Some of the indoor air pollutants come from the outdoors, and others come from indoor sources and activities, such as cooking, cleaning, secondhand smoke, building materials, consumer products, and home furnishings.
Indoor air pollutants include particulate matter (including PM2.5 and PM10), formaldehyde, mold, and pollen. Since we spend 90% of our time indoors, much of our exposures to airborne pollutants will happen in the office.
The most effective ways to improve your indoor air are to reduce or remove the sources of pollutants and to ventilate with clean outdoor air. Upgrading the air purifier in your office can help improve indoor air quality since it’s designed to filter the air in a single room or area.
When selecting the right air purifier for your office, keep in mind that most filters are designed to filter either particles or gases. So in order to filter both particles and gases, many air purifiers contain two filters, one for particles and another for gases (in some cases including gases that have odors.) In filtering gases, choose an air purifier with an activated carbon filter or other filter designed to remove gases.
It is always important to reduce or remove the sources of indoor air pollutants and to ventilate with clean outdoor air. Filtration does not replace the need to control pollutants and ventilate. Remember, the longer air purifier runs, the more air it filters.
Moreover, several studies using air purifiers with HEPA Filters have demonstrated small improvements in cardiovascular and respiratory health. The improvements are typically small and not always noticeable to the individual, although they may be measurable by health professionals. (Sources: EPA Indoor Particulate Matter and EPA Particle Pollution and Your Health).
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