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Be Prepared with a AIR+ Smart Mask

 

The  Air + Smart Mask

The Air + Smart Mask

 

Being protected from the Haze is something which I take very seriously. The seasonal burning  due to the slash and burn method that they use in farming in neighbouring  Indonesia has caused the quality in Singapore to be  seriously affected.

I remember  back then in 2013 when the haze hit Singapore, everyone was scrambling for N95 masks as it was out of stock.  I too was desperate to get a hold of the air mask for my family members and me as it was impossible for us to stay indoors all the time as we needed to get daily essentials like food and work still continued.

It was a hassle looking for masks as many places did not have any ready stock. The  largest gripe I had was that there  weren’t any suitable mask for my kids back then.  The existing masks sold only came in adult size and there weren’t any suitable for toddlers or young kids.

This time around we are better equipped if the haze returns in full force . With the  AIR+ Smart Mask on hand at home all my family members are fully protected as I have masks which can fit everyone at home.

What is the AIR+ Smart Mask

Source: Air + Smart Mask

Source: Air + Smart Mask

It is a  system which is made up of a  Smart Mask and a Micro Ventilator.  The smart mask  uses the latest cushion material to provide a snug fit on different facial profiles, ensuring a good fit.    Smart Mask’s filter fabric is the latest innovation in filter mesh structure that helps you breathe with the least effort while attaining N95-class protection.

The Air+ Smart Mask with the Air+ Micro Ventilator attached.

The Air+ Smart Mask with the Air+ Micro Ventilator attached.

The Smart Mask feels very comfortable  to touch. The fabric is soft   and  bends easily as compared with other existing N95 masks which are hard and have preformed shapes.

Source: Air+ Smart Mask

Source: Air+ Smart Mask

The  Smart Masks are  pocket size and you can slip it into your pocket to keep when you are indoors. This makes it very easy and convenient for the user to have the mask handy when going from one place to another. They are individually sealed ensuring that they stay clean before use.

The Smart Mask  is certified under the European Standards FFP1 to filter at least 80% of airborne particles, including oil based particles.  The L Size  is additionally certified as FFP2 and FFP3 to filter at least 94% and 99% of airborne particles, including oil based particles respectively.

The  Air + Smart Mask and Air Ventilator

The Air + Smart Mask and Air Ventilator

The AIR+ Smart Mask  comes in a box of 3 and retails  at $7.20 . Each mask in the box is individually sealed.   There is a set of pictorial instructions on the inner cover of the box which clearly depicts how the mask can be used. There are also instructions on the individual mask packaging for the user to read through before usage.

If reading the instructions seems mind boggling for you , you can watch the video embedded below instead.

Air+ Smart Mask in - S, M and L sizes

Air+ Smart Mask in – S, M and L sizes

The AIR+ Smart Mask  comes in three sizes. Small, Medium and Large  to fit faces of different sizes. I tried the masks on the kids and they fitted really well.

Tiger girl using the size S Air + Smart Mask

Tiger girl using the size S Air + Smart Mask

Even though the AIR+ Smart Mask is designed for children as young as 7 years old , The  S Size mask  fitted well on 4 year old Tiger girl.  The adjustable bands at the back made it easy to ensure  that it was the best fit for her. She could breathe comfortably in the mask and the bands were not overly tight and pulling on her skin.

Doggie boy wearing the Air+ Smart Mask

Doggie boy wearing the Air+ Smart Mask

The next person to try on the AIR+ Smart Mask was Doggie boy.  The S size mask was too small for him so I tried the M Size mask  on him instead. It fitted him fine he happily model  it for me.

Monkey boy wearing the Air + Smart Mask

Monkey boy wearing the Air + Smart Mask

Using the measurement gauge on the product packaging and matching the distance from the eye to the bottom of the chin I found that the L Size AIR+ Smart Mask was a better fit for Monkey boy.

You can see him comfortably wearing the mask in the collage above.

The kids and me wearing the Air+ Smart Mask

The kids and me wearing the Air+ Smart Mask

The AIR+ Smart Mask can be reused intermittently, up to a total of 8 hours and should be replaced when it is physically damaged or dirty or when you experience discomfort in breathing.

The AIR+ Smart Mask with Valve Cap

The  AIR+ Smart Mask with Valve Cap

AIR+ Smart Mask  has a Valve Cap which should be used if you are not using the mask together with an AIR+ Micro Ventilator.

The valve helps to regulate the air flow in and out of the mask making it easier to breathe.  The Valve Cap can be found in the mask packaging box together with the Masks. 

 

 What is a Air + Micro Ventilator?

Source: Air+ Smart Mask

Source: Air+ Smart Mask

The  AIR+ Micro Ventilator extracts heat, moisture and accumulated Carbon Dioxide from the mask. This reduces the chance of the mask user from experiencing giddiness or headaches giving them a more comfortable user experience.

Retailing at $29.90 this device which is powered by a built -in rechargable lithium- polymer battery can be charged using the USB cable which is provided in the box.

The AIR+ Micro Ventilator fits onto any size of the Smart Mask and can be used up to 2 hours continuously.  It has a shelf life of up to 1000 battery hours ( or can be used 500 times on a 2 hours/ use basis).

How the Micro Ventilator Works

How the Micro Ventilator Works

The benefits of using a Micro Ventilator

The benefits of using a Micro Ventilator

It is important to remove the exhaled carbon dioxide that builds up within the mask when one has a mask on.  It is especially harmful for children to breath in recycled carbon dioxide as it can affect their well being and level of alertness.

If too much carbon dioxide enters the blood stream there would be a chance of the child suffering from one or more of the  following symptoms.

-headaches

– difficulty in breathing

-falling ill due to the lack of adequate oxygen within the blood stream.

In severe cases it may lead to hypercapnia,   low blood pressure and cardiac arrhythmia or nerve damage.  This is certainly shocking news for a parent and something which I certainly would want to prevent at all cost if possible.

A comparison 

How does the AIR+ Smart Mask compare against the other Traditional N95 mask in the market?

Comparison of N95 Masks

Comparison of N95 Masks

As you can see the AIR+ Smart Mask is more consumer friendly as compared to traditional N95 masks.  I personally love the fact that the mask are individually sealed so that they are kept clean when not in use. 

Where can I buy the masks? 

Watson Online Website

Watson Online Website

The AIR+ Smart Mask (3pc pack for $7.20) and AIR+ Micro Ventilator ( $29.90)  can be bought from all Watsons Singapore and Watsons online store.

I personally have ordered the product from the Watson online store  and it delivered to my home  within 2 days of placing my order.

For more information on the product you can visit the website or facebook page.

There will be an AIR+ Smart Mask Roadshow from the 20-21st June  and  Bedok Mall and on the 27th-28th June at Northpoint. Do come on down to see the Air + Smart Mask in action.

Disclaimer: This is an advertorial by AIR+ Smart Mask. All opinions are 100% my own.

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 .