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  • Elizabeth Healy

How Better Indoor Air Quality Leads to a Better Quality of Life

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the importance of air quality to the forefront. But indoor air quality is not a new topic for the aging population. Indoor air quality is critical to senior citizens since they are prone to weaker immune systems and multiple diseases.

One of the main reasons older adults may have problems dealing with poor indoor air quality is they have lived longer. Seniors’ exposure to poor air quality over time makes them more likely to have breathing issues. Senior Citizens today were born between 1940’s- 1950’s.

Over the decade they have been exposed to

· Second hand smoke

· Lead in gas, paint, and toys

· Vehicle emissions that were not mandated

· Factories with weak guidelines

When particles from pollution are inhaled, they reach the deepest part of the lungs, which can create a cascade of reactions and inflammation. A healthy immune system filters out harmful particles. Aging citizens, though, tend to have weaker immune systems. This causes the body to take longer to heal. It also means the immune system does not get rid of the harmful pollutants that the body use to.

The average senior citizen takes in 20,000 breaths of air in a day, 90% of which are at home. Now think about this: According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), indoor air contains the same pollutants as outdoor air, but also contains additional pollutants, such as from fuel burning home heating and appliances, tobacco, cooking, construction materials, furnishings, pets, cleaning products, mold, mildew, dust mites, viruses, bacteria, and others.

THE SOLUTION: Indoor air purification with Active Air Technology. Learn more about the science and results at

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