Did you know that when smoking was banned on airliners cabin air quality got worse, not better? Once it wasn’t necessary to provide actual ventilation, they began to recirculate the same air, trapping pollutants and germs inside.
Hopefully, you don’t live in a city where pollution warnings are announced along with the daily weather. But even if you don’t, chances are that you’re breathing in quite a lot of what you shouldn’t – sometimes from the most unexpected sources.
While the long-term effect of all this airborne junk remains unknown, it’s a safe bet that it doesn’t make you any healthier. While this situation is slowly being improved around the world, you really shouldn’t wait for the government and industry to do something about it. As it turns out, there are some ways to mitigate the situation without moving to Iceland. You could, for example, buy an air purifier you can place in your baby’s stroller, keep in your car, or toss into a suitcase.
Unlike many air purifiers, it runs very quietly and adjusts its flow rate depending on air quality, both extending battery life (about 8 hours) and reducing noise even further. As an added bonus, the replacement filters aren’t ridiculously expensive and take only seconds to replace; the device itself will tell you when this is necessary.
Although its performance doesn’t come close to that of a domestic air purifier, it’s still not to be sneezed at. (Don’t we all love puns?) It processes almost 2-½ gallons of air per second, and while no consumer appliance offers 100% effectiveness, it does a pretty good job of removing pollen, germs, and pollution from car exhausts. Gases like formaldehyde and radon will pass right through, though.
Like seemingly everything today it has a connected app, which in this case is actually quite useful. It will warn you if the air quality around you is getting problematic – normally not sufficient reason to run out the door screaming, but a good way to become aware of persistent hazards in your daily environment.