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Rainbow Air Cleaning System. A solution to indoor air pollution
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According to EPA, the air circulating indoors is two to five times more polluted than the outside air. And that most Americans spend 90% of their time indoors, in their homes, at their indoor jobs and schools breathing in this polluted indoors air. And the group of people that are most susceptible to the effects of the polluted air like the very young, the older adults, the ones with respiratory and cardiovascular problems, mostly spend their time indoors.
What causes this air pollution indoors? In our homes, schools, offices? Here are the multiple sources of indoor air pollution…
- Building materials and furnishings ( like flooring, upholstery, carpets, pressed wood products) when not intact can release asbestos fibers and formaldehyde into the home.
- Biological contaminants such as bacteria, viruses, molds,house dust, dust mites, cockroaches, and pollen. Household pets are sources of saliva and animal dander.
- Household cleaning products and maintenance such as candles and air fresheners emit a pollutant volatile organic compounds ( VOC ) that is toxic to our body.
- Leaking chimneys and furnaces, fireplaces, gas stoves,tobacco smoke can emit carbon monoxide.
- Outdoor pollution that flows indoors through cracks and joints of walls,floors,ceilings and around windows and doors.
- Radon which is a naturally occurring gas and the second leading cause of lung cancer.Radon is from a natural breakdown of uranium from magmatic rock or soil or sometimes from well water.
Health effects of Indoor Air Pollution
Exposure to these indoor air pollution has immediate and long term effects. Immediate effects could just be irritation of the eyes and nose manifested by itching and watery eyes or runny nose. There could be headaches,dizziness or fatigue. It may precipitate an asthma attack or allergic reaction if the person already has a preexisting asthma or allergies. Long term effects could lead to development of respiratory diseases, heart disease and even cancer.
How to determine if you have problems of indoor pollution specially in your homes?
You must identify factors in your home that add to the indoor pollution and eliminate or minimize them if you can. Example, minimize the use of scented candles and air fresheners or stop using them at all and use organic cleaning products.
Look for signs of problems with ventilation in your homes like smelly or stuffy air, areas where items become moldy like books and shoes. Check damp areas like bathrooms and under the sink for mold growth.
If you suspect that you are experiencing symptoms related to indoor air pollution, discuss the symptoms with your physician. Of note though, just because your home have some of the sources of indoor pollution does not mean that you already have problems.
You can have Radon level tested in your home if you live in an area where radon levels are known to be a problem.
How to improve Indoor Air Quality in your homes
Open your windows for at least 10 minutes everyday to let the fresh air in and the indoor air out. In the early hours of the morning will be preferable as the fog and the mist of the morning has already cleaned the outdoor air naturally. After a rain also will be a good time to open your windows, again, because nature has done the outdoor air cleaning for us already.
Turn on the vent fans in your bathroom after a shower or a bath for 30 minutes to an hour. This will help dry off the moist from condensation after a hot shower or hot bath. Keep your bathroom doors open when not in use to dry it out.
Stop using candles and synthetic air fresheners inside your home. Candles and air fresheners emit VOC which is toxic to our body. If you must light a candle, use the ones made of beeswax, that is natural and nontoxic, or less toxic than the regular candles.Use fragrance free products to lessen pollutants inside your home.
Keep your home tidy and clean. Dust regularly. And when you dust, use dusting materials that traps dust and does not let the dust fly. I noticed that swiffer duster does this. Or use a wet rug because wet dust can’t fly.
Vacuum your house regularly. Use a vacuum cleaner that traps the dust inside the vacuum system and does not recirculate the dust and small dirt particles back into your home. Do you know that an average american home has about 40 lbs of dust a year? Our carpets holds most of that dust! and every time we walk of the carpet, or the kids run and play on the carpet, that dust is disturbed and fly and is inhaled by us or our children.
And most vacuum cleaners that uses a dry filter with a bag or bagless but with reusable dust containers are inefficient in trapping all the dust and thus, recirculating the dirty air back into your home. Have you notice the musty smell or foul odor coming from your vacuum while vacuuming? In a little bit, I will show you an air cleaning system that cleans the air in your home, while you vacuum.
How does Rainbow air cleaning system help maintain a clean air inside your home? The rainbow machine’s air and water dynamic system moves dust and dirt into the water basin that uses water to trap dust and dirt inside the close system and producing 99.9% water washed clean air back into your home.
Do not smoke inside your home. Do not allow visitors to smoke inside your home. We all know smoking is hazardous to our health. And that there are about 4,000 different chemicals you can inhale from a cigarette smoke. It does not matter if you are a second hand smoker. Smokers should stop smoking, but if you can’t stop smoking, you should go out and smoke outside your home, and tell visitors to light up and stay outside the house while smoking.
Keep an ideal humidity inside your home. According to EPA, ideal humidity in your home is between 30% – 50%. Controlling your home’s humidity will prevent the growth of molds and proliferation of dust mites, both when inhaled causes allergic reactions and respiratory symptoms and illnesses.
To prevent molds, turn on the bathroom vent fan for at least an hour and keep the doors open after showering. Fix leaking water pipes and keep surfaces dry and clean. Empty your air conditioning drip pans. Monitor your home humidity level with Acurite temperature and humidity monitor.
For management of mold, please refer to EPA’s mold guide.
Place indoor plants that filters air pollutants inside the home. Some house plants help absorb indoor pollutants. Their leaves and roots work together to help lessen the circulating VOCs. There is a study of interior landscape plants for indoor air pollution abatement in cooperation with the NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America, that showed results that some plants can play a major role in the removal of volatile organic chemicals from indoor air.
Knowing these facts, it is prudent to do whatever we can to lessen indoor air pollution in our homes and to provide a safe and healthy environment for us and our children.
Have you identified the sources of indoor pollution in your home? If so, what have you done about it?
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