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Indoor air pollution. How helpful is a hepa filter?

Indoor air pollution.  How helpful is a hepa filter?

Great: Hepa filters are one of the best filters. Use according to room size. They are great. ...Read more

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How much does hepa air filter cost?

How much does  hepa air filter cost?

Varies in price: Depending on size of the unit you need for the sq. Ft area you want to filter. ...Read more

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Do water filters really help trapped pollutants in tap water?

Do water filters really help trapped pollutants in tap water?

Not in NYC: The water in nyc is so good that filters are a waste of money. And they probably remove healthy electrolytes (will have to check on google to be sure). ...Read more

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Are flents ear-loop masks good for helping to filter air pollution?

Are flents ear-loop masks good for helping to filter air pollution?

Not complelety: The size of the particulate matter matter the way mask is worn , one tme use only but for reducing bacterial and viral transmission it helps fumes smoke etc it might not help at all. ...Read more

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Is breathing in graphite carbon dust a health risk? It seeps through our work masks.

Is breathing in graphite carbon dust a health risk? It seeps through our work masks.

Depends: Really depends on what the concentration is in the air and how know you are exposed . Talk to your employer about having an industrial hygiene analysis performed for this kind of work to determine if your masks are adequate to prevent adverse health effects. Google OSHA for more guidance. ...Read more

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From Jersey City,I inhaled air from the trash chute while discarding trash in my apt.I don't know why chute was emitting air but scared for hantavirus?

From Jersey City,I inhaled air from the trash chute while discarding trash in my apt.I don't know why chute was emitting air but scared for hantavirus?

Hanta virus trash: From Jersey City,I inhaled air from the trash chute while discarding trash in my apt.I don't know why chute was emitting air but scared for hantavirus? ANS: That must have been a smelly thing. Never heard of getting hantavirus from this. Check with local health department about cases or hantavirus in NJ and how folks got it. Usually dust inhalation with mouse feces. Did it smell mousey? ...Read more

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What is the best air purifier for cat allergies? A big hepa filter?

What is the best air purifier for cat allergies?  A big hepa filter?

Cat allergy: The best treatment is avoidane ! dont have a pet cat - not even outdoors. Hepa filters are very helpful. They need to be placed in areas that you spend the most time (i.e., bedroom). Also, change filters in you central air ducts monthly. ...Read more

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I have severe allergic rhinitis. Will buying air purifiers & vacuum cleaners with hepa filters help me? Providing that we don't have carpets.

I have severe allergic rhinitis. Will buying air purifiers & vacuum cleaners with hepa filters help me? Providing that we don't have carpets.

Insufficient help: You should see your doctor. Severe allergic rhinitis doesn't tend to be treated sufficiently with an antihistamine and saline and environmental controls (filters, no carpets), though they help. Allergy shots are the only method to "cure" you of allergies, and you're young so i think it would be worth it for you. Additionally there are options of nasal steroids and/or antihistamines ; singulair (montelukast). ...Read more

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How high is the air pollution in indoor parking garages and toll booths?

Higher: Very high, if you are in la. Parking garages of course also higher. ...Read more

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Air purifier makes the air dry, is this true?

Not necessarily: There are many ways to purify air - not all of them make air dry. Check out http://home.howstuffworks.com/air-purifier.htm for some basics. ...Read more

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How deadly is beijing's air pollution?

How deadly is beijing's air pollution?

Not good: For most of the year Beijing has an air pollution index which would be unacceptable in the US. Chinese are willing to put up with it as a sign of progress and the fact that they are earning a living. There will be a burden of disease in the long run which will be tragic. ...Read more

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Would a brita filter out the sulfur in water?

Not sure: Reviewed Zerowater filter with Brita filter. No listing for sulfur in water in either. Hydrogen sulfide smell or like rotten eggs can be due to contamination in the well. Seek a water treatment professional or well water testing facility to ask about chlorine correct of the well. Dont want coliform contamination. Hope this is useful. ...Read more

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Air ionizer good or bad? It is on my air filter from the 90s

Probably good: But the equipment is a little dated. More things to go wrong. Have service and make sure it is functioning as designed. ...Read more

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Odds of brain eating amoeba inf from neti pot using brita pitcher water?

Odds of brain eating amoeba inf from neti pot using brita pitcher water?

Not likely: This actually is an interesting question. There are no guarantees in life and you could get an amoeba at any time. However, it would be really unlikely with first potable and then filtered water. I would assume you are using clean municipal water and then extra filtering it with Brita. So, the risk is low, but there are just no guarantees: nothing in medicine is ever 100% ...Read more

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Live in condo. Neighbors smoke. Furnace pulls air from outside. Smell cigarette smoke about once a day coming from furnace vent. How harmful to baby?

Live in condo. Neighbors smoke. Furnace pulls air from outside. Smell cigarette smoke about once a day coming from furnace vent. How harmful to baby?

No harm: We humans are not that fragile (otherwise, we would have gone extinct long ago). A baby born today will grow up surrounded by trace amounts of industrial/chemical contaminants in the air, water, ground, food, etc. There is no useful way to identify these contaminants or what their effects are. Yet, kids grow up fine. Some companies do make HEPA air filters for heating and air conditioning systems. ...Read more

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Vacuum cleaner brand with hepa filter for dust mite and dust allergy?

Vacuum cleaner brand with hepa filter for dust mite and dust allergy?

Vaccuums: Any brand with a true hepa filter should be adequate. The problem of ineffective filtering typically comes from not keeping the filter clean, or replacing as needed. ...Read more

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Does air pollution affect emphysema?

Does air pollution affect emphysema?

Yes: The air pollution can make the symptoms in patients with emphysema worse, like cough or shortness of breath. It depends. ...Read more

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Indoor air quality? Which indoor plants are helpful in cleaning air of co2 and other toxins?

Indoor air quality? Which indoor plants are helpful in cleaning air of co2 and other toxins?

All : All plants participate in photosynthesis, a chemical reaction that converts carbon dioxide into organic compounds such as sugars, using the energy from sunlight. In general the more chlorophyll present (the substance that provides the green color to leaves), the more photosynthesis that will be taking place. Therefore as a general rule, the larger and leafier the plant, the more photosynthesis that will be occurring in the presence of sunlight. However, having more indoor plants will not result in a significantly lower carbon dioxide concentration than the rest of the atmosphere, as indoor air is always in communication with the rest of the environment. Also, carbon dioxide at these concentrations is not harmful to humans, and having indoor plants does not result in significant air detoxification that can be attributed to any meaningful health benefits. ...Read more

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Like to filter out dustmites out of the air?

Like to filter out dustmites out of the air?

They are not in air: While hepa filters work best for airbore particals that trigger allergies and asthma, dust mites hang out on surfaces and inside matress, boxspring, pillows, rugs and upolstered furniture. Allergy proof encasings are the best for bedding and removal of rugs in the bedroom. ...Read more

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Hello, I was just a bit worried. I was cleaning up my air conditioner and when I lifted it to put it on the ground, I was scraped by the filter which?

Hello, I was just a bit worried.  I was cleaning up my air conditioner and when I lifted it to put it on the ground, I was scraped by the filter which?

Abrasion: An abrasion type injury is treated by cleaning it with warm water and soap, patting dry and then applying an antibacterial ointment like bacitracin. If there is persistent bleeding or spreading redness,get examined and treated in the hospital emergency room. A tetanus booster may be given depending upon when your last tetanus booster was given. ...Read more

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How do I filter air at home for environmental exposure?

How do I filter air at home for environmental exposure?

HEPA: Buy either a hepa filter for your air exchanger or get a module installed to filter the air. The alternative is to buy a standalone air purifier that uses a hepa filter to filter out some (can't do all) of the toxins and allergens in the air. ...Read more

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Indoor air pollution. How helpful is a hepa filter?

Great: Hepa filters are one of the best filters. Use according to room size. They are great. ...Read more

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Air ionizer good or bad? It is on my air filter from the 90s

Probably good: But the equipment is a little dated. More things to go wrong. Have service and make sure it is functioning as designed. ...Read more

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How much does hepa air filter cost?

Varies in price: Depending on size of the unit you need for the sq. Ft area you want to filter. ...Read more

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What is the best elevation for put a hepa air filter in the home?

What is the best elevation for put a hepa air filter in the home?

HEPA filter: I'm not sure of your question. A HEPA filter is used to trap small allergens. So the best place to put the filter would be to place it on the air return vents of your heating/cooling system. If you are asking about floor vs table, place on table. If you're asking about elevation above sea level, then all houses could benefit if the homeowners have allergy symptoms. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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How long do I have to run my ionic air filter before I feel a difference?

How long do I have to run my ionic air filter before I feel a difference?

NEVER: If you have allergies or asthma use a hepa not an ionic filter. Ionic filters can put ozone in the air that can make someone with allergies or asthma worse ! ...Read more

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Is there some kind of air filter machine I can buy that works better than hepa?

Is there some kind of air filter machine I can buy that works better than hepa?

NO: Hepa filters are best for allergies/ asthma. Bigger models may filter more air and others may have additional filters to give better results but always make sure it's a hepa. ...Read more

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I exercise a lot outside( jog) i noticed the air feels dirty recently from vehicle fuels. Should i wear air filter mask? What brand do you recommend?

I exercise a lot outside( jog) i noticed the air feels dirty recently from vehicle fuels. Should i wear air filter mask? What brand do you recommend?

Need clean air: to get max benefits of exercise need clean air when there are no cars or jog in a park far away from auto exhausts. Masks are useless. They lose efficiency very quickly within a few breaths even the most expensive ones ...Read more

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How helpful is indoor air filter for allergies?

How helpful is indoor air filter for allergies?

Depends: If the air filter circulates the air in a room enough times it can help. You need a filter that will move enough air in the room to adequately filter it. If the filter is a hepa filter it can help. It needs to trap the small particles. If you have allergies to highly airborne allergens, it can help. A heavier allergen (dog dander) tends to drop to the floor where a filter cannot trap it. ...Read more

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Will an air filter with an ionizer help or aggravate my asthma?

Will an air filter with an ionizer help or aggravate my asthma?

Yes and no: The air filter (be sure to use HEPA grade filter) will help to remove allergens and irritants that can act as triggers. The ionizer can actually exacerbate asthma because the free radicals that are produced can worsen inflammation within the lung. ...Read more

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I have anxiety how can I get cold air to filter through my lungs?

I have anxiety how can I get cold air to filter through my lungs?

Anxiety/cold air: To "filter cold air" through your lungs, you would need to breathe in cold air. If you have difficulty with anxiety, a psychiatrist and psychotherapist can help you. Good treatment is available. ...Read more

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Looking for a good air filter to better control asthma/suggestions?

Looking for a good air filter to better control asthma/suggestions?

Hepa filters: Purifying the air is benficial to asthmatics and allergy and people in general. I always recommend hepa filters. Honeywell makes several dpending on the room size. They are not too expensive but are certainly worth ir. ...Read more

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What is the best air purifier for cat allergies? A big hepa filter?

Cat allergy: The best treatment is avoidane ! dont have a pet cat - not even outdoors. Hepa filters are very helpful. They need to be placed in areas that you spend the most time (i.e., bedroom). Also, change filters in you central air ducts monthly. ...Read more

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Covered broken asbestos tile with carpet but no loose pieces, is there still a danger?. i have air purifier with a true hepa filter on all the time.

Covered broken asbestos tile with carpet but no loose pieces, is there still a danger?. i have air purifier with a true hepa filter on all the time.

Unfortunately: asbestos fibers can permeate carpeting and would still pose a health risk. The risk is not close to that posed to industrial workers or those working with tile (eg sawing), but the long term risk posed to you is unknown since it is a carcinogen and many years will transpire before a malignancy develops. Recommend looking into the cost of removal and limit any carcinogen exposures (eg smoking) ...Read more

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What is the best hepa air filter for dealing with allergies?

HEPA: The one with relatively inexpensive and long lasting filters. ...Read more

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Are flents ear-loop masks good for helping to filter air pollution?

Not complelety: The size of the particulate matter matter the way mask is worn , one tme use only but for reducing bacterial and viral transmission it helps fumes smoke etc it might not help at all. ...Read more