Thumbs down on air cleaners
With two small children and a city apartment, I've thought about buying one of those "ionizing" air cleaners that promise cleaner air. Now I'm glad I didn't fork over the dough. The current issue of Consumer Reports found that some of the top brands emit potentially harmful amounts of ozone. You need a subscription to read the full report, but you can check out the press release here.
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There also seems to be medical evidence that keeping homes "too clean" will lower immune systems tolerance to dust and other irritants, actually increasing the chances for children developing asthma and related allergy problems.
Posted by: Sonia at April 25, 2005 01:14 PM
My boyfriend has an Ionic Breeze, and after reading the CS article, I turned it off and removed it from our bedroom. It's scary that they're able to deceive consumers into thinking they're cleaning things out of the air when they could actually be causing harm. In my opinion, it looks like a class action lawsuit in the making!
Posted by: Sarah at May 9, 2005 03:15 PM
Allergy and Asthma symptoms are the bodies immune symptom SCREAMING for cleaner air. Incidence of asthma is up 50% in the past 10 years alone. People die from asthma attacks. To say that having air that is too clean hurts you is rediculous. That's like saying drinking clean water is bad for you.
Air is our most important nutrient. Without food or water we can live for over a week. Without air, we die in minutes. Clean air is imperative and there are options to remove harmful particles, biological contaminants, odors and gases from the air safely and effectively. www.MyWholeHouseAirPurifier.com
Posted by: Dan at June 12, 2005 11:19 AM