home purifier filters out up to 99 percent of toxins from the air providing you with numerous benefits.
Individual air purifying units are wonderful. While they filter up to 99 percent of contaminants, they only provide this service to the room they’re operating in. Meaning to effectively clean your whole home, you’ll have to invest in multiple units. Whole-home systems offer more for your investment — filtering the air throughout your home. Additionally, you won’t have to keep several units maintained and running, and will save money replacing only one filter at a time, which can cost you up to 30 dollars each.
Fewer Allergens and Pollutants
One of the most important benefits of a whole-home purifier is the significant reduction of contaminants and allergens in your air. The quality of the air you’re breathing can have a huge impact on your health and how you feel on a daily basis. Persistent throat or eye irritation, congestion, and coughing can be symptoms of poor indoor air quality, and chronic conditions like asthma are worsened by contaminated air. Long-term exposure to dirty air has been linked to heart and lung problems, as well as some types of cancer. Using a purifier greatly reduces these risks.
Extended HVAC Life
Since your HVAC system filters the air in your home, the dirtier your air is, the harder your system will have to work to keep you comfortable. When your air is particularly polluted, this build-up accumulates faster, leaving you with two options: paying for filter replacements more frequently, or allowing dirty filters and coils to lead to premature system breakdowns. A purifier collects contaminants that would otherwise settle into your HVAC system filter. Allowing your HVAC to circulate clean air will extend its lifespan and let it run more efficiently, saving you money.
Most of us spend up to 90 percent of our time indoors, specifically those who suffer from allergies or respiratory ailments. Installing a home air purifier can improve your home’s air quality substantially, reduce allergy symptoms, and save your household significant money on energy and HVAC repair costs. Thanks to Lexair for contributing.