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Why polluted air is a problem
Last winter I had a rough time with a flu that lasted from mid December till the end of January 2020. During this time as I was prescribed an inhaler the doctor mentioned that this could be what they call is late onset of asthma. This is entirely down to environmental effects, namely: air pollution.
Air pollution in cities like London, where we live is still on the rise. This is a concern for us as we live in a flat on a main road in a London suburb. Our road feeds into inner London and to the closest motorways so it’s always busy. In fact, according to the report of Air Team UK: air pollution levels where kids have been exercising during lockdown, finding the air dangerously dirty.
Studies show that children growing up in the most polluted areas see their lung growth stunted by up to 14%. This can lead to issues with asthma and even lung cancer. This is, unfortunately, only partially news, as carbon emissions are not being cut at an effective rate. Especially in towns and cities and in winter the numbers (levels of chemical particles found in the air) are very alarming.
Indoor air pollution
Indoor air pollution is just as dangerous. Poor indoor air quality has been linked to much of the same lung issues that are mentioned above. This pollution includes dust, dirt or gases in the air inside a building such as your home or workplace that harms us when we breathe it in. In some cases, cleaning products that use chemicals, paraffin based candles and synthetic fragrances also add to the problem.
Everyone is at risk from indoor air pollution. If you’ve got COPD, asthma, bronchiectasis or any other lung condition, you’re much more likely to be affected by poor air quality. But it also effects all children and vulnerable people. Pollution can also interact with allergens to cause asthma in children.
What can we do?
To reduce indoor air pollution, there are a number of things we can do:
- Avoid irritating cleaning products, such as those based on bleach. Use natural cleaning products – you can even make your own, it’s actually pretty simple.
- Open the windows often. Adequate ventilation is key to promoting healthy indoor air.
- Check if there is asbestos in your home. If you do in your home, make sure it remains undisturbed. If it’s damaged or deteriorating, get it removed by accredited professionals.
- Avoid smoking indoors. Even second-hand tobacco smoke is as dangerous for those around you.
- Carpets can harbour lots of pollutants like dust and dirt so opt for wooden or stone floors and vacuum often.
- Use soy wax candles instead of paraffin candles.
- Use an air purifier.
I’m very conscious of what goes into my body. In researching indoor air pollution it’s highlighted that we all need to take action. I’ve recently learnt about a new air and surface purifier which I’d like to share how this can make a difference in all our homes and businesses.
Introducing ActivePure Air and Surface Purifiers
From what I’ve learnt about the ActivePure Air Purifier, it’s not your regular purifier. Whereas the vast majority of purifiers only remove particles by drawing in the air and filtering through the device. ActivePure air and surface purifiers release molecules with the purified air into the room that have the ability to destroy viruses and bacteria on contact.
This means, if there are any nasties floating around in the air or living on surfaces in the space the purifier is being used, the molecules will remove the danger. This substantially lowers the risk of infection and cross-contamination.
The ActivePure purifiers are also proven highly effective to remove allergens, pollen, mould, VOCs, dust mites, smoke, gases, odours and pollutants. Many of these can contribute to the development of asthma, asthma attacks. Plus irritation to those that suffer from respiratory problems and more severe conditions. Removing these triggers, eases symptoms and many people can experience a more restful nights sleep.
Based on NASA-adapted technology, ActivePure is one of an elite few that sanitise both air and surfaces. Other brands that also do this generally use technology that does not allow people or pets in the room whilst the devices are on. Like ozone or exposing the room to UV lights.
ActivePure purifiers are 100% safe to use while the room is occupied and used, so using them continually will protect you, your family and colleagues.
Along with the ActivePure Technology, it also incorporates HEPA filtration to remove minute particles, active carbon filters for odours, chemicals and VOC’s and UV-C light to sterilise the air as it passes through the purifier. All this is part of a 5-stage filtration system to provide a healthier environment.
The purifying units in the ActivePure Air Purifier can cover spaces of up to 3000 sq. ft. They are easily portable with no installation required. Just simply plug them in to a wall socket. This makes it easy for when you need to move the device up or downstairs.
There’s still much to learn about the dangers of indoor air pollution and the long and short-term effects it has on us and more importantly, our children. Studies are being carried out worldwide to investigate the impact. The results are proving that action is needed.
However, if we look to limit the potential dangers now before it’s too late, we can all feel safer in our homes and at work, knowing that whatever the results from these studies, we have done all we can to protect the ones we care about.