Leading British ventilation manufacturer Vent-Axia is sharing ways to help take of your lungs and protect your household from indoor air pollution during Love Your Lungs week, which takes place 21 – 27 June 2021.
Indoor air pollution can affect lung health and is linked to increased risk of pneumonia, COPD and lung cancer. If an asthma sufferer has an allergic reaction to a pollutant in the air, this can also make asthma symptoms worse. Vent-Axia has been committed to protecting public health by improving indoor air quality since 1936. As part of this commitment, Vent-Axia is therefore supporting the Asthma UK and British Lung Foundation Love Your Lungs campaign, which raises awareness of lung health.
To support the campaign Vent-Axia is trying to help the public create some breathing space by sharing six useful tips that will help them take care of their lungs. For people with lung conditions, good indoor air quality (IAQ) is especially important. This is even more true during the COVID pandemic, which is particularly dangerous to those with lung conditions.
Key to tackling indoor air pollution and improving IAQ is to ‘reduce – dilute – purify’ and so Vent-Axia is sharing the following six tips to help take care of your lungs:
- Reduce the use of aerosols and use eco-friendly cleaning products: Un-perfumed products with lower VOCs (volatile organic compounds) produce fewer pollutants, making the air in your home healthier to breathe in.
- Stop smoking and avoid anyone smoking indoors since smoking can rapidly lower indoor air quality. Smoking increases the risk of lung cancer and is linked to other lung diseases, including COPD, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, and asthma.
- Don’t forget to ventilate: Use mechanical ventilation to remove polluted or humid air from the home, particularly when cooking, cleaning or taking a shower. Vent-Axia’s Lo-Carbon PureAir Sense features odour sense technology extracting polluted air from homes.
- Stay active: Staying active helps your lungs stay healthy. The British Lung Foundation has ‘Stay active, stay well’ exercise videos which give you everything you need to start exercising: Stay active and stay well | British Lung Foundation (blf.org.uk)
- Breathe Deeply: Deep breathing can help rid the lungs of accumulated stale air, increase oxygen levels and allows the diaphragm to help you breathe. The British Lung Foundation gives tips on breathing control. How can I manage my breathlessness? | British Lung Foundation (blf.org.uk)
- Use an Air Purifier: An air purifier, like the Vent-Axia PureAir Room, will remove pollutants from the air in your home. Purifying the air, you and your family breathe for a fresher and healthier indoor environment, air purifiers filter out a wide range of particles including mould, dust, viruses, VOCs, PM2.5, bacteria, pollen and allergens while neutralising bad smells.
“We are pleased to be supporting Love Your Lungs week, especially during a time when good lung health is more important than ever. It is vital to always love your lungs and our six simple tips are designed to help everyone make small changes that can have a big impact on their indoor air quality and lung health”, explains Lena Hebestreit, Marketing Manager at Vent-Axia. “To improve indoor air quality there are three main actions to take: Reduce the number of pollutants introduced into the air; Dilute the pollutants in the air by ensuring there is adequate ventilation introducing fresh clean air; and Purify by adding an air purifier to remove the remaining pollutants from the air.”
Indoor air can contain over 900 chemicals, particulates, biological materials, viruses and bacteria. Each of us breathes 9,000 litres a day with poor IAQ affecting the health of everyone in our homes. It is therefore vital to reduce indoor air pollution by reducing the number of pollutants put into the air, diluting the pollutants in the air with effective ventilation and then purifying the air by adding an air purifier to remove the remaining pollutants from the air you breathe.
The new Vent-Axia PureAir Room air purifier is an effective way of improving IAQ and helping households breathe more easily with people happy to share how it has helped their lung health. Kate Turner commented how the PureAir Room has helped her sons: “We have been very pleased with how the PureAir Room has made a difference to the freshness and quality of air in our sons’ bedroom. Whilst our eldest son, who has asthma, was home schooling in his room, it was very stuffy and air felt stale. However, being winter he didn’t want the window open! The PureAir Room made a real improvement to the environment, it felt fresh, cooler and no stale odours.” Kate added: “In recent weeks my younger son has developed hay fever and we have found using the PureAir Room at night really helps ease his symptoms to allow him to sleep through, and my son with asthma has had no issues either, which is brilliant! We wouldn’t be without it.”
The Vent-Axia PureAir Room has also helped Martyna Kazmierowska with her asthma too:
“Being asthmatic, I often find dust and allergens in the air triggering my asthma. Since using this product, I have noticed a huge difference in the air quality. The air feels much cleaner and I’m not struggling to breathe as much.”
Meanwhile, Donna Marie another asthma sufferer said: “The air feels cleaner… I think it is definitely helping with my asthma”.
Vent-Axia’s PureAir Room air purifier provides advanced air purification in the home and is an easy and low maintenance option to improve IAQ and create a healthy breathing space in the home. It cleanses the air removing harmful particles, neutralising bad smells and removing pollen and pet allergens, for a fresher and healthier home. Designed with an advanced 6-stage filtration system, the PureAir Room filters out mould, dust, viruses, PM2.5, VOCs, pet allergens and odours with its High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter removing 99.9% of particles. Working automatically, it senses the air quality and delivers increased filtration when needed. The unit can also be set manually and has a timer that can run the unit for a specified number of hours before turning off.
Effective mechanical ventilation is also essential for good IAQ. The Vent-Axia PureAir Sense fan is equipped with a pioneering odour sensor that increases airflow when the air is poor, helping ensure a comfortable living environment and improving the air households breathe. PureAir Sense also features an intelligent, fully automatic humidistat for moisture control that means the fan learns to run only when it can make a difference to IAQ. The fan offers very quiet and highly efficient operation. By ensuring air is always fresh, it creates an environment where unhealthy condensation and mould find it hard to exist. Low noise levels of just 19 dB(A) on low trickle makes for a more pleasant indoor environment too.
It is vital to always Love Your Lungs, by making some simple changes you can protect yourself and others by ventilating and purifying your home to improve the air you breathe. To find out more about Love Your Lungs week visit https://www.blf.org.uk/take-action/campaign/loveyourlungsweek.
For up-to-date ventilation guidance and further simple tips to tackle indoor air pollution visit: www.vent-axia.com/healthyhomes.
For further information on all products and services offered by Vent-Axia, telephone +44 (0)344 856 0590 or visit www.vent-axia.com.