Airborne allergens can cause pollution and other environmental allergies and even initiate and aggravate asthma attacks.
While you can free the interior of your home from these triggers with thorough cleaning and use of air purifiers and vacuum cleaners, it is a different situation when you are outside. You can never completely steer clear of pollutants and allergens, among other possible triggers.
However, you can lessen your exposure to bothersome outdoor irritants and particles by wearing EnviroKlenz breathing mask for pollution & VOCs or other proper fitting bike face mask.
The Factors to Consider When Choosing the Right Bike Face Mask for You
The Type of Filtration of the Bike Face Mask
The type of filtration of the bike face mask will be determined by what you want to filter.
Is it gas vapors which irritate you? Do you intend to filter airborne particles?
Gas vapor filtration absorbs tobacco smoke, smoke given off by fire, fragrances and perfumes, exhaust and fumes. The absorption occurs through a charcoal or carbon activated filter medium. Fumes from chemical solutions such as paints, cleaning agents and adhesives are also filtered by a mask focusing on gas vapor filtration.
On the other hand, particle filtration includes prevention of dust and dirt, pollen, mold spores and pet dander from being ingested by your air passageways.
There are masks which can protect you from both gas vapors and solid particles.
Either way, a good type of filtration of bike face mask will be able to trap at least 95 percent of particles or gas vapors of 0.3 micrometers or larger. This percentage is also called the filter rating, and the higher the rating is, the better the filtration system of the bike face mask.
The rating should also include how much the mask dispels or disperses heat, which is a normal result of putting on a mask. Try reading through reviews and recommendations of other wearers in order to compare and contrast the different filter types and ratings of different brands.
The Longevity or Lifespan of Service of the Bike Face Mask
Bike face masks with replaceable filtration system, as well as those which are semi-disposable, can be used for 60 to 70 hours, while disposable masks can provide good protection from allergens for about half that time.
It varies greatly based on use and how long you wear your bike face mask. In addition, the longevity or lifespan of service of the bike face mask depends on your respiration rate and the kind of environment you are using it in.
Is it a heavily polluted environment? If so, then you cannot expect the optimal duration of service from one specific mask.
All these things affect the longevity of your mask.
In addition to the longevity of the mask, the way you store and care for it plays a role too, particularly with the non-disposable type.
Your mask must ideally be stored at room temperature and away from direct sunlight. It is also good to seal them in an airtight plastic container or bag. Never immerse them in water as this will damage the filtration system.
Ultimately, you choose quality over anything else while considering the price or your budget for your choice of mask.