Indoor air affects everyone and it often contains higher concentrations of hazardous pollutants than outdoor air. But, the good news is that everyone can reduce indoor air pollution. How can the air inside our homes be so bad for us? Over the years, buildings have been made more airtight to conserve energy. A variety of methods and synthetic materials, many toxic and detrimental to our health, have been employed to keep the hot or cold air from escaping from our homes: installing storm windows and insulation, applying caulk and weather-stripping to sealing cracks and other openings and heating our homes with kerosene, wood, coal and natural gas. Unfortunately, when we trap in hot or cool air, we also trap in pollutants and sometimes generate more.
On average, people spend about 90% of their time indoors. Sixty-five percent of that is spent at home. To make matters worse, those who are most susceptible to indoor pollution are the ones who are home the most: children, pregnant women, the elderly and those with chronic illnesses. Children breathe in 50% more air per body pound of weight than adults. EPA studies have found that pollutants inside can be 2-5 times higher than the outdoors. After some activities, indoor air pollution levels can be 100 times higher than outside.
There are many sources of pollutants ion the home including chemicals, cleaning products, and pesticides. Less obvious pollutants are caused by simple tasks such as cooking, bathing, cleaning and heating the home. Fortunately, there are easy steps that everyone can take to reduce the potential for indoor air pollution and to improve the quality of the air they breathe.
How do you know if the air inside your home is dangerous to your health? Often, it is difficult to determine which pollutant or pollutants are the sources of a person's ill health, or even if indoor air pollution is the problem. Many indoor air pollutants cannot be detected by our sense of smell and the symptoms they can produce can be vague and sometimes similar, making it hard to attribute them to a specific cause. Some symptoms may not show up until years later, making it even harder to attribute them to their original cause. Common symptoms of indoor air pollution include: headaches, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, itchy nose, and scratchy throat. More serious effects are asthma, respiratory illness and cancer.
Children are more susceptible to environmental exposures than adults and due to their developing bodies, are particularly vulnerable to their effects. Asthma is a case in point. About 8.9 million children in the US and more than 12.4 million people total are affected by asthma each year. A recent study, published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine concluded that 65% of asthma cases among elementary school children could be prevented by controlling exposure to indoor allergens and environmental tobacco smoke (ETS). By controlling biological contaminants that include dust mites and pet dander, asthma cases could be reduced by 60%.
EcoQuest's Fresh Air air purification unit uses a new SynAirG system that incorporates RCI (Radiant Catalytic Ionization) technology. Combining high intensity UVX light with a specially developed rare metal hydrophilic coating on an engineered matrix, RCI reduces airborne contaminants, and odors while creating super oxide ions and hydro peroxides. This technology reduces more odors, toxins and micro organisms than other air purification units on the market today. By engineering the proper light wavelengths into the RCI cell, EcoQuest has developed a highly effective system designed to utilize 245 nm hv germicidal UV light. Falling between visible UV light and invisible X-Rays in the light spectrum, UVX makes use of the same oxidation/sterilization and ionizing properties of light as naturally occurring sunlight. This innovative use of light is what makes the EcoQuest Fresh Air so effective.
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