ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Heatlh Alert: Clean Inside Air

Updated on January 16, 2012

Looking For Clean Indoor Air?

Don't Look In The Car

Most people will easily spend over 2 hours a day in their car. Between driving to and from home and office, after school activities and our own after hour activities, research now shows riding in the car is most likely the dirtiest air you will breath anytime throughout the day.

Most everyone would agree that breathing clean air is important to your health? Our lungs are the filter of the body. If you were a car, when your filters become plugged, you stop running. What's the likelihood the same would happen to you?

How much time do you spend in your car?

The inside air of your car may include the worst of both the inside and outside environment.

  • American Environmental Protection Agency , ( EPA ) ranked indoor air pollution fourth in cancer risks among the 13 top environmental problems analyzed.
  • Air pollution is a major cause of lung disease, which kills 335,000 Americans each year, and is the third leading cause of death in the United States reports the American Lung Association

The Air We Breath - This Picture Says It All


Inside Air Comes From The Outside

Whether we are inside our home, building, or car, we breath what is outside, inside.

Add to that,

  • pollen from nature to aggregate allergies,
  • chemicals from the interior of the car to aggregate environmental allergies,
  • dust, viruses and germs

and you have a toxic mixture.

Do you smoke? Have you heard about the hazards of second hand smoke?  Think about this, the space inside an automobile is limited. Car occupants breath air from a very confined area.

  • With more and more road construction, idling engines leads to more car pollution on the roadways.
  • With more people driving, traffic congestion is getting worse, adding to more car pollution.
  • Coughs, sneezes, and simply breathing can all add to the indoor pollution of your car.
  • Perfumes, odors, and body smells add pollution to the air.

…all good reasons for taking major steps to create clean indoor air INSIDE your car.

clean air purifier for the car
clean air purifier for the car | Source

What Can You Do About It

Just like an air purifier for your home, you can purchase an air purifier for your car.

You can’t do much about the air outside. But you can control the quality of what you breathe at home and in the car.

When you combined the time you spend at home, in the office and commuting in the car, the average American is indoors 90% of the time. This can mean exposure to significant air pollution. Daily exposure to indoor contaminants can be from two to five times higher — sometimes as much as 100 times higher — than exposure to what’s outside. Breathing clean indoor air is important. And something you can control.

Everyone in the family is at risk. Especially children, the elderly and the infirm.

You may not be able to control the quality of air you breath outside, but you can control how clean your indoor air is by simply buying a clean indoor air filter and plugging it in. You can purchase one for a car, office or a house.

Make sure the one you purchase does not produce ozone.

Ozone is an altered form of oxygen that the United States Environmental Protection Agency classifies as a toxic gas. Ozone-producing air purifiers can increase indoor air ozone concentrations to a level equivalent to Stage 2 smog alert outdoors. (Journal of the Air and Waste Management Association)

The American Lung Association cites thousands of scientific clinical studies that prove the harmful effect of inhaled ozone on health. A surprising fact: many home air filters and purifiers for sale and in current use rely on technology that actually produces ozone.

Public health authorities and legislators are already recognizing this danger. In 2007 the state of California, acting on the recommendation of its Air Resources Board, enacted a law forbidding the sale of any home air filter device that emits ozone.

Other states are expected to follow this lead. In reviewing these dangerous products, the California Air Resources Board specified the alternative for clean indoor air— safe and effective air purifiers which employ a HEPA filter.

You Are Invited To Comment

Breathing clean indoor air is as important as drinking clean water. Your lungs are the filter of your body.  I would appreciate your comments.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • HealthyHanna profile image

      HealthyHanna 7 years ago from Utah

      I appreciate your comment. I am a believer in providing the basics of health---clean air, clean water, good sleep---and then adding the rest---nutrition and exercise. The problem is... just like vitamins, not all clean air purifiers are equal. As long as you are researching, look into a frest air purifier (one that puts negative ions back into the air as well as cleans it).

      Here's to your health.

    • Pamela99 profile image

      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Excellent information. Since I don't work I don't spend much time in my car but I want to be up on the current research. We have been talking about buying a better air purifier for our home. Thanks for the good information.