Healing begins with the basics, and foremost on that list is clean air. It's a non-negotiable for me personally.
The EPA states that indoor air can be up to 100x more toxic than outdoor air and this is ranked among the top 5 environmental threats to public health. And people spend 90% of their time indoors. As a result, indoor air quality plays a significant role in human and pet health.
Clean air in our home is far from guaranteed. Home furnishings, clothes, carpets, curtains, bedding, floors, paints, varnishes, cleaning supplies, smoke, construction materials and electronics; toxic compounds that make their way into our bodies; our pets, our children and us.
My top 9 favorite ways to improve indoor air quality:
1. Open up your windows for at least 10-15 mins once a day
2. Encourage a no-shoes household. Shoes track in dirt, feces, pesticides, viruses, bacteria and other toxins!
3. Use the vent in the bathroom when you shower and take a bath and let it run at least 15 minutes after you're done
4. Use the vent in your kitchen while cooking, especially if using gas appliances
5. Remove toxic chemicals. Ditch the scented candles, fragranced air fresheners and toxic cleaning products. These products pollute your indoor air with endocrine, respiratory and nervous system disrupting chemicals. I use Young Living oils and Thieves cleaner to optimize my health and air while cleaning
6. Incorporate air purifying plants. Caution: watch for mold growth
7. Regularly dust and vacuum. Remember the dirt, feces, bacteria, pesticides and toxins that our shoes bring into the home? They get trapped in our carpets, rugs, cling to dust bunnies etc. Dusting and vacuuming regularly will cut down on these troublemakers⠀⠀
8. Change out HVAC filters regularly. MERV 11 or higher is highly recommended⠀⠀
9. Use a HEPA air purifier with carbon filters. I love and use my AirDoctor filter and sensor all in one unit, it gets the job done.
WHY AIRDOCTOR PRO?
100x more effective than ordinary HEPA filters, capturing 100% of some of the most dangerous ultra fine particles as small as .003 microns in size
The first affordable air purifier that not only removes almost all of the most dangerous form of particulate matter, PM-2.5, but also the vast majority of toxic ozone, volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) and gases.
Also effective for other dangerous airborne contaminates including microbes, smoke, toxic ozone, mold, mold spores, pollen, pet dander, and volatile organic compounds.
- Combines UltraHEPA filter with dual action Carbon/Gas Trap/VOC Filter
- Auto-Mode uses a professional-grade sensor to adjust filtration speed to ambient air quality
- Uses exclusive Professional WhisperJet fans30% quieter fans than ordinary air purifiers
- Features an Air Ionizer which can be turned on or off, that removes particulates, microbes, and odors from the room to leave it smelling fresh
- The AirDoctor is a 100% sealed system to ensure all the air you breathe is pure and filtered
- It also removes Formaldehyde
More on Formaldehyde. A colorless, strong-smelling gas used in household products and building materials, formaldehyde is identified by the EPA as a “probable carcinogen.”
Some potential sources of formaldehyde include the following:
- Pressed-wood products, such as particleboard, plywood, and fiberboard
- Cooking emissions from gas stoves and kerosene space heaters
- Glues and adhesives
- Permanent-press fabrics
- Cigarette smoke
- Vehicular exhaust
- Insulation materials
- Clothing and bed linen
- Plastic food containers
- Personal care products and cleaning agents
Toxic chemicals, including formaldehyde, may be important triggers for autoimmunity.
In 2011, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services added formaldehyde as a known human carcinogen to its Report on Carcinogens, which is a science-based, public health report that identifies agents, substances, mixtures, or exposures in our environment that pose a health hazard. The Environment Protection Authority also classifies formaldehyde as a potential carcinogen.
In fact, as outlined in their article, only 30% of autoimmune diseases are attributable to a genetic component, with the remaining 70% the result of environmental factors, including toxic chemicals, dietary antigens, gut dysbiosis, and infections. This is why minimization of these exposures is so important not only to prevent, but to potentially help ameliorate the pathogenesis of autoimmunity.
Luckily, formaldehyde is not the only VOC removed by AirDoctor Pro, it also removes virtually 100% of airborne particles, but also the vast majority of toxic ozone, VOCs and gases.
HOW TO HAVE CLEAN AND SAFE INDOOR AIR:
AirDoctor is the first affordable air PURIFIER that not only removes almost every particulate, but also the vast majority of toxic ozone, volatile organic chemicals and gases.
The Carbon/Gas Trap/VOC Filter combines two types of media: one to remove gas and odors and a second to deactivate certain volatile organic compounds like formaldehyde. By combining UltraHEPA with Carbon/Gas Trap/VOC Filter, AirDoctor provides the ultimate pure air solution.
HEPA is an acronym for High Efficiency Particulate Air. These filters are designed to capture particles that is 0.3 Microns. UltraHEPA captures particle down to 0.003 Microns. That is 100 times smaller than regular HEPA.
It is a 100% sealed system, which ensures the air you breathe is pure and filtered and circumvents the issue of unsealed leaks. It also has an Auto-Mode, which automatically adjusts speed of filtration according to ambient air quality using a professional grade quality sensor.
The AirDoctor Pro filters:
- Smoke: 0.1-1 microns
- Bacteria: 0.02-0.2 microns
- V*ruses: 0.06-0.1 microns
- Mold and Mold Spores: 10 microns
- Pollen: 10-20 microns
- Dust and Dust Mites: 50 microns
- Vast Majority of VOC's, which I think is so important. I know that flame retardants in furniture and carpeting can be so dangerous. VOC's such as …
benzene, ethylene glycol, formaldehyde, methylene chloride, tetrachloroethylene, toluene, xylene, and 1,3-butadiene.
VOC examples in everyday life
VOCs come from many commonly used products and indoor furnishings, such as:
- gasoline (mine turns red when I come home from the gas station)
- cooking smoke (turns red)
- stains, strippers, and finishes
- personal care products
- aerosol sprays
- cleaners and room deodorizers
- new cabinets, furniture, and beds
- new carpets, rugs, and wood floors
One of many features I love with my AirDoctor is that it automatically kicks into high speed fan mode due to toxic air (the light turns red) during and after I use my gas stove to cook. It has to purify the air from the carcinogenic smoke and the gas released into our air … and when I get home from the gas station. What does that tell you about toxic fumes on our clothes and in our hair?
AIR FILTER REPLACEMENT
The AirDoctor Pro comes preloaded with the both the filters it requires. There is also a 3rd pre-filter, which can be easily removed and washed. With proper care and under normal operating conditions, manufacturers state that this filter should not need to be replaced.
The unit also has an automatic sensor which notifies you when it is time to replace the Gas Trap VOC filter and the UltraHEPA™ filter, both of which are available for $59.95 each, plus shipping and processing.
How long your filters last is contingent upon the prevailing air quality in your home and how many hours per day you operate your unit. According to the company, “Based on the air quality in the average home in the United States and Canada and 24/7 operation, the Gas Trap VOC filter should last 6 months and the UltraHEPA™ filter should last a full 12 months before they need to be replaced.”
If you operate your unit for only 12 hours per day, then the Gas Trap VOC filter should last 1 year and the UltraHEPA™ filter should last a full 2 years before they need to be replaced (in homes with average air quality). We recommend that you leave your AirDoctor set to Auto, which will allow your device to adjust automatically, based on the filtering needs inside your home.”
Thus, it is relatively low cost to maintain. It also only consumes 11 watts of electricity on the low setting and 95 watts on the high setting, meaning that on average, it costs about $30-40 per year to run on Auto-mode 24/7 (although utility costs will vary).
HOW MANY DO I NEED?
How many air purifiers you need depends on the square footage of your home. The AirDoctor Pro can filter the air in a 900 square foot room 3x an hour, or a 450 square foot room 6x an hour.
I personally recommend at least one unit per story of your house. It is important to have air purification in bedrooms, where we spend the majority of our time, and in a common living room/kitchen area, given the harmful byproducts generated by cooking. Air purification is especially important in the areas where children spend their most time, since their delicate developing bodies are most sensitive to toxic exposures.
I have many teacher clients and followers who are getting units for their (children's) classrooms, which is a fantastic idea since schools have increased toxins levels due to all the use of sanitizers and disinfectants, many of which are EPA-registered pesticides, in the viral attack era.
Lastly, cooking is one of the biggest contributors to poor indoor air quality, generating carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and polyaromatic hydrocarbons with proven carcinogenic properties as well as fine particulate matter (including the most damaging PM- 2.5), and ventilation systems are oftentimes inadequate, which is why I keep a unit by my kitchen.
INTERESTED IN CLEAN AND SAFE INDOOR AIR FOR YOUR FAMILY?
AirDoctor is offering a fall promotion until October 5th with free filters and 50% OFF a second AirDoctor.
- Buy AirDoctor 5000 – and receive 50% off AirDoctor 3000 (Total Savings: $754.5)
- Buy an AirDoctor 5000 – Get 2 FREE Carbon/VOC filters ($125 value)
- Buy an AirDoctor 3000 – Get a FREE Carbon/VOC filter ($60 value)
I absolutely love mine. I also have an IG highlight on my AirDoctor Pro. If you have questions, let me know!