Indoor Air Quality
Your family’s health begins at home. Most people consider protecting their health by focusing on diet, exercise and regular medical exams. Too often, we overlook another key factor in good health – having good indoor air quality in the home.
According to a survey conducted by the American Lung Association, 85 percent of Americans don’t realize that the air in their homes may be a health hazard. But, in fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has consistently ranked indoor air pollution among the top five environmental risks to public health. It estimates that indoor air levels may be two to five times more polluted, and occasionally, 100 times more polluted, than outdoor air. These levels of indoor pollutants are of particular concern, because it is estimated that most people spend as much as 90 percent of their time indoors.
The American Lung Association reports that indoor air quality can cause or contribute to the development of chronic respiratory diseases such as asthma. In addition, it can cause headaches, dry eyes, nasal congestion, nausea and fatigue. People who already have respiratory diseases are at greater risk.
For many years people have been led to believe that cleaning with chemicals, with bleach being the number one recommended chemical, was the best way to improve their indoor air quality. with the advancement in Ozone technology and training, Ozone is a better choice for improving indoor air quality.
Ozone kills microorganisms on contact by cellularlysis and cytoplasm dispersion- it directly ruptures the cell walls of the microorganisms, which results in an instantaneous death. By comparison, bleach kills bacteria by diffusing through the cell wall and then oxidizing the enzymes within the cell. In contrast to bleach, ozone disinfection does not produce any harmful residues and is considered as an environmentally friendly disinfectant. This makes it ideal for use in medical applications, for example in hospitals or doctors waiting rooms. The main advantage of ozone compared to other treatment methods for air disinfection is that it is able to efficiently disinfect a large air volume. In contrast to UV radiation and HEPA filter, ozone is a gas that could penetrate to every corners of the room, thus it could disinfect the entire room effectively. Given the advantages of strong oxidizing power, good penetration capacity and no harmful residues left after the treatment, ozone may be recommended to be used in disinfection of contaminated environments. As of June 2001, ozone has gained FDA approval as a sanitizer not only for food contact surfaces but also for direct application on food.