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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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)