You should never take air quality for granted! Air filters are critical not just for improving the quality of air, but also for improving the health of people in the general vicinity. The removal of smaller nanoparticles is a crucial step in reducing the harmful side effects associated with airborne particulates.
Here’s a bit of information about just what makes air filters so important.
Nanoparticles can negatively impact your health
The danger of nanoparticles is that they’re capable of getting past your respiratory tract, which is really the first line of defense your body has against airborne particles. Because they can be measured in the billionths of a meter, they can make their way all the way to the lungs, and once they get there, they can start to block the flow of oxygen into the blood (and carbon dioxide out of the blood).
The largest nanoparticles that exist are only about 100 nanometers across, and once they’re inside the body, they can cause damage to important proteins, DNA and various cellular structures, as well as blood vessels. They can even impair your senses and cause issues with memory and learning. Studies have shown that brains exposed to nanoparticles are more likely to develop abnormalities, similar to those seen in those with Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. This results in health problems of all kinds, even beyond just among people who are already at risk of illness. Otherwise healthy people and young people are also affected by exposure to these nanoparticles.
Cells that are put in danger by exposure to nanoparticles will respond to the distress they experience by dispatching white blood cells to the area to fight off the infection and inflammation. However, the more exposure the body has had to these harmful nanoparticles, the more persistent the inflammation will be, which means your blood vessels can become hardened and blocked off. This significantly elevates the risk of a stroke.
Your nerve receptors are also put at risk with long-term exposure to nanoparticles. The nerves send chemical messages to each other, and channel proteins on the outside of the cells, known as receptors. The receptors tell the brain when the body is in danger of being harmed by outside particles. Nanoparticles can damage those receptors, though, which means the body will be left vulnerable, as its warning system is effectively shut down.
Finally, nanoparticles contain free radicals, which means they can steal electrons from healthy cells. This results in many important cells in the body being broken or destroyed. Common effects include liver or kidney damage, nervous system damage and hearing loss.
All of this shows just how important it is to get high-quality filters that keep your air clean and can filter out even these microscopic nanoparticles. It’s especially important for settings such as hospital operating rooms, where purity of air is absolutely essential to positive patient results.
For more information about air filters and how the right product can benefit your commercial or industrial facility, contact AAir Purification Systems today.
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