If you think that the air inside your home is much cleaner and safer than the air outside, we have bad news for you.
Indoor air quality is between two to five times more harmful than outside. In fact, research shows that indoor air pollution is responsible for over 1.6 million premature deaths each year.
If you want to breathe clean air, not only do you need to eliminate toxins, but you also need to incorporate natural air cleaning strategies inside your home.
The problem is, how do you know if your natural air cleaning strategies are working? The last thing you want to do is invest money into something you believe is increasing your health, and find out it isn't helping you at all.
Thankfully, we've created this article to help you understand how to get rid of indoor air toxins once and for all so that you can breathe clean air and improve your overall health. Keep on reading to learn more.
The Truth About Indoor Air Quality
The air quality inside your home is much more harmful than outside because it is more of a silent killer.
We already know how harmful the air outside is, especially in the city. Yet, we don't necessarily know about the common toxins lurking in our oxygen supply within our own homes. These toxins either leak in from outside environmental hazards, or they come from off-gassing out of common household items.
Before we cover how to purify the air inside your home, it is important to know what is causing the air to become toxic in the first place.
Volatile Organic Compounds
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are gasses that are emitted from liquids or solids. VOCs contain harmful chemicals that have serious long-term harmful effects on the body.
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, VOCs are up to ten times more concentrated indoors than outdoors because of the household items and products inside our homes.
Some of the household items that off-gas VOCs are:
- Household cleaners
- Fireplaces and wood stoves
- Furniture, including couches, chairs, tables, etc.
- Dryer sheets
- Nail polish remover
- Paint and varnishes
- Plywood and particleboard
- Vinyl products
- Air fresheners
The Collaborative on Health and the Environment concluded that there have been over 82,000 chemicals released into our indoor environment in the past 50 years. These chemicals have been linked to over 180 human diseases and health conditions.
Air fresheners contain over 100 different chemicals and VOCs including phthalates, limonene, ethanol, formaldehyde, nitrate radicals, free radicals, and Endocrine-disrupting chemicals. This leads to throat, eyes, and nose irritation, headaches, damage to the liver and kidneys, nausea, asthma, central nervous system damage, endocrine damage, neurological damage, and cancer.
Also, Glade Plugins contain a harmful ingredient called Naphthalene, which is known to cause tissue damage and cancer in laboratory rats.
While these fresheners can mask an odor, you are better off with the odor, due to the serious health complications of Glade and other branded air fresheners.
Thankfully, the Breathe Safe® can not only clean and purify the air within your home, but it can also remove odors which will give you that fresh and clean house feel, without the toxins! This will help you to breathe clean air, protect your health, and enjoy your living space much more.
Benefits of the Breathe Safe® Air Purifier
Many airborne toxins are full of positive ions which, in high concentrations, can have countless negative effects on your health. However, the right blend of positive and negative ions is beneficial for your overall health - and that is what you get with the Breathe Safe.
The most important action you can take is to purify the air to remove the excessive positive ions and achieve the right balance. A high quality air purifier, such as the Breathe Safe, with the proper combination of negative and positive ions, can help counterbalance any potential harm, and produce air that is healthier to inhale.
The Breathe Safe air purifier contains the perfect ratio of 19,100,000 negative ions and 4,400,000 positive ions to remove the charge and break down the harmful ions. This 5:1 ratio is much more effective than strictly negative ions, and helps to increase the cleanliness and oxygen levels by 70-118% in as little as five minutes, depending on background oxygen levels.
The Effects of Plasma on Air Purification
The perfect ratio of negative and positive ions creates an invisible plasma cloud that breaks down contaminants and helps our bodies to easily absorb the ions and oxygen. Plasma electrons continually steal the hydrogen molecules from the protein surface of bacteria and other pathogens.
Not only is plasma excellent for purifying air, but it also can remove toxins and bacteria off of surfaces as well. According to a study done by the University of Arizona, the average work desk has over 400 times more bacteria than a toilet seat. This is just one example of how contaminated common surfaces can be.
Lab tests show the Breathe Safe gets rid of 46.1% bacteria, 99.68% particulates, 86.4% volatile organic compounds - including formaldehyde, ammonia, benzene, and any other off-gas within your household.
How to Purify the Air Inside Your Home Naturally
There are many natural ways to clean the air within your home to ensure you can breathe clean air and reduce the risks of VOCs harmful effects.
Ventilate the Air Inside Your Home or Office
Ventilating the air inside your home is perhaps one of the best actions you can take to ensure you are breathing cleaner air. Most homes are full of chemicals, due to air fresheners and other toxic household materials, so the best thing you can do is give those off-gasses a place to leave your space.
To ensure you are safe from chemicals, remove any air fresheners from your living space or office, and add in a Breathe Safe instead. This will help you efficiently breathe clean air safely, instead of just covering it up with carcinogenic chemicals and fragrances.
We also recommend the smaller, yet still powerful, Ionic Refresher, which can be placed in multiple rooms to ensure you breathe in the most high quality air. The carbon fiber tip design of the Ionic Refresher improves the efficiency of the negative ions it produces, which boosts the antimicrobial and sterilizing power. This device generates more than 32,000 negative ions per cubic centimeter, as it attacks harmful substances head on to produce clean and purified air. In 24 hours, it can sterilize 90% of the air, while running silently and continuously.
The main difference between the Breathe Safe and the Ionic Refresher is that the Breathe Safe increases oxygen levels and produces millions more negative ions. It is also portable, and the output can be focused on your direct breathing zone. However, the Ionic Refresher destroys more bacteria. We recommend using both devices and not just one or the other.
Get Some Houseplants
Going out in nature can do wonders for your overall health, yet it isn't always possible to receive that benefit every day if you live in the city. Thankfully, you can bring the benefits of nature into your home by investing in a few air-cleaning houseplants.
Plants are especially important if you deal with respiratory illnesses, or live within the city where the gas-exchange of oxygen with carbon monoxide is much less. According to a study done by NASA, houseplants can purify the air and remove toxins such as formaldehyde, ammonia, and benzene.
The best air-purifying houseplants to get are:
- Spider plant (best in the kitchen to remove carbon monoxide)
- Butterfly palm
- Lady Palm
- Broad Leaf Palm
- Bamboo palm
- Golden cane palm
- English Ivy
- Mother-in-Law's Tongue (Snake plant)
- Aloe Vera
- Weeping Fig
- Money plant
- Dragon tree
Purchase enough plants to have one in every 100 square-foot space, which will help you get the full benefit that the plants have to offer.
Learn More About How You Can Breathe Clean Air with the Breathe Safe Air Purifier
We already know just how harmful indoor air pollutants are on our overall health. We must take the necessary precautions to breathe clean air and invest in our health by using the right air purifiers such as the Breathe Safe.
Not only is the Breathe Safe the most powerful air-purifying machine on the market, but it is also much smaller and easily-maneuverable, unlike other purifiers out there. You can use it in your home, office, sauna, car, and anywhere to ensure you will breathe clean air.
To learn more, check out our product page or contact us for more information.