EPA Indoor Air Quality
Sets Indoor Air Quality Standards
Protection Agency (EPA) was created to protect the health and
environment of the American people. Since 1970, the EPA has been
responsible for researching, setting, and enforcing national
The EPA monitors the
quality of our air and the levels of various pollutants, which is
reported in their Air Quality Index (AQI). The EPA also monitors
indoor air quality to ensure clean air inside public buildings and
schools. Their indoor air quality studies set standards for
acceptable levels of pollutants and contaminants inside buildings,
and methods of cleaning buildings to avoid �sick building
The EPA also puts much
effort into informing parents about how they can maintain better air
quality in their homes, in order to avoid pollutants and asthma
triggers that can affect children�s health.
Indoor air pollution is a real health danger. Most
people in the United States spend more than 90 percent of their time
indoors, whether at home, school or work. The concentration of many
pollutants inside our buildings can exceed that of
The lungs are usually the
most affected by indoor air contaminants, with symptoms similar to
allergies, influenza and the common cold. But other acute effects
can be observed depending on the toxic characteristics of the
Improving the quality of
our indoor air can be achieved by eliminating the pollutants and
contaminants in our buildings, by adequate ventilation to recycle
our air, and by cleaning the indoor air with the help of innovations
like the O�ZONELite�.
Types of Indoor Air
The Environmental Protection Agency has
identified the most common indoor air pollution problems and the
symptoms they cause. Actions to remedy the quality of indoor air are
necessary in order to protect ourselves and our children. Pollutants
- Environmental tobacco
- Sick building
- Heavy metals
Environmental tobacco smoke, also called secondhand smoke, is a
major source of indoor air contamination. It includes both the
exhaled smoke from smokers and the smoke from the end of a
cigarette, pipe or cigar. Secondhand smoke not only contains as many
as 50 cancer-causing compounds, it can also trigger asthma episodes
by irritating the inflamed bronchial passages of asthma sufferers.
Many of the health effects of secondhand smoke affect children the
(titanium dioxide) coating helps eliminate the asthma trigger caused
by smoke by removing ethylene gas from the air. Ethylene is a
naturally occurring gaseous hormone produced by secondhand
In research performed by the World Health
Organization, 30 percent of buildings worldwide seem affected by
contaminated indoor air quality. Sick building syndrome can be
caused by insufficient ventilation, biological contamination, and
chemical contamination from indoor or outdoor sources.
Controlling indoor air
quality involves integrating three main strategies. First, manage
the sources of pollutants by either removing them from the building
or by controlling the timing of their use. Second, dilute pollutants
and remove them from the building through ventilation. Third, use
filtration to clean the air of pollutants.
Combined with a thorough
duct cleaning, the O�ZONELite� bulbs can help immunize most
buildings of sick building syndrome. O�ZONELite� effectively cleans
the air by removing air contaminants and pollutants. It is a
non-toxic way to eliminate germs and smoke without the use of
It is better than most
filters, which merely trap airborne particles and organisms.
O�ZONELite� actually destroys harmful bacteria, mold, and viruses,
and inhibits the growth of airborne pathogens.
Inside our buildings and homes, many items and
equipment emit combustion products, volatile organic compounds, and
toxic compounds that can cause chronic health problems and severe
reactions. Such indoor air contaminants can be created by many
sources, including stoves, space heaters, furnaces, fireplaces, and
Indoor air pollution can
be reduced by increasing the circulation of outdoor air within the
building, venting appliances to the outside, and periodic inspection
and maintenance of equipment to ensure they are working
Biological contamination is caused by living
organisms. These can include bacteria, mold, pollen, viruses,
infectious diseases, and insect droppings that accumulate in ducts,
carpeting, insulation and drains. It also includes dust mites and
pet dander that become airborne allergens and cause allergic
reactions in those exposed to them.
Biological air pollutants
are found to some degree in every home, school and workplace. High
humidity and dirt encourages the growth biological contaminants, so
it is important to clean the indoor environment thoroughly, repair
leaks and remove standing water.
House molds like black
mold are a leading cause of indoor air contamination.
To ease allergy symptoms
and clear the air of pollutants, O�ZONELite� eliminates airborne
microorganisms, dust mites, bacteria, and viruses in a non-toxic way
without having to use harmful chemical solvents. It also destroys
the mold spores in your home before they have a chance to grow.
O�ZONELite� is also perfect for pet owners who want to eliminate the
odors from animals.
Volatile organic compounds are the easiest to manage
within our homes. At room temperature, volatile compounds are
emitted as gases from certain solids and liquids. These include
pesticides, solvents, hair sprays, dry-cleaning fluids, cleaning
agents and formaldehyde. Office equipment, such as copy machines and
printers, also emit these volatile organics.
Always have adequate
ventilation when using chemical cleaners, photographic materials,
craft supplies, pesticides, paints, sealants and
The photocatalytic effect
of O�ZONELite�s TiO2 (titanium dioxide) coating can eliminate
gaseous pollutants from the air.
Airborne lead and mercury vapors can cause lead
poisoning, muscle cramps, headaches, fatigue, personality changes,
tremors, and neurological dysfunction. The heavy metals can be found
in old or restored housing, firearms, some workshops, and latex
To eliminate these heavy
metals from your home, wet-mop and wipe furniture frequently to
control lead dust. Have a professional remove any paint containing
lead. If exposed to these in the workplace, always wear protective
gear and work in well-ventilated areas.
Improving the Quality
of Indoor Air
As an individual, there are many simple things
you can do to improve the indoor air quality in your home or
- Do not block air
- Do not smoke inside
- Dispose of garbage
- Store food
- Do not bring
contaminating products into the building.
- Take corrective action
when contamination is observed.
To improve the quality of
indoor air, the following combined actions should be
Removal of Pollution
Removing the cause of the contamination is the most
effective solution. The first action should be: routine cleaning and
maintenance of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning
systems; replacement of filters; replacement of water-stained
carpets and ceiling tiles; elimination of cigarette smoking; and
proper storage of paints, solvents and pesticides.
You can reduce indoor pollution by increasing the
air distribution and ventilation to exhaust the contamination from
the building. The remedy can include just one specific problem area
or the entire building.
Air cleaning and purification should be done along with
pollution removal and improved ventilation. Cleaning the air of
small particles and gaseous pollution will go far toward improving
the quality of your indoor air.
Improve Indoor Air Quality
Combined with a thorough cleaning
and ventilation, the O�ZONELite� bulbs can help improve the quality
of indoor air. O�ZONELite� effectively cleans the air by removing
air contaminants and pollutants. O�ZONELite� actually destroys
harmful bacteria, mold, and viruses, and eliminates the growth of
O�ZONELite� is a light
bulb with a titanium dioxide
coating that produces a photocatalytic action that reduces
airborne microorganisms into harmless CO2 and H2O. O�ZONELite� is an
environmentally friendly way of destroying airborne organisms and
bacteria. It eliminates the need for poisonous chemical aerosol
sprays. It destroys biological pollutant sources without creating
more chemical pollution.
The O�ZONELite� bulb fits
virtually anywhere a standard incandescent bulb can be used. This
energy-efficient 23-watt bulb gives off the same light output as a
regular 100-watt bulb, yet saves the user an average of $50 in
energy consumption over the life of the bulb.
Learn how to improve
indoor air quality in your office or home without damaging your
health or the environment.