In this day and age, pollution is everywhere. It’s almost impossible to escape contaminants in the air that can be harmful to your health. In order to try and mitigate the negative effects of poor air quality and pollution, many people use air purifiers. However, not all air purifiers are created equal, and some simply don’t live up to their advertised claims. Here, we will talk about some of the negative effects of poor air quality common in many homes and offices, and the safest way to reduce their effects.
The Negative Effects of Poor Air Quality
Indoor Air Pollution
People are often unaware of the chronic or even life-threatening health conditions can result from breathing unpurified air each day, even in their own homes. In some private residences, dangerous chemicals and particularly the manner in which they’re stored can be responsible for many of these unpleasant symptoms. Commercial household cleaners often stored under your sinks are among the most common sources of pollutants in homes. With the safety cap designed to prevent ingestion versus creating an air tight seal against fumes, that grossly misunderstood level of safety means people often fail to realize air they are breathing from household cleaners continually evaporating into their homes can actually be the source of what’s believed to be a common illness. In fact, household pollutants can cause a variety of symptoms, including:
- Lung congestion
- Severe headaches and migraines
- Watery eyes
- Constant sneezing
Because of how they present, the symptoms of poor indoor air quality are often mistaken for a cold or the flu. In fact, if you notice your symptoms improve when you’re in a different environment, this can confirm that the air quality within your home may be a problem. In order to minimize symptoms caused by indoor pollution, individuals should find a way to reduce pollutants through safer storage and the use of high-quality air purifiers with particulate and VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) filters.
Chemical fumes from plastics, heater fuels, and synthetic fabrics cause odors that people are accustomed to smelling but are unaware of the chronic health problems they might cause. One such example in our lives would be that “New Car Smell”, which is actually VOCs emitted by the plastics and coatings as that off-gassing process fills the cabin of the vehicle. Illnesses as serious as cancer can be caused by exposure to contaminated or unpurified air within enclosed environments. For people with pre-existing conditions or those who might be allergic to a particular chemical fume, serious symptoms can manifest, among them being:
- Hearing loss
- Muscle pain
- Breathing problems
- A rapid heartbeat
- High fever
- Skin rashes or itching
- Swollen, watering eyes
Particulate Matter and Wildfire Smoke
Plenty of harmful components make up particulate matter as a byproduct of smoke and wildfires. From soot and metals, to rubber, nitrates, sulfates, particles and fumes can either be directly released, such as when smoke is created by a fire, or can be formed in the atmosphere and travel great distances following the reaction of gases, such as nitrogen oxides.
Particle size directly impacts the ability of this matter to cause health problems. The smallest of these particles can bypass the body’s natural defenses as they enter the lungs which in turn directly feed into the bloodstream. As a result, both your lungs and heart can be affected by exposure to these particles, leaving your kidneys and liver to work overtime to process these impurities out where they can. Experiencing particulate pollution on a long-term basis can result in significant health problems, including:
- Respiratory symptoms might include coughing or lung problems.
- Difficulty breathing
- Aggravated asthma
- Chronic respiratory diseases in children
- An irregular heartbeat
- Heart attacks or worsening heart problems
- In some cases, premature death can occur, particularly in those with preexisting lung or heart conditions.
What Filtering Systems Are the Safest to Use?
Health problems caused by poor air quality can be debilitating in more ways than one. An individual who experiences severe health problems may find it difficult to work, attend school, and look after their families on a long-term basis. However, when high-quality air filters are regularly used, you can help reduce the effects of indoor air impurities by removing them from the indoor environment.
With this in mind, Filtr Revolution features a high-quality, HEPA filter that gets rid of even small particulate matter, such as that from wildfire smoke, with the Filtr Revolution’s on-board Carbon Filter helping to reduce indoor VOCs. Furthermore, Filtr Revolution’s internal bi-polar ionizer is designed to gather lighter particles into clusters, making them heavy enough to fall out of breathing range, or allow them to be caught as they pass through the filter for a second time, all while producing zero ozone in the process. Currently operating under the FDA Emergency Use Guidelines for Air Purification, the Filtr Revolution is one of the safest, most effective air purifiers on the market, making it the perfect addition for your home, office, or as an important addition to any indoor environment you want to safeguard against poor indoor air quality, regardless of the source.