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What Is Stale Air and How to Get Rid of It?

Stale air is indoor air that hasn’t had enough fresh air circulating through it. Most people notice stale air because the pent up pollutants have an unpleasant smell or make a room feel stuffy. At low levels, stale air is uncomfortable, but at higher levels, stale air can become unhealthy.

Breathing in unhealthy levels of stale air can cause skin irritation, headaches, and fatigue, and can be especially dangerous for individuals with underlying conditions like allergies or respiratory problems.

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WHAT CAUSES STALE AIR?

  • Exhaled carbon dioxide
  • Microbial volatile organic compounds
  • Fine particulates
  • Chemicals and cleaning agents
  • Paint
  • Mold and mildew
  • Allergens
  • Pets
  • Dust
  • Smoke
  • Odors

HOW DO I GET RID OF STALE AIR?

  • Open a window
  • Use an air purifier
  • Install a ventilator
  • Replace your air filter
  • Install a dehumidifier
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