A Tale of Two Cities: NYC vs. L.A. - Pilot Study Indicates Nasty Pollutants in Families' Home Air

A Tale of Two Cities: NYC vs. L.A. - Pilot Study Indicates Nasty Pollutants in
                              Families' Home Air

Environmental health experts indicate families may have been breathing in
mouse allergens, lead, fungal spores, insect parts, and diesel exhaust

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, May 8, 2013

NEW YORK, May 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Most families don't think about what
contaminants could be lurking in their indoor air, so environmental health
experts put two average homes to the test as part of a new pilot study.Two
families – one in New York and one in suburban Los Angeles – were asked to run
an air purifier in their homes for two consecutive months and then send the
air filters to a team of microbiologists for initial testing. The families
were alarmed by the preliminary results that indicated what was floating in
their air – from insect parts to heavy metals such as lead. Interestingly, the
New York home had higher levels of mouse allergens and black carbon from
diesel engines, whereas pollen and skin cells were more abundant in the Los
Angeles home. The pilot study, which was underwritten by Kaz USA, Inc. and
executed by Environmental Health & Engineering, used the Honeywell AirGenius
Air Cleaner to capture airborne particles.

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"Most Americans don't realize that indoor air can be far more polluted than
outdoor air. In fact, the EPA states it can be 2-5 times more polluted. In
order to be energy efficient, most homes don't allow for a lot of air
ventilation which means many pollutants that exist indoors get trapped and
held there," said Dr. Ted Myatt, ScD, senior scientist at Environmental Health
& Engineering anddirector of Research Compliance at University of Rhode
Island. "The preliminary findings of heavy metals and black carbon on the air
filters are interesting because this means the air purifier is capable of
capturing these pollutants from the air and therefore potentially reducing
exposures in the home. These types of trace metals often come from fossil
fuels and exhaust that we bring inside or aerosol paints, printer laser ink
jets, nail polish, home cleaning detergents and various wood finish applicants
that we have used in the home."

Based on preliminary results from both homes, the following airborne
pollutants were captured by the air purifier's pre-filter and proprietary
QuietClean^® ifD^® filtration system:

  oBlack carbon – emission sources include diesel engines, vehicles, and
    residential heating.
  oHeavy metals – trace metals include aluminum, chromium, nickel, tin and
    lead, a known neurotoxin. Sources often include paints and coatings,
    printer laser ink jets, nail polish, motor oil, home cleaning detergents,
    fossil fuels or exhaust.
  oMouse and dog allergens – particles include dander from rodents and family
    pets.
  oDust contaminants – particles include hair follicles and epithelial (skin)
    cells from humans and insect parts.
  oFungal spores - Examples of fungal spores typically found indoors include
    Cladosporium, Aspergillus, Penicillium, Ulocladium and Alternaria.
  oPollen – particles that typically make their way inside through open
    windows or on clothes and shoes.

For a full list of pollutants discovered as part of the initial results, and
to review the full-text pilot study, visit:
www.HoneywellCleanAir.com/TwoCities.

The Honeywell AirGenius Air Cleaner, which uses the patented QuietClean ifD
filtration system and a carbon pre-filter, captures up to 99.9% of particles
(0.3 microns and larger) from the air that passes through it, like pollen,
dust, smoke and pet dander. The air cleaner features five intuitive operation
settings: Sleep, Germs, General, Allergen, and Max. For more product
information and tips, visit www.Facebook.com/HoneywellPluggedIn.

Methodology
The Honeywell AirGenius Air Cleaner was placed in the main living area in each
home and run constantly over the course of a two-month period (July – August
2012). The homes were located in Sherman Oaks, Calif., and the Upper East Side
of Manhattan. Both homes met the same criteria of the number of people living
in the home (four), family pets (one cat or dog) and home square footage.Each
family classified itself as non-smoking, bi-weekly household cleaners and
regular kitchen users. Both residences ran central air conditioning during the
test period.

This is a pilot study, not a peer-reviewed or published scientific study.
Pilot studies represent a fundamental phase of the research process. The
purpose of conducting a pilot study is to examine the feasibility of an
approach that is intended to be used in a larger scale study and used to
evaluate the feasibility of recruitment, randomization, retention, assessment
procedures, new methods, and implementation. This pilot study is not a
hypothesis testing study and, due to the small sample size, the results are
not generalizable beyond the homes in the study.

About EH&E
EH&E (http://www.eheinc.com) has provided an extensive range of environmental
and engineering consulting services for over 20 years. The EH&E team consists
of more than 70 experts with an outstanding record of providing solutions for
issues that affect the environment. EH&E has a depth of knowledge and
credibility unmatched in the industry.

About Kaz
A world leader in high quality healthcare and home environment products, Kaz
is a state of the art, dynamically-managed, global leader in healthcare
devices, home comfort and water filtration products that operates in over 65
countries on six continents with a brand portfolio that includes PUR, Vicks,
Honeywell, Braun, SoftHeat, SmartTemp, and more. Kaz is a global marketer of
humidifiers, air purifiers, heaters and fans under the Honeywell brand. The
Honeywell trademark is used by Kaz USA, Inc. under license from Honeywell
International Inc. Kaz USA, Inc is a wholly owned subsidiary of Helen of Troy
Limited (NASDAQ: HELE).For more information about Helen of Troy Limited,
please visit www.hotus.com. For information on other quality products for home
health, home comfort, water filtration and insect control visit www.kaz.com.

SOURCE Kaz

Website: http://www.kaz.com
Website: http://www.eheinc.com
Contact: Mike Rush, 360 Public Relations, (617) 585-5792, mrush@360pr.com
 
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