Did you know…?
…air is the basic essential of life!

We draw 12,000 liters (that`s over 3,000 gallons) of air into our lungs. We breathe in and out 20,000 times each day, yet we don`t spend much time in the fresh forest air. On the contrary, we spend 90% of our time indoors. While we pay attention to our health when considering our diet most of us are indifferent to the quality of the air that we breathe.

Did you know…?
…the air in a busy city street is twenty times better than in your office!

We spend 90% of our time indoors where there is up to 20 million particles in 10 cubic feet of room air. The consequences dry or impure air has on our health can be severe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency classifies indoor air pollution as one of the five most dangerous environmental threats to our health. Air purification and humidification must play a key role in our efforts to obtain the optimum room climate for the protection of our health.

Particles per 10 cubic feet of air:

Did you know…?
…the number of allergy sufferers rises dramatically as air pollution increases!

The German Allergy and Asthma Centre estimates that approximately 30% of children up to the age of 12 years suffer from an allergy. One of the main causes is the increase in air pollution.

Potential consequences of impure air

The air which we breathe is full of harmful substances, and conditions worsen everyday. House dust, mites, pollen, animal dander, tobacco smoke and other impurities encourage allergic reactions and respiratory diseases. Dry air increases the number of particles that circulate around the home. Therefore, properly humidified air prevents particles from travelling around the home. Potential consequences of poorly humidified air: Headache, dizziness, irritated nasal passage, nausea, tightened respiratory track, allergies, asthma, lung damage, skin irritation

Did you know…?
…you will perform best at humidity levels between 40% and 60%!

When room humidity is at an ideal level, we feel good. We are better able to concentrate and the number of errors and accidents is reduced dramatically.

Optimal hygiene for room air

Medical experts recommend a relative air humidity between 40 and 60 percent. At these levels our senses tell us the air in the room is ideally humidified. This humidity level also is ideal for our health, for the animals and plants in the room, for furniture, musical instruments and much more.

Did you know…?
…in his day, Stradivarius feared nothing more than dry air!

The world famous Italian violin maker knew it. Dry air was not only harmful to his health but also affected the quality of the instruments he was making, and we know it too. Dry air also stresses household pets and house plants, encourages the formation of dust and the electrostatic charging of textiles made of synthetic fibers, carpets and plastic flooring, and damages furnishings made of wood and parquet including wood floors. Sensitive electronic equipment can be damaged beyond repair.

Did you know…?
…opening the windows in winter does not humidify the air indoors!

Especially in winter, many people attempt to humidify the air by opening windows, but this instinct is wrong! Because cold outside air cannot hold much moisture, opening windows makes the room air even dryer, intensifying the problem. Opening the window ensures a fresh supply of oxygen in the room. This is particularly important in winter. However, while the air streaming into the room in winter may be very fresh, it contains insufficient moisture to humidify warm room air. If moisture is not added to the air artificially, it will try to quench its thirst by taking the moisture from our skin, mucous membranes, plants, wooden furniture, etc. To maintain an acceptable level of air humidity during the cold season, we need to use a suitable air humidifier.

Did you know…?
… preventive measures can delay or avert the onset of an allergy!

With around 50% (!) of children presenting an increased hereditary risk, preventive measures can influence the onset of an allergy. Apart from establishing the family’s allergy history and ensuring a good diet for the newborn baby and expectant mothers, preventive measures must also include the avoidance, elimination or reduction of environmental factors such as tobacco smoke, animal hairs, dust mites, spores and pollen.

Did you know…?
…hay fever has little or nothing to do with hay!

Hay fever is based on a major misunderstanding of the human immune system. The allergy sufferer’s defense system protects against pollen, which, in theory, is neither dangerous nor harmful to the majority of people. In effect, the defense system makes a bad decision. It thinks that it is threatened and fights against the pollen with all available resources.

Did you know…?
…today every third absence from the workplace is based on diseases of the respiratory tract!

Dry air causes the membranes in your respiratory system to dry out, and also causes chapped lips and stinging eyes, encourages infections and illnesses of the respiratory system, and induces weariness and poor concentration. Dry air is a massive health risk for people. Besides feeling unwell, being tired and lacking concentration, the mucous membranes in the nose and respiratory tract are attacked, greatly increasing susceptibility to infection. Tests in nursery schools have shown that when humidifiers are used absences due to sickness are reduced by 40%.

Did you know…?
…warm air is always thirsty and “looking for a drink”!

As the temperature of air increases so does its ability to hold water. The term relative humidity describes the amount of water vapor contained in a gaseous mixture of air and water. In other words, the percentage of relative humidity depends on the ratio of partial pressure of water vapor in this mixture to the saturated vapor pressure of water at a given temperature. To understand this concept more clearly, imagine that a fully saturated sponge has the volume capacity of 100 % relative humidity (dew point). As an example then, we can say that at 32°F / 0°C the relative humidity is 69% (typical temperature and humidity in winter). If we increase the temperature to 74°F / 23°C the volume capacity of water decreases and the relative humidity falls to 15% (these are typical dry conditions in a heated room in winter).

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