If you live in America, you spend roughly 90% of your time indoors, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Since the majority of the air you breathe is indoor air, it’s important that its quality is healthy. Chemical stress is the body’s response to exposure to harmful chemicals or pollutants. Thankfully, there are now helpful pieces of technology and many other ways to reduce chemical stress that can help you improve your indoor air quality. So what tech can you tap into?
Air filtration technology or air cleaners help to improve indoor air quality by filtering the air to collect dust, according to D. J. Clements-Croome. The advantage of air cleaner technology is that it is effective in catching large dust particles which are mostly made of dead skin, small fibers and pet dander.
Depending on the size of your home, the dimensions of the air filter needed by your air cleaner system will vary. It is also good to have it cleaned or replaced fairly regularly so it can do its job effectively.
There is often some confusion between air cleaners and air purifiers. The latest air purifying technology actively kills any airborne pathogens by using ultraviolet (UV) light and negative ions, according to Home Air Quality Guides.
A good air purifier is able to purify the air for up to 50 feet in all directions. It can even do that through walls, so it’s an effective way to improve the air quality within your home. Air purifiers now work with smart technology and can be switched on and off through mobile apps.
Indoor Air Quality Monitors
Roughly 96% of all homes have an ongoing indoor air quality issue, according to Cision. A great way to improve your home’s air is by keeping close tabs on its existing quality. You can do that through indoor air quality monitors. These are devices that you can install in your home or plug directly into an outlet to measure temperature, humidity, and any volatile organic compounds going around your home’s air.
The latest versions partner with an app to send you data whenever you want it. Having that data on-hand gives you a strong idea of your home’s air quality, and it also gives suggestions for how to improve it.
Whenever you start to feel worried about your home’s air quality, always remind yourself it is something that you can directly affect. It is also worth noting that the technology that’s available now is still evolving, so it helps to keep an eye out for other technological tools that can help you better improve your indoor air quality.