05/15/2013 // Camfil Farr USA // Camfil // (press release)
(Air Filtration News) – The news was mixed in the American Lung Association’s “State of the Air 2013” report, released in April reports Camfil, a provider of high quality air filters. While the report showed some unmistakable progress in the battle on air pollution — some of the biggest improvements were seen from cities that ranked near the bottom on the group’s 2012 report — millions of people are living in heavily polluted areas. And as the report points out, growing research is showing more ways in which air pollution can harm one’s health.
Nor is it just the outdoor air that is of concern. Dangerous particles in the outside environment can easily work their way indoors — particularly worrisome since individuals spend up to 90 percent of their day inside. Advances from companies like Camfil, who is the world’s leading provider of clean air solutions, can reduce health risks by keeping harmful particles out of the indoor air using high quality air filters. But that is just one step in fighting air pollution. Tougher emissions standards — reducing the amount of dangerous particles that ever get released into the air from sources like automobiles — are another vital, and much needed safeguard.
State of the Air Report Finding’s Point to Need for Air Filters
Key findings from the State of the Air report, along with an interactive tool that lets users see how their community fares in terms of air quality are available at www.stateoftheair.org. Among the report’s findings:
• More than 4 in 10 people in the U.S. live in counties that have unhealthy levels of either ozone or particle pollution.
• Nearly 25 million people in the United States live in counties that have unhealthy levels of all three of the main hazards: ozone, short-term particle pollution, and year-round particle pollution.
• Eighteen cities had lower year-round levels of particle pollution — including 16 cities that recorded their lowest levels ever — but some of the most polluted cities suffered more days with high ozone or short-term particle levels than they did the previous year.
What the State of the Air site also makes clear is the need for protection from air pollution’s perils, which can include illness, hospitalization, and even premature death. One effective approach many hospitals, businesses, office buildings, and manufacturers have adopted is the use of high efficiency air filters. The latest designs from companies like Camfil not only do a better job of keeping harmful particles out of the air, but last longer and require less energy. So the filter’s total lifetime costs are reduced even as air quality improves. Indeed, sustainable air filters from Camfil have enabled customers to achieve HVAC energy savings of up to 50 percent.
To be sure, there is still a long way to go on the war on air pollution. But with right commitment and technology, healthier air is something we all can have — and breathe.
The world leader in air filters and air filtration systems, Camfil provides clean air solutions for hospitals, hotels, office buildings, educational institutions, and pharmaceutical and biotech companies. We provide the tools to achieve sustainability, maintain high air quality, and reduce airborne infections — all while lowering total cost of ownership. Camfil customers go green without ever sacrificing performance. For more information, visit us online at http://airfilters.camfilfarr.us, or call us toll-free at 888.599.6620.
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