The problem with airborne pollutants is that we don't know exactly what effect they may have in the long term. Like cigarettes, lead and arsenic, government regulators have been slow to recognize the wide-ranging effects of airborne chemicals. In fact, only a quarter of the 82,000 chemicals in use in the U.S. have ever been tested for their effects on humans. As a result, an air purifier is now just as important as healthy eating and clean water to healthier lifestyle.
The walls we use to shelter and protect us from the elements also trap airborne chemicals, gases, odor and particles. The EPA has found that our dwellings may contain air that is 2 to 5 times, even 100 times more polluted than outdoor air.
Preventing early chemical exposure is critical. Many researchers now believe that disease is an on-going process in the body that may take years to evolve from the earliest stage. Therefore a fetus or newborn exposed to a cancer-causing toxin early-on will have an increased chance of developing a disease later in life - simply because it will have more time to evolve.
Your child's developing body doesn't work like yours does. Their metabolisms are immature and can't always excrete chemicals as efficiently as an adult, consequentially, they are more vulnerable to the effects of air pollution. Many children also suffer from allergies and asthma which are aggravated and possibly triggered by airborne particles and chemicals.
Let's face it our bodies don't work quite as efficiently as they used to. Having a constant flow of clean air is just like eating a balanced diet - it helps to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle and promote longevity.
The irony is that many of the products we created to make our lives easier may be slowly eroding our health. Dry cleaning, plastics, flame retardants, non-stick surfaces, stain resistant fabrics, pesticides, chemical cleaning products, personal hygiene products, appliances and much more are all off-gassing chemicals and toxic dust into our homes. So keep your TV and couch and buy an air purifier.
Allergies are not only aggravated by airborne particles like dust, pollen and dander, but also by airborne chemicals from cleaning products, flooring and furniture. Only an air purifier with pounds of activated carbon and HEPA filtration can remove 99.97% of airborne particles and harmful airborne chemicals.
Because your respiratory system is already compromised, an air cleaner is a must-have tool in any treatment program. An air cleaner with a HEPA filter can trap 99.97% of all allergens, while a deep-bed carbon filter will remove airborne chemicals, gases and odors which may also aggravate or trigger an attack.
Heavy traffic and factory emissions generate dangerous fine particles which penetrate deep into the body. Research has shown that short-term exposure to elevated levels of this type of pollution is associated with a higher risk of death from heart problems. Prolonged exposure actually reduces overall life expectancy by 1.8 to 3.1 years.
Both forest fires and active volcanoes (like those in Hawaii), create serious air quality problems that involve not only fine particles, but chemicals, gases and odors as well. Only an air purifier with pounds of activated carbon and HEPA filtration can offer the serious protection required for these specific types of airborne pollutants.
Dust is not only an irritant, but is one of the main exposure roots for airborne chemicals. An air cleaner helps to prevent the accumulation of dust on surfaces and can also trap airborne mold spores, bacteria, viruses and even pet odors.
Even many of the cleanest homes have poor indoor air quality. That's because most of the materials and products found in our homes today off-gas small amounts of chemicals. These can't be dusted away or removed with an air freshener.
When the immune system is weakened by illness or certain medical treatments, it may not be able to rid the body of toxic pollutants as effectively. People with compromised immune systems are also at a greater risk for severe complications from infections and viruses.
AllerAir specializes in units for multiple chemical sensitivities and in many cases, our units offer relief where others have failed. We manufacture the most inert units available and are the only manufacturer to offer custom features like organic cotton pre-filers, burnt-in motor, and powder-coated carbon canisters. No other company is as committed to MCS relief!
Besides the penetrating odor that smoke leaves behind, cigarette smoke also contains more than 4,000 chemical compounds and at least 11 known human carcinogens. Only an air cleaner with many pounds of activated carbon can effectively trap these complex chemicals and odors.
An air cleaner will not only remove airborne pet hair, dander and odor but will also help protect your pets from indoor air pollution. Like children, our pets are naturally more susceptible to the effects of poor indoor air. They tend to spend more time indoors and are also closer to the floor where dust, toxins and airborne chemicals collect.
Unsightly water stains may not be the only consequence of household water damage. Chances are you also have mold. Many people are unaware that mold releases both particles and chemical mycotoxins into the air. Depending on the level of exposure, the health effects of mold can range from allergic reactions to serious illness.
Many of the materials and furnishings that go into a newly constructed home off-gas small amounts of chemicals into the air and will continue to do so for years. In the past homes were more porous and allowed for more natural ventilation. Newly constructed homes are air-tight allowing more air pollution to stay inside the home.
Renovations can be chaotic, and they can also introduce many pollutants into the air. Materials such as paint, new carpeting, flooring, wall-coverings, wood products, glues and varnishes all off-gas chemicals which may have serious short and long term health consequences.
Smoke and cooking odors are common complaints in apartment and condo complexes. While there may not be much you can do about your neighbors, an air cleaner can offer fresher cleaner air in your dwelling, protecting both you and your belongings from the effects of second hand smoke and odors.
In many urban areas, even the best living spaces are sometimes located over businesses. This often means sharing more than a building, but also air quality problems which may include odors, chemicals, gases and particles.
Attached garages are one of the leading contributors to poor indoor air quality. Pollution from cars, other fuel-burning engines, stored paints, solvents, fertilizers and pesticides can all seep into your living area from an attached garage exposing you and your family to potential carcinogens.
While the warmth and ambiance of a roaring fire can be appealing, wood smoke pollutants seriously compromise indoor air quality and can cause breathing difficulties and other health problems even at relatively low levels.