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How to Improve Home Air Quality

Today's homes are built better than ever. But tighter construction can sometimes lead to poor indoor air quality.

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Step 1: Watch an Overview

Step 2: Install a Whole-House System

Fumes from cooking, cleaning, even your fireplace can get trapped inside, re-circulating airborne particles throughout your home. You can reduce the harmful effects of these particles on your family with a whole-house air filtration system.

Air cleaners come in either portable units or whole-house systems. A HEPA portable unit is useful in small rooms or localized areas, but a whole-house system is the only way to effectively clean the air throughout the entire house.

Step 3: Meet Your Personal Needs

By integrating it into your existing central-heating-and-cooling system, you'll purify the air while it operates. This is especially important for children since they ingest 100 times more dust than adults.

Choose the type of air cleaner that best meets your needs. Some are more effective at removing microscopic particles, killing bacteria and viruses around children, or removing allergy inducing sources such as pet dander, pollen and dust mites.

Step 4: Find a Unit With a Good Delivery Rate

The effectiveness of an air cleaner is measured by its clean air delivery rate. The more air that's drawn through the filtering element the more effective that system is at collecting pollutants and the higher the clean air delivery rate.

For maximum effectiveness, look for a unit with a high clean-air delivery rate. It measures the efficiency of the air cleaner and the amount of air flowing through it. With clean air, you’ll be able to dust less and still have a healthier, cleaner home.

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