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Contaminants in the Home
TAKE ACTION FOR CLEAN AIR
After controlling the sources, you can now take aggressive action to remove
indoor air pollution from your home.
Most doctors will advise to avoid substances that provoke
allergies. But medical advice too often stops here - Real preventive health
in your home means going after offensive allergens and chemicals and
positively eliminating them.
Air filtration traps particles and gases, leaving your air
purified of offensive substances.
You should be aware that the only air cleaning system
accepted by the medical and scientific communities is true medical HEPA
medium for particles and the combination of activated carbon and natural
zeolite for gases.
For air cleaning effectiveness, with the highest standards of
both HEPA and carbon / zeolite filtration, the HealthMate Air Cleaners are
your most powerful weapon against indoor air pollution.
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1. Insulation: In Europe, the jagged edged
particles of fiberglass are of even greater concern than asbestos, which can
still be found in older houses. Urethane is a further concern.
2. Pressed wood in furniture and flooring:
manufactured with formaldehyde,which is released as gas.
3. Dry cleaning: source of toxic toluenes and
4. Dust mites: the excreta and body parts of
these organisms are a common allergen, a particular problem in bedrooms.
5. Lead: found in older paints and plumbing
6. Aerosols in personal care products: a common
source of organic gases, some of which are suspected carcinogens.
7. Gas stove: can be a source of combustion
8. Household cleaning products: can contain
many harmful volatile chemicals.
9. Pesticides: source of extremely toxic
chemicals that can be released into indoor air
10. Smoke from fireplace or wood stove: open
fireplaces can produce ash dust, carcinogenic tars and combustion
by-products like carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides.
11. Wall coverings:
plasticized wallpapers can emit VOC's, wood paneling is often manufactured
treated fabrics can contain formaldehyde. Curtain folds collect dust.
13. Tobacco smoke:
tobacco smoke contains 43 carcinogens, the danger to nonsmokers from
second-hand smoke, especially children, is now becoming recognized.
source of formaldehyde. Harbor dust, dust mites and animal dander.
15. Paints and solvents:
these are sources of many volatile chemicals, which are easily vaporized.
storage of gasoline, kerosene, and other fuels can release volatile
chemicals into household air.
17. Pet dander: animal hair and skin flakes are
a common source of allergens.
18. Auto exhaust:
such fumes can enter the home from the garage or nearby traffic flow. Carbon
monoxide is the primary danger, and has a cumulative effect in the human
the particles of this carcinogen can be released into the air if asbestos
insulation or pipe cladding is disturbed during house repairs. Asbestos
fibers reside in lung tissue and can cause lung cancer or emphysema.
20. Radon: radon gas is a natural emission
where uranium exists underground. Radon carries radioactive particles that
can be a dangerous cause of lung cancer
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