Air Purifiers for Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS)

Air Purifiers for Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS)

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, or MCS, is a mysterious condition where people report symptoms in response to environmental exposure to common petroleum-based chemicals, including cleaning products, detergents, plastics, carpets, fragrances, and more. These chemicals are also known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Many chemicals believed to cause MCS symptoms are common in our homes, offices, and schools. Cleaner air could be a solution for sufferers. Read on to learn more about how air purification can provide relief from MCS.

Understanding Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS)

MCS has been discussed and debated for several decades in the scientific community. A  diagnostic criterion for MCS was created by M. R. Cullen, which describes MCS as a chronic condition with reproducible symptoms after repeated exposure to chemicals and states that the condition improves or even resolves when the triggering chemicals are removed. 

MCS affects many organ systems, primarily the central nervous system, with secondary symptoms affecting the gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, and dermatological systems. These symptoms include headaches, rashes, asthma, muscle and joint aches, fatigue, memory loss, and confusion

MCS often begins with a short-term, severe exposure to a specific chemical or a long-term exposure with no symptoms. Following a high level of exposure, low levels of chemicals found in our homes, like soaps, cosmetics, and furniture, can trigger ongoing physical symptoms in MCS sufferers that most people do not experience.

The Link Between Air Quality and MCS

Indoor air quality complaints have increased over the past few decades, which led to the coining of the term Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. This has been attributed to the increased use of synthetic materials emitting VOCs and decreased energy conservation ventilation. A study by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found that indoor levels of VOCs are up to ten times higher than outdoor air, even in locations with high levels of outdoor air pollution.

While more research is needed on MCS and the inhalation of VOCs, studies have shown there may be a direct relationship between the two. Improving indoor air quality is imperative in reducing airborne chemicals released from fabrics, paints, cleaning products, and more items in our homes, offices, and schools.

High-quality air purification systems are key in reducing the symptoms associated with MCS.

How Air Purifiers Benefit MCS Sufferers

Air purification could provide relief for MCS sufferers. Indoor air purifiers should include multiple layers of filtration. Air Oasis offers the iAdaptAir® purifier in three sizes; it is proven to be 99% effective against allergens, mold, viruses, bacteria, smoke, dust, odors, and VOCs.

The iAdaptAir® has a unique blend of a HEPA filter, carbon filter, silver ion filter, UV light, and bi-polar ionization, which work together to remove harmful particulates from your air, reducing MCS symptoms and providing a higher quality of life.

Air Oasis Customer Testimonials

One customer purchased an Air Oasis product to help with outdoor smoke and indoor pets. “I bought this filter because of the smoke in the air, and we have two cats. After one day, there was a noticeable improvement in the smell and overall quality of the air in our bedroom. No more running eyes and nose. I have since purchased two more for our living area and downstairs.”

Another customer has purchased multiple products from Air Oasis to protect against indoor allergens. “I've made multiple purchases over the past several years. Products hold up well. Very important for maintaining indoor air quality, particularly for those sensitive to indoor allergens or viruses.”

Key Features to Look for in an Air Purifier for MCS

Air purifiers with HEPA filters effectively remove at least 99.97% of dust, pollen, mold, bacteria, and other airborne particles that affect MCS. HEPA filters are the most effective option to eliminate as many contaminants from the air as possible. 

Activated carbon filters work to specifically filter out VOCs, which helps eliminate odors. Harmful pollutants such as gasses and odors commonly slip through even HEPA filters, making activated carbon filters significantly beneficial as a second layer of protection against these harmful substances. 

Another factor to consider is the noise level from your air purifier. Air purifiers are rated for how large your space is. Therefore, a larger purifier may make more noise. When selecting an air purifier for your home, check for a decibel range, especially if it will be located in your bedroom.

The iAdaptAir® is available in three sizes to suit whatever space is necessary and is low-maintenance–filters typically only need to be replaced once to twice a year.

Addressing MCS in Different Environments

MCS sufferers may be unable to control the air quality everywhere they go, but a quality air purifier at home creates a safe haven.

If you believe your workplace could be causing issues with MCS, speaking to management or Human Resources about an in-office air purification system is a great way to advocate for your health. Air quality has an effect on productivity and health for employees, making clean air beneficial for all employees, not just those with MCS.

How Air Oasis Air Purifiers Are Tailored for MCS Relief

Air Oasis Air Purifiers, specifically the iAdaptAir®, were created with conditions like MCS in mind. Our unique layered filtration system is designed to exceed your expectations. Harnessing the power of UV, silver ions, and Bi-Polar ionization, the iAdaptAir® purifier creates a truly pristine environment. Rest assured, there's no need to compromise safety or air quality—our purifier achieves this without producing ozone.

True HEPA Filter

A true HEPA filter captures and traps dust, dander, pollen, and smoke particles. 

Carbon Filter

The carbon filter purifies the air by absorbing harmful VOCs, chemicals, and odors while combating mycotoxins. 

Silver Ion Filter

The silver ion filter is a high-efficiency sterilizing filter equipped with a cutting-edge specialized coating. The filter releases silver ions that penetrate the cell membrane of mold, bacteria, and viruses, reducing pathogens by up to 99%. By disrupting the DNA of the molecules, the filter ensures sterilization while the ions continuously recycle to maintain long-lasting efficacy over time.

Germicidal UV Light

UV light is a time-tested technology–it was initially deployed in operating rooms in 1936. The germicidal UV light system offers unparalleled sterilization without relying on chemicals and without producing ozone.

Bi-Polar Ionization

The dynamic force of positive and negative ions actively hunts down and eradicates contaminants by going beyond traditional purification.  The ionization works by clustering contaminants, increasing their weight, and easily trapping them in the filter. The potent ions even penetrate microorganisms, disrupting their DNA and ensuring thorough sterilization without generating static electricity or ozone.

Expert Advice: Tips for Improving Indoor Air Quality for MCS Sufferers

Three basic strategies to improve indoor air quality are source control, improved ventilation, and air cleaners. 

Source Control

An effective way to improve air quality is to remove or contain the source of the pollution. However, for sufferers of MCS, removing all furniture, cleaning products, carpets, and fabrics that emit pollutants isn’t always realistic.

Improved Ventilation

A different approach to improving indoor air quality is to increase the amount of outdoor air circulating. Opening windows and doors or running window fans is an easy, cost-effective way to accomplish this. However, the weather does not always permit this practice.

Air Cleaners

The effectiveness of an air cleaner depends on how well it collects pollutants and how quickly it can do so. Air Oasis air purifiers are a great example of high-quality, efficient air cleaners for those suffering from MCS.

Managing Multiple Chemical Sensitivities with Air Oasis

Whether you're at home, in the office, or on the go, MCS sufferers can benefit from having the right air purifier tailored to their unique needs. By focusing on the key features discussed above, you can create an environment that promotes well-being and helps mitigate the challenges of living with MCS.

Breathe easier and embrace cleaner air with the power of an Air Oasis air purifier. Shop the iAdapt AirⓇ in three sizes to best fit the size of your home or office.

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