We all assume that the air in our home is clean and safe, because it’s our safe space, and isn’t typically an area that has high volumes of foot traffic and the potential airborne contamination that comes with busy spaces. Here we take a closer look at what’s really going on in your home.
- Excessive moisture – With excessive moisture in the air comes potential health risks, including asthma, eczema and headaches. It can cause mould and mildew to spore, further threatening your health, as well as creating the musty smell associated with high humidity.
- Pet dander – Having a loyal pet by your side makes life more enjoyable, but it comes at a cost. The fur – or pet dander – that your loved one sheds is often invisible to the naked eye but is suspended in the air, being breathed in without you realising it. This is why guests that have allergies to pet hair still suffer even if your pet isn’t in the room.
- Dust particles – Even the most fastidious of cleaners can’t guarantee that all dust particles are removed. Dust particles small enough to be inhaled can lead to asthma attacks, irritation to your eyes and long-term inhalation has been proved to lead to reduced lung function.
- Viruses and bacteria – If someone in your home is harbouring even something as simple as a common cold, as much as they may try to contain their illness, the particles are still spreading round the home and causing potential harm to others.
- VOC’s – VOC’s or Volatile Organic Compounds, are a group of chemicals used commonly in the materials used to make and maintain a home. Breathing in VOC’s can irritate the eyes, nose and throat, cause difficulty breathing, and be a cause of nausea. Certain VOC’s can cause cancer. Common VOC’s in the home are: asbestos, aerosol sprays, disinfectant, paint and air fresheners.
What can you do to keep your air clean at home?
It’s difficult to make sure and even to know the air that you’re breathing is clean and not a threat to your health, however there are steps that you can take to keep your home as safe as possible.
Air purifiers, particularly those with HEPA filters, are a proven way to remove toxins from the air. Using an air purifier that is successful at removing 99.9% of airborne contaminants, particularly those that can suppress bacterial reproduction too, means that you are taking the most effective steps towards staying safe. With green light technology, you are also able to tell the quality of the air in any room from the moment you turn your purifier on, with a colour changing system signalling if the air quality is poor, to giving the green light within minutes, as the purifier acts fast to cleanse the room.
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