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February is Designated as 'National Care About Your Indoor Air' Month

Annual Event Brings Leading Clean Indoor Air and Health Advocates Together

to Educate Consumers about Improving Poor Indoor Air Quality

SOUTHBOROUGH, Mass., Feb. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Most Americans are aware of the dangers of outdoor air pollution. But did you know the Environmental Protection Agency says levels of indoor air pollution can be two to five times higher -- and occasionally even 100 times higher -- than outdoor air pollution levels? Five out of 10 Americans are unaware of this fact, primarily because we often misinterpret the signs of poor indoor air and cannot see the invisible, harmful particles we breathe.

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To raise awareness of this important issue, Kaz, Inc., manufacturers of Honeywell-branded air purifiers, has designated February, 2008, as the first annual "National Care About Your Indoor Air" month. In partnership with other concerned organizations such as the National Parent Teacher Organization, the Healthy House Institute ( and Dr. Neil Schachter, one of the country's leading respiratory specialists and author of The Good Doctor's Guide to a Healthy Home, Kaz is working to educate consumers about how they can easily and cost effectively improve their indoor air quality. Kaz has also launched a new site,, as a resource for consumers seeking to learn more about indoor air quality issues.

"We spend up to 90 percent of our time indoors and it is in our homes, schools and workplace that we are exposed to the highest levels of pollution," said Dr. Schachter. "From the basement to the attic, there are sources of pollution that can trigger breathing problems, such as dirt and dust mites in carpeting and other furnishings, fireplace or tobacco smoke, mildew in tubs and pet dander. However, there are a number of easy steps consumers can take to improve their indoor air quality. I also recommend using a portable air- cleaning unit that contains a high-efficiency particulate air or HEPA filter."

Easy Ways Consumers Can Improve Their Indoor Air Quality

1. Control the Sources of Indoor Air Pollution -- If possible, remove or

reduce the source of indoor pollutants. Regular surface cleaning is

helpful for removing particles, like dust, that have accumulated on

surfaces such as floors, blinds, drapes, and decorative items. Regular

surface cleaning will help these particles keep from getting "stirred

up" and becoming airborne once again. Pets should be bathed regularly

to help keep pet dander at lower levels. Mold found in the home should

be removed immediately so mold spores do not become airborne.

2. Inspect Household Appliances -- Have your gas or oil company regularly

inspect your furnace, gas water heater, range and gas clothes dryer for

any leaks. If leaks are present, get them fixed immediately. Insure

that carbon monoxide detectors are installed and working properly.

3. Ventilate -- As the weather permits, open windows and doors to let

fresh air in and circulate throughout your home.

4. Clean Your Indoor Air -- Even in the cleanest of homes, your indoor air

can be dirty and further contribute to asthma and allergy symptoms.

Effective portable air purifiers will eliminate at least 99% of

airborne pollutants that pass through their filters, capturing

particles such as dust, pollen, pet dander, and smoke. Some air

purifiers are even effective at fighting germs such as bacteria,

viruses, mold spores and fungi. Consumers should use a portable air

purifier in the rooms where they spend the most time, such as the

bedroom and the living area (family room, living room, den, or home

office). Portable air purifiers can help circulate the air in a room,

usually several times per hour -- helping to reduce stuffy, stale air.

"The Healthy House Institute (HHI) strives to be the most comprehensive online educational resource available for creating healthier homes," said Allen Rathey, president of HHI. "We support these efforts to bring broader consumer awareness to the issues surrounding indoor air quality and its potential impact on consumer health and safety."

Did You Know?

-- The EPA ranks poor indoor air quality among the top five environmental

risks to public health.

-- On average, adults take 900 breaths an hour -- or more than 21,600

breaths a day.

-- Even in the cleanest of homes, indoor air can be dirty. Indoor air

pollution can be triggered by factors all around us, including dust,

pet dander, mold/mildew, pollen and tobacco smoke. Microscopic

particulates can be inhaled deep into the lungs, posing potential

health risks for even healthy adults and children.

-- According to the EPA, poor indoor air quality can cause lack of

concentration in school children.

-- According to the American Lung Association, asthma (which can be

triggered by either indoor or outdoor air pollution) accounts for an

estimated three million lost workdays for adults and 10.1 million lost

school days for children each year. Asthma costs our nation $16.1

billion in health care costs annually.

-- Approximately 160 million Americans are breathing unhealthy air --

children and seniors are the age groups most at risk.

About Kaz, Inc.

For more information on Honeywell air purifiers and how to help control indoor air pollution, visit Kaz is a global manufacturer and marketer of portable air purifiers under the Honeywell brand. The Honeywell trademark is used by Kaz, Inc. under license from Honeywell International Inc.

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