Incense Sticks Elevate Dangerous PM2.5, Formaldehyde Levels

Researchers have tested the air pollution released by incense sticks, and it’s not pretty! Frankincense, myrrh, and nag champa incense are often used in these sticks. Although you may enjoy the scent, these incense sticks can be quite dangerous to your health. The burning of incense sticks releases two dangerous …

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Are Essential Oils and Oil Diffusers Safe?

The use of essential oil diffusers such as the popular “Air Wick Essential Mist Diffuser” can be extremely relaxing. Many essential oils such as lavender, tea tree, and eucalyptus are touted to have a variety of benefits ranging from pain relief to boosting your mood. But can essential oil diffusers actually …

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Do Air Purifiers Work With the Window Open?

Will my air purifier still work if I have a window open? New test data from Smart Air finds that air purifiers can still meaningfully reduce particulate pollution in a room with a window cracked.  Here’s what to know: The Obvious: Air Purifiers Most Effective With Windows Closed No one …

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How to protect yourself from wildfire smoke

3 Tips to Protect Yourself From Wildfire Smoke

Wildfires create a serious amount of smoke and air pollution. Wildfire smoke can cause short and long-term health impacts. That’s why it’s important to know how to protect yourself from wildfire smoke. Wildfire smoke is a form of air pollution. It contains dangerous VOC gases and small particles (PM2.5) that …

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Simple Trick to Breathe Clean Air After Samut Prakan Factory Blast

Toxic chemicals have polluted Bangkok air since the Samut Prakan factor blast on July 5th. How can residents protect themselves and filter out these dangerous gases from their homes? Luckily, there is a relatively simple trick to remove dangerous chemicals from your home. Large Amounts of Cancer Causing Styrene Released …

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Study Finds Ionizers Increase Air Pollution

A peer-reviewed study from the University of Texas finds that ionizers increase air pollution, creating formaldehyde, ozone, and particulate. This data contrasts sharply with claims from air purifier companies that market ionizers as magical machines. One company in China claims that their machine’s negative ions “remove PM2.5 particulate pollution and …

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How Wildfires In California Affect Air Quality

It is no surprise that wildfires affect air quality. Pollution from wildfires in California and Australia over the years has greatly affected air quality levels. Pictures like the one above show the large amounts of smoke and pollution produced by these wildfires in California. But how exactly does the smoke …

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Can Activated Carbon Remove Formaldehyde?

Can activated carbon filters remove formaldehyde and VOCs? Earlier tests from Smart Air found that carbon can reduce VOCs from cigarette smoke. But formaldehyde and VOCs in general are particular concern for many people. We put activated carbon filters to the test by ordering formaldehyde straight from the factory and …

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Dyson Pure Cool air Purifier Tower CADR Review

Dyson Pure Cool Air Purifier Review: Shockingly Bad

Dyson’s Pure Cool air purifier looks impressive. However a review of its clean air rating (CADR) reveals this filter does a poor job of providing clean air – the Dyson TP05 Pure Cool’s CADR comes in at just 164m3/hr. That means the Dyson Pure Cool air purifier out as much …

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