We overcome a range of health risks in our lives every single day. Since risks can happen at any time, from your drive to work, a misstep that leads to broken bones, exposure to pollutants in the air, and all can have adverse effects on your health. Many of these are unavoidable, while some we may choose to avoid if we understood the capacity of their potential dangers. Pollutants and hazardous substances trapped indoors are risks that can be minimized.1
The Importance of Indoor Air Quality
According to the EPA, levels of indoor air pollution are typically 2 to 5 times higher than outdoor levels.3
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) affects our health and well-being. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines IAQ as “the air quality within and around buildings and structures, especially as it relates to the health and comfort of building occupants.” 2 Indoor Air Quality can be better than outdoor air when there is proper airflow and air cleaning devices. Studies by EPA’s Total Exposure Assessment Methodology (TEAM) “found levels of about a dozen common organic pollutants to be 2 to 5 times higher inside homes than outside, regardless of whether the homes were located in rural or highly industrial areas.” 3
Why Clean Air Matters
Indoor air quality can fluctuate depending on factors ranging from indoor humidity levels, temperature (indoor and outdoor), pollen and allergens, pet dander, pollutants, and airflow/ ventilation. To help prevent the dangers associated with poor indoor air quality these factors must be controlled.
Indoor pollutants, allergens, and humidity can influence the way we function, affecting our quality of life, health, and comfort. Our bodies are designed to fight off harmful pollutants that make us sick, but when indoor pollutants multiply, our immune system cannot keep up. Regulating the air quality of your property can have long-term health benefits.
How to Improve your Indoor Air Quality
Ions are a natural part of the environment, continuously working to clean the air outside. Have you noticed a change in your energy while watching the waves crash on the beach? There is more to the fresh ocean air you’re breathing in – lots of ions. Ions can be found in higher concentrations in nature, especially near moving water, and direct sunlight. The electrical charge of ions attacks and break down pollutants in the air, helping to boost your energy and relieve stress.
Fortunately, you don’t have to wait till your next visit to the beach to enjoy the benefits of negative ions. Innovative Dehumidifier Systems has integrated Bi-polar Ion Technology into the IW25-4 Dehumidifier, to help lower relative humidity indoors to help prevent mold by breaking down air pollution such as allergens, bacteria, mold, odors, pollen, and more.
Since we are spending more time than ever indoors, (Covid-19 has increased the amount of time we stay at home), it has become more important than ever to maintain healthy living environments. Unlike traditional ion generators, that break down pollutants and leave them in the air to fall to the ground or stick to furnishings, the ENERGY STAR® Certified IW25-4 helps transform pollutants into water vapor, to condense and help remove unwanted particles in the air.
The innovative technology of the IW25-4 dehumidifier with bi-polar ion generator condenses moisture in the air, while the fan disperses ions throughout the room. The positive and negative ions help to neutralize pollutants, bonding to form water vapor. The IW25-4 cycles through this process to remove moisture generated indoors and help to lower indoor humidity levels.
Bi-Polar Ion Generator
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | Chapter 5: Indoor Air Pollutants and Toxic Materials
- Environmental Protection Agency | Introduction to Indoor Air Quality: Indoor Air Pollution and Health
- Environmental Protection Agency | The Inside Story: A Guide to Indoor Air Quality
- United States Consumer Product Safety Commission | The Inside Story: A Guide to Indoor Air Quality; Indoor Air Quality Concerns