your own clean-air act - hepa air cleaner
It's time to breathe a sigh of relief--sort of.
Due to changes in air
The quality and emissions laws of the past 30 years stipulate that when you go out this summer, the air you breathe is cleaner than ever before. But indoors? Yuck.
According to the Environmental Protection Bureau, the air pollution in your home is twice or five times the pollution (EPA).
If you have allergies or asthma, spending too much time at home can make you feel worse.
Fortunately, you don't need to live in plastic foam in order to solve this problem.
Here's how to make your home (nearly)pollution-free zone.
Despite the promise, there are few air purifiers that remove irritating substances such as pollen, dust and smoke.
Don't waste money on unqualified equipment.
Looking for a purifier that is suitable for this job requires between $200 and $500.
In a recent consumer report Test, Friedman C-90B ($499;
And Whirlpool aptro 30R ($229. 99; 888-237-
8289 or good score
Remember to avoid having "ion" or "ozone" in the product name ".
Mr. James Slater. D.
A spokesman for the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology said there was no ion
He has tested enough air circulation to produce the purifier effectively-
They all emit some ozone gas.
Ozone can aggravate asthma and stimulate anyone's respiratory system, especially when it interacts with common household cleaners.
"There is no good ozone," Sublett said . ".
"100% of the time is not good for you.
"Using the right filter in the heating and cooling system can convert it into a whole-
Your filter should have a minimum efficiency report value (MERV)
Rating of 11 or 12;
The range is 1 to 16.
MERV measures the filter's ability to capture tiny particles of pollen, dust and smoke.
The higher the rating, the higher the efficiency of the filter.
"The right filter can remove up to 95% of the particles," Sublett said . ".
"Those who are too porous or too dirty just spit things back into the house.
"Disposable filter ($10 to $15)
Best, because reusable molds can breed if the mold is not cleaned and dried properly.
Sublett recommends the 3 m Filtrete brand, available at home-
Improve the store.
Most people change filters less than once a year, but it is best to change them every 3 months.
Mark your calendar, program your PDA, or sign up for a free email for 3 m
Email reminder on Www3m.
Even if you don't need air conditioning or heating (
For example, in early spring or early autumn)
You need clean air.
A smart solution: just run the system Fan 24-7.
Worried about your electricity bill?
Occasionally turn off the fan, open the window and breathe in the best things on Earth.
The EPA and the American pulmonary association recommended severaland low-
Cost method to help keep indoor air clean and fresh.
For more information, please visit www. epa.
Gov/iaq/pubs/airclean. html or www. healthhouse.
Unsafe levels of radon-
A smelly radioactive gas was found in about 15 families. -is the second-
The main cause of lung cancer.
Indoor says it kills about 20,000 people in the United States every year.
Air expert Dr. Richard CorsiD.
Students at the University of Texas at Austin.
That's why the American Lung Association says every family should be tested for radon.
You can purchase test kits through your local health department (
To find you, go to www. epa.
Government/iaq/where you live. html).
If the radon level in your home is not safe, you may need to install a special ventilation system;
Its prices range from $800 to $2,500.
Your health department can give you the name of the certified contractor.
Air purifiers suitable for this job tend to cost hundreds of dollars.