When it comes to air pollution, there's no place like home. Today's tighter houses keep the weather outside, but they also keep contaminants inside.
Since you and your family can spend up to 90% of their time indoors, it is prudent to try to improve the indoor air quality in your home removing particles like dust, chemicals, and mold with an air purifier even if contaminates are not noticeable. Research has shown that air filtration systems can be very effective source control in removing indoor air pollutants, improving air quality providing an overall heather home environment.
Deadly Radon gas is a invisible, odorless and tasteless radioactive gas prevalent in the North American Prairies, that occurs naturally when the uranium in soil and rock breaks down. When radon is released from the ground into the outdoor air, it is diluted and is not a concern. However, in enclosed spaces, like homes, it can sometimes accumulate with indoor air to high levels, which can be a risk to the health of you and your family.
A safe level of radon gas is no radon gas. The average person receives a higher dose of radiation from radon in their home than from all other combined radiation exposure source, natural or man-made.
Health effects may show up years later after a exposure or after prolonged repeated exposure to contaminates. Health effects may be as severe as heart disease, lung disease and cancer. Air pollutants can also cause immediate effects with some disease such as asthma that can be aggravated and worsened by air pollutants such as mold, smoke, pollen dust and pet odors. Understanding and controlling common pollutants indoors can help reduce the risk of respiratory health concerns. The American Lung Association has found that 87% of homeowners are not conscious of their indoor air pollutants.
Electronic Air Filtration systems can help relieve allergy symptoms.
One out of every 5 Americans are affected by allergies. Both the Environmental Protection Agency and the American Lung Association recommend a air filtration for people with allergies and asthma, but not as a solution by itself. Removing up to 99% of allergy causing irritants, air purifiers offer a safe, non-invasive remedy to allergies. It can often take as little as 48 hours to have a reduction in allergy causing agents alleviating allergy symptoms and improving your sleep.
Filtration for Chemicals and smoke
Wild fire smoke is a complex mixture of chemicals and particles (ash and soot) that can irritate your eyes and respiratory system, as well as cause long term health problems. In North America there is always a concern for wild fire smoke contaminating our indoor air as a greater number of wild fires do occur with each passing year.
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are chemicals in many common household products that evaporate easily at room temperature. There are thousands of different VOCs that may or may not produce an odor, but can have a negative effect on your health, especially in people with respiratory problems such as asthma. Biological indoor pollutants, including molds, bacteria, pollen, dust mites and animal dander promote unhealthy indoor air quality. Heating, cooling and ventilation systems that are not properly maintained can be a source of biological contaminants that are inhaled, leading to breathing problems.
The vast majority of candles today are scented with fragrant oils. Most mass-produced scented candles have a negative impact on indoor air even when unlit. These are fragrances created in a laboratory, there is little that is ‘natural’ about them as they give off toxic chemicals.
Electronic air duct cleaners
Electronic air cleaners sometimes referred to as ionizers or electronic air purifiers, use electrically charged filters to reduce the number of airborne contaminants in your home. Electronic air cleaners can be highly effective in removing contaminants from your homes air, which can help relieve symptoms of allergies, asthma and other respiratory illnesses.
As air passes through your heating and cooling system, the electronic air cleaner puts an electrical charge on particles trapping large particles (such as dust and dander) in a prefilter. Then, electrically charged filters attract and trap smaller particles (such as bacteria and mold) to prevent them from recalculating through your home. Electronic filters work especially well on smoke particles too small to be trapped in media filters.
Electronic air cleaners offer many benefits, including easy maintenance. Since the filters are reusable, they can simply be removed and washed with soapy water every few months. There’s no need to stock extra filters or make a special trip to the store for replacement filters.
Electronic air duct filters requires a 120-volt electrical outlet, and cost $600 to $1,000 installed depending on your air ducts construction. A small prices to pay to get rid of air-born contaminants to benefit our long term health.