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Battle In The Air

叶霖耘Lerra Ye 2017-05-23 15:21

Air DLuxe

The very de nition of luxury is undergoing an imperceptible change: long gone are the days of daily feasts, elaborate dresses and shining ornamentations, we are becoming less and less concerned about dressing to show- off, rather preferring to focus more on our personal comfort. Other than asking “how do I look”, now we are more concerned with “am I living a quality life?” Fresh organic food, clean water for daily usage, fresh air, a disciplined workout plan, and simply getting enough sleep. In our modern urban society, we are investing so much into what once was taken for granted that the truth is clear: “green” is the new luxury.

If you have to rank environmental conditions according to importance, fresh air would de nitely be up there. For instance, say we breathe 20 times a minute and take in 500 ml of air each time, which means in 24 hours we have inhaled 14,400 liters of air. In the 15 standards of a healthy house proposed by the World Health Organisation (WHO), a third of them are related to household air quality.


Though a premium quality air puri er may cost you a pretty penny in the short term, it’s great more important to consider its long- term health bene ts. For the modern urbanites, we spend the vast majority of our time indoors... this means that the quality of air puri er translates to a signi cant cumulative effect on our health. Try to think it this way:
if the money spent on buying air puri ers is evenly allocated to every single day and every 
single breath, the cost of purchasing "golden air" is thus not as expensive as you may think.

Foe in the room

It’s still Spring but already Summer heat has started to infiltrate every corner of the city. Haven’t had time to adjust your thermo- stats yet and give the air-conditioner a rest from its long labour throughout the winter months? You may want to take a moment to consider turning it off for the time being. If you put a bowl of cooked rice under the air outlet for three days in a row and compare it with another portion in an airtight container at the same temperature, you don’t need a scientific report to see for yourself the effects of so-called “air-conditioning disease”. 


Walking in and out of an air-condi- tioned room poses health hazards due to the large temperature differences, yet the greatest danger lurks in the oft-neglected cooling fins in the air conditioner. Densely constructed by multiple layers of metal plates, the cooling fins easily attract huge amounts of dust and dirt. A large number of bacteria and mould can reproduce rapidly in such conditions. According to a report from Journal of Environment & Occupational Medicine, the total amount of bacteria on the cooling fins of a household air conditioner could reach up to 160,000/cm2. Among them include pathogens like Legionella, Bacillus cereus, moulds, and Staphylococcus aureus.

The Chinese Center for Disease Control  and Prevention (CDC) has conducted a research on the domestic usage of air conditioners. The research monitored dust and bacteria loading in air ducts in more than 60 cities. Disappointingly, among the monitored air ducts, 47.11% were severely polluted, 46.17% were moderately polluted and only a measely 6.12% are up to standard.


Considering the high humidity of Shanghai's summers, the plum rain season would provide a perfect environment for the reproduction of moulds. Why not make a good use of the weekend to clean your air conditioners, before the heat waves strike the city and you power up your air conditioning again?

Botanical Remedy for HAP

Plants may not be as effective at cleaning the air as electronic purifiers, but their would be no secondary pollution in the process and, they're way much  prettier. One plant for  10m2 is the best setting plan for all families.


VariegatedSnakePlant &SpiderPlant

——Extremely hardy, these plants will thrive even under the care of the most negligent plant owners. They absorb CO, HCHO, H2O2 effectively and kill fungus spores.

English Ivy

——Itkills60%offungusintheairwithin6hoursmeanwhile eliminating 90% of benzene. Moreover, it can absorb HCHO and the nicotine produced by cigarettes.

 Chinese Evergreen

——Effectively eliminates the pollution caused by trichloroethylene.


 Boston Fern

——Best placed in a cool place with high humidity and indirectsunlight,thesturdyBostonFernis good at dealing with HCHO and moulds.

 Broadleaf Lady Palm

——This plant can filter ammonia and HCHO.

Peace Lily &  Florist's Chrysanthemum

——They are perfect in counteracting various kinds of poisons, but they are also slightly dangerous to pets if consumed.


Tips:Standards of Air at Healthy Residence from W.H.O:

        (1)Humidity maintains at 40%~60% annually

        (2)Carbon dioxide lower than 1000ppm

        (3)PM2.5 index: 0~50 (Level 1)

        (4)Noise lower than 50dB

        (5)Equipped with good ventilation system to discharge contaminants.

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