In this NBC News article, digital editorial intern for Select, Zoe Malin, seeks expert advice from ASL CEO, Dr. John McKeon, on indoor air quality and air cleaners. The author observes that since the pandemic first forced people to spend more time at home, many have invested in products to filter the air they breathe indoors and that devices that monitor or improve indoor air quality have been flying off the shelves. Those who live in small spaces like apartments and dorm rooms have to pay special attention to indoor air quality because in small, enclosed spaces people are more likely to notice and be harmed by air pollution from smoke, allergens, toxins or noxious gases.
Many modern apartment buildings and dorms feature central cooling and heating systems, said John McKeon, CEO of Allergy Standards, a global organization that certifies safer products for people with asthma or allergies. This means residents don’t have much, if any, control over the air pumped through their vents or knowledge of where it’s coming from. McKeon said that, in these situations, people also don’t have control over how often filters are changed or ducts are cleaned, which means the air that arrives in their small space could be polluted, dry, humid or stale.
NBC News have previously consulted Dr. McKeon for an article entitled ‘How to Pick the Best Air Purifiers in 2021, according to experts’. Allergy Standards CERTIFIES air purifiers asthma & allergy friendly® through their Certification Program run in collaboration with the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Certification is only awarded if the product passes stringent scientific testing so consumers can trust they are buying a better product.
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