Find your indoor air quality

Type in your zip code, and we will calculate an estimated indoor air quality score in your area based on the EPA's real-time US Air Quality Index.

Your Air Quality Score

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Based on the Air Quality Index of in your region, the projected score for indoor air is .

What does this mean?

Based on EPA's RECOMMENDED TIPS:

How to improve your air

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Eliminate the Source

One of the simplest ways to make your indoor air safer is to find pollutants in your home and remove these sources.

Common household products such as dry-cleaned clothing, glue, disinfectants, printers, and cosmetics.  These products contain harmful chemicals called VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), which can cause symptoms such as fatigue, dizziness, allergic reactions and headaches.  Health effects include damage to the liver and damage to the central nervous system.  Choosing zero VOC products will help reduce your exposure.

VOCs also get emitted from hardwood floors, carpets, sofas, beds, paint and gas oven stoves.  You may have noticed that when you buy a brand new bed for example, there is an artificial smell that stays for weeks, and you may even get a headache unless you open the windows at night.  It is much harder to remove these sources of pollutants and other solutions work better for parts of your home which are more difficult to replace.

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Ventilate your space

Ventilation is another method to tackle harmful VOCs.  Opening up your windows allows you to reduce the amount of VOCs in your home by adding more fresh air.  If you can generate several air changes in your home by allowing the fresh air to flow in and contaminated air to flow out, it would immediately reduce the VOC levels in your home.

The downsides of bringing outdoor air into your home are the loss in heat or cooling efficiency of your home and the introduction of harmful airborne particles into your home.  

Airborne particules can be undetected to the naked eye and present some significant health risks to us, especially when we are exposed to harmful dust, pet dander, mold spores, bacteria and viruses.  These particles can enter our lungs and be absorbed into the bloodstream.

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Purify your air

Airborne particles range in size from the largest at 1000 microns all the way down to the microscopic particles around 0.01 microns.  We cannot see particles smaller than 50 microns, so while we can see heavy dust, hair and ash, we are unable to see smaller particles such as fine pollen, mold spores, germs, dust mites, pet dander and viruses.  Absorbing these particles into our bloodstream can lead to chronic lung diseases and heart problems, via blood clots.

Air purifiers can filter out particles to a certain level of cleanliness.  Purifiers using HEPA filters for example, can filter 99.97% of particles down to 0.3 microns, which is great for larger particles such as coarse dust, pollen, mold spores, ash and germs.    

In order to eliminate airborne viruses, fine pet dander, dust mites, smoke, smog and soot, HEPA filtration is not sufficient.  Unfortunately, most air purifiers are noisy and once the filters are full, they can off-gas any excess microorganisms back into the air.  Some filtration systems use UV light to kill bacteria and viruses, but produce harmful ozone gas.

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