Get the best bang for your buck: how to use out of air purifiers and ozone generators?
We easily consider getting a backup for our laptop or a new freezer. Unfortunately, we do not do much considering the quality of the air we breathe. Usually, some of the reasons that push us toward this type of contemplation are as follows:
bronchial asthma attack in the family
a respiratory disease got worse in elderly
a new baby that has respiratory issues
a severe allergic reaction
intense hay fever episode
post-respiratory disease recovery.
The latter reason is probably the most frequent among Ecoquest buyers nowadays. When the acute phase is gone (which can take up to 21 days, depending) the patient needs around-the-clock care in severe cases and prolonged rest/recovery time in those less extreme cases.
One of the crucial factors when recovering after coronavirus infection is clear air.
What is clean air?
Two of the main factors that determine the quality of the air you breathe inside your home are the quality of outside air and the factors impacting the quality of the air indoors. Let’s look into both in detail.
The picture you see depicts well how the air quality outdoors can hardly be influenced by humans. As you can see, there are a variety of factors that power the condition of outdoor air.
Research shows that the air can cause many diseases, but good air at home or office facilities can also prevent many respiratory conditions or help recover from one.
The air is transparent, so it is impossible to notice that it contains harmful substances, especially if you constantly live in the city. The difference can be seen only in contrast, going out into nature or on vacation. According to the World Health Organization, nine out of ten people in the world breathe polluted air and about seven million people die every year from diseases caused by poor ecology. Most of these cases are registered in third-world countries, mainly in Africa and Asia. At the same time, in many large European cities, the permissible pollution standards are exceeded several times.
How the air is polluted
The main reason for the deterioration of air quality is cars. In the center of large cities, the concentration of harmful ammonia in the air exceeds the permissible level by almost three times. The huge city buses emit 1400 tons of hydrocarbons and about 1600 tons of nitrogen. Factories and thermal power plants saturate the atmosphere with lead, sulfur dioxide, phenol, radon, legionella, and dust. At the same time, a person inhales about nine kilograms of air per day and many toxic substances settle in the lungs.
Impact on health
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is one of the most dangerous diseases that smokers suffer from. But in addition to smoking, the daily toxic air filled with diesel and exhaust fumes can also cause lung pollution. The body's response to toxins is inflammation, which can lead to pneumonia. It occurs due to the fact that the immune system increases the body's defenses in an attempt to eliminate foreign elements. In addition to the lungs, the kidneys and liver are affected, removing toxins from the body, the condition of the skin and intellectual abilities deteriorate,
How human DNA molecule interacts bad air
Canadian researchers from the Center for Occupational and Environmental Diseases at the University of British Columbia studied the health effects of inhaled pollution. According to their research, just two hours of inhalation of toxic air is enough for changes in the body at the genetic level. Contamination does not alter the DNA itself, but it can supplement the gene sequence with foreign chemical elements. Scientists believe this is a reversible process, but there is not enough confirmatory research yet.
How about the indoor air?
The first factor that affects the ecology of the living space is, of course, the level of atmospheric air pollution near the building. Air from the street enters the premises through windows, doors, or the ventilation system of the building, and if there is an unfavorable environmental situation outside the window, then in the room the concentration of harmful substances in the air will be higher than the permissible level.
However, in any room, there are internal sources of air pollution, which most often have a much greater impact on the health and well-being of people in it.
The biggest contributors to indoor air pollution are furniture and furnishings, which are a constant source of certain chemicals. Along with them, air pollution and periodic processes such as smoking and cooking.
The layers of pressed wood, which are interconnected with glue or various resins. As a result of natural wear and tear, formaldehyde and phenols, carcinogens that increase the likelihood of cancer, are released from the furniture of these materials. Laminate, linoleum, decorative plastics, and building finishing materials can also be a source of carcinogens.
If you have a garage adjacent to your home, then gasoline, oil, and antifreeze fumes can enter the air in your home. Harmful chemicals can also come from cigarette smoke and heating systems that burn carbon-containing fuels - gas, coal, pellets, oil, fuel oil.
Most households contain pets that emit dander, litter, and smell. Most homes have kitchens that involve vapors and food smells and junk containers. Most cupboards and bathrooms have mold and dust in them. We will not mention the fact that outdoor air is also polluted by gas fumes and pollen as well as heavy metals particulate. It all sounds very dramatic, but unfortunately, many people who survived coronavirus are susceptible to all of those nasty things in the air they breathe.
Proper ventilation and air purification aid the problem because pollutants usually enter the human body and lead to the emergence and complication of various diseases. With sufficient air cleansing and ozonation, a household can be sure of the quality of the air they breathe.
How do we clean the air?
Many technologies available today only target one or two classes of air pollutants. Not many people have the opportunity to move and combine work in the city with life outside of it, but there is something that can be done now.
The recommendations of ecologists tell us of the three ways one could upgrade air quality at home. First, you have to control your contact with indoor airborne allergens. Secondly, you have to ventilate your indoor areas well. The third step is probably the most important one for those who live in bigger cities. Use air purifiers to clean indoor air. Some of the premises will need to have an ozonizer join the cleaning as well if stale air and strong resilient scents take place.
How to get the most impact from my air purifier?
The basic rules for using the purifier are as follows:
- The area for which the selected device is designed can be found in the technical datasheet. If the device is designed for a lower ceiling height, then the declared area must be reduced;
- The device will only clean the air in the room where it is installed. In an apartment, it is best to install a purifier in the bedroom, since during sleep a person is most susceptible to the influence of bacteria and microorganisms;
- The air purifier must be positioned so that the maximum amount of air passes through it, that is, it must not be placed in a corner, behind furniture, under a table. Cannot be placed next to heating devices;
- Filters must be cleaned and changed in time, as a dirty filter will only aggravate the situation. The cleaning time is indicated in the passport, some devices signal the need for replacement, in some devices self-cleaning filters are installed.
After purchasing the filter, you must install it correctly and be sure to follow the operating rules. Only in this way, the filter will provide high-quality cleaning, and if the appropriate functions are available - ionization, humidification, aromatization.
How to use my ozone blaster best?
There is nothing complicated in the disinfection process itself: just turn on the device and place it on a flat surface. After a few minutes, a characteristic ozone smell will be felt in the room. Most often, a household ozonizer is installed on the top of the wall. This eliminates the possibility of a child or pet reaching for the device.
Remember that ozone has a detrimental effect on rubber, so try to remove objects made of this material from the room in order to prevent them from deteriorating. If the air in the room is cooled, then the ozone output will be increased by 20-30%. After each disinfection and cleaning procedure, be sure to ventilate the apartment for half an hour or more.
If you adhere to all the above instructions, then the device for cleaning and disinfecting air will do a good job:
get rid of ticks, fungi, bacteria
eliminate the smells of tobacco smoke, paints, and varnishes, the smell of mustiness, dampness, burning
will extend the shelf life of food
cleans the room from allergens
In addition, ozone is able to neutralize toxic substances.
If your loved one survived a coronavirus infection, then chances are he or she needs lasting rehabilitation, sometimes, physical therapy, along with a long-term health improvement plan. In nature, harmful substances are destroyed during photosynthesis and after a thunderstorm, when the amount of ozone increases in the atmosphere. To improve the air quality in the apartment, it is worth growing flowers, which will increase the oxygen level in the house. Systematic wet cleaning, special air cleaners with replaceable filters, ionizers, and regular ventilation will help to clean the air in the room, especially after using household chemicals.