The Importance of Clean Air in the Age of the Coronavirus

From incorporating houseplants to appliance upgrades, here are a few ways to improve the air quality in your home.

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The coronavirus pandemic has us rethinking the way we live, work and travel. The little things we didn’t give a second thought to now occupy a great deal of headspace — how often we touch our face, for example, or the right way to wash our hands, and the microbe-carrying particles that circulate in the air we breathe.

To combat the risk of Covid-19, hotels and resorts across the Philippines have implemented enhanced safety measures, placing more emphasis on air ventilation and the cleaning, upgrading and maintenance of air-conditioning systems. Part of Anya Resort Tagaytay’s new cleaning routine, for instance, involves airing out its rooms for at least an hour before disinfecting them.

While research has shown no conclusive evidence that Covid-19 can be passed through air-conditioning units, keeping the air clean and well-ventilated is a key pillar in comprehensive cleaning procedures. Beyond preventing the spread of harmful microbes, cleaner air can lengthen your life expectancy and protect you against cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

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A few ways to improve air quality include cracking open the windows every so often and investing in houseplants such as peace lily and English ivy that serve as natural air purifiers. Needless to say, regular vacuuming will also keep dust mites at bay, while a standing or ceiling fan can help remove stale air. Another crucial practice is cleaning out the filters of your air-conditioning unit regularly.

There’s no harm in upgrading your A/C either. Panasonic’s air conditioners come equipped with its nanoe™ X technology, an air purification system that releases nano-sized water particles filled with hydroxyl radicals, which oxidise and denature hazardous substances.  This impedes the growth of molds, bacteria and 99 per cent of viruses, including the H3N2 influenza, by altering their protein structure.

The technology also tackles allergens from insects, domestic animals, dust mites and pollen, as confirmed by professor Masahiro Sakaguchi of Azabu University’s Department of Veterinary Medicine. Smaller than steam particles, nanoe™ X particles double as deodorisers, eliminating odours from various surfaces of the room.

They also help to prevent moisture from leaving the skin and hair, which may lead to more hydrated skin and healthier, less frizzy hair. Its sister technology, the nanoe™ G, uses negative ions to remove airborne, dust particles. The asthma-friendly technology is compatible with children and people with sensitive sinuses.

Best of all, thanks to the nanoe™ X’s self-sustaining generator, which makes use of water in the air, it requires no maintenance and consumes only 25W per hour. It even works independently from the rest of the air-conditioning unit, offering 24-hour air purification without having to turn the A/C on.

An eco-conscious investment that works against harmful microbes, Panasonic’s nanoe™ X air-conditioners can serve as a key feature in your quest for clean, healthy air for yourself and your family.

For more information about Panasonic’s nanoe™ X technology, click here.
This article was published in partnership with Panasonic Manufacturing Philippines Corporation.

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