For The Mothers

Allergies, PollutionMarch 11, 2019

  Today the world celebrates International Women’s Day, and takes a moment to celebrate the many accomplishments of women all over the globe. One of the many incredible things women can do, for which it is certain everyone is grateful, is bear children. Having children is a big responsibility, and one that lasts a lifetime. So, Airocide wanted to devote this week’s post to something important to all of the moms out there: protecting your kids.  Air Quality and Your Children When children are young, there are all kind of things to watch out for. Preventing your young one from taking off the minute your back is turned, feeding them a healthy diet, making sure they have positive influences in their life, and many other things. However, one important thing seems to be overlooked: Air Quality. Having good air quality is critical for children, and something to be thinking about from birth.  Children face extraordinary risk from air pollution. Their lungs are still developing and they are very active, which leads to heavy breathing. Eighty percent of a child’s alveoli (air sacs which in aggregate form the lung) will develop after they are born. Meaning a mere twenty percent develop in utero.  Alveoli are very important. This where oxygen is transferred to the bloodstream. Oxygen, of course, is critical to sustaining life. The Alveoli will continue to develop until adulthood, and critical to protect during childhood.  The Evidence The Southern California Children’s Health Study examined the long term effects of exposure to air pollution very closely. It tracked about 1,800 children between the ages of 10 and 18 from 1993 to 2001. The most dramatic conclusion of the study was that children exposed to air pollution had diminished lung development, which was never overcome. A follow up to this study was conducted from 2007 to 2011, when the air in Southern California was much cleaner. There were far fewer incidences of reduced lung development, and far fewer bronchial symptoms (coughing, congestion, and phlegm).  It is true that in 2019 children spend less time outdoors than in the nineties or early two thousands. Video games and homework seem to have replaced outdoor activities. So, undoubtedly many readers will gloss over the last paragraph thinking it doesn’t apply to their family. That would be wrong. Even if you children are like the great majority of the American public who spend over ninety percent of their day in doors they are still exposed to air pollution. The reason is that most homes have air conditioning/heating units. The standard air system has a fresh air replacement rate of 30%. So, every hour nearly one third of the air in your home is being replaced by what is outside. If the air is polluted, that pollution will find its way inside. There are also many indoor sources of air pollution. All carpets, treated wood, and plastics emit pollutants called Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). Other common indoor activities are linked to indoor air quality issues as well such as cooking or a fire in the fireplace.  So, there is a good chance that the air in your home is worse than what is outside. All of these pollutants tend to build up in an insulated environment.  The Solution For Poor Indoor Air Quality So, how do you protect your children’s lungs from pollution in your home’s air? There are several important steps to take. First, make sure that your air conditioning air filter is changed once per month. Dust, dander, and other large scale pollutants can be largely removed by doing this. All of the air in your home will pass through this filter at some point. So, it is important to make sure the filter is fresh. This will help with the energy bill as well. If the filter is clogged, the air conditioner is going to have to work harder to pull air through it. The harder it works, the more it costs to run. Also, make sure to vacuum the carpeting with a decent vacuum cleaner. Your vacuum should have a HEPA filter. This will eliminate dust in the carpet, which can build up over time, and things like dust mites and other allergens found in such environments. Try to keep any VOC emitting substance in the garage or other external storage place. Things like pesticides, paints, epoxies, and cleaning solutions. And finally, get an air purifier! Air purifiers pick up where these other things leave off. They are meant to act as a complement to your air conditioning air filter. The AC filter takes care of the big stuff (dust, dander, etc) while the air purifier works on the things too small for the filter to catch. These include VOCs, PM 2.5, PM 10, mold spores, and bacteria. And, this is where Airocide can help.  Why Airocide? Airocide uses a technology based on a phenomenon called Photocatalytic Oxidation (PCO). PCO has been around a while. It was discovered by two Japanese scientists, and then refined by NASA for use aboard spacecraft. So, the legacy of the PCO used in Airocide devices is well documented. It is completely safe, and verified to work. It has even been designated as a Class 2 medical device by the FDA! Other air purification devices lack this kind of history and validation. Our story, our proof, and our longevity in the air purification space truly set us apart.  On this International Woman’s Day let’s take a moment to consider the next generation of women and girls. Are they healthy? Are they getting the good air quality they need to thrive as they begin their lives? As you think about this, consider an Airocide Air Purifier. Think about how the decades of science and engineering in our air purifier can impact the life of a young lady close to you. Better air really does mean better life.