The air inside your home or office may be 2 to 5 times more polluted than the air outdoors.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ranks indoor air pollution among the top 5 environmental risks to public health.*
One ounce of dust contains nearly 42,000 living dust mites. Each mite is expelling 20 fecal pellets every day into the air you breathe.*
Over 20% of Canadians suffer from some form of allergies. Over 3 million Canadians suffer from respiratory diseases. Respiratory system diseases, which include asthma, emphysema and chronic bronchitis are the third leading cause of death in Canada.4
Office Chemicals (toner, inks, etc)
Odors from felt markers, inks, glues, correction fluid, toner from copiers and other office chemicals can emit vapors at room temperature that over time can cause symptoms similar to inhaling formaldehyde.*
Cigarette Smoke and General Household Odors
Both women and men exposed to heavy indoor smoke are 2-3 times more likely to develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease3.
100% of Canadian households have detectable levels of dog and cat dander. Short-haired or hairless animals contribute dander and allergens to indoor air pollution just as effectively as longhaired animals do. There is no such thing as a non-allergenic dog or cat.2
Where These Airborne Pollutants can be Found in your Home and/or Office:
Central air handling systems can become breeding grounds for mold, mildew, and other sources of germs such as viruses and bacteria, which can then distribute these contaminants throughout a home or office.1
Formaldehyde is found in furniture, particleboard, plywood, and many other products. As it deteriorates, formaldehyde gives off vapors that can cause sensitization and irritation of the eyes and respiratory system, even at low levels.*
Dust particles on upholstered furniture can contain textile fibers, decomposing insect parts, pet dander and the flakes of human skin-all of which is released into the air anytime anyone sits down.2
Carpet can hold 8 times its weight in dirt, pesticides and other toxins (such as automotive fluids from parking lots and lawn pesticides) brought in on shoes and even bare feet. When dry, these toxins become undetectable airborne particles.*
Engineered wood flooring often uses adhesives containing formaldehyde which eventually becomes airborne chemical vapors.*
Cube divider walls can become magnets for allergens such as dust and pollen. Office dividers are the closest to your breathing space while you work and hold some of the most inhaled indoor pollutants.*
How to Remove Airborne Pollutants from Your Air:
Using air purifiers to keep your household environment cleaner is your first step to better indoor air. Air purifiers with a True HEPA Filter will safely remove 99.97% of airborne pollutants as small as 0.3 microns from your air.
Below are other steps that you can take to help keep your indoor air cleaner.
Typical feather dusters only put dust into the air for you to breathe. To reduce the amount of floating dust, use microfiber dusters or a dust cloth to dust your home. Also, regularly change the air filters in your furnace to help reduce excess dust from circulating in your ventilation system.
If you smoke, smoke outside. Cigarette smoke in an enclosed area lasts longer in the air becoming inhaled secondhand smoke to others in the home.
A new concern with smoking in the home is third-hand smoke, a term used to describe smoke that lingers on surfaces such as furniture, rugs, drapes or other household items long after the cigarette has been put out. These residual smoke particles contain over 200 toxins that can be released into the air of the home.*
Upholstery and Carpet
Regularly clean upholstered furniture and your carpet to reduce the amount of air pollutants that may be settled there. Dust particles on upholstered furniture can contain textile fibers, decomposing insect parts, pet dander and the flakes of human skin - all of which are released into the air anytime anyone sits down. Carpet can hold 8 times its weight in dirt, pesticides and other toxins (such as automotive fluids from parking lots and lawn pesticides) brought in on shoes and even bare feet. When dry, these toxins become undetectable airborne particles.
Beyond using your air purifier, you can take further steps to reduce pet dander in your home by simply keeping pets off upholstered furniture and restricting them to rooms with wood floors. Upholstery and carpet retain pet dander for long periods and release the dry particles back into the air. Wash pet beds, mats or soft toys which can also become pet dander magnets.
* Environmental Protection Agency
†Journal of the Royal Society Interface
1U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
2American Lung Association
3World Health Organization
4Anaphylaxis Canada Summer 2001 newsletter; Statistics Canada, Public Health Agency of Canada 2005