To breathe or not to breathe?

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Spring is a little late, but the allergy, which usually worsens at this time of the year, did not keep itself waiting. However, to call this disease a seasonal phenomenon, the language does not turn. For example, in the son of my friend Yulia, four-year-old Petya, she showed up in the fall, and not at all on blooming flowers. Danger lay in wait for him right at home. The boy’s allergy was caused by ordinary dust.

Here it is time to doubt whether our house is really a fortress that protects and shelters from danger. Despite the fact that this is a place where we relax after a tiring working day, receive guests, sometimes work, but most importantly, we bring up our children.

Modern houses and apartments pose a real threat to our health, especially to the health of our children. What is the value of the air we breathe. It is believed that it is 4-6 times dirtier and 8-10 times more toxic than the street one.

This is not only bad for well-being, but also causes various diseases. The most common of these is allergies.

Quite suddenly, little Petya began to cough, sneeze, his eyes were constantly watery and reddened. At first, Julia thought it was a common cold. However, the doctors made a different diagnosis – allergies.

It turned out that the baby’s body catastrophically does not tolerate dust. And no wonder. After all, dust is the most common allergen. The so-called microscopic dust mite “lives” in it.

For example, about 42 thousand dust mites live in 12 g of dust. In total, there are about 15 varieties of these “monsters”. They are the source of severe allergic reactions.

Having learned what caused Petya’s allergy, her friend was confused. Of course, when the reaction, for example, to citrus fruits, you can simply not eat them. And dust is everywhere.

Neither reusable wet cleanings nor airing helped. It was then that Julia’s acquaintances advised her to purchase an air purifier.

An air purifier is not a cheap device. Julia doubted for a long time whether he could help Petya, who was literally suffocating even in a perfectly washed room.

In addition, it was not clear to her friend how exactly this device works and what exactly it cleans the air from. I had to make a little help.

Imagine her friend’s surprise when she found out that almost everything that surrounds them in an apartment or house is a danger to Petya.

First of all, these are chemicals that are released from walls, ceilings, furniture (especially made from chipboard).

More than 100 chemical compounds can be present in the air of an apartment at the same time: aerosols of lead, cadmium, mercury, copper, zinc, phenol, formaldehyde.

Together and in large numbers, they pose a real threat to health, and even human life.

no less the danger is toxic fumes and particles from detergents and cleaners, tobacco smoke, bacteria, viruses, mold spores and other fungi, human waste products, pets.

Moreover, chemical compounds, combining with common allergens (the same dust and pollen), act as adjuvants and multiply the action of allergens, practically creating “strong allergens”.

It turns out that the fact that Yulia washed dishes every day with a special gel, did laundry, and simply washed Petya’s hair, only exacerbated his allergies.

In addition, it turned out that plastic windows were installed in the apartment of my acquaintances, which in the cold season completely excluded the influx of fresh air, which means ventilation.

As a result, everything that was dangerous accumulated in the house, causing more and more severe allergic reactions in Petya.

In general, Julia decided to buy an air cleaner from the Japanese company Daikin. Her choice was not accidental. She wanted to find an air purifier that would help get rid of allergens in the first place.

Secondly, it was of high quality (Julia did not want to take the device for a year or two). Thirdly, she wanted the device to take up as little space as possible in the apartment.

Before we found the Daikin MC707, we had to do a little research here and find out how these devices are basically arranged.

It turned out that any air cleaner consists of a set of filters. There are several types of them, each of which “catches” its garbage.

For example, pre-mechanical filters can clean the air from poplar fluff, animal hair, and coarse dust. But they can no longer capture soot, as, for example, electrostatic filters.

Eliminate some odors carbon filter, which uses the ability of activated carbon to absorb gases and liquids. Of course, such a filter will not be able to rid the air of coarse dust, since its main function is adsorption.

There are also HEPA filters, in which air is forced by a powerful fan through very small pores, freeing itself from pollen particles, fungal spores, animal hair and dander.

But still, the most “advanced” from a scientific point of view – and therefore the most effective – are air purifiers with photocatalytic filters.

All harmful substances, including toxins, bacteria and viruses, are oxidized and decomposed on the surface of the photocatalyst under the influence of ultraviolet radiation.

At the same time, organic impurities decompose to harmless components, water and carbon dioxide, eliminating even unpleasant odors with them. Due to the powerful oxidation used in photocatalytic filters, the cleaning efficiency of bacteria, viruses and microparticles is 99.99%.

Relatively recently in household filters appeared streamer filters. Inside the streamer filter – just like the electrostatic filter – there is a high voltage generator. However, its working principle is different.

The air in such filters is cleaned due to the streamer discharge, which occurs under the influence of a strong electric field. In this case, a stream of fast electrons with a high oxidizing ability is formed.

This allows even toxic compounds such as formaldehyde or nitrogen dioxide to be decomposed.

To achieve maximum results, air purifiers usually put several filters at once. It is clear that the more filters and additional functions in the device, the more efficiently it performs its task.

Guided by the knowledge gained, Yulia made a choice in favor of the Daikin MC707 air purifier.

I must say that neither immediately after the purchase, nor later, she was not disappointed. As soon as the device was in the apartment and started working, Petya first weakened, and then completely disappeared almost all signs of allergy.

As Julia told me, this happened due to the fact that the main enemy, the ill-fated dust, did not remain in the apartment. It wasn’t even on the furniture. And yes, it was much easier to breathe.

According to her, their air purifier, which has seven different filters, created this miracle.

Julia purchased the device in the fall. And what is surprising: none of the family members were affected by seasonal colds. During the whole winter, neither Petya, nor Yulia’s husband, nor she herself had a single ARVI or acute respiratory disease.

A friend attributes this merit to the cleaner, in which the ANTIBODY biofilter is installed, Daikin know-how, killing viruses and bacteria by almost 100%. Yulia also boasted that it is in this model that Flash Streamer technology is used.

By the way, I was able to evaluate the work of the air cleaner personally when I came to visit Yulia. There was a feeling that I was not in a city apartment, but on the street after the rain: fresh and light.

Julia explained to me that their air cleaner, among other things, can ionize the air. This not only creates a pleasant atmosphere, but is also very beneficial for health.

When I asked to show me the device, Julia smiled and pointed to an elegant small device that looked like a box: “So here it is.”

The air purifier blended so harmoniously into their interior and worked so quietly that I didn’t even notice it, which made the hostess very happy.

Now it is spring, and Yulia is fully equipped to meet her constant companion and enemy of their family – seasonal allergies. And yet it turns out that the friend solved not only her main problem with her son’s health, but also several secondary ones.

Although, are there secondary problems when it comes to the health of relatives and the climate in the family?

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