Car Air Ionizers - Do You Want One?

By Leslie Neilson

Nearly all of us are concerned with the quality of air in our homes and out in the environment. But what about the quality of air inside our cars? According to a survey by The Dohring Company, over 95% of the people polled were concerned about the quality of air inside the car.

A very great amount of time is consumed inside the car by Americans, with an average of 1.5 hours each day. It takes my friend 2 hours every day for five days a week, to go to work. That is the same as a five-day workweek.

Sorry to say, but latest and continuing surveys show that air inside your car is twice or five times more polluted than that of your house or your place of work. In any case, the car is just of lesser size and the space is more compact than your house or place of work and is more vulnerable to allergies linked to fungus and signs similar to sick building syndrome. Fungi can enter the air through air streams and the ventilation systems, circulating harmful allergens and microorganisms. Everybody in the car is sucking in particles of dust, greenhouse gases and fumes from car exhaust - besides formaldehydes, other similar irritants in the materials in the car from pets, food and cigarette smoking. According to Anders Lofvendahl, project manager at Volvo, "In hot climates, volatile hydrocarbons evaporate from plastics and textiles." With all of these conditions, the health of your family especially those who are suffering from asthma and allergies will worsen and the surroundings can become toxic for all of you. And a study done in 1990 by The International Center for Technology Assessment states "...23 separate scientific studies conducted in the 1980's and 1990's reveal that in-car air pollution levels frequently reach concentrations that may threaten human health." Nearby monitoring stations used to calculate government air quality information showed results of indoor air in cars have more carbon monoxide, benzene, toluene (all cancer-causing agents), fine particle matter, and nitrogen oxides than ambient air. This fact was also stated in that study.

Imagine this - every motor vehicle on the road is breathing in and out poisonous air - that air is in your vehicle. That is the air you keep inhaling into your lungs and breathe for the whole duration that you are inside that enclosed, contaminated space, traveling.

We absolutely adore our dog, Bear. A Newfoundland breed, and weighs 135 pounds, he adores taking a ride in the car. Apart from the fact that he is taking up so much space in the back seat of our tiny vehicle, the only trouble is his hair keeps falling off and his skin discards a lot of dander that stinks. So, rather than leave him at home and pouting, the alternative was to find ways to keep the air in our car healthy and clean. A number of proposals include installing a filtration system in your car, or a plug-in air purifier perhaps (placed on the cigarette lighter plug-in, a better use for it anyway) one that uses negative ions to cleanse the air inside the car, or air freshener ionizers. The outer opening is shut while the windows are kept up. The matter is Bear can't stick his head out!

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