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Air Filters Update – Particle Pollution: The Invisible Danger

By October 24, 2011 No Comments
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10/24/2011 // Riverdale, NJ, USA // Camfil USA // Lynne Laake // (press release)

(Air Filters News) – Particle pollution may not be a household term, but it is a surprisingly common phenomena — and surprisingly dangerous. Particulate matter, an airborne mixture of solid and liquid droplets, can be created by a host of activities, from burning fossil fuels at power plants to running a car engine to cooking in the home. The particles are dangerous because they can be inhaled into the lungs and penetrate deep into the body’s respiratory system, leading to a host of harmful, even deadly, conditions, including cardiovascular disease, diminished lung capacity, asthma, lung cancer, and strokes.

To put it simply, particle pollution is a very serious — and very real — risk. Indeed, a study by the state of California found that 9,200 residents die each year from breathing harmful particles.

The problem can be particularly severe indoors. Not only can outdoor particles seep inside, but the pollution is increased by many indoor activities, including the use of fireplaces, candles, and wood-burning stoves. While the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulates outdoor levels of fine particle pollution — the smallest particles, often just one-tenth the diameter of a human hair — it does not regulate indoor pollution.

Individuals can help reduce the risks of particle pollution by modifying their activities and behavior — not smoking indoors, for example. But a more effective attack on indoor particles can be accomplished through the use of air filtration solutions.

Not all air filters are equal, however. Some do a good initial job of filtering dangerous particles from the air, but degrade quickly, losing their effectiveness and requiring constant replacement and maintenance. Others, fortunately, feature innovative designs that provide high-quality indoor air — and provide it for the long run.

Clean air solutions from Camfil USA, for example, use fine fiber media in their air filters to do a better job of filtering harmful particles while maintaining efficiency throughout their service life. Indeed, hospitals and healthcare facilities that have switched to sustainable Camfil USA air filters have been able not only to reduce airborne infections — a particular worry within a hospital environment — but also their energy costs, with many healthcare facilities reporting annual savings of up to 40 percent. That’s a win for health — and for the budget.

Indoor particle pollution is a serious threat, but thanks to the advances in air filtration made by Camfil USA, it doesn’t have to be a widespread one.

The world leader in air filtration systems, Camfil USA provides clean air solutions for hospitals and the healthcare industry, hotels, office buildings, educational institutions, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and biotech companies. We provide the tools to achieve sustainability, maintain high air quality, and reduce airborne infections — all while lowering total cost of ownership. Camfil USA customers go green without ever sacrificing performance. For more information on our air filters and other products, visit us online at, or call us toll-free at 888.599.6620.

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