We have become increasingly aware of the need for pure drinking water. Our need for pure air is equally important. According to the EPA, our indoor air is 2-5 times more polluted than our outdoor air. Does poor indoor air quality create health challenges? You bet!
Here’s how: The alveolar membrane, which lines the lungs, has a surface area about the size of a tennis court. This mucosal membrane is responsible for bringing oxygen into the body. It can also bring unwanted particles (molds, pollen, dust mites and pet allergens) into the body and trigger an allergic response and asthma.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, our world is filled with VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) from thousands of man made materials including many beauty products, cleaning products, furniture polishes, office copiers, printers and plastics. Some VOCs have been linked to a host of problems including damage to the liver, kidneys, central nervous system and cancer. EPA’s “An Introduction to Indoor Air Quality.”
Additionally, newer homes frequently have indoor air quality issues. Modern construction materials, including adhesives, carpets, caulking, paints, particleboard, plywood and PVC (polyvinyl chloride) can slowly emit toxic chemicals into the air (off gassing.) To compound this problem, newer homes are built to be airtight. Thick insulation is placed in the walls. The windows and doors have strong seals. This prevents the movement of air between the outside and inside (air exchange.) The result is that we consume less fuel for heating and cooling (good) but we also have increased problems with our indoor air quality (not good.) In an airtight home, toxic chemicals and VOCs stay trapped inside and can contribute to MCS (multiple chemical sensitivities.)
An air purifier with an abundant, high quality carbon filter can help to remove toxic airborne chemicals and improve the air quality in your home. Everyone benefits.