Improving your health with cleaner indoor air
Cleaner indoor air means a healthier you.Typically, we think of air pollution as an outdoor problem, with smog, traffic, and industrial facilities. But did you know that the air you're breathing inside your house can be three to five times more polluted than the air outside? According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the air we breathe in our own homes can be "more seriously polluted than the air in even the largest and most industrialized cities."
There are several things that contribute to dirty indoor air: gases, wood, building materials, carpet, cigarette smoke, dust mites, mold and pet dander. These can build up in your home to cause potential health problems such as asthma, allergies and bronchitis. Your immune system can become depressed, making it more difficult for you to fight off colds and infections.
To create a cleaner indoor air environment in your home or office, the EPA recommends air purifiers as one way to reduce pollutants. To prevent consumer confusion, read about these effective air purifiers.
HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Filters
HEPA filters were first developed in 1941 as a governmental top-secret device to remove radioactive particulates from the air. Approved for general use now, they can be powerful tools for removing and trapping dust, pollen, bacteria, pet dander, cigarette smoke, viruses, mold and bacteria from the air.
One Danish study found that after only two days of using HEPA filters in their homes, the participants showed an 8 percent improvement in their vascular function. Because these filters capture and lock in contaminants, they create cleaner indoor air in your home or workspace. There are even HEPA filters being made for automobiles.
These filters are good for removing airborne pollutants, gases and odors from a room. The activated carbon within the porous filter material traps both irritants and odors, making these ideal for rooms that need a little more odor-control, such as the kitchen, nursery or anywhere your pets hang out. Charcoal filters can be customized to fit the size you need and are lightweight.
Ionic Air Purifiers
Usually very quiet, these filters attract pollutants in the air with an electrostatic field. This is said to trap pet dander, cigarette smoke, mold and mildew. Some people like these because there's no filter to replace and these machines can be operated 24 hours a day without the noise that other types of filters produce. They are said to be energy-efficient as well.
UV Air Sanitizers
The latest in air filter technology, these filters render micro-organisms sterile and harmless in the air. Pollutants circulating through the air pass through the filter and get bathed with UV light. This destroys up to 99.9 percent of potentially harmful irritants, including bacteria, viruses and dust mites. The two primary benefits to using these filters are that they sanitize the air and prevent mold from growing.
Regardless of the type of purifier, they all help in increasing our indoor air quality. Air purifiers not only help you keep cleaner indoor air in your home - they also aid in keeping you healthier. We spend 90 percent of our time indoors; every day, we take 20,000 breaths and breathe in approximately 35 lbs of air. Using air purifiers is a good way to make sure our breaths are as clean as possible.