With California experiencing more frequent and severe wildfires, residents are often advised to stay indoors. However, fine particles from wildfire smoke will probably make their way into your home and accumulate over time, affecting the air quality inside your home.
When you think of air pollution, you probably think of smog lingering in a big city. Poor air quality may be closer to home than you think, though. If you’re not taking proper precautions, you may be breathing in allergens and pollutants right inside your home.
Indoor pollutants can enter your home in a variety of ways. While typical house dust is common, cleaning products, new furniture, and visitors can all bring in pollutants that decrease your home’s air quality. Mold, dust mites, and pet dander can also become irritating. This can make you and your family sick or even cause serious health problems.
If you are house hunting, what are some of the first concerns that come to mind? You most likely have a checklist in your head: desired location or neighborhood, square footage, the number of bedrooms and bathrooms are probably up there. Maybe that list also includes details like curb appeal or a state of the art kitchen. Besides the checklist, however, your primary concern is most likely whether or not this dream home is within your budget. But when setting your budget, are you accounting for hidden factors, like an outdated electrical or HVAC system?
We are in the midst of winter which means we're all retreating to the cozy warmth of our homes. Winter also means that it's flu season. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) flu activity starts as early as October and ends as late as May, peaking between December and February. This is not entirely coincidental.
Are you on the hunt for a new home air filter? Do you keep wondering what all of these MERV ratings actually mean? Understanding MERV ratings is essential to choosing the right filter for your home and equipment. Choosing the right filter also means the protecting your family against airborne allergens... and you'll even get to dust less!