Here's How to Invest in Your Home's Air Quality at Any Price Point
As we all know by now, the novel coronavirus can be spread through airborne, virus-containing droplets. According to a study published by the University of Minnesota’s Center of Infectious Disease Research and Policy, the spread of the novel coronavirus "could be suppressed using engineering controls such as effective ventilation, possibly with air filtration and disinfection and avoidance of air recirculation."
However, following that guidance may be a bit harder during the summer months as temperatures spike across the country. If you head indoors to escape the heat, you and your housemates are going to be rebreathing the air inside — including air that’s being recirculated through air conditioners. With the warnings in mind, many homeowners are taking steps to increase ventilation and air quality in their living spaces. While some of the more obvious upgrades fall on the higher end of the budget, we’ve rounded up some great ways to improve your home’s air quality no matter your budget.
Under $30: Window Fans and Houseplants
With the COVID-19 pandemic impacting so many industries, many Americans are still out of work and consequently strapped for cash. However, you don’t have to spend a ton of money to freshen up your home’s air quality. The most affordable option is also the greenest (literally): a houseplant. Due to a 1989 NASA experiment conducted by research scientist Bill Wolverton, some scientists say houseplants are effective natural air purifiers — and the more leaves the better.
Under $100: Replacement HVAC and AC Filters
When it comes to any sort of home improvement project, sometimes the simplest fixes can also be the most effective. Have an HVAC or AC in your home? Try replacing the filters with something high quality, like these Supreme Allergen Pleated MERV 14 - FPR 10 Air Filters by Nordic Pure.
Under or Around $200: A Dehumidifier in Every Size
If you’re spending a lot of time at home these days, you may have noticed an uptick in your allergy symptoms. Most likely, this is due to dust mites — tiny organisms that feed off household dust and moisture in the air. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, roughly 20 million Americans are allergic to these common indoor allergens — and that’s where a dehumidifier comes in handy.
Under $500: Dyson Air Purifiers at Every Price Level
While you may associate Dyson with great vacuum cleaners, the company has a slew of other top-of-the-line products that can go a long way in improving your quality of life. Example A: the air purifier. If you’ve never owned one of these before, the concept is simple. The appliance’s fan pulls in air and circulates it through a filter, which removes any pollutants or particles (pet dander, odors, dust and so on), and then all of that newly cleaned air flows back out into your home.
Over $500: The Big Home Ventilation Investment
For homeowners looking to do some serious renovations, the most comprehensive ventilation and air purification solution comes in the form of the Humidex Whole House Crawl Space Energy Efficient Digital Ventilation System and Dehumidifier. Whether you want to invest in your whole home or just the sections that need the most upgrading, ClairiTech’s Humidex moisture control and ventilation systems are reliable, energy efficient and maintenance free.