You are sitting in your house with the windows open, and your screen door is open to let fresh air inside your home. The weather outside is amazing. The sun is shining, and there’s a light breeze blowing through your home. You can hear the neighbors across the street talking in their living room, because they too have their windows open. It’s so pleasant.
Now, let’s imagine that I’m pollen. I climb in through your window without you knowing. I bounce around your house touching everything I can. I leave a layer of yellow dust on all of your furniture. I even sit right next to you.
But you have no idea.
I’m an invisible intruder wreaking havoc in your home and on your furniture. I’m stealing all joy of clean air in your home; I’m even stealing your health. So, how do you stop me from stealing your health and destroying your belongings? There are number of ways, and I’m about to outline the best ways to protect you and your family during pollen season.
Although pollen season can be year round in some areas, the worst time of year for pollen to run rampant is during the spring and summer. For instance, in some areas the pollen count is reported on the morning news, to warn local citizens of the hazards they may be facing by travelling outside of their homes. Also, nationwide pollen activity can be tracked through www.pollen.com. This is today’s pollen count for the United States:
As you can see, the red area, which signifies high pollen counts, is quickly spreading as we enter deeper into the spring season.
Changing HVAC Filter
We have become solely dependent on central heating and air since the beginning of the 20th century. When the weather is extraordinarily hot outside, we don’t have to suffer through those muggy days; instead we can barricade ourselves inside our homes and turn the air down to a comfortable temperature. Also, homes have become more adequately insulated so as to block the heat outside and trap the cool air inside. While this is a positive characteristic of modern homes, it also can have negative effects. Because our homes are so well insulated, we are beginning to trap more and more unwanted and harmful pollutants inside our homes. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air can be five-ten times more polluted than outdoor air due to the increased protection of insulation.
Your HVAC system can help prevent and decrease this indoor air pollution. It’s not uncommon for most people to purchase the cheapest filter for their home HVAC system. While these filters collect large particles like hair, they aren’t doing much more. The cheap fiberglass filters only capture extremely large airborne objects, and all of the other contaminants inside your home are processed through your central heating and air system and dispersed back into your home. If these people were to switch to a more efficient filter, such as a MERV 13 filter, they could be capturing these tiny pollutants and removing them from their indoor environment. (MERV stands for minimum efficiency reporting value. Basically, a higher MERV rating indicates better filter performance.)
MERV 13 filters can capture unwanted particles such as bacteria, viruses, mold spores, fine dust, pet dander, and, you guessed it – pollen. It’s a fact that MERV 13 filters are over 30-times more efficient at capturing micro particles than ordinary fiberglass filters. So why not spend the extra money on an efficient filter that will essentially protect you and your family from suffering from the spring allergy season? (For more about or where to buy MERV 13 filters, visit http://www.filters-now.com/accumulair.php#products).
Another way to safeguard your home from this invisible airborne attack is to utilize an effective air cleaner inside your home. Air purifying units basically operate the same way an effective MERV 13 filter operates. They attract and remove harmful and unwanted pollutants such as dust, smoke, mold, dust mites, cockroach allergens and even pollen. Most purifying units work best when they are placed in a room size that they accommodate. For example, the Whirlpool Whispure air purifying unit is meant to filter air in rooms up to 320 square feet; so it cleans the air in a medium sized room.
An air purifier is also extraordinarily beneficial for people who suffer greatly from allergies or asthma. So, if you have a child or spouse that suffers from either of these, then an air purifier not only aids in comfort, but also provides a better living environment for these individuals. (For more about or where to buy an air purifier and their replacement parts, visit http://www.filters-now.com/).
(Picture from The Mazzei Group – http://mazzeigroup.com/allergies-asthma-and-indoor-air-quality/)
Unless you wish to look like the family pictured above, it’s in your best interest to wage war on those indoor airborne pollutants with an efficient air filter for your HVAC system and an Air Purifier. Don’t let pollen like me destroy your peaceful living environment by causing your family to suffer.