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Chicago Indoor Air Quality: How Do I Reduce Dust Inside My Home?

Chicago Indoor Air QualityDust is the plague of many homeowners in the Chicago area.  It seems to appear out of thin air and gather in your home.  Dust, dander, and allergens permeate the air in any home and is seemingly unavoidable.

Worse than the dust you CAN see are the particles of dust and air pollution floating in the air of your home that are invisible to the naked eye.  Like dust, these particles will eventually settle.  But that can take half a day or more and while they are floating in the air, you are breathing them into your lungs.

Fortunately, there is a simple solution that will improve you the indoor air quality of your Chicago home and capture 95% of indoor pollutants automatically, without effort on your part.  For pennies a day over the life an electronic air cleaner or air filtration system, you can reduce household dust and airborne pollutants.

Where Dust Comes From?

Dust comes from a variety of sources, including skin cells, carpet and fabric fibers, gypsum dust from walls, wood fire ash, candles, pollens, dust from outdoors, your hair, insect remains, and so on.  What you can see is just the half of it (well, not even the half of it).  Your Chicago home is filled with invisible airborne particles from aerosols, cooking residue, grease, smoke, bacteria, and viruses.  Visible particles collect on your furnishings.  Invisible particles remain airborne for long periods of time, increasing the chance you will inhale them so they will collect in your lungs. This is the reason why Chicago air cleaners and indoor air quality services and products are important to your health.

What Can I Do?

Throwaway air conditioning filters can help catch some dust.  More effective are mechanical filters (i.e., deep, pleated media air filters).  The most effective solution (some say the only effective solution) however, is to have an electronic air cleaner installed to your home’s HVAC system, which traps 95% of indoor air pollutants.  Over its life, an electronic  air cleaner costs less than 30 cents per day – a bargain compared to the price of paying someone to dust, which doesn’t even take care of all the air bourne particles bringing down your Chicago indoor air quality. Also make sure to invest in reliable Chicago heating repairs and air conditioning maintenance. The health of your HVAC system is central to the quality of your indoor air.

Chicago Indoor Air Quality Facts:

  • Government research studies have found that indoor air is 10 to 100 times more polluted than outside air.  People spend 90% of their time indoors in Chicago.
  • Most airborne particles are so small they cannot be seen without the aid of an electron microscope.  These particles comprise 80% of the airborne particles in your home.  The airborne particles visible with the naked eye represent 0.1% of visible particles.  The rest are visible with a microscope.
  • It should be no surprise then, that each person breathes an average of two teaspoons of dust, dust mites, pollen, mold, viruses, bacteria, pet dander, carpet fiber and second-hand smoke into their lungs each day.  These particles are invisible to the human eye.
  • Throw-away air filters trap less than 10% of the pollutants, while Chicago air cleaners, air purifiers and air filtration systems capture 95%


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