There has been a lot of discussion lately regarding whether activated carbon (charcoal) air filters really do provide any measurable health benefits. Well, the answer according to research is definitely ‘yes’, but for the sake of our health, we’d better take their word for it and err on the side of caution. Why? The type of indoor air pollutants that activated carbon removes are of the chemical, gas, and odor nature, and it’s those types of pollutants that can cause a range of problems, both in the short term and over time-problems such as allergies, asthma, COPD, heart disease, cancer and more.
Ever wonder how some illnesses or just ‘looking older’ just seems to ‘suddenly’ appear, out of nowhere? Truth is, research shows that most illnesses, bodily dysfunction, even aging don’t just ‘show up’ one day. They are the result of a buildup of pollution in the body, and over time, this pollution gets in the way of normal cell function. And when cells don’t function properly, they change, lose their shape, and often die. And if the air we breathe on a daily basis isn’t being cleaned of the chemical and vapor-based pollutants found in most homes and offices with a quality air purifier with activated carbon (charcoal) filters, that means our bodies are absorbing those pollutants that cause our cells to change and die off prematurely. And that means, at some point, after enough cells have mutated or started working improperly, we’re going to have health problems.
The good news is that most of these health problems can be prevented by properly cleaning up or indoor air, specifically by using activated carbon or charcoal air filters. Why indoor air? Well, since we breathe about 3000 gallons of air per day and it’s been proven that most homes & offices have polluted air–if we use a quality air purifier with an activated carbon filter to absorb the toxins, our bodies won’t have to absorb them. Does that mean that we might feel better, look younger, have fewer allergies, asthma and other health problems? Recent research says ‘yes’!
And if you have an air purifier or filtration system in your room, home, or office, it’s very important to buy the replacement carbon air filters for the units on a regular basis. That’s because as carbon or charcoal absorbs pollutants, eventually the carbon becomes ‘saturated’, meaning that it has lost its ‘stickiness’ and can’t absorb any more, which means it will now allow the chemical and gas polluted air to pass directly through-and get blown out into the air even more than it would if you didn’t have an air cleaner! Most people don’t realize this, but not changing a carbon air filter can actually increase allergies, asthma, and can speed the development of serious health problems, again, simply because polluted air is being circulated more.
Bottom line? For the sake of your health, disease prevention, even premature aging prevention, our recommendations are 1) if you don’t have a quality air purifier or carbon air filtration system in your home, room, office or anywhere you spend time indoors, definitely get one or as many as required to thoroughly clean the air, and make sure it has a good amount of activated carbon (Blueair, Austin Air or Aller Air brands are the best), and 2) if you DO have an air purifier with a quality carbon air filter, be certain to buy the replacement filters on time, or sooner to prevent polluted air from being blown around. Carbon air filters are very powerful for preventing illness and safeguarding the health of your family-but only if replaced regularly and used properly. Also, be sure that your air purifier has enough carbon in the filter to handle the square footage of your indoor area for at least a year.
Cheap carbon air filters typically don’t have enough carbon to handle much square footage. And if there’s too little carbon, it will get used up quickly and can cause you to have to replace the filters too often, which can be a hassle, and costly. And that also means, if you need more than one air purifier with carbon filters to handle the square footage of your home, room or office, definitely get what you need the first time as you’ll get cleaner air, and it will save you money in the long run. And this is even more critical for industrial or commercial air filtration situations: make sure to get an air cleaner with the output capacity and enough carbon to handle the situation properly-your health, your employees’ health, and preventing OSHA fines could depend on it.