Who else wants to breath
good quality clean air?
Did you know that indoor pollution ranks among the top 5 environmental risks to public health?
That's right, we're talking about indoor air pollution.
Also, a study run by the US Environment Protection Agency (EPA)
ranked poor indoor air as 4th in CANCER RISK among the top 13 environmental problems.
All of us face a variety of risks as we live our day-to-day lives.
Some of them are simply unavoidable.
Indoor air pollution is one risk that we can choose to do something about.
Mountain Air - refreshing, pure and healthy...
Very few of us actually live up there.
What are YOU breathing? Did you ever ask yourself this question?
You and your family probably spend most of your time indoors and the air that you breathe may put you at risk for health problems.
Indoor pollution sources are the primary cause of indoor air quality problems in homes (and also in the work place). Inadequate ventilation can increase indoor pollution by not bringing in enough outdoor air and by not carrying indoor air pollutants outside. High temperature and humidity levels can also increase concentrations of some pollutants.
Most people are not even aware of this issue, and will most likely only become aware once they start feeling the consequences.
I can tell you that only recently I became aware of the hazards of high indoor humidity levels, when I discovered that my 'crying windows'
were merely a symptom of moisture problems creating mould and possibly other biological pollutants.
And that's the way it is with most things in our lives. If we are not actively looking, we are not aware of a lot of things around us.
Well... I think it's important to bring some things to your awareness.
EPA studies show that indoor pollution is often two to five times higher than outdoor levels.
There are many sources of indoor air pollution in any home.
These include combustion sources such as coal, wood, oil, gas and tobacco products; furnishings; building materials; products for household cleaning or personal care; living organisms like mould and pests;
central heating/cooling systems and more.
Physical health effects from indoor air pollution may be experienced soon after exposure or, possibly, years later.
Although these effects concern all, children and the elderly are the most susceptible to indoor air pollution. Childrens' lungs are not fully developed, and with the elderly - their lung capacity starts to diminish over time,
so air quality inside the home could be a critical issue.
Some pollutants cause health problems such as sore eyes, burning in the nose and throat, headaches, or fatigue. Other pollutants cause or worsen allergies, respiratory illnesses (such as asthma), heart disease, cancer, and other serious long term conditions. Sometimes individual pollutants at high concentrations, such as carbon monoxide, cause death.
Most of the information here is taken from the EPA website and I believe I've shared the main points here. However, if you need more detailed information, you can go directly to their website and find out more.
There is another subject that is to do with the air that we breath. Extensive research has been conducted to investigate electric polarity in the air. Almost all concluded that negatively charged ions enhance our wellbeing, while positively charged ions are harmful to us.
Negative ions are odorless, tasteless, and invisible molecules that we inhale in abundance in certain environments.
Think mountains, sea shores, rivers and waterfalls.
Actually, every home has a built in natural ionizer - the shower.
(Do you ever feel like singing in the shower...?)
Once they reach our bloodstream, negative ions are believed to produce biochemical reactions that increase levels of the mood chemical
serotonin, helping to alleviate depression, relieve stress, and boost
our daytime energy.
Most of us live and work in artificial environments that are depleted of negative ions. In fact, modern environment is a positive ion generator.
The most common thing, computer screens as well as electric and electronic appliances produce positive ions.
This means that the conditions we live in are harmful to our wellbeing.
Throughout the world people vacation in places that have highest concentration of negative ions.
It's like instinctively we know what's good for us.
There is only so much we can do about outdoor air quality, but now that you are aware, you can definitely do something about indoor pollution.
There are lots of filtration systems and ionizers on the market today.
We can take responsibility on indoor pollution
at home and also in the work place.
Clean air that is rich with negative ions will, among other health benefits, improve productivity and concentration, decrease fatigue and
contribute to good mood.
A professional quality air filtration system will firstly remove such contaminants as large dust particles, mould and pet hair and destroy microscopic contaminants. It should include a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter which traps close to 100% of the particles that would cause problems for allergy sufferers and others with health problems.
Something important to be aware of is that an unfortunate residual environmental by-product of many current home air filters is ozone.
They actually generate harmful ozone as they filter the air for other contaminants. Consumer reports experts warn that air purifiers emitting even small amounts of ozone, should be avoided.
So here you have something to start with. Hope it's enough to inspire you to do something about the quality of the air that you are breathing.
You and your loved ones - we are talking about your health here, and if any of you are already unwell, it could do wonders to your wellbeing.
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