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With winter approaching, it’s important to start thinking about air quality in your home. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lists indoor air pollution as one of the top five environmental dangers to the public. Agency studies have found that the level of many pollutants may be up to 100 times higher indoors than outside.
From circulating germs and bacteria to potentially harmful toxins, maintaining indoor air quality is vital for the health of you, your family, and your work environment.
APC Filtration is a major supplier of HEPA filters to global manufacturers of home and office air purification equipment and appliances. Our air filters clean potentially harmful contaminants from the air in your home or office, helping to keep your family or your staff healthy and happy through the long winter months.
A common misconception is that colds are the result of people getting physically cold. It’s not really that surprising, considering that infections caused by rhinoviruses, picornaviruses and coronaviruses are popularly known as “colds.”
This is not, however, the case. There is no proven connection between the common cold and temperature. Rather, this viral infection is often the result of being in indoor environments with poor air circulation.
In this environment, it is much easier for viruses, germs, or bacteria to spread between individuals and quickly infect a home or an entire office. We design our buildings to trap air and hold in heat in the winters. This is great for our heating costs, but can be harmful to our health.
Wood burning stoves
Another potentially dangerous air quality factor during the winter is toxins emitted from wood-burning stoves. In the United States, many people burn wood in the winter to heat their homes. The fumes emitting from these stoves can cause respiration irritations and even serious medical conditions for some people.
‘Respirable particles’ or particulate matter released from wood stoves affects the health of many people during the winter. Emissions from improperly vented wood burning stoves can cause bronchitis, asthma, cancer, and other respiratory ailments.
Every year, people across the country become sick from air pollutants released through their wood-burning stoves. Even if you don’t become ill from these pollutants, they can still make your life uncomfortable through interfering with your breathing and interrupting your sleep.
Keeping the air in your home clean over winter
Home and office air purifiers that use HEPA filters can significantly reduce airborne pathogens. High-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters remove 99.97% of 0.3 micrometer particles from the air. The HEPA filter uses fibres to trap very small particles, removing them from the interior atmosphere of your home.
HEPA filters clean harmful contaminants from the air in your home, including allergens, viruses, and toxins released from your wood-burning stove. You protect your family from the elements with a warm house in the winter; make sure you protect them from potentially harmful pathogens indoors as well.
A HEPA filter is also essential in your office, as their removal of airborne viruses, germs and bacteria can reduce the spread of sickness and help you maintain a healthier, more efficient work space. Every year, workplaces around the country lose work hours and money due to staff illnesses. You will never stop every illness, but an office HEPA filter will go a long way to keeping your air clean and your staff healthy.
This winter, make the wise decision and add a HEPA filter to your home or office.