Many of us assume that the air inside our homes and apartments is fine. We don’t smell anything particularly unusual in a given day and we don’t sense that the air in our living spaces is filled with pollutants. However, indoor air pollution is actually among the top environmental health risks that we face. The air outside our home is often healthier than the air inside our home.
There are multiple reasons for this, including modern design that gives little thought to air circulation, and the proliferation of chemicals used in painting and building homes and other dwellings. Animal dander, smoke, dust, pollen, dust mites and mold are other negative contributors to air quality.
In many instances, a simple two-fold plan can keep your indoor air at a reasonable level of quality:
- keep pollutants to a minimum, and
- open doors and windows often to introduce fresh, outside air that can sweep through your living space.
In other cases, though, this plan is not workable. Weather conditions might prohibit you from opening your doors and windows, or the outside air might be worse than you can tolerate if you live in an urban area or near a factory that produces odorous air, for instance.
In these cases, an air purifier might be necessary to keep your indoor air at a high level of quality that will give everyone inside the home or apartment the best chance to be healthy when spending a lot of time indoors. Air cleaning devices have been shown to be effective at controlling the levels of airborne allergens, particles and some gases indoors.
The most popular models are small and fit onto tabletops. These little machines work in rooms that have a square footage of less than 100, meaning that they are excellent in small spaces. If you have serious indoor air issues, go with a filtration system that can enhance your existing HVAC machinery.