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Good Reasons to Clean Your Indoor Air

Posted on April 3, 2018 by Matt Tomasino There have been 0 comments

It is no surprise that when you walk out of your home you are exposed to a host of pollutants that become a daily health onslaught. Car exhaust, factory waste and organic compounds are some of many pollutants that all play a role in tainting what was once a pretty pristine atmosphere.

Keeping your immune system in high gear is essential for protecting yourself against these outdoor toxins, yet your indoor air may also be alarmingly full of toxins. When you are indoors, at your office or home, you can increase your chances of avoiding these dangers with an indoor air purifier.

Indoor air purifiers are an excellent way to walk in from a toxic atmosphere and give your lungs a much needed break. It is also highly beneficial for you or other indoor occupants that may be more sensitive/vulnerable to tainted indoor air quality such as:

  • Allergy sufferers
  • Children
  • The elderly
  • Pets
  • Those with compromised immune systems

These good reasons to clean your indoor air should help you decide on the right air purifier for your indoor living and working space.

Outside In

The statistics of exterior air quality are sobering. Harvard University TH Chan School of Public Health recently reported that,

“A new study of 60 million Americans—about 97% of people age 65 and older in the United States—shows that long-term exposure to airborne fine particulate matter and ozone increases the risk of premature death, even when that exposure is at levels below the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) currently established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.”

The report continues to show the benefit of reducing exterior air pollution stating that,

“The results showed that if the level of PM2.5 could be lowered by just 1 microgram per cubic meter (ug/m3) nationwide, about 12,000 lives could be saved every year. Similarly, if the level of ozone could be lowered by just 1 part per billion (ppb) nationwide, about 1,900 lives would be saved each year.”

Although these statistics show outside air quality threats, it is believed that by keeping indoor air quality at highly sanitized levels outdoor toxins could be minimized. This is shown when you come from the outside in and how you inevitably carry many of pollutants on your clothes, hair and skin. If you live or work with others, a cross contamination can occur with others carrying toxins indoors.

Using an air purifier, these toxins dragged in from outdoors are more apt to be minimized on yourself as well as your furniture, curtains, rugs, etc.

A study published in Lung India 2015 concluded that,

“Indoor pollutants can vary in their potential health effects and intensity, [and] can cause health effects ranging from sneezing and coughing to exacerbation of chronic respiratory disorders such as asthma and outcomes such as cardiovascular disease and even cancer. Studies appear to suggest, that reduction in particulate matter and allergens results in reducing symptoms. Reduction in particulate matter and allergens is achieved successfully through efficient air filters. The British Guideline on Asthma Management from the British Thoracic Society recommends use of air filters for removal of pet and other allergens.”

Female Reproduction

Many symptoms of poor air quality (both indoors and outdoors) are now being reported in various studies on environmental pollutant influences.

Boston University School of Medicine recently reported (1/25/18) that air pollution is linked to irregular menstrual cycles stating,

“Well documented negative health effects from air pollution exposure include infertility, metabolic syndrome and polycystic ovary syndrome. This study is the first to show that exposure to air pollution among teen girls (ages 14-18) is associated with slightly increased chances of menstrual irregularity and longer time to achieve such regularity in high school and early adulthood.”

Respiratory Disease

A variety of respiratory diseases can be cited as benefitting from cleaning your indoor air. This includes something as serious as respiratory allergic disease, asthma or even COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) to more indoor breathing risks such as pet dander or excessive dust.

A study by researchers at the Department of Pediatrics, University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, KY titled, ‘Effectiveness of Air Filters and Air Cleaners in Allergic Respiratory Diseases: A Review of the Recent Literature’ published in Current AllergyReports 10/11 stated,

“Air filtration is frequently recommended as a component of environmental control measures for patients with allergic respiratory disease. Residential air filtration can be provided by whole house filtration via the home’s heating, ventilation, or air conditioning system, by portable room air cleaners, or a combination of the two.”

 

There are many reasons to clean your indoor air. Nowadays, unless you live in a natural setting far from modern human intervention, installing an air purifier could very well have you experience a significant benefit to your health.


This post was posted in Blog and Green Library, Eco Home Improvement, Fighting Allergies, Health and Safety, The Air We Breathe and was tagged with air purifiers, air quality, HEALTH SENSITIVE, NON-TOXIC

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