Key Benefits of Using an Air Purifier in Your Kitchen

The increasing presence of pollutants and contaminants in the air have led to an increased pursuit of solutions. Every day we get exposed to organic pollutants, toxins and carcinogens which could build up to become damaging to your health.

Recent research has shown that despite all of the pollution risk faced outside the home, the kitchen could have even worse air pollution than any city center. Indeed, indoor air pollution can be thrice as noxious as high traffic areas. Gas cookers have been seen to produce toxic levels of carbon dioxide, with air fresheners contributing their quota to air pollution within the kitchen.

With the use of air purifiers, some of these pollutants and air microbes can be removed; cleansing the air for your consumption. There are many benefits that make having an air purifier in the home and in your kitchen a no-brainer.

HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Filters

Every air purifier is fitted with HEPA filters that help clean the air around. These filters attack and get rid of air impurities and contaminants. HEPA filters can remove dust particles (dust, pet dander, smoke, bacteria, etc.) bigger than the standard 0.3 microns, up to 99.9%. It thus renders the air dust free.

Health Considerations

Air purifiers come with a number of health benefits. Studies have shown that indoor air pollutants account for (cause or worsen) about half of all major health issues. Air purifiers work at removing most of the airborne particles within an environment. As a result, air purifiers help prevent problems such as allergies to air particles – which may be indicated through eye and nose irritations, headaches, and asthma among others.

Odors

No one likes odors. An odorous room or building repels individuals and might pose minor health concerns to others. Spices, curry and onions carry strong odors that can last long after you are done cooking. If you desire your kitchen to smell fresh, without the risks associated with air fresheners you might consider an air purifier. Air purifiers contain ozone purifiers. These ozone purifiers expel medicinal odors, residual smoke (cigarette or other), cooking odors (onions, spices, vegetables, etc.) and any other odors present. Some air purifiers are specially equipped to tackle stale home odors.

Bacteria

There is no shortage of bacteria in every household. Sneezing and coughing spreads bacteria in the air, and the warm, humid nature of certain areas in the home breeds bacteria and can cause serious maladies. Kitchen with all of the food it houses also has the potential of housing more bacteria than other parts of the home. Ionic air purifiers with UV-C sanitizers use electrostatic purification to remove allergens, unfriendly odors, irritants and dust. With an ozone power of (03) < 0.05ppm, UV-C sanitizers are effective at removing allergy causing pollutants in the air.

Not all air purifiers are ideal for your needs. While some are better at breaking down residual smoke, gasses and odors in the air; others are much better in handling allergy-causing particles; others tackle toxic gasses and chemicals that could cause lung cancer; and so on. Be sure what your target is and be sure that your air purifier can actually achieve that target. Most importantly, before purchasing an air purifier make sure your kitchen and home have been assessed by an air quality specialist.

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5 Health Benefits Of Fresh Air

While growing up, the activities we engaged in – swinging at the park, cruising on bikes with friends and generally participating in outdoor activities actually go a long way to provide us with fresh, healthy air. However, as adults, most of our time is spent indoors. Scientific studies have shown that some fresh air outdoor will really do you some good.

Fresh Air Can Boost your Immune System

Engaging in outdoor exercise leads to an increase in natural killer cells, monocytes, and neutrophils which can boost immune function. Fresh oxygen leads to improved white blood cell function which can help fight against germs and bacteria. So it may just be about the right time you stepped out of your office or close quarters that expose you to a lot of germs and breathe in some quality air.

Fresh Air is great for your Lungs

When sitting at a confined place, air flow is not as great – apical breathing which involves inhaling air into the top of your lungs is more of a normal experience. On the other hand, outdoor activities – jogging or taking a walk can increase diaphragmatic breathing so your breathing is deeper, ensuring air is drawn to the bottom of the lungs. More airborne toxins are expelled through this process, helping to cleanse your respiratory system.

Improved Cell Function

Fresh air or oxygen improves the efficiency and function of your body cells. Fresh air helps you digest your food properly – more reason you are advised to take a small walk outside after eating. Fresh air also aids tissue renewal, muscle contraction and production of hormones.

Fresh Air improves Happiness

The amount of fresh oxygen you inhale determines the amount of serotonin in your body and serotonin release can significantly lighten your mood, promoting a sense of happiness and well-being. This is the reason you feel happy and relaxed whenever you engage in mild outdoor activities in the presence of fresh air. Every individual loves to be happy, everyone should love fresh air!

Improved Brain function

20% of inhaled oxygen is used by your brain to function. Hence, for optimal brain activity, it is only normal that you engage in more outdoor activities to improve your brain function so you can concentrate, focus and think better.

There is an abundance of fresh, clean air around us and for this, we are lucky. Avoid staying in polluted areas and engage in outdoor activities as much as possible and experience a happier, fresher life.

 

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There is still work to be done to clean up Hong Kong’s air

The government has a chance to redouble efforts to upgrade local truck and bus fleets and develop a strategy to cut the growth in the number of cars

Outgoing chief executive Leung Chun-ying listed the environment as one of his priorities when campaigning for office. That was five years ago. Were he to have sought a second term in office, would he have been able to campaign on his government’s record in fighting air pollution? It is a mixed scorecard. Undersecretary for the environment, Christine Loh, says a report assessing performance under the 2013 Clean Air Plan, due out in a few weeks, will show there has been “significant progress” towards hitting international targets. But that is when measured against a bar that has been set fairly low.

Annual average roadside levels of PM10 – respirable particles smaller than 10 microns – dropped from around 53 micrograms per cubic metre in 2012 to less than 40mcg last year. The report projects a further fall to 30mcg by 2020. Projections for the fall in the more insidious hazard of PM2.5 will not be known until the report is out.

Roadside levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) fell from 120mcg to 80mcg and are forecast to drop to 65mcg by 2020, against the WHO’s standard of 40mcg. In terms of “bad air” days and reduction of pollutants, there has been significant impact on air quality, according to Loh. Most progress was made in lowering shipping emissions of sulphur dioxide (SO2), thanks to legislation requiring ships to switch to low-sulphur fuel on berthing. A new emissions control area for Pearl River Delta waters to be set up by the mainland in 2019, requiring all ships to burn low-sulphur fuel in regional waters, is expected to slash SO2 levels to one third of those in 2012.

However, most pollutant levels are still far above the WHO’s ultimate targets, with roadside and ambient pollution hovering at unsafe levels and smog-inducing ozone still a major regional headache. The HK$11.7 billion scheme to subsidise the phasing out of old diesel-burning commercial vehicles has helped improve roadside air. The government is conducting a five-year review of the city’s air quality objectives. It is a chance to redouble its efforts to upgrade heavy-polluting local truck and bus fleets, and developing a strategy for curbing the growth in the number of cars, which has worsened pollution, and for providing incentives to use clean energy.

(Reposted from South China Morning Post)

Places to Watch SuperBowl 51 in Hong Kong

There’s no sporting event in America as big as the Super Bowl, especially Lady Gaga will be performing at the half-time show. Don’t miss out this big event, watch the live broadcast this year at some spots serving up tailgate favorites. The game starts on Monday, February 6, 2017 at 7:00am.

HALCYON

Halcyon will be showing America’s biggest sporting event on their vast 2m x 3m screen, and offering American style bar snacks and breakfast bites, all for just $250 per person (includes a comlimentary beer, coffee or freshly squeezed juice). There will also be 2-4-1 deals on American ale, Asahi and botttled beer!

Book It: Call +852 3162 3710 or email at info@halcyon.asia

Halcyon, G/F, The Centrium, 60 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong

 

LINGUINI FINI:

Your favorite Itailain spot will be broadcasting the game live on February 6 from 7:30am onwards. Chow down on the buffet spread including Sausage & Peppers with Chili Mostarda, Wings with Gorgonzola Aioli, New York Style Cheese & Pepperoni Pizza, Mini Meatballs, Build your Own Italian Sub Sandwich, all for just HK$369 +10% per person. The Bar Team will also be serving pitchers of LF Beer, Mimosas, Bloody Marys for you to enjoy during the game.

Book It: Call +852 2387 6338 or email at info@linguinifini.com.

Linguini Fini, 49 Elgin Street, SoHo, Hong Kong, www.linguinifini.com

 

STONE NULLAH TAVERN:

For only HK$300+10% per person, American Football lovers can feast upon an array of breakfast favorites including Applewood smoked bacon and breakfast sausage patties, Creamy French style scrambled egg with parmesan cheese and chives, Toasted brioche bread and English muffins with butter and preserves, Kickin’ Buffalo wings and BBQ ribs with Fresh pineapple, watermelon, honeydew melon and strawberries. To accompany the Endless Breakfast Buffet, customers can opt for Beefed up Mimosas, juice, or coffee.

Book It: Call +852 3182 0128

Stone Nullah Tavern, G/F, 69 Stone Nullah Lane, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.stonenullahtavern.com

 

FORBES 36

Join for a special package for the Super Bowl. Its HK$399 and includes a full breakfast and 2 standard drinks. Advance booking is required.  It opens at 7am!

Book It: Call +852 2813 5335

Forbes 36, G/F, 36 Forbes Street, Kennedy Town, Facebook Page

 

AMERICAN CLUB

This favorite hub to watch sports is open for members and their guest – so if you can find a friend member…head here to watch the big game.  This is a direct feed from the USA (so it includes the half time show and all the famous Super Bowl ads)! It’s on Monday, February 6, 2017 from 7:00am – 11:00am.

Book It: +852 2842 7400

American Club, Town Club: Floors 48 – 49, Two Exchange Square, Central, Hong Kong Country Club: 28 Tai Tam Road, Tai Tam, Hong Kong

 

HONG KONG FOOTBALL CLUB

Open to members and guests (guests must be accompanied by a member). Live at the Sportsman Bar Starts at 7am and cost is HK$128 per person.  It includes All English Breakfast Buffett: Eggs, Fried Bread, Sausage, Mushrooms, Grilled Tomatoes, Bacon Baked Beans, Hash Browns, Toast, Coffee or Tea. NOTE: Kids under 12 are not permitted.

Book It:  +852 2830 9531, sportsmans@hkfc.com

HK Football Club, 3 Sports Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong, +852 852 2830 9505, www.hkfc.com.hk

 

TRAFALGAR:

Starts at 7:30am and includes a buffet breakfast and 1 drink. Prepaid discount is HK$180 $200 or pay at the door! Beer Pong and Pitchers are available.

Book It:  www.trafalgar.com.hk

Trafalgar Wan Chai:  5/F, 5 4-62 Lockhart Road,The Broadway, Wan Chai, Hong Kong,

Trafalgar Causeway Centre:  Shop 10, 1/F, Causeway Centre, 28 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong www.trafalgar.com.hk 

 

Hong Kong Air Pollution Alert!

It has been reported that the haze that currently blankets the city will last for several days. PM2.5 levels are also estimated to be at high – unsafe levels.

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PM2.5 is known to be hazardous to health, as it is associated with lung diseases, including cancer and cardiovascular diseases.

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Happy Holidays from Renaud Air!

Happy Holidays from Renaud Air!

As 2016 comes to an end, and the holiday season approaches, we just wanted to take a moment to send along our warm wishes.

We hope you find some relaxing time spent with family and friends and enjoy all this season has to offer.

Best wishes for a safe and happy holiday, from all of us at Renaud Air!!!