The Environmental Protection Agency recently proclaimed that the escalation of allergies and asthma among children is a national crisis. Former President Clinton issued an Executive Order "Protection of Children From Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks" which asks the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to addresses this concern and the need to reduce environmental risks.
The American Lung Association has estimated that 14.6 million Americans suffer from asthma, 4.8 million are under the age of 18. They also reported:
For additional information about asthma and allergies contact the American Lung Association at 1-800-586-4872.
Air cleaners, properly designed and operated, can be effective at reducing a person’s exposures to most of the risk factors associated with asthma and allergies.
Air filters must be effective at removing dust particles smaller than 2.5 microns in size in order to be of help. HEPA filters remove 99.97% of particles 0.3 microns and larger. Volatile organic compounds which are gaseous will pass through a HEPA filter. Charcoal is needed to collect the majority of volatile organic compounds present in the air.
Many of the common low grade furnace filters sold today have about a 1% collection efficiency against 2.5 micron size particles and have no ability to remove volatile organic compounds.
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