How Outdoor Air Pollutants Put You At Risk
|“Matthew, featured in Something in the Air, a documentary from The Nature of Things, is a busy, athletic 10-year-old. He loves playing outside and just tried out for hockey. But he also has asthma and had to move because he couldn’t breathe in the city.
Matthew didn’t live in Delhi or Beijing — his family had to move from Toronto.”
A recent episode of The Nature of Things was the subject of a CBC article which detailed a look at new research on the subject of air pollution within major Canadian cities. The article focused on an important question: just how dangerous is the pollution we can’t see?
|A study from the University of Toronto found that certain architectural structures within the downtown core allowed for the congregation of air particulates in different ways. Termed the ‘urban canyon effect’, even walking down a road you could obtain vastly different air monitor readings from one side to the other. Some readings were similar to those found in more densely populated areas such as India or China.|
So what does this have to do with air furnace filters?
|Understanding the pollutants around us can help us reduce our risk of indoor health concerns. We already know that indoor air quality can be two to five times worse than outdoor air quality, especially with regards to airborne chemicals. With most of our time being spent indoors, our risk of developing a pollution-related health concern such as asthma or allergies becomes greatly increased. Those who are most susceptible to these factors, such as young children or the elderly, spend even more time indoors, further increasing their risk.|
Fortunately there are simple ways to mitigate these risks. Vacuuming regularly, reducing clutter to limit dust build-up, airing out your home with fresh air (when possible!) and ensuring your furnace filter is replaced regularly can all assist in the reduction of indoor air quality health concerns. While this last point is one that is usually forgotten, the benefit of the Clean Air Club is that we will always remember for you. With our subscription-based delivery service, we will ensure your furnace filter is delivered to your door right when you need it.
There’s more to life than worrying about the small (particulate) things. Let us help you keep your family happy and healthy while you get back to focusing on the more important things in life.
For more information on the documentary detailed above, check out CBC’s Nature of Things Episode 14, Something in the Air, air date February 17, 2019.