Written by Debra Morrall
As we currently enjoy the seeming endless days of summer sunshine, it’s important to note that with the heat, comes some unlooked for and undesirable side effects. But it is worth knowing that as temperatures rise, so the quality of the air we breathe decreases. The blend of heat and sunlight acts as an oven; ‘cooking’ the chemicals in the air, which when combined with the nitrogen oxide emissions, caused by vehicles or industry emissions, creates a layer of ground level toxic gas.
This affects anyone who already has a respiratory or heart problem, as it can hinder breathing. Poor air quality may cause shortness of breath, painful breathing, coughing, throat irritation and respiratory tract inflammation, as well as complicate the symptoms of pre-existing illnesses, such as asthma and bronchitis. It can also make healthy people more susceptible to respiratory issues and infections.
Those living in urban areas are particularly at risk from this summer ‘smog’; especially the very young, the very old, asthma sufferers or those with underlying health conditions. If you live in a City or built up area, then we have some simple tips that will help your health, as well as lower the impact of air pollution during this heat wave:
- If you are particularly sensitive to air quality, then it is best to stay indoors during the hottest part of the day
- Avoid strenuous outdoor activity – over exertion causes your lungs to expand more and you’ll breathe in more of the noxious gases. Instead of running, walk!
- Try and reduce the number of trips you need to make using a vehicle. If you must travel, then look at carpool sharing, or using public transport – to lower the number of vehicles on the road
- Refuelling vehicles at night is one way to stop gas vapours escaping and being ‘cooked’ into toxic smog by sunlight
- If you have air conditioning, increase the settings by a few degrees as this will help reduce the fossil fuel burning that’s needed to power it
Pollution really is THE 21st Century problem and as our weather continues to warm, it’s a problem that won’t simply disappear. According to the W.H.O, over 3 million deaths a year are linked to poor air quality and the UK currently has the second highest number of premature deaths in the EU, caused by NOx gases. It’s also home to two of the most polluted streets in the World – Oxford St and Marylebone Road.
But now, thanks to the innovative technology behind Airlite – there is a simple and effective way to help make the air we breathe better, no matter what the temperature outside – simply by painting your home or office. Airlite’s unique formula supercharges the natural activation between its compounds and natural light, causing a chemical reaction that removes at least 88% of airborne toxic particles, as well as forming an invisible protective film that stops dirt and bacteria attaching to the wall.
Choosing Airlite is like planting a forest inside and outside your home. Literally. Applying it on a surface of 100 m2 reduces air pollution as effectively as an area of 100 m2 planted with mature trees. Imagine the collective impact on our planet if everyone chose to paint with Airlite. Your lungs, and the environment, would benefit immeasurably.