Last two weeks saw Singaporeans combating the harmful effects of the haze caused by fires & hot spots in Indonesia. Air quality took a turn for the worst with the PSI levels creeping to unhealthy levels and PM2.5 levels reaching close to 60µg/m3(highest in 3 years). Though some rain showers have brought in some relief to the conditions, reports point at a return of the haze in case dry conditions persist in the face of continuing hot spots in Indonesia.
There is of course the ubiquitous mask to protect you when you are outside. And it is advisable to stay indoors and drink plenty of water. However, the air quality indoors is affected by the haze too and is far from ideal, given that we don’t seal homes completely and air trapped inside takes longer to dissipate. Older people, expectant mothers, young children and those who are asthmatic or have skin conditions such as eczema are most vulnerable to the effects. Here are some products that you can consider investing in to protect your family from the harmful effects of the haze while indoor:
Dyson Pure Cool Me Personal Purifier – The Dyson Pure Cool Me Personal Purifier is equipped with an activated carbon and glass HEPA filter that can remove 99.95% of ultra fine particles and pollutants in the air as small as PM0.1. Due to its high quality sensors, Dyson Pure Cool purifying fan can also precisely pinpoint concentrations of PM2.5 and PM10indoors and project these in real time to the on-board LCD screen, or to the Dyson Link application on your mobile device.
The Dyson Pure Cool™ purifying fan is a smart, sensitive two-in-one machine that senses air pollution, captures it, and projects purified air evenly across the room with Air Multiplier technology. When set to automatic mode, the machine constantly monitors the air for pollutants, and reacts automatically to purify the room without you having to lift your finger.
LG PuriCareTM Air Purifier (AS60GDWV0) – The LG PuriCareTM Air Purifier (AS60GDWV0) is an air purifier that removes invisible air pollutants of up to PM 1.0, ensuring clean and pure air indoors. Its cylindrical-shape with Snow Flake Air Holes helps to achieve a unique 360-degree air purification enabling clean air to circulate high, low and in all corners of the room.
The design has also been recognized for its aesthetic value and has been the recipient of the Reddot Award 2017, iF Design Award 2017, International Design Excellence Award 2017 and more. Users can control the air purifier remotely via their mobile devices through the app LG SmartThinQ® app and use Google Assistant to make voice commands to check on the indoor air quality and change the air purification mode at home.
Philips Air Cleaner 2000 Series – AC2887/30 – The Philips Air Cleaner with its sharp sensor automatically monitors its surroundings and purifies the air. It comes with various settings,and can be turned down to the “silent mode”, to allow a noiseless night’s sleep.
Ion PureAir Air Purifier – P1 & P3– The Ion PureAir Air Purifier comes with a 4-layer filtration system to enable clean air. It comes with a timer and preset option of up to 8 hours.
Xiaomi Air Purifier Gen 3 – The Xiaomi Air Purifier Gen 3 is an upgrade of the classic Xiaomi Air Purifier. It is better performing than its predecessor while maintaining the same sleek look. Its Strong Air Route System cleans a mind boggling 6,660 litres of air per minute.
Xiaomi Deerma DEM-F325 Ultrasonic Air Humidifier – The Deerma Ultrasonic Air Humidifier is a multi functional device that evenly distributes water mist and purifies the air. Not only is it a humidifier adding moisture to the air, but is also a purifier ensuring cleaner air.
Philips GoPure GP 5211 Car Air Purifier– An air purifier that make your commute a breeze – the Philips GoPure GP5211 Car Air Purifier filters out harmful PM2.5 fine particles in less than 10 minutes and also removes harmful NO2/SO2 fumes accumalated from traffic.
Most of these products can be purchased at leading home living stores or online. Online shopping portal Shopee is currently running a Beat the Haze promotion to make it easy on your pocket to invest in some of the protective products.