Air Purifers: The New Bottled Water

Imagine all the garbage in the air that we are forced to breathe in from industrial processes, smog, car pollution, aerosols, etc, then processing all that in our overworked lungs, and breathe back out to the environment again, is there any chance we can find a moment’s solace with clean, fresh, and healthy air the way mother nature intended it to be? Not unless you lived on a deserted island.

I don’t know about you, but with the rate of pay from my job I don’t think I will be purchasing my own island any time soon. But that doesn’t mean I don’t want to breathe clean air, much like I drink clean bottled spring water at the drop of a dime. If you think about it, those two things are quite common in our everyday lives and are required for functioning and health reasons. Bottled water has pretty much provided us with an alternative way to have clean pure water. Shouldn’t air purifiers also be considered a must have in our polluted environment? Not convinced?

Here is a quick run down on 5 categories of pollution that is common in the typical household alone:

1. Odor. This comes from food, animals, body odor, cigarettes, stinky sneakers, clothing, equipment, and others.

2. Particulate. On a nice sunny day, you pull up your shades and are just about ready to take a big whiff of fresh air, but you notice little particles everywhere visible via the suns rays and you stop yourself in your tracks. Those are particulates and to the naked eye one cannot see that it consists of many things including dust, dust mites, dust mite fecal matter, animal dander, skin flakes, pollen, smoke, and allergens.

3. Microbials. These include bacteria, fungi, mycotoxins, mildew, viruses, and mold spores.

4. Chemical Fumes. Benzene and formaldehyde are two examples, these fumes are persistently seeping from carpets, upholstery, draperies, furniture, cleaning products, beauty products including nail polish and polish removers. Additionally fumes can be found in cigarette, pipe and cigar smoke, as well as from the building construction of your home or apartment. Many of such chemicals have been identified as carcinogenic (cancer causing).

5. Radon Gas: Second leading cause of lung cancer. Radon is for all intents and purposes invisible to the naked eye, nose, and what have you. Radon is enhanced by smoking.

Now that you have some knowledge of the pollution that is inescapable in our daily lives, it is perhaps time to treat clean air as vitally important as clean water.

Author: Mark Tsang
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