When it comes to staying healthy in your home, every element is crucial: what you eat and drink, how you heat, power, and cool the place, and chemicals that may be lurking in your flooring, furniture, or materials. All of the above can significantly affect the family within. But there’s one aspect that does get overlooked far too often, and that’s air quality.
The biggest culprits of air pollution are older homes that aren’t up to date with current codes and policies. Combustion sources like oil, gas, coal, wood, and kerosene, or building materials like carpeting, asbestos, and contaminated insulation are far more common than most people realize. Even more worrisome, they can also far more damaging than most of us realize.
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What kind of immediate health effects are we talking about? They vary from person to person, but can include fatigue and vertigo. Other symptoms and diseases such as asthma may also appear.
So how to combat these problems? Targeting and removing individual sources of air pollution (e.g. secondhand smoke, radon, combustion pollutants, and molds) is step number one. Number two is a lot easier: changing air filters. Heating/cooling systems such as central air and air conditioners have filters that trap airborne contaminants. These filters should be changed regularly so they don’t circulate contaminants around the house. Also, adjusting the humidity can go a long way in bettering the air inside the home. The moisture in the air can contribute to mold and bacteria growth (optimal indoor humidity should be kept between 30 to 50 percent).
But at the very top of our list of solutions to preventing poor air quality in the home is even easier: Invest in an air purifier.
If the home really boasts troublesome contaminants such as dust mites, pollen, secondhand smoke, or pet dander, or if a member of the house suffers from allergies or is asthmatic, an air purifier is the way to go. One of our favorite brands is RabbitAir, one of the top manufacturers in the industry.
Founded in Los Angeles in 2004, and currently based out of Pasadena, CA, they’re on top of the latest technologies in air purification (they’re certified by the Asthma and Allergy Friendly Certification Program–administered by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America). But unlike the deluge of unsightly purifiers out there that you wish you never had to look at in your home, they’re also dedicated to creating a quiet and stylish product.
In fact, we like RabbitAir so much, we asked them to partner with us on our current Kickstarter campaign. Back us on our crowdfunding campaign and choose the RabbitAir reward (we only have three, so get ‘em while they last), and you’ll receive a RabbitAir’s 2.0 BioGS air purifier for half off the retail cost. It’s a perfect way to keep your home toxin-free, stay healthy, and lend BTW a hand in one fell swoop. Which means everyone can breathe easier.