Fraught with air pollution challenges and recognized as one of the cities in the world with the dirtiest air, Mexico City recently unveiled a plan to reduce air pollution linked to vehicle emissions throughout the city. The announcement came days after pollution levels in the area were determined to be almost double the accepted national standard.
In a recent publication about the announcement “Mexico City Announces Plans to Fight Air Pollution: What Health Concerns Remain?” Camfil discusses the link between outdoor air pollution and poor indoor air quality commenting that “Improving indoor air quality should also be a component of the plan for reducing the health risks likely faced by many in Mexico City as a result of the high level of air pollution described in recent news reports.”
Pollution from automobiles was touted as a major concern, prompting the call for implemented changes among drivers for a designated time period.
Solutions for Reducing Indoor Air Pollution from Outside Sources
As a global air filtration expert, Camfil has released numerous case studies that illustrate the correlation between the use of clean air improvement tools like energy efficient air filters and a significant reduction in indoor air pollution accumulated by outside sources like vehicle exhaust. One case study provides a clear picture of the impact major pollution in areas like Mexico City can have on those living and working in a range of building structure types.
The report shows how the use of Camfil high efficiency and carbon filters helped to dramatically improve the air quality of an extended care hospital. According to Camfil “the hospital’s HVAC systems were upgraded several times over the years as hospital expansion projects took place. The extended care unit and several areas of the hospital were experiencing vehicle exhaust fumes and odors from the outside air supply via the HVAC
The issues culminated in the unionized staff of the hospital, which is located in Richmond, British Columbia, filing a workers’ compensation claim against it. After consulting with a local representative from the company, the decision was made to install “both built-up and Model 6P GlidePack® air filter systems in four different air handling units (AHUs) which incorporated four-stage filtration at different CFM levels.”
Positive results were seen within a week. According to Camfil “By converting to Camfil filtration products, the hospital eliminated odors, emissions and pollutants from outdoors.” The workers’ compensation claim was also subsequently dismissed.
Better Air Filtration Tools, Better Results
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has said that in many instances, poor ventilation and other issues can result in indoor air quality being significantly worse the outdoor air in highly polluted environments.
Source: EPA/CPSC Safety Guide “The Inside Story: A Guide to Indoor Air Quality”
“In the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities.
Camfil specializes in producing air filtration products of the highest caliber that help those seeking to remove a high concentration of air contaminants from their indoor buildings raise their indoor quality air standards significantly.
More information about Camfil case studies can be found here.