The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) now lists indoor air pollution among the top five environmental health risks that the U.S population currently faces, and warns that your indoor air is, on average, 2 to 5x more polluted than outdoor air. Since you and your family spend up to 90% of your time indoors, removing particles like dust, chemical and and mold particles with an air purifier can relieve your body of a major stress.
When airborne particles are inhaled, they can damage your lungs and cardiovascular system—the extent and severity of damage is directly related to particle size, as well as length and degree of exposure. Anyone with asthma knows that the outdoor air quality can have a big impact on breathing. But even if you don’t have asthma, you’re probably familiar with allergies, sleep apnea, lung disease or other health concerns related to air quality. Air pollution is particularly dangerous for children, people with asthma and other lung diseases, people over 65, people working or exercising outdoors, anyone who has diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, or who has suffered a heart attack or stroke.
Indoor air commonly contains microscopic particles made of:
- chemical fumes
- skin flakes
- roach excrement
- animal dander
Exposure to poor air quality can lead to:
- Asthma attacks
- Lung Disease
How to Protect Yourself
Airborne particles vary in size. Depending on which of these particles are causing aggravation, there is a home air purifier that performs to remove these particles from the air. Air purifier filters with the HEPA classification capture 99.97% of particles that are 0.3 microns and will target most of the contaminants shown in the shaded region below. For contaminants outside the shaded region, including smoke, smog, chemicals, and viruses, specialty air purifiers or filters are designed with specific technology to target those concerns.