Are You Allergic To Your Home?
Millions of people suffer from allergies, feeling like their lives are a constant battle between their bodies and substances in the environment that trigger their symptoms. If you are one of them, you know how difficult it is to find remedies for your symptoms.
But there is a solution. You can reduce or even end your allergies altogether by removing the pollutants that cause them from the air in your home.
The word “allergy” is commonly used to refer to anything and everything in your surroundings that cause a response in your body.
But there are different groups of substances that can cause the responses we call “allergies.” Understanding these differences is key to choosing the proper method of removal.
The first group is allergens. These are the natural substances that are commonly recognized for causing allergies—pollen, dust mites, animal dander, and molds. They trigger a response that starts in the immune system. If you have an allergy to dust mites, for example, your immune system identifies dust mites as an invader (allergen) and responds by releasing substances that typically cause symptoms in the nose, throat, eyes, ears, skin or roof of the mouth.
If you are allergic to pets, the odor of their urine may be causing your allergy as well as their fur. Symptoms of a cat urine allergy can include coughing and wheezing; hives or rash; red, irritated eyes; a runny, itchy or stuffy nose, and sneezing. Beyond allergies, excessive cat urine odor can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea, and respiratory symptoms, among others.
Then there are irritants. Symptoms of irritation are caused in an area of the body by direct contact with the irritant, such as breathing fumes from ammonia-based window cleaner that make you cough.
And finally there are outright poisons. Many consumer products release misty vapors of volatile chemicals into the air—such as formaldehyde, perfumes, plastics, paints and finishes, solvents, and pesticides—which are toxic and can affect your body in a variety of different ways. These effects can go way beyond coughing and sneezing and can affect every system in your body. Some effects are not obvious at first, but after years of exposure can result in illnesses such as cancer.
Many of these toxic chemicals belong to a family of chemicals known as VOCs, short for volatile organic compounds. These are typically toxic solvents that easily evaporate at room temperature, such as benzene (found indoors in tobacco smoke), perchloroethylene or “perc” (which enters the home on dry cleaning) and various solvents that vaporize from paints, finishes, caulk, and other building materials. Many VOCs are known to cause cancer and otherwise be very toxic.
One particular effect of toxic chemicals, known as Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS), is particularly difficult to live with. It is the result of toxic chemicals from consumer products damaging specific cells in the immune system, which causes the immune system to not be able to recognize whether incoming substances are friend or foe. As a result, the immune system responds to everything as if it were harmful, resulting in a wide variety of symptoms in response to many substances, harmful or not. MCS generally develops from chemical exposures common in modern homes that are often presumed to be safe.
The best solution for indoor air pollution is to remove pollutants at the source, such as switching from toxic cleaning products to natural ones, and replacing plastics that emit VOCs with natural materials like wood and cotton, that do not.
But that can’t be done with many allergens, irritants, and toxic chemicals. Pollen, for example, is ubiquitous in the environment, even if you remove that tree outside your window. It can take time to identify and replace toxic chemicals in your home.
Though you should always remove any sources of allergens, irritants, and poisons that you can, a good way to control them is by using an air control system or air purifier.
When looking for a whole house air purifier, you want to get one that will effectively remove a broad spectrum of allergens, irritants, and poisons. For the purposes of removal, these fall generally into two categories—particles and gasses.
HEPA—High-Efficiency Particulate Arrestance — is by far the preferred filtration method for particles, rated at 99.99 percent efficient for particles that have a size of 0.3 µm or greater.
For many years, activated carbon has been used in air filters in an attempt to remove gasses. It works by a process where pollutant gasses are taken in by carbon media, but can often be released back into the environment.
But there is a better way. New technologies now exist that destroy the bonds between the molecules in a variety of toxic chemicals, allowing them to break down and be retained by the media. When broken down, it eliminates the toxic chemical from the living space.
You now have the ability to remove particulate and neutralize chemical odors from your indoor air space without the use of carbon technology. The EnviroKlenz® system of products was designed to attack the chemical odors at the source while maintaining the key safety features and benefits for those who suffer from allergies and fragrance sensitivities. The process of treating your environment encompasses treating the surfaces, contents, and air to collectively restore livability to your personal environment.
Removing Chemical Odors, Toxic Vapors, & Allergy Triggers from Indoor Air Space
Chemicals and odors in the environment can trigger a variety of responses from individuals dealing with environmental illnesses.The EnviroKlenz Mobile Air System circulates air and captures and neutralizes a variety of common air pollutants. The system is ideal for personal indoor spaces such as a bedrooms and living rooms in both homes and for apartments. It can be easily moved around and sets up in just a few minutes.The system uses a combination of patented chemical neutralizers and HEPA filtration to work against chemicals, pollutants, odors, and particulates.The EnviroKlenz HVAC air cartridge compliments the mobile system and can be installed into your existing air system to add chemical neutralization capabilities while the air is circulating in your home.
Remove Allergy Triggers from Your Home
When we smell odors and chemicals in the air the first response is often to focus on treating the air with purifiers, but in most instances finding and treating the source should be what is addressed first. If a source is present and not treated it can continue to off gas.Even with proper ventilation and air treatment these compounds will persist. Surfaces such as carpets and rugs can harbor chemicals and odors for a long time. EnviroKlenz source treatment products can attack chemical odors and neutralize them at the source. When you treat the source, air treatment process will in turn be more successful.
Remove Allergy Triggers from your Clothes & Linens
The contents in our homes can be a haven for chemicals and pollutants and are often delayed triggers for environmental illnesses and allergies. As we encounter pollution throughout our day we can bring them home in our clothing and body. They then deposit on to the surfaces and other contents in our home. Leaving them unchecked just adds to the problems that may already exist. The EnviroKlenz system is designed on treating the air, surfaces, and contents in our homes. Chemicals and fragrances on our clothing can be neutralized by the EnviroKlenz Laundry Enhancer. The product can be used to neutralize the things we encounter or even fragrances from new purchase items such as clothing and linens. When you combine air, source, and content treatments the results will speak for itself.