DUST, pollen, and smoke from cooking or tobacco use can leave indoor air far more polluted than the air outside—but it doesn’t have to be that way.
What you can do
Homeowners can take a number of steps to improve air quality and create a healthier living environment. Here’s a look at a few:
• Vent the kitchen: Almost every home has a range hood and fan. However, most hoods simply filter the air and recirculate it. A better solution is a system that vents outdoors so the captured smoke, odors and other particles are removed from the living space.
• Beware of the garage: While having an attached garage offers great convenience for homeowners, the garage is also home to a variety of pollutants that can enter the living space. Use only approved containers to store flammable products. Also, don’t let the car idle in the garage. Pull it outside and close the garage door to keep engine exhausts out.
• Install a central vacuum system: Built-in central vacuum systems completely remove all the particulates they contact from the living space. The new quiet-operating BEAM Alliance System by Electrolux delivers up to five times the cleaning power of a typical vacuum, giving you the confidence that you can clean up almost any messy moment quickly and thoroughly. Two levels of HEPA filtration also ensure that none of the captured dirt or exhaust air re-enters the living space. Central vacuum systems can be installed in almost any new or existing home without damaging walls.
• Filter the air: One way to address the rest of an air quality problem is by ridding the living area of airborne particulates. A whole-house HEPA air filtration system such as those by BEAM trap 99.98 percent of particulates 0.3 microns or larger.
For more information about these and other tips to improve the air in your home, visit www.BEAM.com and facebook.com/OfficialBEAMCentralVacuums. North American Precis Syndicate