I talk a lot about improving our overall health in regards to what we eat and what we use on our bodies. But another area that our family has worked hard to improve in recent years is the quality of the air we breathe in our home.
Over the last couple years I’ve read more and more about indoor air quality, and what we can do to improve our indoor air quality.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission…
“In the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Thus, for many people, the risks to health may be greater due to exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.”
There were a few things in our home I was specifically concerned about as it related to indoor air quality…
- We have an older home, and older windows. We have replaced about half the windows in our home now (it’s an expensive project!) but I was worried about any potential excess moisture that I knew might or was already accumulating because of older windows. Sometimes our older home had a bit of a musty smell when we returned from being gone a few days, which was also a concern to me.
- We also have one kiddo who deals with indoor and outdoor allergies and I wanted to do everything possible to make sure she was breathing good, clean air.
- Our area of the country is one in which radon is a specifically high concern. We have living area in the basement where we spend time, and I wanted to be sure we had the best clean air possible, as radon can have some pretty severe consequences. Note: We HAVE had a radon mitigation system installed in our basement and have tested it a few time since to be sure it’s below allowable limits. You can read more about radon HERE.
A few things you can do to improve your indoor air quality are as follows:
- Open the windows! Getting fresh, outdoor air into the home is something easy and cheap you can do to improve the quality of your indoor air. We try to have our windows open as much as the weather allows.
- Vacuuming often with a vacuum equipped with a HEPA filter. If possible, opt for more hard surfaces vs. carpeting throughout the home.
- Regularly cleaning and vacuuming carpets, bedding, mattresses, couches, etc.
- Change furnace/HVAC filters often. (We need to do a better job being on top of this!)
- Invest in quality air purifier(s) for your high traffic areas and bedrooms. (See more below!)
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention how much we LOVE our AirDoctors! We started with one (the AirDoctor 3000) and I put it in our highest traffic area for maximum effect. They are pricey – for sure – so it wasn’t feasible for us to buy as many as I wanted all at once.
We later invested in AirDoctors for each of our bedrooms so the kids are breathing good, clean, air while they sleep – which is a big chunk of the day.
What I love most about AirDoctor Pro is that it’s truly the best of the best in terms of quality and performance. The filters on an AirDoctor filter out particles 100 times smaller than the HEPA standard! Their air purifiers filter out dust, pollen, mold, pet dander, viruses, etc.
If you’re looking to improve your home’s air quality, I can’t recommend AirDoctor enough! We noticed a huge improvement in the musty smell I noticed occasionally in our home, I’m amazed when I see how much the filter takes out of the air, and I rest easier knowing we are doing what we can to improve our home’s air quality.
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