When most people think about air pollution, they envision places like Los Angeles, Mexico City or Beijing – large, densely populated megalopolises where smog seems to be a permanent part of the landscape. Those who live in suburban areas and more rural places tend to think that they don’t have to worry about air quality and largely disregard it. However, while smog in urban areas is definitely a major problem that the suburbs and most rural areas don’t have to contend with, virtually everyone has to think twice about the air they breathe due to an invisible menace: particle pollution.
What Is Particle Pollution?
Particle pollution is comprised of ultra-fine particles that are invisible to the naked eye; in fact, more than 50,000 of them could fit within the period at the end of the sentence that you’re reading. These particles are generated by many different things, but some of the most common ones include vehicle exhaust, smoke stacks and other industrial sources. Unfortunately, those aren’t the only ways that particle pollution is generated, though; it can also be caused by common household appliances, tobacco smoke, candles and even incense. Since particle pollution can be generated by so many seemingly innocuous things, it’s most likely lurking in your home right this minute.
Thanks to the many different means by which particle pollution is generated, it is an equal opportunity pollutant that is ready to invade the sensitive respiratory systems of allergy sufferers, asthmatics and those with chronic respiratory illnesses alike. They exist even in rural and suburban homes, and more can be generated at any given moment. Even if some of them are swept out during regular household cleaning, more are introduced by chemical cleaners and other products. In other words, particle pollution affects everybody – and it is a major problem.
How Particle Pollution Affects You
Even though most American cities are less polluted than they were ten years ago, levels of particle pollution have remained largely unaffected – and remain high enough to cause some troubling problems. Since particles are so incredibly small, they are easily inhaled and can make themselves at home right in your lungs. Even worse, they can work their way into your bloodstream, affecting your overall health. Not only can respiratory conditions be triggered or exacerbated, but your risk of heart disease, stroke and other serious cardiovascular problems rises as you breathe in these fine particulates.
Mitigating the Effects of Particle Pollution
Without a doubt, it is in everyone’s best interests to avoid particle pollution as much as possible. Beyond wearing a surgical style mask every waking moment of the day, though, what is there to do? Surprisingly, there are many small things that you can do to minimize your exposure to particle pollution and reduce the problems associated with it. Below, we highlight a few of them.
- Beware of Ozone Action Days – On certain hot, sunny days, levels of particle pollution – and pollution generally – can rise to very dangerous levels outdoors. Although the indoor air quality of your home may not be perfect, on days like these it is best to keep indoors as much as possible.
- Ban Smoking in Your Home – Tobacco smoke is a major cause of particle pollution, so ban it altogether inside your house. Better yet, don’t allow smoking within twenty feet of your house – there’s a reason why so many hospitals institute this rule.
- Walk, Don’t Ride – Whenever possible, hoof it. Studies have shown that riding in cars exposes us to more particle pollution than walking does. If you must drive, refrain from tailgating since most of the pollution we breathe while driving comes from the car ahead of us.
- Use a HEPA Air Purifier – Out of all of these suggestions, this one is the most effective. Purchasing and using a high quality HEPA air purifier can remove the vast majority of air pollutants from your home. By using such an air purifier, you can dramatically improve your home’s indoor air quality, making it a safe haven in the truest sense of the word.
At Clean Air Plus, we are concerned about the quality of the air that you breathe and strive to provide the finest products available to minimize your exposure to particle pollution. Our HEPA air purifiers are the best available today. On top of proven HEPA filter technology that helps provide allergy and asthma relief, our air purifiers include activated carbon filters that remove gases and other chemicals from the air you breathe.
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