By now, the champagne glasses have likely been washed, the confetti has been swept away, and the black eyed peas have long been eaten. As Americans usher in the first week of 2011, they also embark on new journeys toward fulfilling their New Year’s resolutions. For many, 2011 resolutions involve a commitment to leading a healthier lifestyle. Sylvane, an online supplier of air treatment solutions that promote healthier indoor air, reminds consumers that a healthy lifestyle often begins by creating a healthier indoor environment.
“Along with the tried-and-true strategies of regular exercise, eating right, and getting ample sleep, a healthy home made possible by better indoor air quality will contribute greatly to a healthy lifestyle,” says Steven Hong, president of Sylvane, which has been offering effective and reliable solutions for air treatment at affordable prices for more than 10 years. To help consumers achieve their healthy living goals in 2011, Hong offers these seven tips for creating a healthier home environment through air treatment.
Boost your indoor air quality with an air purifier.
Air purifiers help filter out harmful allergens, particles, chemicals, and gases that may trigger allergy and asthma symptoms and contribute to other respiratory conditions. HEPA air purifiers such as the top consumer-rated Whirlpool Whispure 450 Air Purifier, which are equipped with High Efficiency Particulate Air filters, are best for removing particle pollutants. Air cleaners equipped with carbon filters help remove odors, airborne chemicals, and gas fumes, and some models—like the Oransi v-hepa Plus Air Purifier—even feature ultraviolet light protection to kill airborne germs and bacteria.
When temperatures dip, restore your indoor humidity with a humidifier.
Chilly winter temperatures can lead to a drastic dip in your indoor humidity. Along with causing uncomfortable static electricity and potential damage to your home’s interior, low humidity can aggravate asthma symptoms, irritate sinuses, and spawn skin conditions. Restore your indoor humidity to a healthier level—the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends a humidity level of between 40 and 50 percent—by using a single-room or whole house humidifier. Models such as the Sunpentown SU-4010 Ultrasonic Humidifier work best to humidify single rooms while humidifiers like the Honeywell HE260 Whole House Humidifier integrate with a forced-air furnace to deliver humidified air and heat at the same time.
Stay warm, cozy, and safe with a portable space heater.
Heating your space with a space heater is often safer than heating it with a traditional wood-burning or gas fireplace. Gas and wood-burning fireplaces often release particle pollutants and, sometimes, carcinogens into the air that can find their way into your lungs. Energy-efficient space heaters and electric fireplaces eliminate this safety hazard while keeping you warm, cozy, and within your heating budget. The popular Vornado space heaters produce comfortable whole room heat while conserving energy and helping you remain within your heating budget.
Vacuum up dust, dirt, and other particles with a HEPA vacuum cleaner.
Vacuum cleaners equipped with HEPA exhaust filters perform double-duty in your environment by suctioning up dirt and dust as well as filtering microscopic allergens from air before it is exhausted back into your space. Vacuum cleaners such as the award-winning Bissell Healthy Home Vacuum can help keep your home dirt-, dust-, and allergen-free.
Clean your home safely and naturally with a vapor steam cleaner.
Steam cleaners use only water and heat to produce a sanitizing dry vapor steam that cleans soiled surfaces, removes dirt, and kills germs in one swipe. Unlike household chemical cleaners, vapor steam cleaners leave no sticky or smelly residue behind nor do they add toxic chemical vapors to your indoor environment. Using a steam-cleaning system such as a Ladybug steam cleaner or the Reliable Enviromate Tandem EV1 Steam Cleaner helps you safely sanitize and deodorize surfaces while protecting your indoor air quality.
Monitor your home for radon using a radon gas detector.
January is National Radon Action Month. Radon, an odorless, colorless, and tasteless radioactive gas, can accumulate in dangerous levels inside homes over time as it rises from ground soil and seeps in through cracks in walls, floors, and your home’s foundation. If gone undetected and left untreated, radon can cause radon poisoning, the second leading cause of lung cancer in America after cigarette smoking. To protect yourself, your family, and your home from this silent killer, invest in a radon detector such as the Safety Siren Pro Series 3 Radon Gas Detector. This detector continuously monitors your indoor radon level and alerts you if it becomes too high, so that you can begin remediation.
Test your air for unhealthy allergen accumulations with an allergy testing kit.
When using the strategies listed above, it’s also a good idea to continually test and monitor your environment for unhealthy allergen accumulations. Using an allergy testing kit can help you measure the health of your indoor environment and know when to take action against unhealthy air. Testing kits are available for measuring accumulations of common allergens, mold, dust mites, organic vapors, and more. Testing is a simple, do-it-yourself task that can help you proactively maintain the health of your home.
Using Hong’s tips, consumers will be on their way to creating and maintaining a healthier home environment and leading healthier lives in 2011 and beyond. Visit the Sylvane online Knowledge Center to learn more ways to create a healthier indoor environment.
Sylvane (sylvane.com) is a leading online supplier of high-quality air treatment solutions to the residential and commercial markets. The company's broad selection of products includes air purifiers, portable heaters, portable air conditioners, window air conditioners, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, swamp coolers, fans, vacuums, steam cleaners, and air quality testing products. Believing in the idea that better air begins with knowledge, Sylvane also provides its customers with detailed product information, air treatment learning articles, reliable product comparisons, and personalized consultation on indoor air treatment issues.