Montreal Air Quality Issues and Air Purifier Recommendations

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Why You Need an Air Purifier in Montreal

Montrealers have reason to rejoice as the air quality in their city has improved steadily over the last decade. However, there is still a long way to go, as smog warnings and poor air quality days still occur, particularly in the winter. This is primarily due to fine particulates (PM2.5) in the air, over 35% of which are generated by residential wood-burning. Researchers from McGill University have specifically linked wood burning and cardiovascular disease, with exposure increasing the risk of having a heart attack among the elderly by almost 20%. There is also evidence to suggest that children exposed to PM2.5 particulates are more vulnerable to respiratory diseases in adulthood.

FACT: One in four children in Montreal have some kind of respiratory illness.

Another major source of harmful fine particulate pollution is vehicle exhaust, with Montreal now ranked as the worst city in Canada when it comes to traffic congestion. The average person’s respiratory system has to filter out over two heaping tablespoons of particulate matter every day, but for those living near a busy road or highway, this can be much higher. Vehicle exhaust also contains hazardous gaseous pollutants such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides and VOCs that can not only harm the lungs, but lead to serious illnesses with long-term exposure. Montrealers living in the east end of the Island have to contend with similar gaseous pollutants, generated by the city’s petroleum and petrochemical sector.

According to a study conducted by the Montreal Chest Institute, excess humidity and mold are also playing havoc with indoor air quality in the city, with mold in the home believed to be responsible for 25% of respiratory infections and 17% of asthma cases in children. The researchers blame Montreal’s flat-roofed dwellings, which foster the growth of mold due to poor drainage (e.g., water pooling on roofs and seeping through walls).

FACT: Indoor humidity levels are higher than acceptable in more than a third
of Montreal homes.

Doctors believe that giving your body a break from airborne particulates (ideally for 8 hours while you sleep) by operating a HEPA or better-than-HEPA air purifier can help to reduce respiratory stress and protect you and your family against long-term illnesses.

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