If you have allergies, Georgia springtime pollen can be insufferable, yet the EPA tells us that outdoor air is much cleaner and fresher than indoor air. Because we spend most of our time inside, we can be bombarded by high concentrations of indoor allergens all day long. Nausea, headaches, coughing, fatigue, burning eyes, respiratory and sinus infections and frequent colds and flu can all be byproducts of indoor air pollution. Today’s tightly-sealed buildings and the lack of ventilation have made poor indoor air quality a fact of life. Fortunately, help is available. Here are two good reasons why an air purifier can benefit you and why having one in your LaGrange home might be a good idea:
1. Protection From Microbes
- Bacteria and viruses are two common microbial indoor air contaminants. They can cause colds, flu, infections and other illnesses.
- Pollen can trigger allergic reactions.
- Mold is a microbe that releases spores into the air. The spores can cause lung infections, wheezing and other breathing difficulties.
2. Protection From Other Airborne Toxins
- Dust mites are microscopic insects that live in dust and can cause skin rashes.
- Dander and pet fur can trigger allergic reactions and irritate your eyes, nose and throat.
- Secondhand cigarette smoke is almost as toxic as if you were smoking yourself.
- Building materials like asbestos and lead can and do cause serious and long-term health problems.
- VOCs (volatile organic compounds) are gasses released by common household cleaning agents, pesticides, permanent markers, printers, paint, glue, paneling, adhesives, upholstered furniture, new carpeting, plywood, fiberboard, particleboard and photocopiers. VOCs are toxic and can irritate your eyes, nose, throat and lungs; they can cause dizziness, headaches and nausea over the short term or cancer and CNS damage down the road.