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Stay Haze Free At Home

Protect your family from the haze through the use of efficient air purifiers at home. Here’s everything you need to look out for before choosing and purchasing an air purifier.

With official reports by Indonesia’s state weather agency (BMKG) expecting drier than normal weather in several fire and haze-prone regions in western and central Indonesia between now and April, it is important for us to be prepared for possible hazy days ahead. For those wondering how the haze can affect one’s overall health, the Ministry of Health and Singapore General Hospital has shared how risky the air pollutants can be.

MOH Haze

Photo Credit: Ministry of Health Facebook & Singapore General Hospital

This is why it is advisable for you to invest in a good air purifier for the home. The indoor portable air purifier is not just good to stay haze free at home but also gives you peace of mind in maintaining good air quality throughout the year. Even without the haze, there are invisible villains at home that can wreak health havoc. Unsure of what to look for in one? Fret not. We’ve worked them out for you.

Reliable Technology
Chose air purifiers with trusted and proven technology. There are mainly three types available and some models have a combination of the features:

  • Ioniser air purifier filters air by attracting airborne particles to the electrode, similar to the effect caused by static electricity. And these bits are filtered out resulting in cleaner air.
  • High Efficiency Particulate Absolute (HEPA) air purifiers remove particles by mechanical filtration and diffusion. Ensure that the filter you are getting has a genuine HEPA filtration with the particulate size quoted by the manufacturer. Avoid filters that are marketed by vague and unquantifiable descriptions like “HEPAlike” and “HEPA-type”.
  • Electronic air purifiers remove fine particles like dust and smoke by electrostatic filtration using induced electrostatic charge. Some models include an antimicrobial or carbon integrated post-filter for improved performance and odour absorption.

Space Saving
With kids around, it is best to opt for standalone portable air cleaners that are compact, sleek and sturdy. Finding a colour that you love is a bonus but it should not be a priority on the checklist.

Cost Efficient
It is important to know what is the lifespan and the sort of maintenance your filter needs. Work out the purchase cost, maintenance (if any) or filter replacement and see if it fits your budget.

Suits Your Needs
It is important to check the size of the room(s) you would want to place the air purifier in. The air filter’s performance, lifespan and efficiency may be affected by the area (think air volume amount). Seek your retailer’s advice on the respective models that can keep the particulate levels of your enclosed space to the minimum.

How do you keep your family protected from the haze? Leave your comments down below.