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Creating a Healthier Environment to Work In

There are numerous benefits that come from having an indoor air purifier in your home: the air quality is higher, you breathe easier, you feel healthier etc. However, an air purifier can be just as beneficial, if not more so, for a working environment. What does an air purifier do? It traps harmful particles that are in the air and you are at risk of inhaling them. In an average household, this usually refers to dust, pollen, molds and dander from animals. However, in an office environment this can include many other pollutants and irritants that can come from various chemicals and other substances that can be found around the workplace. It really depends on the line of work you are in but some people are definitely more at risk than others. What an Air Purifier Can Do Obviously, any Read more [...]

Charcoal Air Purifier, Charcoal Filter, Chemical Air Purifier

The Truth about Charcoal Air Purifiers A charcoal air purifier or charcoal filter, also commonly known as an activated carbon air filter, works by absorbing the gases and odors in the air. However, the cost and size of a charcoal purifier filter varies considerably. Charcoal that is marketed as activated carbon has been treated with oxygen to open up millions of pores in between the carbon atoms. This works so well because the millions of tiny cells that are in the charcoal in addition to being very porous also attract and capture odors and gases. A carbon air filter is also often used in military gas masks and water purifiers. This is because it is capable of absorbing toxic gases in air as well as chlorine and other chemicals in water. When the available cells are full of absorbed Read more [...]

Best Air Purifier for Kitchen, Best Whole House, Medical Grade, Large Room, Office, Basement and Bedroom

Choosing the Right Air Purifier for Your Application Anyone who has searched the Internet for health-related websites or watched health shows on television in recent years has most likely heard about the growing concerns for air pollution and the effects it can have on your health and well-being. Long ago, the only people paying attention to air quality were people suffering from some type of chronic respiratory illness, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or asthma. Now days, it is becoming more apparent that dirty air has a negative effect on the overall health of all people, even those who do not have to deal with such illnesses. Sure, the air outside is a major concern, but indoor air quality is a somewhat more pressing issue. You may be asking yourself, "What air purifier Read more [...]

VOCs and Indoor Air Quality

VOCs are volatile organic compounds. This simply means they are chemicals that will evaporate into the air at room temperature. Depending on the concentration, their presence may be noticeable, as when you smell gasoline, or they may be scentless or at a low enough concentration to escape notice. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),  In the factory, several commercial, custom air cleaner solutions exist. Manufacturers are required to remove toxic substances with a fume extractor or air extractor to prevent or minimize release into the environment. This doesn’t help with volatile chemicals that may be trapped in the product when it is sold to the public. What is outgassing? The classic example of outgassing is what we call the “new car smell.” Although clever auto Read more [...]

Air Purifiers Remove Office Chemicals

We tend to think of the office environment as neat, tidy and clean. With regular janitorial services, to the eye it certainly appears so. However, there are often undetected chemicals in the office environment, but that do have health effects. In fact, it is enough of a concern for the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (a department of the CDC) to devote an entire section of their website to the problem. And, unfortunately, it isn’t enough for building management to use air duct cleaning or normal air filter systems to fix all the problems. Air filter systems installed as part of the air handling equipment for a building will help reduce dust accumulation, as will regular air duct cleaning. What these procedures will not do is remove most chemical contaminants from the Read more [...]

Industrial Fumes

In the US, the agency responsible for worker health and safety is OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. They set levels for worker exposure to fumes and the safety equipment needed. Once these fumes escape the facility, they become the responsibility of the Environmental Protection Agency. An air purifier system may be mandated, depending on the regulations in place. Commonly, the EPA will require a fume extractor to keep volatile chemicals out of the environment. Industrial fumes are those products of manufacturing which make it into the air, either inside the plant or outside. Some are generated by the manufacturing process itself, while others are a consequence of using highly concentrated chemicals during production. In industrial applications, chemicals are often Read more [...]

New Home Chemicals

In 2001, a phenomenon hit the news that had been largely hidden until that time. Drywall, imported from China and used in new home construction, was releasing sulfur compounds into the air. The toxic gasses – carbon disulfide, hydrogen sulfide and carbonyl sulfide – were generated by the drywall itself. The high sulfur content of the gypsum was reacting with moist air and releasing these chemicals. The Consumer Product Safety Commission got involved, and finally, in early 2012, a settlement has been reached. However, this example was just the visible tip of a huge iceberg, a gourmet menu of problems with new home construction and the materials used. And homeowners were under the mistaken impression that a high quality furnace air filter would help – it doesn’t. Only a carbon air Read more [...]

Asbestos

Asbestos is a mineral that occurs naturally. It is composed of silicon in glass-like threads. The properties that make it dangerous are also the properties that made it useful in construction and manufacturing. Primarily, asbestos fibers are inert. They will not naturally degrade from chemicals, sunlight or even high heat. This is also why they are so dangerous when inhaled. Because the human body cannot break down the fibers, they can accumulate in the lungs, causing irritation and eventual damage. Asbestosis and mesothelioma are two of the serious consequences of chronic exposure to asbestos. Asbestosis is a progressive lung disease caused by the physical damage and scarring that the sharp fibers can cause. Mesothelioma is a type of cancerous tumor that is triggered by exposure to asbestos. Read more [...]

Multiple Chemical Sensitivities – MCS Air Purifiers/Air Cleaners

Multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) is often considered a fringe disease – a diagnosis that doesn’t have clear and compelling evidence in the medical community. The reason for this is the individual nature of the symptoms. Although MCS mimics symptoms of allergy, and is thought to share some of the same mechanisms, different people show different levels of sensitivity and quite often, it is impossible to narrow down a specific cause. Further, symptoms of MCS are not those of a classic allergy (although there may be some overlap): Runny nose, watery or stinging eyes Wheezing or breathlessness Nausea Fatigue, poor memory, inability to focus/concentrate Headache, migraine, dizziness Only the first of these are symptoms of allergy. Many physicians will approach MCS in the Read more [...]