Improving Indoor Air Quality
Did you know that you could control the indoor air quality of your home? Your air quality is the result of a variety of factors, including the quality of the air that comes into your pet fur home from the outside, the number of pets and smokers in your home, and the effectiveness of your air filtration and ventilation systems. By taking careful stock of the air quality in your home, you can make sensible changes that will improve the quality of the air inside your home and improve your breathing and overall health.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the primary cause of indoor air quality problems in homes comes from sources that release gasses or particles into the air. Pets, pet urine, smoking and cooking all contribute to the quality of the air we breathe indoors. Also Insufficient, ventilation can increase pollutant levels by not bringing enough fresh outdoor air inside to dilute gasses or particulate emissions.
In the last couple of years, scientific evidence has shown that air within homes can be more polluted than outdoor air. Other research indicates that people spend about 90% of their time indoors. Because of this, the health risks for some of us may be greater due to exposure to pollution indoors than outdoors. Another factor is energy conservation, to day’s homes have more insulation, doors and windows are tighter restricting the natural flow of air.
Poor Air quality is determined by the balance of negative and positive ions in your home environment, so little attention is paid to this most important correlation. I believe that is the result of the two words involved. Where negative is determined to be mad and positive is determined to be good.
What are air ions?
In nature, there exist both positively charged ions (pos-ions) and negatively charged ions (neg-ions). These molecules have powerful effects on human biology, both negatively and positively affecting us. Although common sense would suggest that positive ions would have a positive effect and negative ions a negative effect the opposite it true. Negative ions, specifically negatively charged oxygen molecules (different from ozone), have proven to have beneficial effects on human health.
What is a negative ion?
A negative ion is a molecule with a negative charge assigned to it. Negative ions occur commonly throughout nature and can create an overall sense of well-being. Negative ions are found after a rainstorm (falling water creates negative ions) the seashore, or after a lightning strike. Every time you take a shower the water creates negative ions, feels refreshing. The smell in the air generated after a rainfall is actually the odor of negatively charged ions in the air.
What are positive ions?