As temperatures rise, many of us are eager to open windows and doors to bring in fresh air and freshen up our homes. However, this may not be the most effective way to improve indoor air quality and eliminate airborne pollutants. In fact, opening windows and doors can lead to a variety of problems.
Individuals with allergies may experience discomfort during the spring season when trees, plants, and grasses release pollen spores into the air. This can cause hay fever, asthma, and other respiratory conditions. As a result, opening windows and doors may not be the best option for these individuals.
Additionally, living near a busy street or industrial area can result in pollutants such as carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxides, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and sulfur dioxide entering your home. This type of pollution has been linked to lung cancer, heart attacks, strokes, Alzheimer's, and Parkinson's Disease.
Moreover, cleaning products contain harsh chemicals and toxins that can remain in the air even after the windows are open. Spring cleaning can also create dust plumes that can remain in the air for long periods unless actively removed with effective filtration.
Lastly, smoke from wildfires can travel thousands of miles, affecting air quality across the country. As a result, it is best to keep windows and doors closed during wildfire season.
To ensure clean and healthy air inside your home, it is recommended to use an air purifier such as the Austin Air Allergy Machine® or the Austin Air HealthMate® Plus. These air purifiers use Medical Grade HEPA and activated carbon to remove a wide range of pollutants, including allergens, viruses, smoke, bacteria, VOCs, formaldehyde, benzenes, chemicals, gasses, and odors. By limiting the amount of outdoor air you let in, and using an air purifier, you can improve indoor air quality and protect yourself from harmful pollutants.