Air Quality, Air Pollution...And Why You Should Be Concerned.
In 2009, the EPA published its review of air quality and pollution as it relates to indoor air, and clearly identified indoor air in the top 5 risks to our health (read the EPA article here). And it's even more true now. Allergies and asthma have been
increasing for the last 30 years--with new industrial activities, more people on the planet, more 'stuff' in the air, it makes sense that our outside air would become more polluted. But the real issue is the air quality and pollution in our homes and offices. Since there is nothing our bodies have
greater exposure to than the air we breathe, that makes indoor air a serious issue.
Think about it like this: the average person today inhales over
10,000 quarts of air each day and spends at least 90% of their time indoors. Dust almost always carries dust mites (#1 allergen known to man), mold spores, bacteria, viruses, smoke (and related tobacco chemicals, if there has been a smoker in the area). So if we're spending the majority of our time indoors, and there are no air purifiers, nothing to trap these particles (even chemical / gaseous elements), we breathe them in. And over time, those particles accumulate and cause things like allergies, headaches, fatigue, eye / nose
/ throat irritation, insomnia, even depression and more serious chronic
conditions... It's a proven fact.
The GOOD NEWS is that in many cases, the air quality and pollution issue in the home / office can be solved by using a high-quality HEPA air cleaner that removes 99.97% of the pollutants (dust, mold spores, pet dander, bacteria, viruses etc) that are causing the problem. And if your doctor prescribes it, insurance may even cover the cost. But let's talk about indoor air for a minute and answer a few common questions:
You may ask--why is air quality and pollution more of an issue indoors than outdoors?
Because indoor air in circulating in the same enclosed space, which allows the
concentration of irritants / pollutants to be much higher than outdoor
air. Particles and chemicals also get 'stored' on the walls, ceilings, in carpets, rugs, furniture, and tons of other places that are difficult to clean. And when blows by them, these particles get released back into the air. Even if you have a good filter in your heating / cooling system, it still does not get it all. Why? 1) Because many times we breathe in those airborne particles before the heating / cooling system can cycle them through the filter, and 2) because some of the particles are too small to be caught by a normal HVAC filter.
That is why a quality hepa air cleaner is so effective--they use true HEPA filters that CAN stop those tiny particles down at the 0.1-0.3 micron range and chemicals / gases / vapors if the filter(s) include activated carbon. Without a good air cleaner, over time we breathe in more and more of those tiny particles / gases that slip through, which could explain why some allergy symptoms do seem to get worse with time.Here are a few more facts about air quality and pollution as it relates to indoor air:
So many times we do not think about indoor air quality as being a cause of illness, but more research is showing that the build up of pollutants does contribute to different illnesses, allergies, etc. How many people are taking medications when cleaning up their household air would eliminate the problem?
Don't think you're breathing any chemicals? Consider the smells associated with cleaning products, laundry products, solvents, paints, varnishes, correction fluids, copiers, fuels, dry cleaned clothing, cosmetics, hair care products, nail salons and related products. All those smells are airborne chemicals being released into the air and even if they do not cause irritation in the short term, they have been shown to cause issues in the medium to long term time frames.And every time we open that drawer, cabinet, bottle, or door where these chemicals are, we get a fresh dose of them.If you have unexplained headaches or other types of respiratory / eye / skin irritations, consider the possibility of airborne chemicals as a possible cause. Want to know for sure what's floating around in your air? Get an air test kit and see!
If you work in an environment where there you have smoke or chemical fumes released on a regular basis, it's highly recommended that someone address the situation--the business owner, or yourself if you have the authority. Occupations such as welding, laser engraving, lab assistants, steel manufacturing or other industrial situations all put the worker in an environment where breathing harmful chemicals happens on a regular basis.Some will say 'we're compliant with OSHA', or 'it's not enough to hurt you'. Well, over time, it IS enough to hurt you, with some chemicals literally build up in the system and cause permanent damage to the lungs, brain, heart, and other organs, ultimately resulting in a reduced lifespan. If your employer will not pay attention, call OSHA (look up OSHA on Google) yourself and have them investigate. You could be saving your life and the lives of other workers.
And let's not forget about the dangers of second-hand smoke. If you a breathing second hand smoke, you are 60% more likely to develop coronary heart disease. It's now being considered the same as light smoking by many health professionals. If you don't smoke, you don't want to breathe this stuff if you can avoid it. Believe it or not, for each hour you are standing in a smoky bar or restaurant, that is equal to smoking 4 cigarettes. Wow. Didn't know you smoked? Well, you might be a light smoker if you spend a lot of time in smoky environments!
In conclusion, the issue of air quality and pollution indoors, in most cases, can be eliminated with the right kind of air purification equipment. There are air purifiers and cleaners for just about every application now--even some, such as Aller Air, that have custom-blended carbon filters that will remove specific chemicals, if needed. Here are a few air purifiers and air test kits that we highly recommend for home, office, and even industrial applications:
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