We care about the air we breathe at home.
Air in interiors with optimal parameters.
Persons cannot endure without inhaling and exhaling. Although we breathe automatically, without thinking about it, we should be aware of the quality of the air that enters our lungs. Especially in recent months, they have taught us that the enemies of our health can be invisible - they are often small microparticles that attack our bodies unnoticed, even where we feel safest - in our homes. What can we do in the house and apartment for healthier air? Is it really enough to just ventilate? What about the optimal humidity in the interior? And what state-of-the-art technology can ensure that we can breathe safely and deeply at home?
➡️ Air purifier - fear of viruses, bacteria, dust, mites and allergens
In addition to regular and thorough hand washing, we used to ventilate our homes more often during a pandemic. It makes sense to replace the air in the interior - otherwise it would be stale, it would contain exhaled fumes, the smell of activities we do at home, or dust particles, which we cannot get rid of even during the most thorough weekend cleaning of the household. Impulse ventilation several times a day is important, but when the air behind the windows just gets tangled with allergens, it may not be the first choice. Many allergy sufferers would be able to talk about how he is afraid to even open a window, when an allergen blooms under his windows, which makes his eyes swell and sneeze. Or if we live near traffic arteries, we have to reckon with the fact that, along with oxygen, we also get exhaust fumes from our homes. Even in the case of a viral disease of one family member, there is a risk that the air in the household is contaminated. Action is needed to avoid the risk of infecting the rest of the family. However, especially in smaller flats inhabited by larger families, the isolation of a sick family member in one room is practically impossible. After all, many of us tried it even during a pandemic - when everything was done online from home, young and old collided in every corner of the household, although they tried the opposite.
In such cases, when air ventilation is not enough or not desirable, modern electronic helpers - air purifiers - get the word out. One of them is a portable air purifier with an Orava Aeris+ ionizer. It eliminates bacteria, viruses, fungi, mites, dust and pollen in the air, with up to 99% efficiency. It can do this thanks to extra efficient 4-stage filtration. Using a fan with 3 speeds, it sucks in air from the room and, through a 4-fold protective screen, captures almost everything that flies in the air and harms the health of children and adults. The PP prefilter detects the most pollution, including hair and animal hair, the carbon filter with activated carbon absorbs odors and gases in the air, the HEPA filter removes even small particles of pollutants from the air and the efficiency of all filters is multiplied by the built-in ionizer. It produces anions into the air, negatively charged ions, which bind positively charged ions, ie pollen, dust, smoke and other pollutants, thus creating sufficiently large particles, which the air purifier can playfully cope with and withdraw them from the air circulation in the interior. In addition, it can analyze the air quality in the room, which it reports easily with three colors on the device's touch screen.
It can operate in three operating modes - automatic, manual with a sleep timer of up to 12 hours or in sleep mode (Delayed Shutdown). You can select all the necessary parameters either manually for a clear arrangement of the touch panels, or using the remote control. When the filter needs to be replaced, it will alert you to a lit icon on the touch panel. It also shows the number of dust particles smaller than 2.5 micromillimeters in the air, as well as the current temperature in the interior, so even when looking at the air purifier display in the summer, you know if your home is not unnecessarily surprising. Orava Aeris + works extra quietly (with a noise level of only 30 dB), so it allows you to clean the air both during the day and at night - without disturbing you during the day during mental activity and at night from sleep. It has a cleaning capacity of 220 m3 / h and is suitable for rooms with an area of up to 35 m2. Because it weighs only 5 kg, it can be easily transferred from room to room so that there is healthy breathing air in every room of your home.
➡️ Cellar or tropics - what temperature are you used to at home and what should it be like?
The optimum indoor temperature is from 18 to 21 degrees Celsius. Of course, in the kitchen, where cooking and baking, the temperature will be higher by default - even 22 degrees Celsius, similar to the bathroom, where we take a bath full of hot water. In the bedroom, however, 18 to 19 degrees Celsius is enough for a refreshing sleep and regeneration of the body. Even in the living room or children's room, the thermometer should not show more than 21 degrees Celsius. However, especially during autumn and winter, we often overheat our homes unnecessarily. Not only will we not be surprised by the arrears in the annual billing for heating, but we also harm our health. Temperature and humidity are related. As the air temperature increases, the humidity decreases. Too dry air irritates the mucous membranes of the human body, so it tends to scratch our throats, pinches our eyes, and threatens to turn red. Drying of the mucous membranes of the nasopharynx and respiratory tract can lead to the development of bronchitis, laryngitis in children. Pathogens (including viruses) settle more easily on mucous membranes irritated by dry air, which can lead to recurrent upper and lower respiratory diseases due to weakened immunity. Too dry air does not benefit our skin and can also cause trouble sleeping in the form of snoring and a stuffy nose like a cold. Therefore, it is better not to increase the air temperature unnecessarily, it is better to have a little colder at home and wear a sweater or warmer socks. After all, we don't have to run around the apartment in T-shirts and shorts in the winter.
➡️ Humidity - both too high and too low can negatively affect our health
While we can easily regulate the temperature in the household (it is enough for a thermometer, built in, for example, in home weather stations), with the regulation of optimal humidity, it is a bit more complicated. Although we can't do with emotional evaluation, it's not nuclear physics - you just need to get a modern helper to humidify or dehumidify the air, which measures the current humidity in the interior and then adjusts it to the optimal form. It may surprise you, but we only contribute to the accumulation of moisture in the home by living in it. We wash here, dry our clothes, shower, breathe, sleep. A family of four produces 5 to 10 liters of water vapor per day. Excessive accumulation of moisture can often be caused by the building itself, for example, old houses have damp walls. Moisture also thrives in newly completed new buildings, or in buildings with improperly insulated insulation, poorly implemented replacement of windows, etc. Just as too dry air does not benefit our health, too much humidity in the interior harms the health and beauty of the home. Humid air causes the formation of fungi, molds and promotes the growth of bacteria. When we inhale mold spores, we risk recurrent respiratory infections, headaches, coughs, chronic fatigue, chronic coughs, rashes, the development of allergies, and even scientists have found a connection to develop depression. To avoid the risk of health problems, but also the risk of deterioration of plasters, paints and equipment, you should therefore manage the indoor humidity towards optimal values. These are from 40 to 55%. Humidity above 60% is already considered high and, in addition to mold, it can also cause corrosion, while humidity below 35% is considered low. None of these extremes are suitable for healthy living.
➡️ What turns with excessive humidity?
You can find out whether there is humid air in your home. During the winter, your windows mist quickly, and mold often forms in the bathroom. You might be surprised if you dragged in other rooms of the apartment, e.g. kitchen, refrigerator, washing machine or living room wall. Therefore, it is advisable to place the furniture at least 5 cm from the walls to ensure sufficient air circulation, and to check and clean all corners and corners during seasonal cleaning. You can reduce high humidity partly by ventilation (shock ventilation for at least 15 minutes several times a day, but not when it is raining outside), proper sealing of windows and so-called by micro-ventilation, especially when you are at work during the day or leaving home for the weekend. Many modern plastic windows offer this option. When cooking in the kitchen, use a fume hood to prevent moisture from food fumes from accumulating, ventilate the bathroom frequently, or if you do not have a window, secure a fume hood. A practical solution is also a portable dehumidifier, such as the Orava Dehum with wheels for easy transport from room to room according to current needs. It sucks in the air in the room and it passes through an evaporator, which cools the compressor with refrigerant. The humid air liquefies under the influence of rapid cooling and the water droplets end up either in a 4-liter collection container that can be easily removed and poured out, or after connecting the drain hose included in the product package, condensed water vapor in the form of water flows directly into the drain. channel. At a temperature of 27 degrees Celsius, Orava Dehum can collect more than 12 liters of water per day from too humid air, at a temperature of 35 degrees Celsius up to 25 liters. In the mode of automatic dehumidification, it is enough to adjust the optimal value of air humidity on the device. When the actual efficiency in the room is at least 3% higher, the device switches on automatically and the air dries until the desired value is reached, when it switches off automatically. In addition to this mode, it also offers a laundry drying mode, which is the case when the laundry is not available during drying on the balcony or in the garden of the dryer, or when the household does not have a balcony. Orava Dehum not only dehumidifies the air, but also partially cleans it of dust and pollen parts, bacteria and smoke. It traps larger particles to which water binds, and in the second stage, the dehumidified air runs through a HEPA filter, which is good news for allergy and asthma sufferers.
➡️ How to stop dry air in the interior
On the contrary, many households struggle with too dry air, especially during the winter months, when it is necessary to heat a household. Above all, the combination of underfloor heating and plasterboard wishes to create dry air. Then you will appreciate the handy humidifiers, of which there are several types on the market. The most modern ones use ultrasonic technology, thanks to which they can split water from the integrated tank into microparticles, which are evenly distributed throughout the interior in the form of a fine cold mist. Such is the Orava HUM-42 humidifier, suitable for rooms with an area of up to 40 m2. It has up to a 4-liter water tank and dispenses the liquid from it into the air for 14 to 35 hours until the water passes. If you add a few drops of essential oil to the water, you can enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy in addition to refreshing the interior. The humidifier also impresses with its design and in the interior it not only acts as a handy helper for a healthier touch, but also as an attractive accessory for the device. Although the humidifier itself is white, thanks to the built-in LED light, it shines beautifully in up to 7 colors. These change in a smooth transition, so you can enjoy them all. You can easily pre-select the most pleasant one by pressing the icon directly on the humidifier. It will also visually create a pleasant wellness atmosphere in your home. It consumes only 25 W, so you don't have to worry about cutting it significantly out of your family budget every day, even during the long winter, when it is desirable to humidify the air for overheating, or during an extra long hot summer.