Why Do You Need An Air Purifier?
Why do you need an air purifier? According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air pollution is listed as one of the top 5 health concerns for all of North America and Canada. As many people spend 90% or more of their time indoors, they encounter a variety of pollutants. Addressing these concerns is very important. With 750,000 new asthma cases each year the challenges with air quality are getting worse, not better. Also, as homes are built tighter to retain the energy required to more efficiently heat and cool them, we are holding these pollutants inside the home.
Types of Indoor Air Pollution
Level 5 – Radon and Carbon Monoxide (odorless and colorless) Level 4 – Microbial Growth, micro-organisms, mold and fungusLevel 3 – Allergens and Particulates, dust, pet dander, pollen, smokeLevel 2 – Infections, illness, flu, virus, bacteria, germsLevel 1 – Toxic Compounds, building materials, furniture, carpet, paint Visit YouTube “5 Danger Levels of Indoor Air Quality”
10 Facts About Air Pollution and Air Quality
Sources: US Environmental Protection Agency, DoSomething.org and "11 Facts About Air Pollution"
- The average American breathes 3,400 gallons of air each day, making ambient air pollution a major environmental issue.
- Indoor air quality is one of the EPA’s top five environmental risks to public health.
- Eighty-seven percent of American homeowners are not aware that pollution may be worse inside their homes than outdoors.
- Common indoor air pollutants include dust mites, pollen, mold radon, carbon monoxide, and other chemical forms.
- Indoor air pollution is two to five times greater than air outdoors (sometimes 100 times greater).
- Air pollution contributes to lung disease, respiratory tract infections, asthma and lung cancer.
- Indoor air pollution is a problem for all types of homes, whether in a dense urban city or rural town.
- Nearly 2 million people die prematurely from illness attributable to indoor air pollution.
- The three most important methods of improving indoor air quality are: source removal, air cleaning, and increased ventilation.
- Controlling exposure to indoor allergens and environmental tobacco smoke (ETSI) could prevent 65 percent of asthma cases among elementary school-age children.