Based on the EPA’s recommended tips: How to improve your air
Indoor spaces can be up to 100 times more polluted than outdoor spaces thanks to harmful particles, contaminants and bacteria that are invading it at rising levels. On top of aggravating allergies and disturbing sleep patterns, indoor air pollution has been linked to lung cancer, asthma, cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s disease. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends eliminating the source of the pollution when possible and running a high-quality portable air cleaner that can trap everything else, making your indoor space a significantly healthier place to be.
1. Eliminate the source
The simplest pollutants to eliminate come from common household products like dry-cleaned clothing, glue, disinfectants, printers, and cosmetics. These products contain harmful chemicals called VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), which can cause symptoms such as fatigue, dizziness, allergic reaction and headaches, as well as damage to the liver and central nervous system. Choosing zero-VOC products will help reduce your exposure.
2. Ventilate your space
Opening up your windows reduces VOC levels in your home – allowing fresh air to flow in and contaminated air to flow out. The downsides are a loss in heating/cooling efficiency and the introduction of harmful airborne particles (e.g. dust, dander, mold spores, bacteria and viruses). These particles can enter our lungs and be absorbed into the bloodstream. So, ventilation alone won’t do the trick!
3. Purify your air
Airborne particles range in size from the largest (1000 microns) all the way down to the microscopic particles (0.01 microns). We cannot see particles smaller than 50 microns, such as fine pollen, mold spores, germs, dust mites, pet dander and viruses. Absorbing these particles into our bloodstream can lead to chronic lung diseases and heart problems. This is where a powerful air cleaner can make all the difference, capturing all particles down to 0.007 microns – 40 times more efficient than HEPA regulations.