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EPA Indoor Air Quality Study
EPA Sets Indoor Air Quality Standards

The Environmental 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 environmental standards.

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 syndrome.�

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
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 outdoors.

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 pollutants.

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 Contaminants
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 can include:

  • Environmental tobacco smoke
  • Sick building syndrome
  • Combustion products
  • Biological pollutants
  • Volatile organics
  • Heavy metals

Environmental Tobacco Smoke
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 most.

O�ZONELite�s TiO2 (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 smoke.

Sick Building Syndrome
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 polluting chemicals.

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.

Combustion Products
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 clothes dryers.

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 safely.

Biological Pollutants
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 Organics
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 solvents.

The photocatalytic effect of O�ZONELite�s TiO2 (titanium dioxide) coating can eliminate gaseous pollutants from the air.

Heavy Metals
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 paint.

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 office.

  • Do not block air vents.
  • Do not smoke inside the building.
  • Dispose of garbage promptly.
  • Store food properly.
  • 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 taken:

Removal of Pollution Source
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.

Increase Ventilation
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.

Cleaning the Air
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.

O�ZONELite� Helps 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 airborne pathogens.

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.

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