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Can Air Purification Help People with Chemical Allergies?

Chemical Sensitivities are very real; they affect people across the globe. Today advocacy groups, patients suffering from Chemical Sensitivities, and legislators around the world are working to create awareness about Chemical Allergies and its chronic, debilitating effects.

Those who suffer from Chemical Allergies experience severe symptoms that interfere with their day-to-day activities. Generally, symptoms include irritation of the respiratory, gastrointestinal and central nervous systems.

The unique dilemma faced by people suffering from Chemical Sensitivities is that triggers are found in every-day products; including household cleaners, fragrances, furniture and outdoor air pollutants. Many of these triggers are ubiquitous in indoor air. Several studies suggest that chemical exposure can begin as early as the womb leading to behavioral and cognitive problems, and chronic disorders like chemical injury, asthma and cancer.

So can an air purifier help someone suffering from Chemical Sensitivities?

An air purifier is not a cure for Chemical Sensitivities, but yes, it will provide significant relief. The dangers of chemicals are far more frightening, and pose greater risks to human health than particle pollution. Chemicals like chloroform, benzene, formaldehyde and other Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are released from stain-resistant furniture, flame retardant clothing, pressed wood products, carpeting and upholstery. These chemicals are recognized for their ability to cause liver, kidney and nervous system damage as well as cancer.

The EPA contends that as chemical exposure intensifies, the number of incidences as well as the severity of symptoms will increase (Approaches To Risk Assessment For Multiple Chemical Exposure). Employing the use of an air purifier, equipped with several pounds of activated carbon, and implementing greener habits will help improve your indoor air quality.

Activated Carbon

The EPA also suggests that the porous surface of activated carbon has the ability to adsorb pollutants from both air and water. A single pound of activated carbon typically has a surface area of 125 acres.

Activated carbon is recognized as the most efficient way to treat gaseous pollutants and airborne chemicals. Carbon that is activated undergoes a process that opens millions of tiny pores and fissures to enhance the material’s adsorbent properties. This process creates a very large internal surface area— the more surface area, the more gaseous pollutants it can adsorb. The actual 3.5″ of carbon filter depth provides extended dwell time (the time air spends in the filter), which allows for greater adsorption of chemicals and other gaseous pollutants.

Conclusion

Those who suffer from Chemical Allergies require an air purifier manufactured with the most inert parts and many pounds of activated carbon to trap gaseous pollutants. Chemical Sensitivity air purifiers must have pre-filter that are 100% cotton, unbleached and pesticide-free. An air purifier should not out-gas the same harmful chemicals that it is expected to remove. As such, any company that offers Chemical Sensitivity air purifiers should provide a carbon test kit, so that individuals can select the carbon blend that is most tolerable. A good air purifier combines a hefty carbon filter with HEPA; however, to remove gaseous pollutants it is imperative to have several pounds of activated carbon rather than a film of spray-on carbon that is barely measurable. While HEPA will trap 99.97% of particle pollutants, nothing beats activated carbon when it comes to relief of gaseous pollutants.

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