It may not surprise you that studies prove the air we breathe inside our homes and offices is much dirtier than the outside air, even in large polluted cities.
When people think of indoor air pollution, things like dust and dander from pets typically come to mind.
Unfortunately, that’s only part of the story. Here are the facts.
Get To Know VOCs
Homes and buildings—as well as all of the objects inside of them—are continually emitting a mix of Volatile Organic Compounds (commonly referred to as VOCs).
A recent university study revealed that the air inside of most homes contains a mix of chemicals that come from materials used in home building, household plastics, and furniture.
A different study also showed that most homes contain a very high concentration of particulate matter (PM), things like dust, pollen, mold spores, pet dander, residual smoke from candles or cooking, or small fibers from clothing or furniture.
According to the EPA, PM can be particularly damaging to respiratory health because those small particles – bits of debris so small that we cannot see them without a microscope – are more likely to get embedded in lung tissue than the larger particles we can see.
With building techniques improving and indoor environments becoming more tightly sealed than ever before, more and more people are becoming worried about the air quality inside of their homes.
So Many Air Purifier Options…
In recent years, several products have hit the market with the goal of reducing harmful indoor particulates. These products can be broadly divided into two categories:
- Those that monitor air quality
- Those that treat air quality
Air quality monitoring devices are typically available for $200 to $500 and are designed to send you an alert, usually in the form of a text message or phone notification, when the particulate count inside your home gets too high.
These products typically do not offer a solution to also treat the air inside your home; they only tell you that you have an air quality problem.
The second type of devices—those that actually treat the air—achieve cleaner air through a variety of techniques.
Some rely on heavy-duty filters that need to be cleaned or changed regularly. Some use ultraviolet light to kill the germs that float through the air, but they do little to eliminate the particulates that these particles float on.
Finally, several products use some form of ionization to clean the air.
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