Indoor Air Quality- Do you know the state yours is in?

The living room set up at the Philips Roadshow
The living room set up at the Philips Roadshow

The weather has been quite bad lately. It has been really hot and humid.  The  PSI has been fluctuating between the moderate and unhealthy range  due to the lack and rain and incidents of forest fires in our neighbouring countries.

Many people around have been failing sick and the poor air quality that we breath in certainly has contributed to this occurring.

Us at the living room set up at the Philips Road Show
Us at the living room set up at the Philips Road Show

Bad air quality can make one sick and trigger  sicknesses like Asthma and other allergies. I sure that no one wants to fall ill. I certainly don’t!!

It doesn’t mean that the  indoor air quality is better then the outdoors if you keep your doors and window’s shut.  On the contrary it is possible for indoor air to be up to 30 times  more polluted then outdoors.

VOCs, Formaldehyde, Fungi, Mould, Bacteria, Viruses, Pet Hair, and Dust Mites may be present in the house that contribute to the air being polluted.

Although it is impossible to control the quality of air outdoors it is certainly possible to improve the quality of air indoors if you have an air purifier in the house.

Attempting to take a wefie with the kids at the breathing wall
Attempting to take a wefie with the kids at the breathing wall

 

The kids and I were down at  the Philips Roadshow at Vivo City earlier on this week to view the Breathing Wall, an installation art between Philips and Nils Volker ,  a Berlin-based media artist who specialises in fusing technology and art to create unique sensorial experiences.

The Breathing Wall  was design to engage Singaporeans and in turn educate them on the  the importance of indoor air quality.  This is in relations to the ongoing campaign called #AirMatters.

The  art work stimulated the pattern of air sacs in the lung which inflate and deflate as air is breathed in. The boys used a balloon to show how particles can get stuck in our breathing tubes during the expansion and contraction that occurs during breathing.

The kids testing out the Breathing Wall at the Philips Roadshow
The kids testing out the Breathing Wall at the Philips Roadshow

Polluted air ,and in particular Particle pollution, can increase the risk of heart disease, lung cancer and asthma attacks and can interfere with the growth and work of the lungs. If those particles get stuck in our lungs there is no way of removing them.   Breathing particle pollution may trigger illness, hospitalization and result in most severe cases,  premature death.

There are millions of air particles surrounding us which are invisible to the naked eye.  This concept  can  certainly be really hard for one to visualize. Especially for a child.

The kids examining the exhibition at the Philips Roadshow
The kids examining the exhibition at the Philips Roadshow

The kids were able to “see” for themselves what “air” looks like in  a space with the living room set up at the roadshow. There were   plastic blue bubbles being used to represent air particulars which  filled up an open space and they came in very useful when I explained the concept of air occupying space to them.

Explaining the slides on the screen.
Explaining the slides on the screen.

The kids received an impromptu Science lesson when they got to actually “see” how air occupies space and what effect it has on our surrounding environment.

Monkey boy reading a book while Tiger girl reads the information board.
Monkey boy reading a book while Tiger girl reads the information board.

There was a information board on display which runs a slideshow  on the LCD screen. near the breathing wall. This Q & A Panel  provided visuals and answers to  questions such as

– How effective is Philips’ air purifier in filtering ultra-fine particles?

– Ozone pollution may cause respiratory health problems. True or false?

-Can air conditioners can filter as well as air purifiers?

It was interesting to learn about the different facts regarding  air quality and how to select a suitable air purifier from the information shared on the Q & A board.

One could also show that they cared about air by snapping a selfie , tagging it with #airmatters and sharing across the various social media platforms like twitter,  Instagram or Facebook.

Our welfie that we took for #airmatters
Our welfie that we took for #airmatters

It was at the Philips Roadshow where we were introduced to this beauty- Philips Combi (2 in 1) AC 4081/31.

Philips Air Combi (2-in-1) Photo from Philips
Philips Air Combi (2-in-1) Photo from Philips

 

Having a Philips Combi (2 in 1)   in the house would be the ideal product to have to combat indoor air pollution.

Retailing at $1,099 the Dual Sensor AC 4081/31  which has VitaShield IPS & NanoCloud is able to provide the double benefit of a Air Purifier and a Humidifier.

It helps to maintain a optimal humidity level of between 40-60% while not emitting any unnatural artificial compounds. This makes the air at home healthier, comfortable and refreshing to breathe.

** Do note that  one should not drip essential oils into the water tank of the AC4081 as it may damage or hamper the usage of the air purifier.  It is advisable to use a separate diffuser  for oils if you desire the use of essential oils together with the air purifier.

Even though air quality can be easily measured with a  IAQ-Calc Indoor Air quality Meter this device is not readily available for an average household.

The  Philips Combi (2 in 1) eliminates the need for having such a gadget as the built-in particle sensor measures the air quality in the room and automatically selects the appropriate speed setting to guarantee the best possible air quality in your rooms.

With  an advanced 3-step  filtration system the air is  cleaned of harmful agents in stages:

  • HEPA filter with antibacterial coating filters out fine dust and eliminates germs and mould. High grade HEPA filter that can remove up to PM0.3 sized particles, trapping 99.97% of particles – highlight effective in haze situations.
  • Antibacterial pre-filter catches big particles like regular house dust
  • Activated carbon filter removes odors and harmful gases
  • Natural filtration (better for asthma patients) – Competitors’ionic/plasmacluster machines charge particles in the air to attract them but generates trace amount of ozone. Ozone has harmful effects to human health and those especially susceptible include people with asthma and pulmonary disease patients.

The Air Quality Indicator on the machine clearly shows air quality level (Blue-Good, Purple – Fair & Red – Bad)

A Healthy Air Protect Alert gives you a timely warning when to replace the filter. When the filter is not replaced in time, the appliance stops functioning to avoid no effect since the filter is full. It is your assurance of healthy air always.

This air purifier is certainly one that you can consider to purchase if you need one for your home.

Other models of Philips Air Purifiers on sale

Other models of Philips Air Purifiers on sale

 

Come on down to the roadshow and find out more about the importance of Indoor Air Quality with Philips and check out their whole range of Air Purifiers.

Philips Roadshow

30th March to 5th April

Vivo City Level 1 ( Outside Bakerzin)

Read my review on the Philips Ac 4014 

Disclaimer: This is an Advertorial by Philips.  The opinions expressed herein are those of Dominique’s and are not indicative of the opinions of Philips .  

7 thoughts on “Indoor Air Quality- Do you know the state yours is in?”

  1. Sounds like a great product but a little pricey. We really have to take extra care for our environment to to lessen the polluted air. I’m saddened to find out that even indoor air isn’t safe.

  2. With my children’s recent bout of viral infections, I think I should leave my air purifier switched on more often. Good to get one so that we will not be hostages to the haze.

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