You trust us for the water you drink – How about the air you breathe?
Allergies in our family seemed to be getting worse and drugs are not always the best answer. We have a cat and wondered if that might be part of the problem. We became increasingly concerned about our indoor air quality, so we began our research.
EPA lists indoor air pollution as one of the top five risks to our health. Dust mites, pet dander, pollen, smoke, viruses, dangerous bacteria, mold, fungi, chemicals, household products, pesticides, ammonia, alcohol and formaldehyde can be present in the air.
Turns out that one of the biggest triggers for allergies can be particles in the air. We’ve all seen those tiny little particles suspended in the air wherever bright sunlight beams into the room. They are not just their because of the sun, they are always there – and we breathe them in!
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are emitted as gases and can cause short and long term health effects. Formaldehyde is one of the most common VOCs. Formaldehyde is a colourless gas with a strong smell. It is common in many building materials such as plywood, particleboard, and glues. Formaldehyde can also be found in some drapes and fabrics, in addition to certain types of foam insulation.
Other sources of VOCs include the burning of fuels such as gas, wood and kerosene, as well as tobacco products. VOCs can also come from personal care products such as perfume and hair spray, cleaning agents, dry cleaning fluid, paints, lacquers, varnishes, hobby supplies, and from copying and printing machines.
VOCs can be released from products during use and even in storage. However, the amount of VOCs emitted from products tends to decrease as the product ages.
So What Can We Do About It?
HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) is a standard for air filtration set by the U.S. Government. HEPA filters are effective (but not 100%) for particles up to 0.3 micron.
While this is pretty small, we looked for finer filtration. Also, we wanted a product that would take care of microorganisms and VOCs.
Our research led us to Healthway with their DFS (Disinfecting Filtration System) all of our concerns are answered.
- VOC protection
- 99.99% of particles as small as 0.007 microns – 50 times finer than HEPA
- 99 – 100% Viruses
- 98-100% Bacteria
- 94-100% Mold and Fungi
So How Has It Been Since Placing a Healthway Purifier?
We are all breathing better and with dramatically fewer allergic reactions. A friend with a strong allergy to cats spent the evening with no ill effects. (The last time she visited for an evening she was allergic for days!). There is even less cat hair on furniture.
The air smells cleaner and we all feel better. And we know it is better for us long term.
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