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Removing Chemical Pollutants from Indoor Air

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Chemicals in the air make us sick. What most of us want to believe is that those harmful chemicals only exist in the air outside our doors. The terrifying and life-threatening truth is that the air inside our homes is actually much more dangerous. The reason is that indoor areas have less ventilation. Air pollution is able to collect which can drive up concentration levels far beyond what they would be outdoors.

Another issue is that there are many indoor pollution sources. We’d like to believe that all of the pollution originates somewhere beyond our home. However, according to the EPA a primary cause of chemical pollutants in the home are store bought products. These products include cleaning agents, disinfectants, air fresheners and even furniture and the paint on our walls, both of which can emit chemical pollutants such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) over time. 

The Dangers of Poor Indoor Air Quality

Poor indoor air quality is not just a long-term problem. Symptoms can occur immediately. Many people suffer from ongoing symptoms without ever associating them with the air quality in the home. Symptoms that happen due to chemical pollutants include fatigue, headaches, dizziness, and irritation of the eye, nose and throat. Long-term effects include asthma, sleep apnea, bronchitis, pneumonia, other respiratory infections, and even numerous chemical sensitivities.

Simple Steps to Clean Indoor Air

The good news is that this hidden danger is not something that you simply have to accept. There are steps that you can take to eradicate chemical pollutants in the home and ensure optimal indoor air quality. Here are the 12 simply yet crucial steps that you should follow:

  1. Use an air purifier with HEPA technology and also has an activated carbon component from a leading manufacturer. The use of a HEPA filter along with a specially formulated activated carbon filter is a proven two-pronged approach to ensure optimal air quality.

  2. Use a HEPA vacuum cleaner. HEPA vacuums do a much better job of cleaning carpets than conventional vacuums do. They also get to non-airborne pollutants that the air purifier cannot.

  3. Use only high-quality green cleaning products. Read labels carefully. Challenge all marketing claims. Cleaners should remove soils and residues without adding further contamination to the home.

  4. Remove sources of chemical pollutants. Toxic chemicals that cause problems are chlorines, pesticides, petrochemicals and solvents. Note that chlorine is the leading cause of chemical poisoning. If you must dispose of any of these materials, do so safely via local waste management.

  5. Avoid using air fresheners. A home that is properly ventilated and filtered won’t need to rely on them anyhow. In a properly filtered home, you can open the windows during warm periods. If you need to use a deodorizer, opt for the enzyme-based variety.

  6. Dust is quite dangerous since chemical pollutants can bind to it. Dust frequently. Dust with a damp cloth rather than just dry dust. Always vacuum immediately after dusting. If you want to use a cleaner, use an enzyme-based cleaner that deodorizes and decontaminates.

  7. Avoid aerosol sprays altogether. Each spray can release many volatile hydrocarbons and other harmful VOCs into the home. There are numerous alternatives to aerosols on the market, and most popular consumer products provide you with a healthier, greener option.

  8. Avoid surfaces prone to collecting dust, such as carpets, rugs, curtains, and throw pillows. Avoid areas with a lot of surface area, such as artificial flowers, knickknacks on shelves, and open toy collections. Hardwood floors are a better option than carpets and rugs, and hard blinds are a better option than curtains and drapes.

  9. Avoid using ammonia, which is found in many household products. It contains numerous chemical pollutants, which can irritate mucus membranes, lungs, eyes and throat. Ammonia also adds nitrogen to the environment, which can disrupt an otherwise harmonious ecosystem.

  10. Avoid dry-cleaning. Or allow the dry-cleaned clothes to hang outdoors, outside of the plastic bag, for at least 15 minutes. The chemicals used during the process are highly toxic and residual.

  11. Although a home that is clean, ventilated and filtered does not need artificial air fresheners, it can benefit from natural freshening. Houseplants absorb carbon dioxide and renew the air with oxygen. Just be careful to avoid overwatering, which can promote mold growth.

  12. A great deal of the chemical pollution in our homes is tracked into it on the bottom of shoes. Leave your shoes at the door. Also, have a floor mat at the inside and outside of every entrance. Clean the floor mats on a weekly basis, and replace them entirely every six months or so.

HEPA plus Activated Carbon: A Winning Combination

When it comes to air purification, there are many options on the market. The problem with most is that they are an incomplete solution or a cost-ineffective option. Some solutions like the ionic air cleaners even emit contaminants which undermine the reason for using them in the first place. The best solution is an air purifier that has a HEPA filter and an activated carbon filter. The HEPA filter removes 99.97% of all airborne particles at 0.3 microns in size and larger. Including, dust, dust mites, pollen, pet dander, mold spores, airborne allergens and particle pollutionThe activated carbon filter removes harmful gases, chemicals and even odors.

Join many health-minded individuals, particularly parents, who have purchased a HEPA air purifier to safeguard their family's health. 

 

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