Clean (indoor) air should be here to stay

Before Covid-19, indoor air, or air quality for that matter, was an afterthought. Clean air talk mostly focused on pollution in cities. We also knew common viruses are airborne but few precautions were often taken. Air quality is not only an issue for asthmatics or those with allergies but one that is important for everyone’s wellbeing and quality of life.

It is revisionist history to claim we should have known better. We at NevadaAir prefer to look forward, but given everything we have learnt over the last ten months, it is no longer acceptable to go back to the old ways. We need to take a more active approach to indoor air quality.

Clean air should be part of our wellbeing plan, along with exercising regularly and eating better. We spend 90% of our time indoors, and much like outdoors, this air is polluted. Regardless of definition, air pollution is not good for our health.

The overall benefits of better air quality are intuitive, and here we outline some of them, but first and foremost is personal health. Clean air is just better for us and our quality of life.

Beyond the direct effects on health, which include getting sick less, taking an active approach to air quality means having the peace of mind and comfort of knowing every breath is as pure as possible. This comfort translates to greater ease, happiness and productivity. The comfort extends past your own coworkers or employees, but to your clients too. This is especially important in schools, gyms, care homes and other client-facing businesses.

Now the theory is clear, but applying it to the real world is what matters. Wherever possible and assuming the outdoor air is good, the WHO recommends to leave windows open and create air flows in our workplaces. A simple solution, but one that winter, rain and outside noise makes impracticable, and one that hinges on outdoor air being clean.

The more realistic solution is to have mechanical ventilation, but we need to, and should, take a further step and be proactive. By adding a technology that inactivates the viruses and bacteria in the air and on surfaces to a mechanical ventilation system, you find yourself with a state-of-the-art approach to improving air quality.

We at NevadaAir are a UK based distributor of ActivePure® Technology. It is the fastest and most powerful air and surface purification technology in the market. This plug-and-play device can operate 24/7 and minimises contamination in real-time without the use of chemicals or ozone. It has also scientifically been proven it kills Covid-19, along with other viruses and bacteria on both air and surfaces, such as mould, fungus, MRSA, E-Coli and Staph.

Active purifiers, such as those in our range with ActivePure® Technology, are essential to stop the spread of Covid-19 and as it becomes endemic, a longer-term solution is needed. Companies must address re-contamination and cross-contamination long term, and the technology we represent is uniquely suited for that, and thus reduces the risk businesses face from this. Beyond risk, it is also good business to provide indoor air quality to your

workers and clients. Companies offer a variety of perks from gym memberships to health insurance and meals, so why not high-quality indoor air?

The pandemic has made air quality much more front-of-mind but we need to carry on demanding air quality for ourselves and being proactive in this pursuit. We should ensure indoor air quality is here to stay and we have the power to do so.

Carlos Prieto

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