5 Ways to Participate in Air Quality Awareness Week
The first week of May, is air quality awareness week and here’s why it’s important to celebrate this year. Basically everyone on earth is breathing in polluted air. That’s right, according to the latest findings by the World Health Organization (WHO) published this past April, 99% of the world population is exposed to poor air quality. Fossil fuels are the number one reason for air pollution, because while they are used for energy, they generate and release millions of pollutants in the air. These pollutants are harmful to our health and are linked to many negative respiratory issues, like asthma.
Asthma is a disease of the lungs and affects one in every 13 people, which is why Asthma World day is on May 3rd amid Air Quality Awareness week. Pollutants in the air directly affect the lungs and therefore trigger asthmatic symptoms attacks. And the high levels of pollution will continue to make asthma worse and last longer.
So, why celebrate Air Quality Awareness week?
While yes, the data is disheartening, it also shows us how we can improve air quality after years of neglect. As governments and businesses around the globe are working towards greener economies, here are five ways you can contribute to a better environment on a personal level:
1. Go Greener
We depend on fossil fuels daily; to heat our homes, run our cars, power manufacturing and give us electricity. But you can make a difference by just changing some of your daily habits.
Instead of driving a private car, use public transportation, ride an electric scooter, or bicycle to work or daily matters.
Reusable items are the way to go. Disposable products are not only manufactured rapidly, but they are hard to recycle and pollute the environment.
Upgrade your AC unit to a smart AC. Smart AC's can be controlled anywhere with a smartphone. So, you will be able to shut off the AC when no one is home and turn it on before you arrive. This will help lower the heavy energy use in your home. Plus, it can help lower your electricity bill, as a nice bonus.
2. Electrify Everything (You can)
Removing combustion sources can keep indoor and outdoor air quality clean. If you're ready to swap your car, consider going electric. If that’s too big of a decision you can exchange your gas powered appliances like a gas oven or lawn mower for electric alternatives. The job remains the same (and perhaps even easier) with electric options but knowing the small step can help drastically improve your home's air quality and is worth the switch.
3. Track your environment
Improve your air quality by preparing for it. One step to take is to keep up to date on your region's air quality levels and prepare ahead. Knowing where and when pollution is happening can help reduce your exposure. And while that means planning to stay inside if levels are high, you need to ensure your indoor air quality is up to par. Get an air quality sensor and monitoring system for your home. It’s an easy way to keep track of how clean the air is in your home.
4. Clean the air in your home
Fresh air is one of the simplest pleasures of life. But sometimes when we crack open a window to bring it in, we’re not aware that we’re breathing polluted air. That’s why this year, invest in an air purifier to prevent pollutants from visiting your home. Especially if you live in a city or trafficked area, air purifiers can significantly improve indoor air quality and help reduce risk to adverse health effects by filtering out harmful particles from the air. Air purifiers provide a healthy and clean space for your family and guests to work, chill and come together.
5. Spread the word for clean air to spread
The more we’re aware of our own air quality the more we can share with others. When you adapt to greener habits, buy an electric car or have an air purifier join your family gatherings, use the changes as a conversation starter to spread air quality awareness. Tell friends and family about the benefits of taking control of your air quality and how you are preparing for it.
Small lifestyle changes can make a huge difference and working with the right products can help make that change easier. At Sensibo we want to help you take control of your air quality effortlessly. Sensibo products are designed to save energy and use advanced technology for sensing air-quality to provide the best insights into your home's health. However you choose to celebrate Air Quality awareness Week, choose to share and work with others to improve the air we breathe.
Take charge of your indoor air quality!
Make sure that you and your loved ones are breathing the freshest air in your home. The Sensibo Pure has 3 layer HEPA filter capable of filtering dust, smoke, pollen, odors, bacteria, and even some viruses.
The Sensibo Pure is our smart air purifier that uses live air quality data to boost air purification when pollution is in your air. The LED indicator changes color to alert you to rising levels of indoor air pollution.
Take control of your indoor air quality today with Sensibo Pure smart air purifier.