For starters, get a good air purifier.
Regulating industry to decrease air pollution is no easy task and can't be counted on. Take for instance today when the head of the EPA, Lisa Jackson, stepped down amidst difficulty navigating the treacherous Congressional halls of coal and big oil lobbyists making it difficult to pass meaningful laws when it comes to our lung health. (Though to Ms. Jackson's credit, she finalized a rule doubling the required fuel mileage of cars and light trucks to be phased in over 13 years.)
So when it comes to our lung health, we must take charge.
For those of us living in big cities where cars and trucks burn fossil fuels at the lung level, and for those living in the country where pollens and pesticides are the thing to avoid, and most everyone who experiences one degree or another of indoor air pollution--mold, dust or your neighbor's cigarette smoke--I suggest getting a good air purifier and placing it in the room most used.
Swiss-made IQ Air Purifiers were the choice at Hong Kong hospitals during the SARS epidemic and now its advanced technology is available for you, too. The filtration system is said to be effective against ultra-small particles known to cause cardiovascular and lung disease.
A few months ago, my IQ Air Healthpro Plus arrived.
Fortunately, I was able to take advantage of the fact that in September 2012, the IQ Air Healthpro Series was updated to clean 25% more air, 32% quieter at all fan speeds, and with 38% longer laster filters.
It emits no ozone, no ions, no UV or chemicals. Mold, pollen, and dust are said to be filtered out with an efficient, well-sealed system, making an indoor air room 99.5% clean.
"The IQAir HealthPro Series features HyperHEPA filtration technology for superior airborne particle removal. IQAir's HyperHEPA filtration is tested and certified by an independent third-party lab to effectively filter harmful ultrafine pollution particles down to 0.003 microns in size.
This is 100 times smaller than what is achieved with ordinary air filtration technology and 10 times smaller than a virus.
In addition, to ensure that every IQAir HealthPro air purifier is actually delivering superior air quality, each and every system is individually tested at the factory with an electronic particle counter and is certified to filter a minimum of 99.97% of all particles 0.3 microns or larger."
IQ Air provided a particle scanner to test my new air purifier, which I keep near my bed in the bedroom. On particular smoggy days, my bedroom air tested significantly better than the rest of the apartment and outside air. It gave off no odors like some other manufacturers' air purifiers, and I trust that the IQ Air Healthpro is helping me breathe easier.
I am definitely one of those sensitive individuals that Airnow.gov recommends to stay indoors on even mildly smoggy days when the air can make me feel malaise, headaches, and... oh, that's enough. It's all to say, I am most appreciative to have a "safe" room in which to retreat.
While the filtration system is my number one consideration, I appreciate the wheels on the bottom of the air purifer that make it easy to roll around should I redecorate or move.
In the past, at the recommendation of Consumer Reports, I'd used a Friedrich air purifier but it gave off ozone, which is a lung irritant so I parted ways with it. Other filtration systems work through ionization, which some experts question. I am not educated enough at this stage to weigh in on ionization but I can tell you that based on my experience, I highly recommend the IQ Air Healthpro Series and look forward to getting one more for the living room. And or a filtration system for my home.
IQAir North America, Inc., based in Santa Fe Springs, Calif., is a member of the Switzerland-based IQAir Group that develops, manufactures and markets advanced air quality products for indoor environments around the globe. IQAir North America is the exclusive educational partner of the American Lung Association for the air purification industry to raise awareness on indoor air quality issues.
IQ Air provided an IQ Air Healthpro Plus air purifer and particle scanner for review.
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