Are you aware that indoor air quality in Las Vegas is often a lot worse than outdoor air? And do you know that poor indoor air quality can lead to a variety of health problems? Do you want to improve the quality of air inside your home? Well, then, you’ll have to start eliminating or at least minimizing the sources of indoor air pollution. Fortunately, the most basic step towards this purpose costs nothing – just open some windows so you can let air pollutants out.
Understandably, opening windows can only do so much in terms of keeping indoor air clean, but it improves ventilation, and that is definitely a good start. It’s also quite unrealistic to expect that you can eliminate all indoor air pollutants, but you can certainly give it your best shot, and an excellent tool for doing so is a high-quality air purifier. Other than that, you should also apply several cleaning processes on a regular basis to make sure you can remove as many pollutants as you possibly can.
There are basically three categories of indoor air pollutants: gases, biological particles, and non-biological particles. Gases include carbon monoxide, radon, and fumes from such things as paint, pesticides, cleaning products, adhesives, and petroleum products. Biological particles include mold, bacteria, viruses, parasites, pollen, animal dander, and spores. Non-biological particles include smoke, dust, and heavy metals. There are four different technologies used by air purification devices to remove these pollutants. It’s best to find an air purifier with technology that removes all types of pollutants.
Filtration, used in HEPA devices, eliminates both biological and non-biological particles. Photo catalytic oxidation (PCO), which uses a UV lamp and a catalyst, removes pollutants belonging to all three categories. Negative ionization, which uses charged particles to remove pollutants, eliminates biological and non-biological particles. Lastly, ozone, which uses activated oxygen, removes biological particles from the air. In most cases, you’d have to invest in more than one type of air purifier to keep indoor air clean.
So, you opened some windows to improve ventilation and invested in a couple of air purifiers. What else can you do maintain excellent indoor air quality? Well, you could get some houseplants and declare your home a no-smoking area. You could also place mats at every doorway leading into your house to minimize the amount of dirt people bring in from the outside. Regular vacuuming and mopping of all surfaces around the home is also a good idea. These may be simple steps, but they can go a long way towards keeping indoor air clean.