How To Keep Airborne Pollution Out of Your Home
If you live in a major city like Los Angeles, California, smog and other forms of airborne pollution are a regular part of your life. Due to the high concentration of cars and numerous industries, many dangerous pollutants accumulate in the air and are breathed in every day, which can lead to health problems over time. Read on to learn more about these types of pollutants and what you can do to protect yourself and your home.
Types of Pollutants
Many pollutants are invisible to the naked eye, making them especially dangerous. Particles that are 2.5 microns in size or smaller (PM2.5 particles) are among the most common pollutants in your air. These particles have a wide variety of sources, from unclean cooking fuels and burning waste to industrial and agricultural industries. They can work their way into both your lungs and bloodstream, increasing the risk of several health problems like heart disease and cancer.
Methane is another pollutant produced by agricultural production, specifically the meat and dairy industries. Cows are one of the largest sources of methane in the world. In addition to damaging the environment, methane also poses a threat to your health. It leads to the formation of ground-level ozone, which has been shown to contribute to potentially fatal respiratory illnesses. Another source of ground-level ozone is nitrogen oxide, which is created by automobiles and vehicle emissions. Nitrogen dioxide can cause damage to the heart and respiratory tract. With more vehicles on the road every year, the amount of nitrogen dioxide is only growing.
Additionally, you don’t need to leave your home to risk exposure to airborne pollutants. Although we associate cleaning supplies with their fresh scents, they often contain VOCs (volatile organic compounds), which can also be found in other everyday household products like aerosols and personal care products. Once emitted into the air, these gases can be inhaled, increasing your risk of cancer.
For more information about common forms of pollution, check out these resources provided by the EPA.
What You Can Do
Many weather apps and websites provide an Air Quality Index that can alert you to dangerous levels of pollution on a given day. On days of high pollution, it is best to stay inside as much as possible and to wear a protective mask if you do need to go outside, especially if you have asthma or any other sensitive respiratory issues.
If you are interested in combatting pollution yourself, there are a variety of ways to reduce your carbon footprint. Walking, cycling, and public transportation are great ways to get where you need to go without burning fuel. In addition to vehicle exhaust, agriculture was one of the most cited sources of pollution in the previous section. Reducing your meat intake is a terrific way to improve your environmental impact. There are other ways to be more intentional with your diet as well. By consuming local produce and seasonal products, you can avoid purchasing food items that have been transported great distances to make it to your grocery store.
These are just a few options, but the internet is full of resources on how to be more environmentally conscious. Whatever you choose to do, it will have a positive impact on the world around you.
How Air Purifiers Can Help
Indoor air can be up to five times more polluted than outdoor air. With the right filter, however, air purifiers offer the best possible solution for airborne particles in your home, capturing everyday contaminants like pollen and pet dander as well as many of the pollutants we mentioned above. H13 True HEPA Filters offer thorough protection against PM2.5 particles and even smaller intruders, capturing at least 99.97% of airborne particles 0.3 microns in size. By removing allergens, airborne diseases, and hazardous materials like soot and ash from your air, the H13 HEPA Filter will improve your health and wellbeing in the short and long run. For smoke, gases, and VOCs, look for an air purifier with a High-Effiency Carbon Filter. These filters feature a high concentration of carbon pellets that help neutralize a variety of smoke and fumes not captured by a HEPA filter. In addition to protecting you from dangerous pollutants, the carbon filter also helps neutralize everyday household odors created by pets, cooking, and more.
If you are in the market for an air purifier, the Levoit Core™ 600S Smart True HEPA Air Purifier represents Levoit’s most powerful and comprehensive protection against airborne pollution. The Core 600S is equipped with a highly accurate laser dust sensor, which automatically detects increases in airborne particles. In addition to colored air quality indicator rings, the display panel offers real-time data on the amount of PM2.5 matter in your air, so you can always stay up to date on your home’s health.
With VeSync app integration, you don’t need to be near your air purifier to adjust settings or monitor your air quality. The app’s many smart features give you the freedom to update settings anytime you need. You can even receive important notifications about environmental events near your home like wildfires. The Core 600S features a Custom High-Effiency Carbon Filter which adsorbs smoke, VOCs, and toxic fumes like vehicle exhaust. The H13 True HEPA Filter is also equipped with HEPASmart™ Technology, which uses statically charged fibers to capture 99.9% of viruses like H1N1 and 99.99% of bacteria and mold. Best of all, the powerful Clean Air Delivery Rate provides a consistent source of fresh air, purifying rooms as large as 635 ft2 in as little as 12 minutes. If you want to protect your home from airborne pollution, look no further than the Core 600S.