The 2014 State of The Air report states that 146 million in the U.S. now live in areas with significant air pollution levels, up 16 million in one year. Part of this is due to population growth, but a lot of it is due to increased production and release of harmful industrial pollutants, car exhaust, and measured ozone, or smog. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) now admits that particle and ozone pollution does contribute to heart disease, lung cancer and asthma. The chemical pollutants also cause a variety of health issues that may or may not show up immediately, but do have an effect, as well.
And many think that ‘well, that’s the outside air and I’m inside all day, so it doesn’t affect me’. Unfortunately, this is far from the truth. Outside air pollutants are constantly brought in by our air conditioning systems, and this polluted air is added to the indoor air pollutants that affect nearly every home and office in the US (mold spores, dust, dust mites, chemicals, bacteria, viruses, etc) and pretty much creates a ‘toxic soup’ of sorts, which we ingest daily at the rate of about 2700 gallons a day for the average person. So it’s no wonder that various diseases are on the rise and we can’t seem to really get better.
The clear and obvious solution is to employ high quality air filtration systems in our homes or businesses to keep the air free of these pollutants. Home air purification systems can consist of whole house air cleaners attached to the air conditioner (good), portable room air scrubbers (better), or both (your best option). It’s best to use both a whole house unit with heavy duty activated carbon and HEPA filters to remove most of the pollutants coming in from outside, and use one or more portable units in the rooms of your home (also with activated carbon and HEPA filters) to remove the dust, mold, particles, bacteria, viruses, etc stored and released from the walls of the duct work after the A/C filtration system.
What’s the cost? Believe it or not, quality electronic indoor air filtration systems and room air purifiers are relatively inexpensive, and offer benefits that can easily pay for the units. For example, a very good whole house air cleaner from Aller Air can be bought for about $1100, and a couple of great portable room air purifiers from Austin Air can be had for about $1200. So, total of about $2300 will buy the air cleaners that will remove about 99% of all of the air pollution from your home, and eliminate the health hazards, and immediately improve sleep, memory, energy levels, allergies, and more. A good home air filtration system in the home can also dramatically reduce dusting and cleaning, since the dust that would normally settle on things, has been removed.
For example, if you consider what is spent on allergy or other medications, gas for trips to the doctor, cleaning products, not to mention your time, it’s quite a bit—more than $100-200 per month for a lot of people. So literally, within the first year, the savings can easily pay for that air cleaner system and from then on, you have about a $2500 a year savings, on top of very clean, healthy air. And—you may even be able to grab some cash from a home equity loan if needed or if your doctor can prescribe the air purifiers, insurance may even help with the cost.
Regardless, there’s no need to allow yourself, family or employees suffer from the life-shortening effects of poor indoor air quality and having a quality HEPA & activated carbon air cleaner system in place is often a great way save money on products and medications. And what's the cost of solving the air quality problem versus dealing with the all the health issues--very minimal by comparison.
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