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3 Ways to Reduce Pollution in Your Home

Monday, May 26, 2014

While you might think of congested city streets as having polluted air, these notoriously noxious places may have nothing on the average home. Chemical irritants, allergens and mold affect your home's air quality. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, as many as 30 percent of buildings may suffer from some degree of sick building syndrome.

Reduce indoor air pollution without moving your house to an alpine meadow by removing the conditions that contribute to poor air quality, improving your home's ventilation system and monitoring for serious air quality issues.

Eliminate Mold

People who suffer with allergies already know how much trouble mold spores can cause, but even those who don't have extreme allergy symptoms could have mold concerns. Mold colonies are fungi, and like most fungi, they thrive in humid environments. Adequate ventilation in rooms that are prone to dampness limits mold growth before it starts.

Conditioned air loses its excess moisture, providing a comfortable environment for people, not mold and mildew. With a ductless unit, you can create comfort zones throughout your home, putting additional cooling and dehumidifying where you most need it without refitting your home for new ductwork.

Upgrade Filtration Systems

Changing filters regularly ensures better air quality, but upgrading those filters also makes a difference in reducing indoor pollution. Standard filters remove larger particulates from recirculated air, but HEPA filters catch and remove far smaller particles, including those in smoke. These filters also trap mold spores, aerosolized droplets of cooking oil and airborne bacteria.

A ductless air conditioner has filtration features conventional systems often lack. Their hybrid catechin filters trap odors from gases as well as fine particulate matter. Enzymatic filters also rid indoor air of biological pollutants, including bacteria, dust mites and pollen.

Monitor Air Quality

Some dangerous indoor air contaminants are more challenging to remove. Radon gas occurs naturally in many regions; this odorless, invisible gas is radioactive and can cause long-term health problems if left undetected. Indoor air quality testing can find high radon levels before they become a health hazard. With proper ventilation, radon pollution in the home is treatable, but it's imperative to know it's there.

Enjoy cleaner, safer air when you regularly monitor indoor air quality, keep filters clean and make mold unwelcome in your home. For more information on air quality, ductless AC systems and more, contact your local Mitsubishi Electric cooling and heating specialist.

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