Air filters. Something most of us don’t take into consideration. They’re not on our weekly grocery lists. Sometimes not even in our monthly cleaning-supplies list. Well, here’s a shocking fact that will have you rethink everything you thought you knew about air filters: the air quality at your home is poor. And, you breathe 3,400 gallons of air each day. So, you probably want to make sure it’s not filled with pollutants.
The Dirt on Indoor Air Quality
Let’s break this down even more. The average person spends 90% of their lives indoors, which means we spend roughly 21 hours a day indoors. While most people don’t see an issue with that, it turns out there is 2-5 times more pollution indoors than outdoors.
While we tend to think of air pollution as something strictly related to the outdoors, our homes are filled with pollutants, including:
- Mold and bacteria
- Chemical fumes coming from paints and solvents
- Chemicals from our cleaning products
- Outdoor air pollutants
- Tobacco smoke
- Animal hair and dander
- Dust mites
- Combustion gases
- Carbon monoxide
Not only are these pollutants scary, but they’re also impacting our lives in many ways. Asthma? Allergies? Rhinitis? Getting sick all the time? All of those can be aggravated and, in some cases, caused by indoor air pollution.
So, What Can I Do?
You can start by taking a look at this infographic that will show you why and when you should be changing your air filters and checking your air quality continuously.