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Air Pollution: What Can You Do to Lower Your Risks?
If you happen to live in a heavily polluted area, the best option is to
move, but I realize that isn’t always a practical option. For most people,
it’s better to focus your attention on your immediate environment,
which you have more, if not full, control over. The most effective way
to improve your indoor air quality, for instance, is to control or
eliminate as many sources of pollution as you can first, before using
any type of air purifier.
This includes accounting for molds, tobacco smoke, volatile organic
compounds from paints, aerosol sprays and household cleaners, pesticides,
phthalates from vinyl flooring and personal care products, pollutants
from pressure-treated wood products, radon gas and more
(see tips below).
The next step to take is free open some windows. Of course, this can
only take you so far, but it's an important and simple step. Next, since it
is impossible to eliminate ALL air contaminants, one of the best things
you can do is incorporate a high-quality air purifier. My recommendations
for air purifiers have changed over the years, along with the changing
technologies and newly emerging research. There are so many varieties
of contaminants generated by today's toxic world that air purification
manufacturers are in a constant race to keep up with them, so it pays
to do your homework.
At present, and after much careful review and study, I believe air
purifiers using Photo Catalytic Oxidation (PCO) seem to be the best
technology available. Aside from using an air purification system,
there are a number of other steps you can take to take charge of your
air quality and greatly reduce the amount of air pollutants generated
in your home:
Vacuum your floors regularly using a HEPA filter vacuum
cleaner or, even better, a central vacuum cleaner that can be
retrofitted to your existing house if you don’t currently have one.
Standard bag or bagless vacuum cleaners are another primary
contributor to poor indoor air quality. A regular vacuum cleaner
typically has about a 20-micron tolerance. Although that's tiny,
far more microscopic particles flow right through the vacuum
cleaner than it actually picks up!
Beware of cheaper knock-offs that profess to have "HEPA-like"
filters get the real deal.
Increase ventilation by opening a few windows every day for 5
to 10 minutes, preferably on opposite sides of the house. (Although
outdoor air quality may be poor, stale indoor air is typically even worse
by a wide margin.)
Get some houseplants. Even NASA has found that plants markedly
improve the air!
Take your shoes off as soon as you enter the house, and leave them
by the door to prevent tracking in of toxic particles.
Discourage or even better, forbid, tobacco smoking in or around
Switch to non-toxic cleaning products (such as baking soda,
hydrogen peroxide and vinegar) and safer personal care products. Avoid
aerosols. Look for VOC-free cleaners. Avoid commercial air fresheners
and scented candles, which can out gas literally thousands of different
chemicals into your breathing space.
Avoid powders. Talcum and other personal care powders can be
problematic as they float and linger in the air after each use. Many
powders are allergens due to their tiny size, and can cause respiratory
Don't hang dry-cleaned clothing in your closet immediately. Hang
them outside for a day or two. Better yet, see if there's an eco-friendly
dry cleaner in your city that uses some of the newer dry cleaning
technologies, such as liquid CO2.
Upgrade your furnace filters. Today, there are more elaborate filters
that trap more of the particulates. Have your furnace and air conditioning
ductwork and chimney cleaned regularly.
Avoid storing paints, adhesives, solvents, and other harsh chemicals
in your house or in an attached garage.
Avoid using nonstick cookware, which can release toxins into the air
Ensure your combustion appliances are properly vented.
Make sure your house has proper drainage and its foundation is
sealed properly to avoid mold formation. For more information about
the health dangers of mold and how to address it, please see this
The same principles apply to ventilation inside your car especially
if your car is new and chemicals from plastics, solvents, carpet and audio
equipment add to the toxic mix in your car's cabin. That "new car smell"
can contain up to 35 times the health limit for VOCs, "making its
enjoyment akin to glue-sniffing." Tips for Eliminating Noise Pollution
We’ve covered air pollution, but what can you do about noise pollution
in your home to protect your heart and overall health? If you live in a very
noisy area, such as near a highway or airport, you may want to consider
If that is not an option, consider adding acoustical tile to your ceiling
and walls to buffer the noise. At the very least, you can sound-treat your
home by adding heavy curtains to your windows, rugs to your floors and
sealing air leaks. If noise is only an issue occasionally, sound-blocking
headphones can eliminate such disturbances.
If noise is an issue during the night, you may want to consider adding
pink noise to your bedroom. Pink noise is steady with a consistent
frequency, like the sound of wind or constant rain. Research shows that
steady pink noise can help slow down and regulate your brainwaves for
more stable sleep and improved sleep quality. While pink noise CDs are
available, you can also simply turn on a fan in your bedroom to block out
noise disturbances and instead take advantage of this beneficial type of
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