Have you ever walked into a room with the sun shining into it through a window, and noticed the millions of little dust motes that float through the beam of light? Some people think it’s beautiful, some people think it’s a sign that they need to dust the room. What almost no one thinks, however, is that those motes are just some of the millions of microscopic particles that float through every part of their living space. Dust is nowhere near the only type of particulate that affects your indoor air quality. In fact, it’s one of the more mild ones. Let’s take a look at a few of the more pertinent indoor particulates that can adversely affect your indoor air quality, and what you can do about them.
When people think of undesirable particles in their home’s air, they usually think of dust and pollen. Those two are indeed quite common to many homes, and are the bane of allergy sufferers. However, they share your home’s air with things like dust mites, insect dander, pet dander, mold spores, viruses, and bacteria. All of those things are either lung irritants, allergens, infectious agents, or all of the above. These contaminants are so common because most people don’t do anything to get rid of them. The particles enter the house through a window, or on your clothes, and once they’re inside they just float around until you inhale them. Fortunately, there is actually a way for you to get rid of these obnoxious contaminants before you’re exposed to them. The solution is to use air purifiers.
Air purifiers are devices that are designed to cleanse the air in your home. Their methods and construction vary, but they all have the same purpose. HEPA filters are made of a fiber mesh, woven so closely that it can actually capture individual viruses and bacteria. UV germicidal lights, on the other hand, clean the air by bathing it in ultraviolet radiation. The radiation is harmless to humans, but it destroys many kinds of living pollutants like viruses and bacteria.