Puppies, Paint, and Pollution
From vehicle exhaust and VOCs to pet dander and everyday dust, it’s almost impossible to breathe clean air these days. Unless you live in a very controlled environment, you are going to come into contact with some form of air pollutant. These air impurities can and will lead to health complications, especially for those who have existing conditions like allergies, asthma, or chemical sensitivities.
Common Air Pollutants in North America
As most of us may not realize what is actually in the air we breathe, here is a brief list of the most common air pollutants in North America:
- Carbon Monoxide (CO2) and Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) from vehicles and other machinery
- Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) from industrial facilities
- Lead from industrial smelters and aircraft
- Fertilizers and Pesticides from farms
- VOC’s in paint and other manufactured materials
- Particulate Matter from air pollutants reacting with each other
- Ground level Ozone from utilities emissions
- Dust, dirt, pollen, and pet dander
The above list is by no means exhaustive, but it should encourage us to think a little more about the air we breathe. For example, have you ever thought about the everyday household cleaners we use in our homes? The contents of an aerosol or spray bottle don’t simply vanish once they are applied and used for cleaning. Or what about that ‘new smell’ from a fresh coat or new pieces of furniture? Paint and manufactured materials (like a new couch) can release VOCs into the air (Volatile Organic Compounds) which can cause health issues when inhaled.
Vitality Through Awareness and Choice
The things we bring into our homes can either increase or decrease the vitality in our lives. The increased demand for natural, organic products over the past 10 years has definitely made it easier to us to breathe easier at home, but it still requires an awareness and a choice. From the cleaners and hygiene products we use to bigger decisions like household furniture and renovations, we should all try to be aware of how these choices impact our air quality.
Breathe Easy at Home
It's not always easy to eliminate the sources of air pollution, but we can control the air in our homes with a few simple steps:
- Choose household cleaners that are organic
- Read product labels and avoid any that may produce VOCs (eg. paint)
- Choose to bake rather than fry food or use natural oils on low heat
- Use an air purifier for general or specific air concerns (eg. VOCs)
VitalitAir offers a wide-range of top-rated air purifiers, but we also want to enable our customers to be proactive when it comes to improving and protecting our air quality in North America.
If you have a question about one of our products, or a general question about the air quality in your area, contact us by email or chat with us by clicking on the icon in the bottom right corner. We're here to help.
- The VitalitAir Team