According to the EPA, indoor air is five times more toxic than outdoor air. Indoor air can contain numerous pollutants, including mold, spores, carbon monoxide, radon, bacteria, viruses, vehicle engine exhaust, asbestos, and clay, all of which pose a major health risk. In fact, studies have linked poor indoor air quality with both short-term and long-term negative health effects. This includes irritation of the eyes and nose, respiratory diseases, heart disease, and even cancer. Poor air quality has also been linked with decreased cognitive abilities. In short, the risks of poor indoor air quality must be taken seriously. That means investing in an air filtration system that has undergone rigorous laboratory testing to ensure that it is capable of removing harmful contaminants from the air.
As we become more aware of the risks of poor air quality, DIY filtration systems have emerged, but the benefit of having a cheaper system is simply not worth the risks. We will take a look at this in more detail below.
The Dangers of DIY Air Filtration Systems
One of the primary reasons why DIY filtration systems are dangerous is because they have not been tested in a laboratory. They have not been put through rigorous scientific testing to prove that they are effective at purifying the air. Homeowners and employers cannot leave anything up to chance, especially when it comes to health. Employers may be even setting themselves up for legal trouble in the event that an employee becomes sick due to the quality of the air. Employers have a duty to provide safe conditions for their employees.
Air filtration systems may seem easy to put together, but in reality they are intimately designed and go through rigorous testing to ensure that they are actually capable of removing contaminants. DIY versions simply cannot compete, and you are putting your health, or your employees’ health, at risk by doing so.
Presumably, if you are building a DIY air filtration system, you are doing so to save on costs. But this means that you are likely purchasing low-grade parts and filters that could contain various chemicals and make the air quality even worse. You should note that high-quality and affordable air filtration systems are widely available. In short, DIY air filtration systems are a risky proposition no matter which way you look at it.
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