Air Care for Lung Health: A Buyer’s Guide to Air Purifiers

Shopping for a quality air purifier can be an overwhelming experience. Questions that you will want to consider are: What type of filtration do I need? How large of an area do I need to purify? Do I have a ‘sick’ building that needs microbial purification? Hopefully this guide will help you choose the best air purification system for your specific needs. 1.       Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) There are a number of VOCs that can be detected in a normal household environment. Cleaning agents, varnish, adhesives, paint, disinfectants and items like new furniture, flooring or carpeting all emit odors that can be very irritating or even toxic. Smoke from fires, cooking or tobacco is also a common airborne contamination. Optimal systems for this type of contaminant include Read more [...]

COPD Air Purifiers

Breathing Easy: Air Purifiers Can Help COPD Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD is a result of the bronchial air passages narrowing over time due to other chronic pulmonary conditions such as bronchitis or emphysema. The most common cause of COPD is toxic gases or fumes that create inflammatory responses in the lung tissue. The biggest culprit of lung inflammatory responses is exposure to tobacco smoke, either first or second hand. COPD is one of the leading causes of death: third in the US and fifth worldwide. A person with COPD will find themselves short of breath. In fact shortness of breath or dyspnea is one of the most common symptoms. At first, a COPD patient will be short of breath during rigorous exercise, then over time, during light exertion, then as time passes and Read more [...]

Is My Air Purifier the Cause or Cure of My Headaches?

Headaches have many different causes, but one of the main causes can be traced to airborne allergens in the environment. The major type of allergy headache from airborne allergies is the sinus headache. Headache, Headache, Go Away The paranasal sinuses are paired open cavities in the skull that surround the nose and eyes. Everyone has four pairs of sinuses: one pair below the eyes and next to the nose (sinus maxillaris), one pair above the eyes (sinus frontalis) and two pairs between the eyes (sinus sphenoidalis and cellulae ethmoidales). When the membrane in the sinus cavity is inflamed, sinusitis and headaches result. The membranes in sinuses are similar to those in the mouth, throat, eyes and nose. If a person is allergic to an airborne particulate substance such as pollen, mold Read more [...]

Air Purifiers as Cleanup Tools after Indoor Contamination from Wildfires

If you live in a wildfire prone area of the country, you are likely aware that the pollution resulting from wildfires has a way of infiltrating everything, including your home and workplace environments. What Is in the Smoke from a Wildfire? The smoke released into the air contains carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, water vapor, hydrocarbons, organics, nitrogen oxides and other minerals. Depending on what is burning, the particulate matter released can be highly toxic because of volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) released into the air (e.g. formaldehyde, acrolein, benzene, etc.), because of the density of the particulates, or both. The size of the particles matters when it comes to how it will affect your lungs. If the particles are greater than 10 microns, they can irritate sensitive membranes Read more [...]

Best Air Purifiers for Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS)

Do you ever walk into a room only to be hit with a wall of odor from someone who decided to bathe in perfume? Or how about walking into a smoker’s house? Most people are sensitive to some type of airborne chemical, but people who suffer from Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) are extra sensitive to a large number of chemicals in very small quantities. MCS - A Frustrating Condition MCS is not recognized as a true medical condition. Further, there are people who will say that MCS is a psychosomatic response. But those who suffer from MCS *really* suffer. Some of the symptoms of MCS include nausea, headache, scratchy throat, itching eyes, runny nose, sleepiness, dizziness, abdominal cramping, joints aching, ear aches, confusion, etc. Some substances that often cause MCS are tobacco smoke, Read more [...]

Air Purifier Technology

Personal air purifiers and respirators first appeared in the 1700s and 1800s during the Industrial Revolution when various inventors decided that engineers, sailors and workers could be protected by placing different materials over their faces. Leonardo da Vinci created a rudimentary respirator with a water-soaked woven cloth. The first respirator that purified air was invented by Lewis Haslett in the mid-1800s. The Haslett Lung Protector was comprised of moist fibers in a face protector that had a one way valve to trap particulates in the air. Industrial workers began wearing a cup-shaped mask created by Hutson Hurd in the late 1800’s. In the 1940’s the first free standing HEPA filtration units were developed by the U.S. Army Chemical Corps and the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission. Read more [...]

Breathing cleaner air by removing airborne dangers

We like to believe that our homes are the safest place to be, but we are mostly unaware of the airborne dangers that can exist in the air we breathe, airborne dangers that can be deadly if they are not dealt with. However, with the installation and use of an air purifier, we can breathe easier. What are some of these airborne dangers that can be found in the air? There are three main kinds of substances that are found in these breathing space within our home. These are: radon carbon monoxide second-hand cigarette smoke Save for cigarette smoke, we are unable to smell radon or carbon monoxide and we cannot feel the effects of these substances until it is too late. What is radon and what effect does it have on us? Radon is a radioactive gas that is produced naturally from Read more [...]

Air purifiers are the best at keep the environment within our homes clean

We are always being warned about smog and outdoor air pollution that can affect our lungs and breathing, but on very few occasions are we told about the state of the air within our own homes and the damage it can cause. Making sure that your building is well-ventilated and eliminating pollutants can improve the quality of your indoor air, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Air purifiers clean the air of such pollutants, making the air safer for us to breathe. What causes the air pollution within our homes? There are several things we would  consider as polluting our air, given how often we use some products and what routines we perform in our day-to-day lives. These include: The use of fireplaces: the burning of wet and moldy logs, softwoods like pine, clogged chimneys Read more [...]

Clean air leads to better health – keep air purified.

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, poor air quality, indoors and outdoors, can cause and exacerbate asthma, as well as other breathing problems. Unfortunately, it is difficult for any of us to escape the poor quality of the air we breathe, given the fact that we keep the windows mostly closed throughout the year, resulting in the inhalation of recycled air. Given the closed environment, indoor air is much more likely to be polluted than outdoor air, so it is important that we keep air purified. What is in our air that can affect our health? There are particles of a variety of different substances that we can inhale every day. These can come from: Books: dust mites like to hide in and feed on the pages. Plants: not only can there be pollen in the air Read more [...]

Furnace filters cannot live up to the performance of air purifiers

Clean air is important to a lot of people, but sometimes it is difficult to decide what is best for the home. Choices are usually down to the use of a furnace filter or an air purifier. How does a furnace filter work? A furnace filter is fitted between the area where the furnace takes in the air and the other moving parts of the furnace unit, such as the motor and the fan. Its original purpose was to keep the inside of the furnace unit free of any dust and other particles that could damage the inside of the unit. This had the added benefit of removing such allergens from the air we breathe. However, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, "such filters are not designed to improve indoor air quality" due to its fixed position, usually in the basement, and the air Read more [...]