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Sarah Walker

Interior Designer, Healthy Home Expert

Maintaining optimal air quality at home is essential, and Dyson’s new purifiers make it easy.

Staying at home to stay safe has meant more time inside for millions of Canadians.

“We were spending 90 percent of our time indoors even before the pandemic,” says Sarah Walker, an interior designer and healthy home expert. “Given that our indoor air quality is two to five times worse than our outdoor air quality, this is an area of great concern when it comes to wellness in the home.”

Fortunately, understanding what causes poor indoor air quality and knowing how to mitigate the negative effects can make all the difference.

Your home may be full of invisible toxins

What do these things have in common: scented candles, gas stoves, and cleaning products? That’s right — they’re all indoor air pollutants.

Formaldehyde is another big concern when it comes to indoor air quality. This colourless gas pollutant can enter the home through off-gassing from everyday construction materials, paint, wallpaper, and permanent-press fabrics like drapery. Burning materials such as tobacco smoke and improperly vented gas or oil burning appliances are also common culprits.

“Most of the toxins that enter our bodies are airborne, triggering a host of issues from allergies, asthma, and autoimmunity to more seemingly benign symptoms like headaches, brain fog, and that daily afternoon energy slump,” says Walker.

Keeping indoor air free of pollutants

Fortunately for Canadians spending more time at home, Dyson recently launched its latest range of whole-room purifiers: the Dyson Purifier Cool, the Dyson Purifier Hot+Cool, and the Dyson Purifier Hot+Cool Formaldehyde. This powerful new line of purification technology is cutting-edge.

“Dyson has always been obsessed with clean air flow, ever since our first bagless vacuum,” says Amith Umesh, a quality engineer at Dyson. Dyson has been designing and engineering purifiers for years, and continues building on its core technologies.

“All of these new machines meet the HEPA H13 standard1 and that’s not just the filters, it’s the entire machines that are fully sealed,” says Umesh. “This means that what goes in the machine stays captured. As for the formaldehyde machine, it not only senses and captures formaldehyde through the new selective catalytic oxidization filter, it actually destroys it2 at a molecular level.”

The benefits of healthy home air quality

There are so many wellness benefits of healthy home air quality. “Anyone suffering from allergies, asthma, or autoimmunity will notice an immediate reduction of inflammation and flare-ups,” says Walker. “And whether you suffer with those conditions or not, you’ll notice you sleep better and awake feeling more rested. Home should be a nurturing backdrop that supports our health and fuels us for the work we’re called to do and the people we’ve been given to love. Now more than ever, we need to take steps to make sure our homes are serving us in living our healthiest, happiest, most beautiful lives.”

1Particle challenge by DEHS oil specified in EN1822 within a chamber specified in ASTM F3150. Tested in Max Mode at IBR US, for whole machine efficiency above 99.95%.

2Testing based on GB/T 18801-2015

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