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Breathe easy with an air purifier at home

Rohma Sadaqat /Dubai
rohma@khaleejtimes.com Filed on November 1, 2020

Improving ventilation with an air purifier goes a long way in limiting the effects of outside pollutants

You may have never noticed it, but the air inside your home can be significantly more polluted than anything that you breathe outside. This is mainly because most buildings do not have much natural ventilation, unlike an outdoors environment. Areas with little to no ventilation are more capable of trapping pollutants like dust, a particle more commonly found in homes than anywhere else. While it may seem easy enough to sweep it away with a few quick flicks of a duster, dust particles are actually a magnet for bacteria and viruses, which can lead to allergic reactions. In addition, homes can house dangerous gases, which are created by gas stoves, fireplaces, and heaters. Keeping in mind the fact that we spend close to 90 per cent of our time indoors, investing in an air purifier is a surefire way to a healthier and cleaner life. Here are some of the reasons why experts encourage households to install an air purifier that suits their needs.

Removing triggers for asthma attacks
There are several asthma triggers that are found at home including: dry skin cells, dirt, dust, carbon monoxide, household cleaners and sprays, air fresheners, smoke from cooking and cigarettes, paint products, cosmetics, perfumes, and hairsprays. Not only that, but there are several other factors that can lead to asthma attacks such as old carpeting, mold spores, and cockroach infestations. Air purifiers are specifically designed to remove the microscopic impurities that cause asthma.

Having a pet is easier
Dog and cat owners will often complain about their pets shedding all over the furniture. While it is easy enough to remove all the visible fur on the sofa or bed with a lint roller, experts say the problem lies in the dander that is harder to see and often winds up embedded in the carpets and other places such as the curtains. Several air purifiers are designed to tackle this issue specifically. In addition, they also help with reducing pet odors throughout your house.

Limiting the impact of tobacco and cigarette smoke
We all know someone who is a smoker, used to be a smoker, or is actively trying not to be a smoker. Many of us might also be in the unfortunate situation of having to share living space with a smoker. Breathing in tobacco smoke can result in the development of chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, as well as heart diseases, ear infections, asthma, pneumonia, and bronchitis. Secondhand smoke is also deadly for children because their lungs are still developing and their respiratory rates are higher than an adult's. Air purifiers can remove smoke by using a high-efficiency particulate arresting (HEPA) filter and activated carbon.

Removing fumes and pollutants in urban environments
Research has shown that allergic diseases are more common in areas where there is modern, urban life, and especially near highways. This is because the pollutants near these locations include ozone, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, and diesel exhaust particles, all of which can be hazardous to those with allergies and asthma. Improving ventilation with an air purifier goes a long way in limiting the effects of outside pollutants that often end up clinging to the skin and our clothes.

Reducing carbon dioxide levels in your home
Inhaling oxygen and exhaling carbon dioxide is a natural cycle, but when confined in a space without the possibility of oxygen circulation such as having plants or opening windows and doors, carbon dioxide levels increase drastically, which is harmful to our bodies. Consuming too much carbon dioxide can cause shortness of breath, headaches, dizziness, weakness, loss of mental abilities, unconsciousness, nausea, increased heart rate and blood pressure, sweating, drowsiness, lung diseases, and death after a prolonged period. Having a HEPA air purifier can reduce carbon dioxide in the air, preventing the side-effects that breathing it in can bring.

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Rohma Sadaqat

I am a reporter and sub-editor on the Business desk at Khaleej Times. I mainly cover and write articles on the UAE's retail, hospitality, travel, and tourism sectors.Originally from Lahore, I have been living in the UAE for more than 20 years. I graduated with a BA in Mass Communication, with a concentration in Journalism, and a double minor in History and International Studies from the American University of Sharjah.If you see me out and about on assignment in Dubai, feel free to stop me, say hello, and we can chat about the latest kitten videos on YouTube.





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