Ottawa Air Quality Issues and Air Purifier Recommendations

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Why You Need an Air Purifier in Ottawa

Ottawa’s air quality is generally excellent, with a relative absence of the industrial and urban pollutants that plague other large Canadian cities. Unfortunately, however, Ottawa is a poor locale for allergy sufferers. In fact, the Ottawa Valley has been dubbed by some allergists as the “allergy capital of the world,” with many people who relocate to Ottawa noticing that their allergies are more intense there. This is because Ottawa has many species of trees that are highly allergenic (e.g., oak, birch, maple), as well as abundant allergenic grasses and weeds (e.g., ragweed, dandelions). Ottawa’s valley setting also makes it a trap for pollen. Climate change will only worsen pollen allergies over the next few decades, with high carbon dioxide levels increasing both the amount and potency of tree and plant pollens.

FACT: A single ragweed plant can produce 1 billion granules of pollen in a single season

One big-city issue that Ottawans can definitely relate to is traffic. With the city growing rapidly, Ottawans are keenly aware of the increased traffic volumes in their fair city. In fact, Ottawa ranks as one of the most congested cities in Canada when it comes to traffic. Despite programs like Drive Clean, more traffic means more air pollutants from exhaust fumes, including fine particulate matter (PM2.5), nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide, carbon monoxide, soot and VOCs such as benzene and formaldehyde. These pollutants can not only cause or exacerbate respiratory symptoms, but have been linked to serious long-term health problems (e.g., cardiovascular disease, lung disease and cancer). Diesel exhaust is particularly harmful and was declared as a class 1 carcinogen by the World Health Organization in 2012.

While levels of these pollutants are low in most parts of the city compared to other large urban centres in Canada, those living downtown or in homes bordering the Queensway or other major arteries should be concerned, particularly in winter when there is more vehicle idling. Seniors, those with babies, and people with respiratory illnesses or weak immune systems may also want to consider protecting themselves from these types of pollutants by strategically placing one or two high-quality air purifiers in their homes.

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Austin Air HealthMate Plus HM450 Air Purifier

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Allergy Relief and So Much More

A great choice for those who suffer from allergies and other respiratory issues, this air purifier features a medical-grade HEPA filter that removes allergens such as dust, pollen, mold spores, pet dander and PM2.5 particles. In addition, the 15 lbs. of specially-blended activated carbon in the combo filter adsorbs exhaust fume pollutants, VOCs and other chemicals and gases. This air purifier offers low maintenance, with the combined HEPA/activated carbon filter being effective for 5 years.

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Blueair Classic 405 Air Purifier

Blueair Classic 405 Air Purifier
Superb Allergen Collection and Whisper-Quiet Performance

Engineered to be virtually inaudible, yet incredibly powerful, the Blueair 405 air purifier is able to capture particles much smaller than a traditional HEPA or HEGA filter can. It can readily handle PM2.5 particles, offering both relief from allergies and protection from road and exhaust particulates. DualProtection filters are also available for those who want to filter out exhaust fumes and other gaseous urban pollutants for additional peace of mind.

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