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No, pollution is not just a Delhi problem and is certainly not limited to outdoors

While Delhiites have been exposed to air pollution for many years, it is only recently that people have started taking cognizance of this problem due to heightened awareness, conversations and social debates around the subject.


Updated: March 30, 2017 8:17:40 pm
The HiSivTM filter removes formaldehyde, VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) and odour and the HEPA filter cleans indoor air of PM2.5 and other particulate pollutants.

Conversations around air pollution have so far been limited to Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR) owing to the alarming levels of smog that engulfed the city last year.

While Delhiites have been exposed to air pollution for many years, it is only recently that people have started taking cognizance of this problem due to heightened awareness, conversations and social debates around the subject.

Mumbai resident Sunil Nagpal recalls his experience and shares, “I’m an avid jogger and enjoy running on Marine Drive every morning. In early November last year, I was asked by my organization to travel to Delhi for a fortnight on a project. It was then that I came face-to-face with this problem.”

Unaware of this problem then, Sunil continued his morning jogging ritual even in Delhi, but soon realized that it was getting extremely uncomfortable for him to breathe while running. “Initially I did not pay much heed to this problem; however, suspected something wrong when the issues persisted. Even after a month after getting back from Delhi, there were no signs of improvement. A doctor suggested that I could be suffering from the ill-effects of air pollution. It is then that I realized the gravity of the situation”. Sunil was in for an eye-opener in this case as he believed that air pollution was the exclusive property of the capital.

His condition set him thinking about air pollution and ways he could fight it. He consulted his friends, family, and browsed the internet extensively for more information. He loved his jogging ritual and found out ways to combat it using options much as pollution masks.

He was so happy with his efforts that one evening when he was sitting with this friends, he started explaining his problem and how he reached the solution with some pride. Little did he know he was in for a surprise! It was then that a friend pointed out the problem of indoor pollution. Sunil was taken aback as he had focused on outdoor pollution only till now and didn’t have a hint of how harmful indoor pollution was as well. “After all our homes are clean and we maintain hygiene. How can our homes be polluted?” Instantly the thought of well-being of his wife and young children struck him and he set on a path of research again. “I didn’t want my family to face the problems that I did” said Sunil.

Few hours into the research Sunil found exactly what he was looking for. “I stumbled upon honeywellsmarthomes.com and discovered how bad a problem indoor pollution was. The PM2.5 level in our homes are at times worse than the situation outside as we grapple with problems of dust and cooking fumes,” he says, adding he finally decided to get a good indoor air purifier. “I can’t control the air outside, but I sure can make it breathable inside” he said. He found some vital inputs on the site about indoor pollution and the products that could solve this problem for him. He narrowed his choice to the Honeywell Air Touch™ air purifier for his home. “I chose this one as it was relatively silent while being powerful and perfect for the size of my rooms,” Nagpal explains, adding that the fact that filter replacement cost also played an important role in his decision making. The filter combination has many advantages, he found out from his research. The HiSivTM filter removes formaldehyde, VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) and odour and the HEPA filter cleans indoor air of PM2.5 and other particulate pollutants. Along with the honeycomb design and molecular sieves with activating agents, the HiSivTM technology adsorbs harmful gases, without taking away the moisture in the air.

Over the past few months, Nagpal has been breathing easy in more ways than one. He runs the air purifier in his and his kid’s bedroom and is already thinking of adding one for the living room where the family spends a considerable amount of time. Now he knows that pollution, both indoor and outdoor, is not something we can choose to ignore anymore. He just hopes more people take an informed decision about the air they breathe.

Life is, most of the times, a matter of choices that we make. While getting rid of air pollution in a city is a long-drawn process and needs contribution from every sphere, it is our homes- our safe zones, where we can address this problem immediately. The least that we can do is to ensure that the air that we and our family members breathe inside our homes is cleaner. Honeywell range of air purifiers does exactly that.

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