Pollution Mask Questions & Answers
|Concerned about breathing in heavy pollution or being exposed to outdoor pollution germs, mycotoxins and other contaminants in the air? A pollution mask might be for you. We hope the frequently asked questions below will provide you with useful information.|
Q: How often should I replace my mask filter?
The key to maintaining an effective mask is to follow the directions given by the manufacturer. Each kind of mask offers different features, so filter replacement schedules will vary between masks and across brands. Make sure you know how to inspect your mask to make sure it isn’t too saturated to function, and make sure you understand the maximum length of time your mask can go without a filter change.
Reduced performance is usually the first clue that your mask filter may need replacement. Check for small tears or pinholes, anything that might cause a leak. Make sure to store your mask in a safe place out of reach of pets and children, they may decide the mask makes a good toy or playtime prop and damage it.
Q: How do I choose the best mask to suit me?
There are two main criteria to evaluate when choosing a mask (besides cost). Comfort and function. Before you purchase a mask it is important to try it on and make sure it can fit snuggly and comfortably on your face. If air can bypass the filters by getting in through the sides, or if the mask puts uncomfortable pressure on your nasal bridge or other parts of your face, then the mask is not for you.
Q: Why do I need an anti-pollution mask?
The sad fact is that for many people around the world, pollution and airborne contaminants are a daily fact of life. From VOC’s, to germs, to chemicals in cleaning agents, to dust from automobile brakes, to smog, the human economy, despite current efforts to make it more green, healthy and sustainable, is still an incredibly dirty and polluting affair. For those living in heavy industrial zones, near factory farms or major metropolises in countries around the world, the simple fact is that without some sort of protection they are exposed to enormous amounts of harmful substances in the air—and the repercussions for their health can be deadly serious.
With protection, our bodies can use resources to recover, detox and regenerate instead of expending vital energies fighting all the damage done by chronic exposure to environmental toxins and pollutants. Preventing damage from persistent exposure goes a long way to avoiding premature ageing and deterioration. Instead we can enhance our health, vitality and enjoy improved quality of life over the long term.
Q: Will a breathing mask prevent me from getting sick?
Just as doctors and nurses wear masks to prevent inhaling or spreading germs, wearing a mask keeps certain airborne particles out of your nose, mouth and lungs and provides significant protection. Unfortunately, there’s just no solution that can reduce your risks to zero, so even if you wear a mask exposure to illness is still possible. Masks can filter out the vast majority of problem contaminants, but effectiveness decreases if they aren’t fitted properly. This is why it’s so important to choose the right mask for you and to follow manufacturer instructions for use.
Q. What kind of pollution am I exposed to the most?
If you live in a city like Beijing with lots of coal burning, sandstorms and vehicle traffic, your main problem is probably particulate matter. If you live in a city like Shenzhen with lots of manufacturing, your main problem is probably chemicals like VOCs and odors. Do your research and find out what the main air quality issues are for your city.
Q. What type of activity will I most often be engaging when wearing the mask?
If you commute by bicycle, or do a job outdoors that involves frequent or continuous physical exertion you should probably be looking for a sports mask featuring enhanced air flow. Otherwise, if you won’t be breathing hard, then there are many non-sports options that have the advantage of having even more powerful air filters.
Q. What size mask best fits my face?
Make sure to test masks out and find out which sizes will best suit your face. You want a snug fit around the nose and mouth to make sure all air is pulled in through the filters and can sneak in from the sides due to a loose fit.