The cities we live in are getting more and more polluted by the minute. Once known for their serene beauty, now they’ve made their way onto the WHO’s list of most polluted cities in the world. Air pollution is a matter of concern as it has increased severely since the festival of Diwali last year. In November 2017, the air quality in metropolitan cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Lucknow, Allahabad and many more was deemed hazardous after the increase in the levels of PM2.5 and PM10, which is a particulate matter with a diameter of 2.5 microns or less. These small and fine particles can travel into the respiratory tract and lodge themselves in the lungs.
These particles can be found in the exhaust of vehicles and gases that are emitted from burning of wood, oil, coal or other natural sources. Continuous exposure to these ultra-fine particles can take a toll on your respiratory system and cause respiratory infections, asthma and wheezing.
You must have seen many people wearing these weird looking dust masks while traveling around the city. Kids especially, while going to school, wear these masks to protect themselves from the adversity of air pollution. Be it on scooters or on foot, everybody is switching to masks for protection. But factually speaking, the masks are not affordable to every one of us. If you have to buy a mask that actually gives you a 3 layered protection, you’ll have to shell out about Rs 749 for every mask you buy. Although there are other variants which are cheaper than this, they don’t ensure the right kind of protection.
There are only a few variants of masks (N95, N99, a three-layered mask) which are currently available for purchase. But these masks will function only for a limited span of time, say about 2-4 months tops! Wearing a mask is inconvenient as it becomes extremely difficult to communicate and breathe. Moreover, it is not durable and is ineffective in providing all round protection from PM2.5.
The tragic effects of air pollution aren’t only restricted to outdoor air. What’s more shocking is that the air inside your house could be 10 times worse than the air outdoors. Most of us spend at least about 15 hours inside the house and we tend to breathe in the same air over and over.
The indoor air quality gets polluted due to multiple factors like burning agarbattis, cooking fumes, lack of ventilation, spraying deodorants, room fresheners, removing footwear inside the house and lots of other factors. One might consider wearing these masks indoors to beat the effects of indoor air pollution but they are not really effective.
Masks were originally crafted to safeguard the health of the industrial workers from the harmful effects of occupational hazards. But taking them to the city for dealing with air pollution is not advisable. It is not a long-term solution to cope up with air pollution. These masks will provide a temporary solution to air pollution, but what about the safety quotient? What will happen once the masks are worn out? Splurging another few thousands on masks and repeating the process is a not the right solution to tackle air pollution.
You need something that’s super efficient in cleaning the air, user-friendly and smart enough to help you in breathing healthy even if the air around you is polluted. Why don’t you invest in buying an air purifier? Afterall, it is one time investment which will give your family an all round protection from air pollution!
That’s why we recommend Dr. Aeroguard as it is the perfect air purifier for your home. They have an array of air purifiers with a 9 filter system which are German GUI lab certified. The HEPA filters, anti-dust filter, antimicrobial filter, anti-allergen filter and the deodorizing filters ensure that you breathe clean and healthy air in your house.
The air purifier releases Silver ions and Vitamin C into the air in the room. That way, you breathe not only clean and pure air, but air that is healthy and energising as well. You can Buy one for your home, here! Or book a free home demo here.