Breathe clean air with Vax air purifiers

Spring is a time of year when we traditionally spend a bit more time cleaning our homes. But what about the air we breathe?

Indoor air can be five times more polluted than outdoor air, meaning every day our lungs breathe in pollution, dust, pollen, pet dander and other allergens, which can cause us to cough, sneeze and have a disturbed sleep. And during ‘allergy season’ these effects can be multiplied even further.

By drawing in dirty air and then releasing cleaner, fresher air, Vax air purifiers can help your family breathe easier this spring time.

Did you know?...
- Smoke, pollen, and dust particles are on the rise – and allergies are increasing.
- Around 21 million adults in the UK now suffer from at least one allergy*
- The UK is one of the top three countries in the world for the highest incident of allergy*
- Each year in the UK, around 40,000 deaths are attributable to exposure to outdoor air pollution, with even more linked to exposure to indoor pollutants**

Graham Curtis, Air Purification Category Leader at Vax, provides some expert advice on how to combat this growing problem…

Q: Why should we care about the air in our homes?

A: We spend so much time making sure that our homes, children and pets are clean. We even filter our water. But one vital of our homes that is often neglected is the air we breathe.  Every indoor breath we take could include dust, pollen, mould spores, smoke, bacteria, allergens and odours.

But there is a solution – an air purifier can create a clean and safe environment for you and your family, by helping to improve the quality of air you breathe.

Q: What does an air purifier do?

A: An air purifier traps and removes harmful particles from the air, helping to eliminate the pollen and dust that can make us cough, sneeze and disturb our sleep. This makes them ideal for allergy, asthma and hay fever sufferers. However, you don’t have to have allergies to benefit from an air purifier – everyone can benefit in different ways:

• People living in rural areas - allergens including pollen which cause hay fever are removed from the air.
• People living in urban areas - air purifiers reduce indoor air pollution including dust, smoke and pollution particles. 
• Asthma sufferers - air purifiers trap asthma triggers such as dust, mould spores and pollen particles.
• Allergy sufferers - purifying the air removes pollens and other allergens so less coughing and sneezing.
• New build homeowners - passive homes and better insulation trap harmful particles. HEPA filters capture these harmful particles down to 0.3 microns. That includes smoke and pollution!
• Pet owners – pet dander is removed from the air and lingering smells are reduced. 
• Parents - viruses and bacteria are captured to create a clean and safe environment and breathing cleaner air helps aids undisturbed sleep!

Q: How do air purifiers work?

A: Air purifiers draw in air from the room and filters it to release fresher, cleaner air.  As air passes through the air purifier a HEPA media filter traps 99.97% of airborne particles down to 0.3 microns. The HEPA filter is composed of randomly arranged fibers and trap things such as dust, smoke, pollen and pet dander. The fans will then push this new, clean air into your home.

Plus, some air purifiers also have carbon filters which get rid of odours in the environment and leave your home feeling fresh.

Q: What features should I look out for in an air purifier?

A: When comparing different models of air purifier, there are a number of features you should consider before you buy:

• Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR)
The CADR rating stands for Clean Air Delivery Rate. This is a figure of merit that is the cubic feet per minute of air that has had all the particles of a given size distribution removed. The higher the number, the faster the unit will filter the air and the more effective the product is.

The three ratings on the CADR represent the air cleaners’ effectiveness against tobacco smoke, pollen and dust which are three common triggers found in the home.

• Allergy UK Seal of Approval
Air purifiers carrying the Allergy UK Seal of Approval have been independently tested to provide that it reduces and removes allergens from the environment.

• Room size
This indicates the maximum room size for the air purifier to work effectively. The higher the m², the larger the room size covered by the purifier.

• Ioniser
Some air purifiers have a built in ioniser. This enhances the effectiveness of the air cleaning by releasing negative ions which attach to airborne particles and neutralises viruses, mould and allergens.

• Timer Function
A timer function lets you set your air purifier to work for a set period of time before turning off. 

• Night mode
Night mode dims lights and reduces the fan speed so your air purifier gets to work while you get an uninterrupted night’s sleep.

• Air Quality Sensors
Air purifiers with a quality sensor will constantly monitor the air and automatically adjust the fan speed to maintain clean air.  Some also have an indicator light which allows you to see the air quality at a glance.

• Speed Settings
Multiple speed settings give you greater control as you can adapt the filtration levels to your specific needs.

• Filter Life Indicator
Often an indicator light, this feature will let you know when your filter needs to be replaced.


**Source: RCPCH UK govt report into impacts of Air Pollution

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