Indoor Air Quality Chart
More information regarding Indoor Air Quality
Just the other day I stopped at my local hardware store to pick up
some parts. I happened to notice a customer buying filters for their
air-conditioning system. When I saw that he had grabbed the thinnest and
cheapest filter that he could buy it made me cringe. Normally the
cheapest air conditioning filters cost around $1.50. They are usually
blue in color, and the filtering media looks like a very thin gauze. If
you can put one hand behind the filter and you can count your fingers
when you are looking through the filter you don't want it. You don't
have to spend 10 or 12 bucks for a filter either, but you shouldn't buy
the cheapest one you can find . Not only is a cheap filter bad for your
conditioning systems efficiency and operation, it is extremely bad for
your health. Medical research has shown the dangers of air pollution to
your health beyond any shadow of a doubt. Children and women due to
their smaller size are especially vulnerable to the dangers of small
particulates that float in the air. Folks, do yourself a favor and buy
decent filters for your air-conditioning systems. It will save you money
on your electric bill and it could save your life. If you have an
oddball sized filter that you just cannot find anywhere then you can
call me and I'll be happy to tell you where you can have any size filter
made at a decent price. They will even ship them right to your door. I
won't make a nickel on the transaction because arranging for my
customers to have the proper filters in their air-conditioning systems
is very important to me.
Particle pollution refers to a mix of very tiny solid and liquid particles that are in the air we breathe. But nothing about particle pollution is simple. And it is so dangerous it can shorten your life.
Size matters. Particles themselves are different sizes. Some are one-tenth the diameter of a strand of hair. Many are even tinier; some are so small they can only be seen with an electron microscope. Because of their size, you can’t see the individual particles. You can only see the haze that forms when millions of particles blur the spread of sunlight.
Who Is at Risk?
Anyone who lives where particle pollution levels are high is at risk. Some people face higher risk, however. People at the greatest risk from particle pollution exposure include:
Infants, children and teens;
People over 65 years of age;
People with lung disease such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema;
People with heart disease or diabetes;28
People with low incomes; and
People who work or are active outdoors.29
Diabetics face increased risk at least in part because of their higher risk for cardiovascular disease. A 2010 study examined prevalence of diagnosed diabetes in relation to fine particle pollution in 2004-2005. The evidence suggested that air pollution is a risk factor for diabetes.
"Half of the U.S Live with Unhealthy Air."