Friday, May 09, 2008

A Solution for VOG & Sulfur Dioxide

Air Purifiers for VOG

Hawaiians are generally accustomed to some amount of “Vog” or volcanic smog but in March, the Kilauea volcano opened a new vent and began spewing double the usual amount of toxic gas. This has raised health concerns about VOG and indoor air quality:

(Source: The American Lung Association; Hawaii)"Health effects: Sulfur dioxide (the main component of VOG) is irritating to the eyes, nose, throat and respiratory tract. Short-term exposure to elevated levels of SO2 may cause inflammation and irritation, resulting in burning of the eyes, coughing, difficulty in breathing and a feeling of chest tightness.

Sensitive groups are children and those with pre-existing respiratory conditions such as asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, and chronic lung or heart disease.

These people are especially sensitive to SO2 and may respond to very low levels in the air. Prolonged or repeated exposure to higher levels may be dangerous to children and persons with pre-existing respiratory conditions."

AllerAir does have air purifiers available which are currently being used by clients in Hawaii for VOG and sulfur dioxide. These units feature a special carbon blend which targets the gaseous components specific to volcanic by-products, as well as medical-grade HEPA filtration for fine airborne particles. Call today for a customized recommendation 1-888-852-8247. We have over 40 blends of carbon to target numerous air quality issues. Trusted by home-owners and professionals world-wide!

For articles on Vog in Hawaii visit the AllerAir Air Quality Library:
http://www.allerair.com/air-quality-library/articles/allerair_hot_topic_00022.html

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