What you Didn’t Know about Indoor Air! Are you Protecting Your Family?
We think of air pollution as being outdoors, but according to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the air in your home or office could be five times more polluted than the air outside. This is alarming because most of us spend up to 90% of our time inside, either at home or in the office.
Contaminated indoor air usually causes a little discomfort and most people feel better once the source of the problem is removed. However, some contaminants are extremely difficult to remove and if left to build-up, may lead to serious illness over time. In-home air testing by the EPA discovered that nearly every home in the US (96%) has a problem with indoor air quality. 86% of homes have high levels of particles like dust, pollen and viruses, while 71% are filled with odours and potentially harmful chemicals and gases.
Could there be a link between this shocking air quality and the equally sobering statistic that women who work at home have a 54% higher death rate from cancer than those who work outside?
There are so many possible sources of indoor air-pollutants that it’s easy to be a little overwhelmed. However, there are some big ones that can have particularly nasty long-term effects. Radon, a radioactive gas that comes from soil underneath homes all over the world, is believed to cause more deaths than drunk drivers.
Formaldehyde gets into the air from the glue in carpets, upholstery, particle board and plywood panelling. Household cleaning agents, personal care products, pesticides, paints and solvents are sources of hundreds of harmful chemicals. These may contribute to dizziness, nausea, allergic reactions, eye, skin and respiratory-tract irritations and even cancer.
You breathe around 14,400 litres of air daily and since it turns out that most of it is inside air, I cannot more strongly encourage you to get serious about breathing healthy air. Good ventilation and regular airing of your home is part of the solution but it is not enough. I recommend AirPure 2 available exclusively from QNET.
The AirPure Air Purifier offers four stages of filtration including a washable HPP™ Filter System (High Potential Particle Filter) which efficiently purifies the air and removes air contaminants like viruses, bacteria, fine dust, pollen, dust mite excretion, mould and fungi. The AirPure is also the only air purifier in the market with an Amezcua Air Filter that energises the air it purifies to increase the harmony and energy levels of your body.
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SEE ALSO: AirPure 2 Haze Protection
Andrew Ong is a certified indoor environmental consultant and air purification specialist with an extensive background in aeronautical engineering. Andrew provides technical expertise to QNET’s product development team and has his own indoor air quality assurance business.
This article appears in AspIRe 17.