Air pollution can have a detrimental effect on our respiratory system, leading to difficulty breathing, coughing, and upper respiratory tract congestion. It has also been linked to heart disease. Poor indoor air quality can contribute to the development of infections, chronic lung diseases such as asthma, and even lung cancer. Therefore, it is essential to understand the association between air purification and its potential health benefits. A cross-intervention study was conducted on healthy adults during their usual daily activities.
The researchers tracked and measured several indicators of lung and heart health over the one-week, three, and six-month periods of the study using standard clinical tests, such as blood pressure and heart ultrasounds (echocardiograms). The results showed that indoor PM2.5 concentrations decreased in homes with an authentic air purifier, compared to those with a fake air purifier. However, there was very little difference in O3 concentration between households that had an authentic air purifier and those that had a fake air purifier. Additionally, air purification was not significantly associated with the lung function of the study subjects. Most modern buildings are somewhat airtight, which means that their design doesn't allow for a lot of leaks or natural ventilation.
Therefore, adding air purifiers to the home can directly improve the autonomic heart function and respiratory health of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Pest allergens, bacteria, asbestos, and radon are just a few of the many pollutants you could be breathing in indoor air. Because air purifiers can be expensive, it is important to work with your doctor to determine who is most likely to benefit from them. Air purifier users are more likely to get health benefits in areas with higher air pollution, and that could mean living in a city with poor air quality or near a major source of pollution. In conclusion, adding an air purifier to your home can help improve your lung health by reducing indoor pollutants. However, it is important to note that this effect may be more pronounced in areas with higher levels of air pollution.