We all know that poor air quality is bad for you, but just how bad is it really? Some of these air quality statistics shown in the below infographic may shock you. For instance 186.1 million Americans live in 525 different counties that are exposed to unhealthy levels of air pollution (either ozone or particles in the air). 6 out of 10 people are exposed to short-term or long-term levels of pollution or ozone. Breathing ozone may trigger a variety of health conditions including: coughing, chest pain, congestion and throat irritation. Check out the infographic for more statistics.
Air Quality Statistics Infographic by RabbitAir
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The air quality statistics infographic above provides an alarming amount of information about the air many of us breath on a daily basis. We usually do not have direct control of the quality of our air outside, however we can control the quality indoors with an air purifier. Read more about indoor air quality.
Rabbit Air offers a certified asthma and allergy friendly air purifier that is based on our popular MinusA2 design. The asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program, administered by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) in partnership with the international research organization Allergy Standards Limited (ASL), is an independent program created to scientifically test and identify consumer products that are more suitable for people with asthma and allergies.
May is National Asthma Awareness Month, an important time of year where government organizations and non-profit programs reach out to communities across America to provide education about this serious condition. It is estimated that as many as 20 million Americans suffer from asthma, a chronic illness that affects the airways of the lungs and can cause symptoms such as wheezing or shortness of breath. Though it is a genetic condition, asthma attacks are often caused by environmental triggers, such as dust, mold spores, or other forms of indoor and outdoor air pollutants. If you or someone you love suffers from asthma, learning more about the illness and what you can do to manage triggers is an important step for staying healthy, happy, and in control of your asthma.
For more information regarding asthma awareness, there are a number of great online resources that provide helpful tips and materials. The EPA provides free educational materials, from guides with asthma prevention tips to fun activity books for children. AirNow.gov is another useful resource that provides daily air quality forecasts and information about particle pollution. If you are considering using an air purifier to help tackle the air pollutants that can trigger asthma attacks, Rabbit Air offers the MinusA2 Asthma and Allergy Friendly Edition air purifier which is certified by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. This important organization is dedicated to helping people who suffer from asthma and allergies, and is another fantastic source of information through their educational resources advocacy programs. Check out their site to learn more about Asthma Awareness Month and see what you can do to take action.
The spring brings beautiful things – warmer weather, bright blue skies, and blooming flowers. Unfortunately, it is also the prime time of year for seasonal allergies, and the sneezing, itching, and congestion that accompanies them. Seasonal allergic rhinitis, more commonly known as Hay Fever, occurs throughout the year whenever grasses, trees, or weeds are in bloom, but are at their worst during the Spring and Summer. Unlike flowers, which usually produce heavier pollen to be carried by bees, these plants produce lighter pollens that spread by floating through the air. It is a great strategy for the plants but not as nice for us as these pollens can trigger allergic reactions when we breathe them in. As many as 40 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies – that’s a lot of runny noses!
Luckily, there are several different strategies for coping with this kind of allergy. Many people take over the counter anti-histamines to relieve their symptoms, and there are even some prescription medications that can help if the allergy is severe. In addition to these medicines, allergists recommend changing clothes when you come home or even taking a shower in case pollens have snuck in on your clothing or skin. Once at home, you can use an air purifier with a HEPA filter, such as our MinusA2, to clean the air and keep pollen at bay. If you want to enjoy the beauty of the spring while staying smart about pollen, you may want to keep aware of daily pollen counts by using an app for your Smartphone or going to a website with an allergy specific weather forecast. Pollen counts tend to be highest in the morning, so you may find yourself breathing better if you save your springtime outings for the evening.
When you want to get dust, mold, and other particulates out of your air, there is nothing better than an air purifier with a true HEPA filter. HEPA filters – short for High Efficiency Particulate Air – use special fibers, commonly made of paper or glass, to trap airborne particles. Rabbit Air’s BioGS HEPA filters go a step further by using an advanced fiber material, which reduce allergens over time to increase efficiency. While these filters are important tools for keeping the air in our homes clean and fresh, did you know that HEPA filters were originally designed with much more dangerous particles in mind? Developed in the 1940s, HEPA filters were an important part of the Manhattan project. Radioactive particulates used in the project could become airborne, and scientists needed a filter that could clean the air while keeping them safe. It wasn’t until a decade later that HEPA filters began to be used commercially in homes, hospitals, and other areas where having clean air was essential.
Though it is common to find HEPA filters in households across the world in everyday appliances, like air purifiers and vacuum cleaners, HEPA filters are also used in all sorts of surprising places! Airlines use HEPA technology to filter the air flowing through the passenger cabins in order to reduce the spread of airborne germs, and hospitals even have special HEPA face masks that are used to help keep doctors and patients safe. Animals can benefit from having their air filtered too, and HEPA technology is sometimes used in zoos and aquariums to keep our furry and feathered friends breathing better. Amazingly, HEPA filters have even gone into space, where they are used to purify the air on the International Space Station!