Whole House Air Filtration and Other Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality
Whole house air filtration can significantly improve the air you breathe at home. Many homeowners are surprised to learn that indoor air is usually much more polluted than outdoor air. This is especially true in newer homes. As home-building technologies continue to advance, architects, designers, and builders are creating homes that are increasingly airtight. Improved windows and doors, thicker insulation, and better draft sealants are all very good things when it comes to energy efficiency and comfort. But, the downside is that they also prevent undesirable air elements, such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), from escaping.
A whole house air filtration system can be a wise investment, because VOCs can cause nose, throat, and eye irritation, as well as more frequent and severe allergic and asthmatic reactions. Additionally, long-term exposure to certain airborne contaminants can cause chronic respiratory issues and other health conditions.
So, where do VOCs come from, and how do they get inside a home in the first place? The answer is that VOCs are ubiquitous, and they are commonly used in a wide variety of everyday household products, including:
- Cleansers and disinfectants
- Glues and adhesives
- Paints, varnishes, and waxes
- Cigarette smoke
- Carpeting and vinyl flooring
- Wall coverings
While it is not completely possible to prevent the presence of VOCs in a home, there are steps that a homeowner can take to remove them. By installing an effective air filtration system, keeping a home as clean and dust-free as possible, purchasing high-quality furnace filters, and having the air ducts cleaned regularly, a homeowner can ensure that everyone will breathe easier inside.
If you’d like to learn more, the air treatment experts at RainSoft can help. Since 1953, we have remained committed to creating premium air and water treatment products for homeowners the world over, and our innovative AirMaster Ultra whole house air filtration system exemplifies this commitment.