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Breathe Easy By Managing Indoor Air Pollution

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Did you know the average Singaporean falls ill between 2 to 5 times a year and more than 30% are unsure if their sickness is due to an illness or allergy?

Air quality is closely related to the allergies and illnesses that are airborne, yet, many of us fail to address our air quality at home, with Singaporeans’ combined ownership of humidifiers and dehumidifiers averaging at 59% as compared to air purifiers at 39%.

Research shows that while air quality is a concern for 77% of Singaporeans, most are passive towards their respiratory health, with less than half of respondents visiting a specialist to address respiratory concerns. This stems from a lack of understanding of chronic respiratory conditions as well as misinformation around tools available to mitigate or manage their environments. While many are aware of common allergens found in homes, it is a little known fact that mould spore such as Aspergillus is a major trigger of allergy and even Asthma – a worrying fact given our humid climate.

Here are a few tips to help you manage indoor air pollution!

  1. Keep your environment clean
    Remember to clean all surfaces regularly, including windows and windows sills, where dust commonly collects. If any of the family members are sensitive to dust, change the bedsheets and pillow cases to prevent dust mites.
  2. Keep your home ventilated
    While allergens do exist outdoors, it’s also important to keep the air flow going in order for fresh air to circulate.
  3. Keep humidity at bay
    Given our climate, it’s common to find excess moisture in the air which encourages the growth of biological pollutants, like mold, mildew and fungus. These common allergy triggers may be plaguing your bathrooms or wet areas.
  4. Keep the use of air-polluting products at a minimum
    Synthetic cleaning agents and pesticides are known to contain many allergy-triggering pollutants. Try to look for natural products that are biodegradable and contain less harmful ingredients in order to keep your indoor living space pollutant-free.
  5. Use an air purifier
    Despite taking these measures, air contaminants and allergens may still enter your living environment. The use of an effective air purifier will help to reduce the levels of air pollutants in your living space. Click here to read about a few new appliances you’ll be glad to have at home, including the new Philips 3000i Air Cleaner which automatically monitors and purifies the air, effectively removing particles, allergens, bacteria and viruses.

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