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Delhiites are investing in air purifiers to tackle pollution

More and more people in the city are resorting to air purifiers to tackle the hazardous levels of air pollution inside their homes. Here, we find out how important they have become given the current environment conditions in Delhi.

health and fitness Updated: Nov 17, 2016 12:02 IST
Etti Bali
Air purifiers help curb the level of pollutants inside your house.
Air purifiers help curb the level of pollutants inside your house.(Getty Images)

The smog may seem normal now, but the air quality in the city is still a cause of concern. From using masks and avoiding going outdoors, if you’ve tried it all to fight pollution, and failed, buying an air purifier for your house is something you might want to do. Air purifiers curb the level of pollutants indoors — be it dust, chemicals, pollen or mould.

Residents have been investing in air purifiers, and even gifting them to their friends and family. “We got it as a gift on Diwali. Initially, I did not know how it worked; my elder daughter helped set it up. We noticed a considerable improvement in the air as the lights on the air purifier turned from red to blue. It is a really thoughtful gift, one that I won’t mind gifting to my family or close friends,” says Namita Asthana, a school teacher.

It is important to clean the air purifier at least every two weeks, given the high level of pollutants. Also, when making this kind of investment, do not compromise on the quality, and buy a purifier that tackles particulate matter (PM) 2.5 and 10 levels effectively.

“My sister-in-law, who lives abroad, gifted it to me when she visited recently, as she experienced the poor air quality here. Air purifier is an effective measure against air pollution. I clean the filters once or twice a month. If you are buying an air purifier, I would suggest invest in one that targets PM2.5 and PM10, otherwise, it won’t be as effective,” says Rita Mittra, a Gurgaon resident.

Pollution levels in the city have been on an alarming high post-Diwali, but even before that, people felt the need to install air purifiers in their homes. Doctors,too, recommend air purifiers, especially for those with respiratory problems. “I bought one as my father is asthmatic. The air quality of whichever room we choose to put it in improves significantly and even my father’s wheezing is under control. It’s a great gift for anyone who lives in Delhi,” says Somya Suresh, a blogger residing in Noida.