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Ozone is a photochemical pollutant produced by reactions between nitrogen oxides, volatile organic compounds (VOC's) and oxygen in the presence of sunlight. It is nature’s way to clean the air of toxins. Ozone has three oxygen atoms instead of two (in the air we breathe), which makes it highly unstable. The third atom attaches to other molecules altering their chemical composition; for example, it reacts with VOCs to produce byproducts such as formaldehyde, which is a carcinogen (cancer causing agent). Warmer temperatures are more conductive to ground level ozone and ozone is the principal constituent of smog. Climate change is increasing the concentration of ozone in our outdoor environment. Concentrations of ozone in the outdoors are increasing at a rate of 1.2% per year and it has been found that ozone produces health effects at all concentrations but worsen at higher concentrations. It is also used to sterilize drinking water in water treatment plants. In the summer months, we tend to keep windows open more frequently and some of the ambient air is coming into our homes, including the toxins that exist in that air. Most would not be affected to these levels in a noticeable way, but long-term exposure to small amounts of ozone can be very harmful.

Particulate matter (PM) is an increasing concern because of their ability to penetrate the lungs. An air cleaner said to clean the air using ozone is either running at a higher limit (5 ppb) than what is safe, or they are not at all effective at cleaning the air of biological pollutants (which is the main function of these so-called air cleaners).

Ozone is a photochemical pollutant produced by reactions between nitrogen oxides, volatile organic compounds (VOC's) and oxygen in the presence of sunlight. It is nature’s way to clean the air of toxins. Ozone has three oxygen atoms instead of two (in the air we breathe), which makes it highly unstable. The third atom attaches to other molecules altering their chemical composition; for example, it reacts with VOCs to produce byproducts such as formaldehyde, which is a carcinogen (cancer causing agent). Warmer temperatures are more conductive to ground level ozone and ozone is the principal constituent of smog. Climate change is increasing the concentration of ozone in our outdoor environment. Concentrations of ozone in the outdoors are increasing at a rate of 1.2% per year and it has been found that ozone produces health effects at all concentrations but worsen at higher concentrations. It is also used to sterilize drinking water in water treatment plants. In the summer months, we tend to keep windows open more frequently and some of the ambient air is coming into our homes, including the toxins that exist in that air. Most would not be affected to these levels in a noticeable way, but long-term exposure to small amounts of ozone can be very harmful.

Particulate matter (PM) is an increasing concern because of their ability to penetrate the lungs. An air cleaner said to clean the air using ozone is either running at a higher limit (5 ppb) than what is safe, or they are not at all effective at cleaning the air of biological pollutants (which is the main function of these so-called air cleaners).

Do not use ozone generators that are sold as air cleaners, be careful of manufacturers that claim an air purifier they promote will clean the air of microbes and other toxins and still be safe for your family. HEPA filter vacuums and certain air purifiers do not produce ozone; just stay educated on the subject. Keep house properly ventilated but keep windows closed and a/c on in warmer times of the year (smoggy days) along with a Central Air Filtration System. Use cleaning products and building materials that do not contain VOCs (volatile organic compounds) as they react with ozone.

If you live in an urban area and are concerned about how the outdoor air quality is affecting the indoor air quality that your family breathes, call Home Heroes today for a Comprehensive Air Quality Inspection!
 
 
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