Many of us have to breathe to stay alive. Okay, all of us have to breathe to stay alive. Some of us just need cleaner air than others, or our ability to think and function is severely impaired from inhaling common pollutants found in both outdoor and indoor air.
This is where air purifiers and filtration devices come in.
Here are links to a few good documents and websites to read before you spend any money, that discuss what to look for and what to avoid:
Air Filters: Choosing Portable Equipment…
Good explanation of the different types of filtration and some surprising things people with MCS/ES need to be aware of:
Air Filters: Choosing Portable Equipment…Plus
Air Cleaning Devices for the Home Frequently Asked Questions (updated July 2014)
MCS Canadian Sources DIY ideas
This website has unfortunately been offline for an extended period of time. The most useful item there in regards to this post, was how to attach carbon pre-filtration or HEPA duct filters to fans and make a DIY air cleaner when more expensive options are not available.
Some of the instructions are still available but without the photos:
Since these are medical necessities for so many of us, if a doctor prescribes the need for one, you should be able to get it covered by some health insurance or disability plans, or get a tax credit during income tax time.
I realized after I published this post that I should state what is obvious to many of us:
Air “fresheners” do NOT freshen the air. They merely add harmful toxic chemicals to it.
And an air purifier alone will not resolve the issues. They are the last step.
Air purifiers are the least effective of the four methods:
Dilution by ventilation
Localized Reduction by filtration
~ C. Grimes(IAQ expert)
We should have a right to a healthy environment. Right now many of us don’t. Instead, polluters have the right to pollute.
If you are a Canadian, and think we should have the right to a healthy environment in Canada, then please join this initiative: