What is Ozone?

In the words of the Air Guy.”Ozone is a marvel of Nature. In the upper atmosphere ozone protects our planet from harmful ultraviolet radiation. Closer to Earth, ozone purifies and sanitizes the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat. Long used in medical therapies, ozone has shown remarkable antibacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal activity.

Ozone is a unique molecule that seeks out and destroys the organic molecules that form much of the indoor pollutants. Whether the pollutants are from biological or chemical sources, ozone rapidly oxidizes them by first reverting itself to O2 (oxygen) and then depositing the third oxygen atom on the offending pollutant. This process very effectively deodorizes, disinfects, and destroys many of the pathogens and fumes that poison indoor air.”

Without the Earth’s ozone layer, we’d all be toast. Ozone is not only safe—it’s necessary!

 

Improving the Air Quality in Your Home

Strategies you will need to greatly reduce your indoor air pollutants, thereby reducing your family’s toxic exposure.

• Increase ventilation by opening a few windows every day for 5 to 10 minutes, preferably on opposite sides of the house. But do that especially on windy days when the air smells better.

  • NASA has found that plants improve the air! So we are preparing a list of the best ones. Stay tuned.

Discourage tobacco smoking in or around your home.

• Take your shoes off as soon as you enter the house, and leave them by the door to prevent tracking in of toxic particles.

• Switch to non pollutant cleaning products, such as baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and vinegar and safer personal care products. Throw out the aerosols.  Avoid commercial air fresheners and scented candles, which can spread thousands of different chemicals into your breathing space.

• Hang dry cleaned clothing in your garage or shed or hang them outside for a day or two. Also see if there’s a a dry cleaner in your city that uses some of the newer dry cleaning technologies, such as liquid CO2.

• Vacuum and shampoo carpets, rugs, and floors regularly. Maybe get rid of large areas of carpet. Every time a person walks across the floor, a whirlwind of irritants is stirred up.

• Have your furnace and air conditioning ductwork and chimney cleaned regularly.

• Avoid storing paints, adhesives, solvents, and other harsh chemicals in your house or in an attached garage.

  • Avoid using nonstick cookware.  In fact you can consider giving up cooking altogether It pollutes the air.

 

• When building or remodeling, opt for safer and more eco-friendly materials. VOC-free paints are becoming easier to find.

  • Opt for sustainable hardwood flooring instead of carpet. Carpet traps a multitude of particles such as pet dander, heavy metals, and all sorts of allergens.
  • • Make sure your house has proper drainage and its foundation is sealed properly

Air Purification What is required

The most effective way to improve your indoor air quality is to control or eliminate as many sources of pollution as you can. The first step to take is free—open some windows. But if you live in a city you still have problems so wait for a nice windy day and open the windows when the wind has cleared away a lot of the pollution. You will be able to tele from the smell of it. If it is impossible to eliminate air contaminants, one of the things you can do is incorporate a high-quality air purifier. Fact is there are some very good ones.

One thing that’s clear is that effective air cleaning requires a multi-faceted approach that incorporates a variety of different air cleaning processes. In the past each type of purifier was good at removing one pollutant, but not others. There was no one device that did it all.

Air pollutants fall into three main categories, each requiring a different approach:

1. Actual particles including molds, bacteria, spores, viruses, parasites, animal dander, pollen, etc.

2. Non-biological particles include smoke, dust, heavy metal dust and fragments.

3. Gases and fumes from adhesives, petroleum products, pesticides, paint, and cleaning products; radon, carbon monoxide, personal sprays and products.

There are so many varieties of contaminants generated by today’s toxic world that air purification manufacturers have been in a race to keep up with them. Air purification devices work using some of the following four primary technologies:

Basic filtration methods can reduce particles and biologicals,

mechanical or electrostatic devices physically trap particles in a filter.

Photo Catalytic Oxidation devices filter out particles, gases and biologicals and destroys pollutants using an ultraviolet lamp and a catalyst that reacts with the ultraviolet light.

Negative Ionization works on particles and biologicals, they disperse charged particles into the air to attach to unclean particles  thereby causing them to settle where they are easy to collect and dispose of.

Activated oxygen assists with the breakdown of biologicals

When we find the perfect one or even a really good one we will have the information on this site.

Sometimes the worst pollution can be experienced in Energy Efficient Buildings

Inadequate ventilation is by far the most serious cause of indoor air pollution, accounting for more than half of the problem, according to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Other lesser, but still significant, factors are aerosols, building products, cleaning and fragrance products and personal appearance products.

Air quality in a building is largely the result of an ongoing competition between the pollutants and the ventilation system. Other contributing factors include temperature, humidity, and microbial contamination.

Our efforts to make buildings more energy efficient and airtight have had an unexpected negative effect—increased air contamination resulting from decreased air exchange. Tightly caulked and sealed buildings without adequate ventilation systems trap pollutants inside the building. So we will shortly give you

Common Pollutants Can and Will Damage Your Baby’s Developing Brain

Prenatal exposure to airborne toxins is associated with genetic abnormalities at birth that may increase cancer risk, smaller newborn head size, lower birth weight, developmental delays, and a higher risk for childhood asthma.

These facts are in a study from 2009 which was published in pediatrics  and the findings revealed are very disturbing. In New York City, 249 pregnant women were fitted with backpack air monitors in their last months of pregnancy. When their children turned 5, they were given IQ tests before they started school. The ones whose mothers were exposed to the most air pollution before birth scored 4 to 5 points lower in IQwhich is enough to impair school performance. This is no longer guesswork or supposition it is now a known fact.

The study proves that prenatal exposure to air pollution has detrimental effects on the average child’s developing brain, Other studies have confirmed a link to pesticides.

Now that you understand the facts of the matter and have the lists of pollutants from inside the house as well as suburban and city toxic accumulation it is important to take action every day for your own health and that of your children. So this website will explain a few more hazards and then help you avoid excess pollution and supply information on repairing the damage caused.

Childrens developing bodies are much more vulnerable than adults

The concentration of pollutants in air varies with its distance from the floor. It is important to be aware that many contaminants are heavier than air, so they concentrate closer to the floor—such as heavy metals and pesticides. Dust inside homes collects pesticide residues.

Many heavy toxic residues can also be tracked in on your shoes and on the paws of your pets, where infants and toddlers have direct contact with them for extended periods of time. There is less air mixing near the floor, even with a window open for ventilation, and this is precisely where your infant or toddler spends most of his time.

This means the air your children and toddlers breathe is more toxic than yours! Children are in their growth stage and growth means accelerated electrochemical stimulated structuring. So guess what happens when we throw powerful additional chemicals into the equation? Fact is that we will find out in ten twenty or thirty years and have no idea why it happened. So sensible approach is to use as few chemicals as possible and avoid strong smellin plastic products.

• Children breathe more often through their mouths instead of their noses, so particulates are not filtered out by nasal cilia in the upper respiratory tract. Young children are customarily mouth breathers.

  • Children have a higher ventilator rate. so receive proportionately larger doses of inhaled toxins. They typically are  more active breathe faster, have a higher metabolism rate and the toxins enter the blood stream faster.

• Children’s immune systems are less mature than adults, so they are more prone to inflammatory and allergic reactions. They are also pummeled by dosing of immunizations and antibiotics. Thereby weakening their immune systems.

  • Children have a higher cumulative risk from toxins as every day new toxins are released on the market and built into our lives. In a few years no real timber will be used for construction. It will all be engineered factory made glue with bits of wood stuck together.
  • Recent studies have revealed that air pollution has more serious negative consequences for infants and children than we could have imagined. From fetus to teenager they are under attack. Other research indicates that various accepted body functions are declining as fast as two percent per year in some aspects of human performance.

 

Indoor Air Contains More than 500 Chemicals on average

A shocking research study from 2009 published in Environmental Health Sciences, used gas chromatography and mass spectrometry to examine the air inside 52 ordinary homes in south west USA. Indoor air was found to be more contaminated than previously bekieved.

Scientists identified 586 chemicals, including the pesticides diazinon, chlorpyrifos and DDT. Chemicals from plastics were found in very high levels. Even more disturbing was the fact that they detected 120 chemicals they couldn’t even identify.

So, what’s in YOUR air?

The long list of common pollutants and toxic particles is summarized below.

Sources of Pollutants

 

Moulds are often unseen and unnoticed but they are a pollutant.

From water damage, in high humidity regions and humid areas of homes, like bathrooms and basements. Thecommon molds are Aspergillus, Stachybotrys, and Penicillium; Aspergillus is a primary food for dust mites which in turn create health problems.

Bioaerosols are biocontaminants including airborne bacteria and  viruses.

Humans, pets, moist surfaces, humidifiers, ventilation systems, drip pans, cooling coils in air handling units are all pollutants are are taken for granted in almost every situation. Some can cause humidifier fever and legionaries disease which can be fatal. Very little is actually known about these diseases and their causes. Cats hair for example is a pollutant in a home situation.

Byproducts of combustion such as PAH, CO, CO2 and Nitrous Oxide are well known for various types of fires and engines which burn anything as a source of power.

Unvented kerosene and gas heaters, gas appliances, fireplaces, chimneys and furnaces, tobacco smoke, automobile exhaust from attached garages. All of these are major pollutants

Tobacco Smoke is one of the worst and the inhalation of second hand smoke is just as dangerous and can kill. Cigarettes, cigars and pipes can release blends of over 4,000 compounds

Formaldehyde type pollutants.

Pressed wood products (hardwood, plywood, fiberboard all use glues and it will not be long before every piece of wood in some buildings will be engineered timbers as they call them. Urea-formaldehyde foam insulation, Foam and fillings in mattresses, clothing, nail polish, permanent press textiles, almost all glue and adhesives, stoves, fireplaces, automobile exhausts etc are all in our list of pollutants.

Arsenic is commonly used to avoid rot and pest invasion.

Pressure-treated wood products used for decks and especially for children playground equipment is  almost always treated with arsenic-containing pesticides

Volatile Organic Compounds

These compounds are found in paints, solvents, wood preservatives, aerosol sprays, cleaners and disinfectants, copy machines, printers, faxes, carpets, moth repellents, air fresheners, dry cleaned clothes, hobby supplies

Phthalates (plasticizers)

Food packaging, shower curtains, wall coverings, vinyl flooring, adhesives, detergents, personal care products, toys, PVC pipe

 

Pest control poisons, garden and lawn chemicals  includes almost every chemical used including weed killers.

 

Deteriorating or damaged insulation, fireproofing, or acoustical materials and asbestos

Heavy Metals (lead, mercury, cadmium, chromium, etc.)

Paints, cars, tobacco smoke, soil and dust; huge industrial pollutants

 

Building materials such as well water, soil, outside air, smoke detectors, certain clocks and watches;. some of the pollutants can come from Radon which is a radioactive product from Uranium. radon is second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S

 

Poor Indoor Air Quality Could be Endangering Your Health

Research into air quality has been linking many short-term and long-term health problems. This is an area where the real value of space flight research is clearly visible.   Their research and others clearly displays that the following conditions can be caused or exacerbated by poor indoor air quality:

. Eye and skin irritations,

• Headaches

. Sore throat, colds and flu

  • Asthma, allergies, and other respiratory problems

• Memory loss, dizziness, fatigue and depression

It is even more concerning that other health effects from highly toxic airborne particles could show up years later, and specifically heart disease, respiratory disease, reproductive disorders, sterility and even cancer.

Particularly vulnerable to indoor pollutants are infants, elderly, and sick people who already suffer with heart and lung diseases, asthma, chemical sensitivities, or compromised immune systems. These are often the people who typically spend the most time indoors and in cars. Children like adults, are spending more time indoors than ever before. This website will detail all of the dangers over the next year and pay attention to recent studies which shine new light on the severity of the indoor air pollution problem.