3 Ways Healthy Climate® HEPA System Improves Your Home Air Quality
Canadians spend 90% of their time indoors, this according to the Canadian Lung Association.
Importance of Indoor Air Quality
As we spend most of our time indoors, it’s of utmost importance that our
family breathes clean air inside our home. We breathe, on average, 21,000
times a day. That’s an equivalent of about 14,400 liters of inhaled air
every day for a fairly active adult.
According to Health Canada and the Environment and Climate Change Canada, indoor air pollution affects people with asthma, allergies and other lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It also increases the risk of stroke, hypertension, angina, arrhythmia, heart attack and heart failure. People who are exposed to indoor air pollution are also at risk of asbestosis and Legionnaires’ disease.
Older adults and young children are most at risk for indoor pollution health effects, according to Health Canada and the Environment and Climate Change Canada. Older adults have weaker heart, lungs and immune system compared to other people in other age groups, making them vulnerable to air pollution.
Compared to other people in other age groups, young children breathe in more air. This makes them more vulnerable to air pollution as they breathe in more contaminants. In addition, young children’s immune system and lung systems aren’t fully developed yet. As such, their body can’t naturally fight off diseases that may result from air pollution.
The Healthy Climate® HEPA system provides a 3-step air filtration process, providing your family clean air at home. Here are the 3 Ways Healthy Climate HEPA system improves your home air quality:
1. It removes large air pollutants.
Stage 1 of Healthy Climate’s 3-step filtration process removes large
particulates from the air.
According to Health Canada, particulates are “particles that are small enough to be carried by the air and therefore be breathed in by people”. They can be in liquid or solid form or mixture of both.
Particulates are categorized according to size as particles of different diameters have different health effects. A large particulate matter has 10 microns in diameter, while a small particulate has 2.5 microns in diameter and less. In comparison, the average size of a human hair is 60 microns. Dust from roads is an example of large particulates.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), breathing in large particles like dust can irritate your nose, eyes and throat.
2. It removes small air pollutants.
Stage 2 of Healthy Climate’s 3-step filtration process removes particulates that are 0.3 micron and larger, effectively removing 99.97% of air pollutants.
Small particles, according to Health Canada, pose the greatest risk to human health as they can travel deep into the lungs. The CDC, meanwhile, said that small particles – 2.5 microns in diameter and less – are more dangerous than large particles because they can travel, not only into the deepest part of the lungs but also into the bloodstream.
According to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, particulates the size of 2.5 microns in Ontario is largely made up of nitrate and sulphate particles, elemental and organic carbon and soil. These fine particulates, the Ministry said, are primarily formed from chemical reactions in the atmosphere and through fuel combustion, including motor vehicles, power generation, industrial facilities, agricultural burning, residential fire places and wood stoves. Other examples of small particulates are pollen, pet dander, dust mites and tobacco smoke.
“The greatest effect on health is from particles 2.5 microns or less in
diameter,” the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change said.
“Exposure to fine particulate matter has been associated with hospital
admissions and several serious health effects, including premature death.
People with asthma, cardiovascular or lung disease, as well as children and
elderly people, are considered to be the most sensitive to the effects of
fine particulate matter.”
According toHealth Canada and Public Health Agency of Canada, air pollutants such as dust mites and mould can trigger allergic reactions to some people. These allergic reactions are grouped into 2 general categories:
A. Immediate Allergic Reaction
Some bodies react immediately or within minutes after being exposed to air
pollution. Immediate allergic reactions may come in the form of hay fever
or allergic asthma.
B. Delayed Allergic Reaction
Allergic reaction may manifest only days after being exposed to air
pollutants. This appears as a peeling rash that looks similar to eczema.
The stage 2 filtration process of Healthy Climate is also called the HEPA
stage. HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate air. At this stage, the
HEPA air filter forces air through a fine mesh and traps small particles
such as pollen, dust mites, pet dander and tobacco smoke.
The HEPA filter of Healthy Climate is also a “True HEPA”. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency defines True HEPA as “filters with a MERV between 17 and 19 are defined by the IEST test method as having a minimum efficiency between 99.97 percent and 99.999 percent in removing 0.3 μm particles”.
True HEPA air filters are used in medical and laboratory facilities. To prevent the spread of tuberculosis, for instance, the CDCrecommends the use of HEPA filters in isolation rooms for patients with possible tuberculosis. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)also requires establishments to use HEPA filters to control occupational diseases caused by breathing air contaminated with harmful dusts, fogs, fumes, mists, gases or smokes.
3: It removes chemicals and odors.
Stage 3 of Healthy Climate’s 3-step filtration process has a ½-inch
thick carbon filter for removing chemicals and odors from the air. A carbon
filter is made of carbon-rich materials. As contaminated air flows through
the carbon filter, the contaminants are removed from the air as they stick
to these carbon-rich materials or carbon filter.
If one of your family members or you are very sensitive to odors or there
are odors in your home that are difficult to remove, you may want to
consider the Healthy Climate HEPA system.
Connect with our air quality experts today to learn more about the benefits of the air filtration systems