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Outdoors

When walking around outdoors in congested areas for short periods, a high-efficiency washable mask such as the Honeycomb Sports Mask may be worth a try. Containing a disposable carbon filter, it filters out up to 95% of fragrances, particles, cigarette smoke, smog, dust, diesel fumes, VOCs and household chemicals. It is also ideal for city cyclists.

Indoors

Past studies have suggested that as outdoor air quality declines, so does indoor air quality.

Between 1994 and 1998, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency tested indoor air quality and interviewed office staff in 100 buildings across 37 cities across the U.S., ranging from smoggy to clean. An environmental health scientist studied this data alongside local ozone levels and found that the number of office staff suffering  indoor symptoms increased with the levels of smog outside.

An air purifier that kills ozone and VOCs is an ideal choice if you are concerned about poor indoor air quality as a result of city pollution. The Airfree range drastically reduces airborne organic allergens and ozone, providing both allergic and non-allergic people with a healthier environment. These air purifiers also destroy mould spores, bacteria, viruses, dust mite allergens and pet dander.

On the go

Dr Audrey de Nazell, air pollution lecturer at Imperial College London, says that when you are travelling in a car, your exposure to pollution is “higher than if you are walking or cycling"*. If you find yourself sat in the car in the midst of city traffic on a day-to-day basis, it may be wise to invest in a car air purifier. The Amaircare XR-100 car air purifier has a 3-stage activated carbon and VOC filter. It is plugged in to the car cigarette lighter and contains a car seat mounting strap for easy installation. Powerful for its size, it can remove carbon monoxide, fuel gases, hydrogen, propane, methane, noxious gases, radon gases and plastic, whilst reducing in-car odours such as pets and tobacco smoke.

If you are concerned about bacteria, viruses and allergenic particles such as dust and mould spores while travelling on aeroplanes or trains, try a wearable air purifier. The HeavenFresh HF86 is lightweight, wearable anddelivers clean, fresh, ion rich air to the mouth and nose using plasma breeze technology.

Need advice on choosing the right air purification product for you? Call us on 0845 450 5950 (local rate call) or 01453 752216, or email us at info@healthy-house.co.uk for friendly, helpful advice.

Sources:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/smog-can-make-people-sick-even-indoors/

*http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2014/feb/27/sick-cities-how-to-stay-healthy-city