Hay fever? Get an aircon

The sun is rising a little earlier and things are heating up around the country, signalling the onset of spring knocking at our doorstep.

To most of us, this means no more wearing layers upon layers of clothes while out. For others it signals the beginning of a period where hay fever unleashes a relentless onslaught of sneezing, stuffiness, a runny nose, or itchiness in your nose, the roof of your mouth, throat, eyes or ears, enough to incapacitate even the toughest individuals.

All these uncomfortable conditions can definitely lead to a loss of productivity in the workplace, put a dampener on your mood and leave you none-too-keen on enjoying the spring weather.

The biggest spring allergy trigger is pollen. Trees, grasses, and weeds release these tiny grains into the air to fertilize other plants causing millions of people around the world suffer from their effects.

As much as there are external triggers such as pollen and dust, there are also internal triggers from within your own home. These allergy triggers can include dust mite droppings, animal dander, cockroach droppings and molds, just to mention a few of the really nasty ones. On top of these there are also germs in the air that we pass on to each other in spaces like offices or even at home.

With exposure to some kind of allergen or floating bacteria an imminent reality, one would need to live in a bubble to not suffer those effects. The latest conventional air conditioning units might be able to protect you from most of these elements but research has revealed that they may be making you sick – by collecting and harboring harmful germs that then get re-circulated into your home or office. The bacteria gets trapped in the filters and begin to multiply before eventually reentering your home.

So how do we battle all these bacteria? Using an air purifying system works effectively on airborne, adhesive and in-filter trapped micro-organisms such as bacteria and viruses thus providing a cleaner living environment.

By Nelmarie Kapp, product marketing atPanasonic South Africa

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