Air quality

Air quality

We breathe in and out 20,000 times each day, drawing 12,000 liters (more than 3,000 gallons) of air into our lungs to obtain the oxygen we need to survive. However, we don’t all spend a large part of our time in the fresh forest air. On the contrary, we spend 90% of our time indoors where the air is at its worst.

There are up to 20 million particles in a cubic meter of room air. This level is twenty times greater than that found in the air at a busy road junction, and up to two hundred thousand times greater than at the seaside. To make matters even worse, when we heat our homes and work areas in winter, the air becomes far too dry. The consequences for our health of dry or impure air can be severe.

Air purification and humidification have to play a key role in our efforts to obtain the optimum room climate for the protection of our health. A good humidifier helps you maintain your most important air purifier, your own body! When dry air dries out your eyes, nose and mucus membranes you are more susceptible to pollution in the air including viruses and bacteria.Total air quality involves more then just cleaning the air. Proper humidification and low noise levels are essential factors in the overall air quality equation. Understanding how these factors effect your health and well being allow you to understand the importance of proper cleaning and humidifying of your indoor air.

Air quality

The air we breathe every day is increasingly full of harmful substances. House dust, mites, pollen, tobacco smoke and so on, encourage allergic reactions and respiratory diseases. It is not surprising that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency classifies indoor pollution as one of the five most dangerous environmental threats to our health. So what is more obvious than the use of an air purifier or air washer to improve room air, particularly those air purifiers fitted with HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filters, originally developed for use in clinical settings. They can remove up to 99.97% of particles as small as 0.0003mm from the air. When an active carbon filter is included, there is simultaneous removal of odors, fumes and noxious gases.

Air Washers improve air quality using an effective combination of ionization and filtering. The ionization process charges harmful airborne particles, binding them into larger clusters. The air then passes through a system of discs that rotate through water; the particle clusters adhere to the wet discs and moisture is added to the air as it re-enters the room. This unique filtering combination not only cleans the air of particles as small as 1.5 microns, but properly humidifies it as well. The number of allergy sufferers increases dramatically with the levels of air pollution. Today every third person suffers from an allergy. Even the economy is affected: more than 30 % of workplace absences are caused by respiratory diseases.

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