Utah Moms for Clean Air is working diligently to create real change and clean air for Utah – but in the meantime we need to protect our families and ourselves from our chronic dirty air. Thus, we provide this list of masks and home air filtration products as temporary fixes to a problem that must be solved in the long-term.
So get a mask or two, upgrade your indoor filters and then join us at the State Capitol for the 2015 Legislative Session.
Feel free to also send this list of masks to Governor Herbert, his environmental advisor, Alan Matheson (firstname.lastname@example.org), Amanda Smith (Director of DEQ: email@example.com) and your legislators, asking them which ones they recommend! At the very least, your question will make them think twice about the direction Utah is going.
The highest protection level will be found in masks that are rated N95 and N99. These numbers describe the filtration level of the most harmful particulate matter (fine particles described by the designation PM 2.5).
N95 therefore indicates a filtration of 95% of such air pollutants, N99, 99%. The most common and available masks across all mask manufacturers is N95. There are many masks on the market in the $20-$30 range which will protect both children and adults from Utah’s air pollution. All masks are available for sale directly from the manufacturers websites, locally at the below mentioned stores.
Recommended N95 (or higher) Masks for Adults
RZ Mask: comfortable masks made of neoprene with carbon air filtration. Particularly suitable for athletes while running or cycling.
The RZ mask is available locally at:
Salt Lake Running Company, 700 East, 2454 South, Salt Lake City, UT. (801) 484-9144
Wasatch Touring Company 702 East, 100 South Salt Lake City, UT. (801) 359-9361
Vogmask: Offers a wide selection of masks which are comfortable and come in many attractive designs. They are suitable for adults and would also be comfortable for those with sensitive skin.
MOM TIP: Vogmask is a Salt Lake City-owned company!
Respro: Carries a wide variety of masks for athletic use as well as everyday air pollution protection.
3M: Produces a wide variety of disposable N95 masks – an affordable option for those with asthma or other lung issues that need year-round support.
Recommended Masks (rated N95 or higher) for Infants, Children and Adolescents
Vogmask: Provides the widest age range protection in four age brackets – infants (0-2yrs), young children (3-7yrs), older children (8-12) and teenagers (13yrs old and up)
3M: The 1860s model disposable mask will fit elementary age children, middle schoolers and younger teenagers.
RZ Mask: Sells a “youth” version designed for those weighing 120lbs or under.
MOM TIP: Double vented masks help reduce the ‘warmth’ of your exhalation.
There are many products available to help create a cleaner indoor air environment. These range from small portable room air purifiers which filter the air in individual rooms of a home to whole-house air purification systems.
Air Purifiers for Individual Rooms
Three consistently top rated room purifiers are those made by IQ Air (http://www.iqair.com), Blue Air (http://www.blueair.com) and the Rabbit Air (http://www.rabbitair.com). They are also at the top of the price range – from approximately $300 – $1100. These are available for sale also on Amazon.com.
MOM TIP: If you buy a medical grade air filter, you can deduct the cost from your taxes as a medical device.
Whole House Air Purification Systems
Whole house air purification systems can be installed in your home by local companies including:
Main Street Heating and Cooling
Welch Heating and Air
MOM TIP: Remember to frequently change the filters in your furnace and central air systems.
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