Chemical exposure can lead to unpleasant symptoms, which is why it is important to reduce the number of chemicals around you. If you are renovating your home, there may be chemicals from paint, new furniture, chemicals from dyes, and building materials lingering in the air.
Some household chemicals can be safe but when they are used in excess amount, they exert dangerous effects on human body. However, some household products can be dangerous from the start.
Formaldehyde is most frequently found in latex paints. These paints emit formaldehyde during their drying procedure. An excess amount of formaldehyde can raise headaches and can be irritating for the eyes, nose and throat.
Windshield washer fluid also contains formaldehyde, methanol and isopropanol. This fluid also can irritate your nose, mouth, throat and also damages the brain, kidney, heart and liver.
Oil-based paint, smoke-filled air and fumes from chemicals used for home renovation projects contain volatile organic compounds. After inhalation these compounds can cause headaches, fatigue, nausea, irritation to your eyes and dizziness. Almost all the symptoms will be eradicated once you breathe fresh air but prolonged and excessive exposure to VOCs can become the root cause of kidney, blood and liver issues.
All-purpose cleaners contain ammonia and “ethylene glycol monobutyl acetate, sodium hypochlorite and/or trisodium phosphate” These ingredients can cause skin eyes, nose and throat irritation. Ammonia is highly poisonous; it can cause severe breathing problems. Ammonia is also a major constituent of window and glass cleaners.
“The pesticides in mothballs are chemicals known as naphthalene and p-dichlorobenzene”. When you inhale mothballs fumes, headaches, dizziness and skin, throat and eyes irritation can appear. A long-time exposure of benzene vapors can result in liver damage and cataract formation.
Some laundry detergents, tap water bleach and fabric softeners contains chemicals like benzyl acetate, benzyl alcohol and ethanol. These chemicals can cause pancreatic cancer, upper respiratory tract irritant and brain disorders.
A high-quality air purifier usually has several layers of filters specifically designed to target different contaminants in the air. The pre-filter layer eliminates macro particles, such as dust and pet hair. A medical-grade high efficiency particulate (HEPA) filter filters out smaller “99.97% of fine airborne particles greater than 0.3 microns, which include bacteria, mold and viruses and other small particles in the air. An additional layer is the carbon filter which removes chemicals and gases.
Chemicals and gases are most effectively removed by a carbon filter, another layer of filtration in a high-quality air purifier. A deep carbon filter with adequate carbon surface area is crucial to effectively removing gases and chemicals. Activated carbon filters adsorb airborne odors, gases and chemicals. These filters trap and filter chemicals like formaldehyde, volatile organic compounds, benzene via their tiny fissures and pores. The surface area of an activated carbon is enormous and allows the complete removal of gases and chemicals. In addition, an activated carbon sponge surface is able to absorb more chemical compounds and gases. The capacity of the sponge is highly dependent upon sponge depth and size. As such, the absorption capacity of an air purifier for chemicals and gases depends upon activated carbon presence.
Most cheaper air purifiers at your local store do not contain powerful carbon filters. Air purifiers with a small amount of carbon, or carbon do not have adequate surface area to effectively trap a large number of pollutants as the carbon sites that are available are saturated quickly. This results in poor air filtration, and residual chemicals and odors in the air.
Here are our top recommendations for air purifiers for chemicals, gases and odors. Click on the title of the product to learn more:
AirPura’s C600 for chemical and gas abatement is designed to offer quick relief for those exposed to thousands of airborne chemicals, gases and odors. Chemicals such as paints, fumes and odors from home renovation, new furniture, cleaning agents, laboratory chemicals, activities such as photography, candle-making or art studios involving chemicals can be quickly and effectively removed. AirPura’s C600 features a powerful 26-lb carbon filter that adsorbs most harmful, airborne chemicals and pollutants. It also features a HEPA barrier to remove 95% of airborne particles ≥ 1 micron. It also has a built-in pre-filter that is a tar barrier that is ideal for providing relief from smoke. For those suffering from headaches, dizziness and nausea from chemical exposure, this machine provides excellent relief so you can breathe freely again. Made with chemical sufferers as a focus, this model does an amazing job of bringing relief to a 2000 square foot area. Made in Canada, AirPura specializes in building durable and high-quality air purifiers with sophisticated carbon blends specifically designed for specific needs.This AirPura C600-DLX is a deluxe version of the C600 and is a heavy-duty air purifier for areas with high concentrations of chemicals. It is great for strong chemical odors from extensive home renovation projects, home contractors companies. The C600-DLX has an enhanced carbon bed with potassium permanganate and coconut shell carbon blend. It absorbs more chemicals and odors, in particular hydrogen sulfide which comes from drywalls and causes headaches and respiratory problems. This air purification system is one of the strongest defences against chemicals on the market, making it an excellent choice for chemical sufferers. The C600 DLX has a high airflow rate so you can find relief quickly.
This mobile unit is made to make purifying air a breeze, regardless of where you want to place it. The mobile system was designed to fight a wide range of airborne contaminants including mold, chemicals, odors, and even viruses. This Enviroklenz mobile air unit features proprietary earth mineral technology to remove and neutralize VOCs, pathogens, malodors, fragrances, and other toxic and noxious chemicals. One of the unique features of Enviroklenz’s technology is that it is a highly efficient “adsorptive neutralizer” for chemicals. When the EnviroKlenz materials come into contact with the airborne pollutant, the metal oxides’ active sites first capture the chemical then initiate the neutralization process. This type of action is needed for the numerous types of pollutants that possess a variety of different functional groups. The increased surface area, unique physical morphology, high chemical reactivity, and functional porosity, all contribute to the enhanced chemical adsorption and neutralizing characteristics of EnviroKlenz. This system brings together a hospital-grade HEPA filter and a military-grade chemical removal technology to provide much cleaner air. Though it only supports 1000 square feet, it is perfect for cleaning the air around the home or office. With its low noise level and technology that has been designed to combat a wide range of contaminants, this is a device with many benefits.
For workplace environments, such as laboratories, facilities with heavy chemical use, or salons we recommend:
Featuring a hose to capture chemicals, odors and particles at the source before they become airborne and circulate, this Salon Pro5 Plus Air Purifier effectively removes offending odors at the source. The air is then passed into the air purifier which contains a 3” activated carbon filter to effectively filter the air. In salons, there may be areas where chemicals are mixed for hair dyes or perms, or nail polish areas. Frequently customers and staff find the chemical smell unpleasant. This model is designed for an area of approximately 1500 square feet. For larger work areas, we recommend the AllerAir Salon Pro6 Plus Air Purifier, which is similar but designed for larger areas 1500 square feet plus. Both models feature:
For salons or work environments such as laboratories with heavy chemical exposure, this heavy-duty model offers the largest carbon filter in the salon series. It covers an area of approximately 1500 square feet. For larger areas, we recommend the AllerAir Salon Pro6 Ultra Air Purifier. Both models feature:
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