The Importance of Clean Air & How to Reduce Air Pollution

What is clean air? We know outside air pollution is one of the most significant environmental challenges. What about the air you breathe at home, not on a busy street or in the middle of a packed city?

Clean air can significantly reduce the health effects of breathing “bad” indoor air. Purified air helps remove stubborn, potentially dangerous airborne pollutants. But what exactly is polluting our outdoor and indoor air, and how can we reduce it for a healthier, happier living environment?

 

What’s Polluting Our Outdoor & Indoor Air?

Did you know the air quality in your home may be worse than the outside air quality? It’s hard to believe, right? We can clearly see outdoor air pollution like smoke, car exhaust, smoke from wildfires, dust, and other biogenic emissions (pollen or mold spores). You probably roll up your window when you’re passing a semi-truck on the highway that spews those thick clouds of black smoke.

Now think about the air inside your house. There are no semi-trucks in your living room, and yet the EPA (The Environmental Protection Agency) says indoor air pollutants can be 2 to 5 times higher than outdoor levels. The tricky thing about indoor air pollution is that it often goes undetected. While you can see a big black cloud of smoke, you can’t see the common gasses and particles that most indoor air pollution comes from. Things like air fresheners, tobacco some, wood-burning stoves, mold, carbon monoxide (CO), and cookstoves release invisible gasses and particles in the air you breathe at home.

 

Why is Clean Air SO Important?

When you inhale, your lungs work to bring fresh air into your body while simultaneously removing waste gases and particles as you exhale. When there are more particles in the air you inhale, the harder it becomes for your lungs to remove them. Poor air quality can make it hard for your lungs to function properly.

Some adverse health effects commonly associated with breathing polluted air include:

  • Irregular heartbeats
  • Asthma
  • Respiratory issues (cough, shortness of breath, wheezing)
  • Respiratory disease (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), occupational lung diseases, pulmonary hypertension)
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Decreased lung function

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), you can reduce the risks of respiratory diseases, stroke, heart disease, and lung cancer by simply breathing cleaner air.

 

How to Reduce Indoor Air Pollution

Air pollution affects public health across the globe. While you may not be able to control outdoor pollution, you can be proactive about breathing healthy air while indoors. The Luxe air purifier removes airborne pollutants in your home, office, or anywhere else you want to breathe clean air.

Indoor spaces with particle pollutants like bacteria, dust, and exhaust can lead to severe health issues. The best way to combat air pollution is source control. Take control over the air you breathe to improve your indoor air quality.