If you don’t have a home air filter, your lungs are the filter.
Air pollution has become the world’s single biggest environmental health risk, linked to around 7 million deaths in 2012 according to a recent World Health Organisation (WHO) report. The new data further reveals a stronger link between, indoor and outdoor air pollution exposure and cardiovascular diseases, such as strokes and ischemic heart disease, as well as between air pollution and cancer. The role of air pollution in the development of respiratory diseases, including acute respiratory infections and chronic pulmonary diseases, is well known. While both indoor and outdoor pollution affect health, recent statistics on the impact of household indoor pollutants is alarming.
The WHO factsheet on HAP and health states that 3.8 million premature deaths annually — including stroke, ischemic heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer are attributed to exposure to household air pollution.
Use of air cleaners and filters are one of the suggested strategies to improve indoor air quality. This review discusses the impact of air pollutants with special focus on indoor air pollutants and the benefits of air filters in improving indoor air quality.
The human lungs are an excellent at air filtration but that is not what you want to be using yours for. In order to extract the 400 liters of oxygen that is crucial for survival, a total of 10,000 liters of air enters the lungs every day. The quality of air we breathe determines the health of the lungs as well as other organs. Thus, clean air is a basic requirement of human health. However, air pollution continues to pose a significant threat to health worldwide. The World Health organization (WHO) reports that seven million people die each year as a result of air pollution exposure, confirming that air pollution is now the world’s number one environmental health risk.
The impact of pollution on respiratory health is well known. The WHO factsheet reveal that, there exists a stronger link between air pollution exposure and cardiovascular diseases, such as strokes and ischemic heart disease, as well as between air pollution and cancer. [ … ]