Before going running outside you might check the air quality. To prevent smoggy days, cities pass all sorts of laws which are ongoing subjects of discussion. When it comes to indoor air quality, however, a lot of us don’t think about it very much. That’s crazy, if you think about it, since we spend most of our lives cooped up in our homes or workplaces. By exposing us to household chemicals, microbes, and dust, our homes are considered by the EPA to be even more polluted than outside air. Thankfully, there are several devices available right now that helped to limit the harmful effects of indoor air pollution.
Programmable thermostats are important tools that control your home’s environment in a way that is efficient and saves money. A step up from the traditional programmable thermostat is the Wi-Fi thermostat. Like other clever Wi-Fi devices, you can control these fancy gadgets with your phone, and can adjust the settings in innumerable ways. Many come with notifications that give you valuable information regarding your home’s air quality.
Dry air can cause itchy, scaly skin, exacerbate asthma symptoms, and foster the spread of viruses. Therefore, keeping your house at comfortable humidity levels can go a long way towards fostering better living conditions. One of the most effective means of maintaining relative humidity in your home is the whole-house humidifier. Without requiring a water basin, or regularly adjusting settings, the whole-house humidifier can create a more comfortable environment and decrease the home’s vulnerability to microbes and viruses.
In the summer, to keep your home cool, your air conditioner actively removes moisture from the air. However, if you live in a particularly hot and humid part of the country where these conditions can last several months out of the year, that still may not be enough. Dehumidifiers, however, pick up where your AC leaves off, cutting down on humidity, and discouraging common pollutants such as mold and dust mites.
Portable Air Purifiers
Bedrooms, in particular, are vulnerable to an increase in allergens can make it difficult to sleep if you suffer from either allergies or asthma. Portable air purifiers are perfect for cleaning up the air in specific spots where you need it most, such as bedrooms, and they’re perfect for filtering out tiny airborne microbes and particles. Without those troublesome allergens, you can sneeze and wheeze less and sleep a little more.
Carbon Monoxide Detector
Carbon monoxide in the home can result in headaches, respiratory problems, wooziness, and–in the worst circumstances–death. Therefore, it’s imperative that every floor of your home have at least one carbon monoxide detector. If you lack built-in versions, plug-in models are available. This will help keep you and your family safe in the event of a carbon monoxide leak.
Utilizing a few simple items like these is all it takes to ensure that your home is as safe and comfortable as possible for both you and your family. After all, shouldn’t the air inside your home be at least as fresh as the air outside?