How Can You Reduce Your Exposure To Particulate Matter?

Last updated: 21st April 2021

Air pollution is a severe public health issue that many countries across the world are experiencing. Concentrations of ambient air pollution are exceeding the maximum limits set by legislation. Although effective policies have been implemented, there is more that we can do to reduce both indoor and outdoor air pollution.

The health effects of air pollution can be dangerous, especially to those that have cardiovascular or respiratory conditions as they can be more prone to the effects. There are the standard measures of reducing your exposure to particulate matter, such as staying indoors, preventing the outdoor air from entering the building, and reducing the amount of materials burned. In addition to these measures, air filtration systems provide a measurable reduction in indoor air pollution.

What is Particulate Matter?

Particulate matter (or PM), refers to the solid particles and liquid droplets that are found in the air. These particles vary in size and some may also be large enough to be visible, such as dirt, smoke, and dust. There are also smaller particles that aren’t visible unless inspected through an electron microscope.

The two main types of particulate matter are:

PM 10 – These are particles with diameters of 10 micrometres and smaller and can be inhaled.

PM 2.5 – These are smaller particles with diameters of 2.5 micrometres and smaller. PM 2.5 particles can also be inhaled and can often be more harmful as they can get deep into your lungs.

PM 2.5 and PM 10 can come from different sources and they can also be made up of a variety of chemicals. Particulate matter forms in the atmosphere, but it can also be created from reactions of different chemicals, mainly from combustion. They can come from fires, smoke stacks, construction sites, and more.

What are the effects of PM 2.5 and PM 10?

Particulate matter are very small particles of solids and liquids that could cause health complications if exposed to in large quantities. PM 2.5 in particular can be very dangerous as these are the finer particles that can travel deep into your lungs and sometimes even into your blood stream. Continued exposure to these particles can lead to respiratory and cardiovascular health complications.

Finer particulate matter is also often responsible for causing haze in areas that are heavily polluted.

Are Particulate Matter Emissions Regulated?

In Europe, the European Union established the Cleaner Air For Europe Directive (CAFÉ Directive). This establishes a long-term strategy for combating air pollution and protecting the population from the effects on human health and the surrounding environment.

As part of the directive, the EU are enforcing limit values and thresholds for specific air pollutants which must not be exceeded within buildings. In commercial, residential, industrial, and educational buildings, indoor air pollution must be monitored and regulated in order to comply with legislation. This can be done by installing an air filtration system with high-performance filters that can remove pollutants from the indoor air.

You can learn more about the CAFÉ directive here.

How Business Can Reduce PM 2.5 In Indoor Air

Buildings in all sectors must comply with the EU legislations to ensure that indoor air pollution is minimised. To meet these strict limits, developers, planners, and mechanical consultants must have the appropriate measures in place, such as air filtration systems. Air filtration systems provide a measurable solution to reducing indoor air pollution as they deliver long-term NOx mitigation. These air filters can also remove particulate matter from the indoor air.

At AAC Eurovent, we offer a comprehensive range of high-performance carbon filters that are designed to deliver measurable nitric oxide and nitrogen dioxide removal from the ambient air quality. Our carbon filter systems come with a G3 particulate filter as standard and it can also be upgraded to remove particular matter (PM 2.5 and PM 10) from the air.

For hotel and student accommodation projects where space is limited, we also offer low-profile AAC NITROSORB filter systems which have been independently MCERTS tested and are suitable for new build or retrofit schemes.

Whether you have a commercial, educational, industrial, or residential building, we can provide a bespoke solution that takes care of your indoor air pollution reduction needs.

Contact AAC Eurovent for Carbon Filter Systems

If you are looking for an effective and reliable air filtration system that delivers measurable PM 2.5 and NOx reduction to improve indoor air quality, then AAC Eurovent can help you. We also offer a free design and manufacture service for bespoke projects that require effective indoor air quality management.

Call us on 0800 999 4884 or you can send us an email

N.B. The information contained in this entry is provided by the above supplier, and does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the publisher

Action inspires action. Stay ahead of the curve with sustainability and energy newsletters from edie