Airy is a natural device using the power of plants to bring fresh air into homes, as if you had your own personal “Rain Forest” at home.
Human beings and Air - Facts
- We inhale about 12kg of fresh air every day
- We spend about 90% of our time inside buildings
- Indoor air is up to 30 times more polluted than outdoor air (WHO)
- Globally, over 4 million deaths were attributable to indoor air pollution in 2012
Problems related to indoor air
It all starts with the toxic home syndrome, which is a syndrome comprising of a collection of illnesses and health conditions related to breathing in toxic air within our own homes. Such toxic air is usually a combination of fine dust, VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), Particulate Matters (PM) of different sizes (PM10, PM5, PM2.5 and PM1), high level of CO2 and low level of humidity. At low levels of exposure during a relatively short period, these are harmless. At average levels of exposure during a longer period, you may experience signs and symptoms on personal health such as:
- Headaches and dizziness
- Poor concentration
- Nausea (feeling sick)
- Shortness of breath or chest tightness
- Eye and throat irritation
- Aches and pains
- Irritated, blocked or runny nose
- Fatigue (extreme tiredness)
- Skin irritation (skin rashes, dry itchy skin)
At high levels of exposure during an extensive period, these could lead to death resulting diseases such as:
- Acute lower respiratory infections
- Lung cancer
- Ischaemic heart disease
The most common sources for pollutants by room type are:
- Living room: TV, stereo, furniture polishers, cushions, glue for wooden parquet
- Bedroom: Furniture, home textiles, floor sealants and wall coverings
- Bathroom: Cosmetics, deodorants, bathroom cleaners, air fresheners
- Children rooms: Plastic and rubber products, carpet, carpet glue, carpet cleaner, foam
- Home office: Computer, printer, copy machine, insulation material
- Kitchen: Gas stove, microwave, oven cleaners, plastics, wall paint
- Hobby room: MDF wood, paints, glue, turpentine, paint stripper
In 1989, Dr Wolverton led a research team at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in order to understand how to maximize the air-scrubbing ability of plants, looking mainly at forms of pollutants such as benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene. These three pollutants are commonly found in households as are present in ordinary products such as paints, inks, pressed-wood furniture, synthetic fabrics, detergents or tobacco smoke.
Virtually all plants tested had a significant effect in reducing benzene and formaldehyde.
The most important finding was just how, and what part of, the plant was doing the bulk of the filtering: the roots and soil.
As part of the experiment, the researchers removed all the leaves and learned that the air-purifying effect was only a tiny bit less than before.
The efficiency of plants together with an activated carbon soil (e.g. Airy Smart Substrate) demonstrated the efficiency of the system for removing benzene and trichloroethylene.
How Airy solves your indoor air issues
Airy is a natural device using the power of plants to bring fresh air into homes, as if you had your own personal “Rain Forest” at home. Airy is fully passive and needs no electricity; nevertheless, it silently and efficiently cleans your indoor air, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Contrary to electronic air-purifying devices, no need to clean or replace filters. You will not have any maintenance burden except watering your plants once to twice a month.
Do you want to live longer and healthier?
– Airy increases efficiency, productivity and creativity
– Airy increases indoor air quality (lowers CO2 level, increases humidity, decreases pollutants)
– Airy reduces illness risk
– Airy reduces noise level
– Airy saves energy by regulating your home micro climate