Studies Find Poor Indoor Air Quality Can Lead To Major Health Problems
Contact: Nikki Krueger, 888-257-8801 ext. 6147
Madison, Wis. (June 2, 2008) – The air in American homes is increasingly contaminated and polluted, and now studies have linked poor indoor air quality to the dramatic rise in not only allergy and asthma symptoms but also a variety of other health issues, including heart disease, stroke and blood clots.
Studies are emerging that prove poor indoor air quality can cause or contribute to a variety of symptoms and medical issues. While individuals with pre-existing medical problems such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and allergies are at most risk from poor indoor quality, the medical literature demonstrates that even those in a good state of health are negatively affected.
The latest study conducted by scientists from Denmark and Sweden, published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, reveals that poor indoor air adversely affects the performance of blood vessels in humans leading to cardiovascular disease. The study also found that indoor air filtration greatly reduced the amount of ultrafine, fine and coarse air particles in the homes tested, which was associated with an actual improvement in the microvascular function of the study participants.
In an effort to protect public health and combat airborne invaders, Aprilaire, a leading manufacturer of indoor air quality products, is urging consumers nationwide to consider whole-home air cleaners as part of a modern and integrated approach to managing their indoor environments. Homeowners can be sure that a whole-home air cleaner works to permanently trap the airborne contaminants that most affect health and aggravate allergy and asthma symptoms, moving clean and comfortable air throughout every room of the home, all while operating silently and out of sight.
While the medical community acknowledges the benefits of clean air in the home, consumers often find themselves disappointed with the options available at local home improvement centers where portable, do-it-yourself air cleaning units are sold.
Health Problems/Air Cleaner
"We know through research that most people buy portable air cleaners to help alleviate some sort of respiratory issue, this cannot be accomplished with one portable air cleaner for an entire home," said John Frank, product manager for Aprilaire. "In fact, most homes require four or five portable units or more too clean the air throughout the entire home and still don’t do as good a job," notes Frank. "When comparing performance, installation and maintenance factors, and overall cost, a whole-home air cleaning solution is ideal for families who want to ensure healthy, clean air in every room and get the best value for their dollar."
Whole-home air cleaners permanently trap the airborne contaminants that can aggravate health and allergy and asthma symptoms. In a recent standard industry test, the Aprilaire 5000 achieved 99 percent efficiency against airborne particles. The unit captures and kills virtually all contaminants including those that most affect personal health—viruses, bacteria, spores and allergens 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
Aprilaire also offers homeowners a one-of-a-kind air cleaner control that allows them to actively clean the air in their entire home based on personal preference and event triggers:
- Constant Cleaning: air cleaner is active for 24 hours a day seven days a week
- Automatic: air cleaner will run a minimum of 30 minutes per hour
- Event Clean: air cleaners will run for three hours continuously and then turn off
- Allergies: air cleaner will run continuously for 24 hours and then turn off
Installed next to the thermostat or on the air cleaning unit, the new control also provides validation the air cleaner is working by indicating through a sequence of bars that rise when the blower on the heating and cooling system is energized. It also indicates when the filter needs to be replaced based on blower run time.
For more information on whole-home air cleaners and the air cleaner control, visit www.aprilaire.com.
Aprilaire has been a brand leader in the indoor air quality industry for over 60 years. The company designs, develops, manufactures and distributes whole home indoor air quality products that provide comfort, health, energy efficiency, and the protection and preservation of the home. Aprilaire brand products are sold through and installed by HVAC contractors across the United States and Canada.
Aprilaire also manufactures whole-home humidifiers to automatically adjust and ensure the optimum level of indoor humidification, and whole-home dehumidifiers to control moisture levels throughout the whole home in order to sustain a more healthy and comfortable indoor environment.