Spring Air…aaah, fresh and invigorating…although with prolonged winter this year, it seems spring is far away in time. When it arrives, it will unfortunately come with pollens from awakening flora, dust from sanding slick winter roads and mold from dormant grass…..triggers for allergies and breathing issues. First instinct would be to head indoors for clean air, right? Think again! Indoor air is also a culprit in allergies and asthmas, especially with pets around. Dander isn’t the only bad guy toward these ailments though. Dust, chemical particles, mold, odours and bacteria can also cause sneezing, watery eyes and difficulty breathing.
Let’s get a bit in-depth with air. When we talk about it, we mean just oxygen. In actuality, the air we breathe is composed of a mixture of gases which goes something like this: 78% nitrogen, 20% oxygen, 1% argon, 0.04% carbon dioxide, and the rest, miscellaneous gases and moisture. As you see, oxygen is not the major component although it is our lifeline. So we have to ensure that it is of good quality for our lungs.
You are not totally helpless in this battle of sensitive reaction to airborne substances. There are a few things you can do to improve the indoor air quality in your home. One way is to be conscious of the sources of indoor pollution and eliminating them. For example, use natural or eco-friendly cleaning products, avoid smoking inside your house and store paints and chemicals in the shed. Another way is to make sure your house is ventilated to avoid mildew and mold, by using bathroom vents, having an air-exchange with your furnace, or opening windows when weather permits.
By far the best defenses are air purifiers. By eliminating disagreeable particles in the air, you’d make your home (or office or classroom) comfortable but most importantly, healthy. Depending on your lifestyle and budget, you have an array of models and price ranges at your disposal. Here at Trail Appliances, we offer the IQAir line. Why IQAir? Because it has over 50 years of history in providing air quality solutions. Its products are medical grade and are continuously going through innovations for high performance. What’s more, IQAir is confident of the quality of its products, backing them with a 10-year limited warranty.
Let’s take a look at the New Edition HealthPro® air purifier (picture). It is touted to be the worldwide choice for the highest level of filtration, quietly covering over 1100 sq.ft. at 99.5% efficiency. With IQAir’s HyperHEPA® filtration technology, it cleanses the air by capturing the tiniest particles, 0.003 microns, known to exist. Bye-bye smoke, spores, odours, bacteria and viruses, hello fresh and healthy air!
Breathe cleaner, your body will thank you.