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        Indoor air quality is an as- pect of a healthy lifestyle that is often overlooked.
Even if you lead an active lifestyle and spend a lot of time outdoors, you likely spend more time indoors than you think. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Ameri- cans spend about 90% of their time indoors. With so much time spent inside, hav- ing good air quality is vital.
When you look around your home, you probably don’t see anything unusual. But according to the EPA, your indoor air may have 2-5 times higher levels of airborne pollutants than outdoors.
Healthier air starts with knowing what’s in it. If you want to improve your indoor air quality, consider investing in an indoor quality monitor. For example, you can place a Carrier Air Monitor in dif- ferent rooms throughout your house and track your home’s air quality from your phone. The monitor detects fine particles (PM2.5), rela- tive humidity, room tem- perature and total volatile
organic compounds (VOCs). Once you know what is in your air, you and your fam- ily can reap the benefits of good indoor air quality. Here are four ways improving in- door air quality can posi-
tively impact your life.
If you live in a humid or wet climate, you know the struggle of keeping your home mold-free. If you ac- cidentally disturb a patch of mold, it can release spores into the air that you’ll breathe in. To decrease the chance of mold growing in your home, it’s critical you monitor the humidity level indoors. If the humidity in your home is too high, you can man- age the moisture by using a dehumidifier or contacting a local heating, ventilation and air conditioning expert.
Make sure to check your bathrooms, kitchen and oth- er areas in your home that have running water where mold is likely to grow. If you have a basement, take a look around for any damp spots where spores can take hold.
Air quality can significantly impact allergies and asthma. If your indoor air has high concentrations of fine parti- cles, it can exacerbate these respiratory conditions. There are also plenty of allergens that make it into your house, such as pet dander, pollen and smoke.
By identifying and measur- ing the levels of allergens and pollutants in your air, you can take steps to decrease their presence in your air, reduc- ing the likelihood of trig- gering allergy and asthma symptoms. For example, you may consider investing in an air purifier. The Carrier Smart Air Purifier captures 99.97% of airborne particles sized 0.3 microns, decreas- ing the levels of pollutants in standard (up to 430 square feet) and large rooms (up to 560 square feet).
Do you feel sluggish and tired even after getting a full night’s sleep? The indoor air quality may be the culprit. If particulates in the air trig-
ger your allergies or asthma, you’ll likely have a hard time falling and staying asleep. According to the American Sleep Association, poor air quality can also increase the severity of existing respirato- ry illnesses, making it difficult to get quality sleep.
“A good night’s sleep can affect your mood and pro- ductivity,” says healthy home expert Holly Rhodes. “If you can identify what is in your air and decrease pollutants and allergens, you’ll be able
to breathe easily and deeply throughout the night.”
Studies show that better air quality improves children’s health and academic suc- cess. If students have aller- gies or asthma, poor indoor air quality can set them off, making it difficult for children to concentrate while dealing with respiratory symptoms. Also, just like poor indoor air quality can lead to slug-
gishness after sleep, children breathing polluted air tend to feel more fatigued.
Knowing how your in- door air quality measures up can help you determine what steps you need to take. You may be surprised about what you’re breathing in. Visit and take a short quiz to see which products are suitable for your indoor air quality needs.
This article is courtesy of Brandpoint.

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