Home Buyers: Change those Air Filters
Air filters are the last thing on the mind of new home owners. But, starting off in a clean environment can be critical for a long term, healthy living environment.
When we move into a new home, we really don’t know much about the previous owners. We don’t know how they maintained the property. Sure, it was in perfect shape when you purchased it. But, that doesn’t mean it was kept in that shape the duration of their time in the home.
For this reason, the previous owners could have had items in the home in which you are allergic. The EPA estimates that indoor air quality is up to 5 times more polluted than outdoor air. Since you don’t know how the previous owners lived, you don’t know how they maintained the air quality. For this reason, a good air filter can start you off on the right foot.
Maintaining healthy indoor air isn’t a hassle at all. All you need to do is install new air filters (a very cost effective thing to do) and you can start off in your new home with clean air.
There are different types of air filters. The type of filter you choose depends on your needs. For instance, if you have allergies, a MERV 11 or 13 would be a great fit for you. This just means that the filter will catch up to 30 times more dust than the standard fiberglass air filters.
If you do not have allergies, but still want cleaner air, a MERV 8 would be a good fit for your needs. This air filter is still 20 times more effective than the traditional filter, while still allowing good air pressure in your unit.
That is really all there is to cleaning the air in your home. The costs of these filters are minimal, so it will not set you back. However, they will provide your family a higher quality of life in the new home. You can see a parody video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l07F3orW5GQ&feature=youtube_gdata_player
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