Health Benefits of Air Purifiers

When we hear the word “pollution” we think of car exhaust, smog, maybe greenhouse gasses. Things we encounter outside. It’s not a well-known fact that the air inside our homes can be up to 5 times more polluted than the air we breathe outside. Most buildings are poorly ventilated, allowing a higher concentration of pollutants to settle onto surfaces in your home. Considering most of us spend approximately 90 percent of our time indoors each day, this statistic is less than comfortable. From eradicating asthma triggers and allergies, to preventing gas poisoning, there are many benefits to air purifiers.

 

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Prevent Asthma attacks

 

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Most asthma triggers are found inside the home. Dirt, dust, toxic particles from household cleaners, carbon monoxide, perfumes, mold spores, air fresheners, the list is endless for asthma triggers. While they may not always trigger an attack, inhaling these particles can cause other asthma symptoms like wheezing. Air purifiers equipped with HEPA filters are effective at removing these allergens from the air, reducing your risk of inflammation, asthma attacks and related symptoms.
 
Avoid Radon Poisoning

According to the EPA, there are as many as 21,000 deaths per year from lung cancer due to radon exposure. Radon is an odorless, colorless gas typically found in both residential and commercial buildings. It can be released into the air indoors through cracks in plaster, floors, brickwork, or exposed pipes. Exposure to Radon is asymptomatic, but the results could be detrimental, especially for young children and a developing fetus.

There are a few recommendations for reducing indoor radon levels, including increasing ventilation, improving building or home maintenance, and air purification. Your best bet with air purification is a whole-home purification system, which connects to your existing HVAC system, and circulates purified air throughout your home. Regular purifiers only improve the quality of the air in whichever room they’re placed, meaning for optimal protection against radon particles and other contaminants, you’d need to purchase a unit for each room in the house. Whole-home systems offer protection in any room your HVAC is connected to.
 
Eliminate Carbon Dioxide And VOCs

VOCs are chemicals that are found in the home in the form of air fresheners, aerosol sprays, paints, and coatings for furniture. They can also be found in clothes you get back from the dry cleaner. Short-term effects of VOC exposure can include watery eyes, throat irritation and burning, and nausea, while long-term, more serious complications can be as bad as leukemia and lymphoma.

Everyone in your household exhales carbon dioxide all day, naturally, with each breath. When you’re in a confined space, with the windows closed, carbon dioxide will accumulate, disrupting the oxygen/carbon dioxide balance in the environment. The easiest solution to this, of course, is to open a window or two. However, depending on where you live, and the weather outside, this may not be practical all year long. A HEPA air filter reduces carbon dioxide in the air, along with the associated side effects.

An air purifier, especially a whole-home system, is a great tool in the fight against indoor contaminants. Creating good habits such as dusting and vacuuming frequently, keeping pets clean and grooming them outdoors will also help to improve your family’s air quality.

 

 
Do you have children (or you yourself) that suffer from allergies?
 

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