Just Breathe. Or Don’t, Because Your Indoor Air Might be Toxic?
If you're anything like me, and you or your child sometimes experience feelings other than perfect happiness (hi there, all parents ever!), you may have read some things on how to cope with feelings of stress. These methods may be helpful for both you and your child to navigate big emotions.
My go-to first response when I start to feel distressed or notice my son feeling out of sorts is to breathe. Taking deep breaths helps to calm my body and gives me a mental break to process whatever is making me feel any sort of way.
I've never stopped to think if the air my son and I are breathing normally – and more deeply in times of emotional distress – is filled with toxins and could be causing us bodily harm. Well, apparently, I should be.
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Indoor Air Pollution
Did you know that every day we breathe in 15,000 liters of air? Our body processes air – and any toxins that might be in it – first through our lungs and then through our heart, liver, kidneys, brain and other organs. According to the World Health Organization, pollutants released in and around the household (indoor air pollution) contribute significantly to something called “ambient pollution”. According to the EPA, indoor air can be up to 100 times more polluted than outdoor air.
Ambient particulate matter (PM) affects more people than any other type of pollutant. Particles can penetrate and lodge deep inside the lungs, and the even more health-damaging particles can penetrate the lung barrier and enter the blood system. Chronic exposure to particles contributes to the risk of developing cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, as well as lung cancer.
Using an Air Purifier
If this info is causing you some emotional flooding, I'm right there with you. So, I'm left wondering, what can be done? Well, if you're not cooking and heating your home with biomass fuels and coal, that's one check you'll have in the cleaner air column. But if you really want to control the indoor air quality in your home, you should consider using a high-quality air purifier.
If you're wondering what the best air purifiers actually do and which one is the best choice for you, meet the AIR Doctor. You may be wondering, “If I'm not smoking, or cooking and heating with combustion, what other concerns could possibly exist?” Well, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air pollutants that can affect air quality in a home generally fall into the category of either particulate matter or gaseous pollutant (also known as VOCs or Volatile Organic Compounds).
There are several different types of air cleaning technologies, and AIR Doctor uses 3 of them for maximum effectiveness. First, it acts as a particulate air filter, using a professional-quality UltraHEPA™ Filter (which is 100 times more effective than ordinary HEPA filters) to address airborne contaminants. These are things like dust, smoke, pollen, animal dander, tobacco smoke, particles generated from combustion appliances such as cooking stoves and heaters, plus particles associated with tiny organisms such as dust mites, mold spores, bacteria, and viruses.
AIR Doctor also includes a gas-phase filter (their proprietary dual action Carbon/Gas Trap/VOC Filter) to address gaseous pollutants. These sources include gas cooking stoves, vehicle exhaust, and tobacco smoke, plus pollutants from building materials, furnishings, and the use of adhesives, paints, varnishes, cleaning products, and pesticides.
Finally, the AIR Doctor has an Air Ionizer (which can be turned on or off, as you choose) which can help remove additional particulates, microbes, and odors from the air, leaving your room feeling fresh and clean.
Not only is the AIR Doctor air purifier more effective than its competitors, its CADR (Clean Air Delivery Rate) rating is higher. CADR measures how quickly an air purifier can clean the air in a specific-sized room. AIR Doctor’s CADR of 326 means that it can clean the air in a 450 sq. ft. room 6 times per hour.
AIR Doctor is not only a hard-working machine, it’s also smart. It has a built-in air sensor that constantly measures the air quality in the room and automatically adjusts the level of filtration accordingly.
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If you or your family members have been suffering from congestion, hives, coughing and sneezing, irritability, fatigue, stomach aches, or a host of other symptoms, consider that the air quality in your home could be at the root of the problem. Learn more about the AIR Doctor and how it can help you to breathe easier here.