Choosing the Right AMC for Your Water Purifier

Clean drinking water is a basic human need. Impure or contaminated water is bad for health and leads to illnesses.

It is of utmost importance to maintain your water purifier and get it serviced regularly. A well-functioning water purifier should give you safe and healthy drinking water. However, we tend to take water purifiers for granted. It’s only when they start to malfunction, we realize that we need to get them serviced

Not opting for an Annual Maintenance Contract (AMC) right after the product warranty ends, increases the risk of the water purifier malfunctioning prematurely. This may not only make you and your family susceptible to water borne diseases, but it can also reduce the life of the water purifier itself.

Picking the Right AMC for your water purifier

Before purchasing an AMC, here are the top 3 things you need to keep in mind

Authenticity

Like any other machine, it is essential to ensure that the parts of that machine are genuine.  Hence, do not be enticed by low prices as they may be masking counterfeit parts. It goes without saying that using counterfeit parts will affect the quality of your drinking water. You also need to be sure that the service personnel are well-trained to maintain your water purifier and repair it in instances of a breakdown. As compared to other AMC providers, the product manufacturers have an upper hand when it comes to authentic spare parts and well-trained staff.

Affordability

Ensure that you know exactly what you’re paying for – service, spares or both. Be careful not to fall for marketing gimmicks and check for any hidden costs. For example, you may see an offer for 3 years warranty, but only when you read the Terms & Conditions will you realize that the offer only covers the service cost, but does not cover the cost of any spares/ consumables.

Low prices aren’t necessarily indicators of good value.

Reliability

The brand or dealer offering the services must have a high reliability quotient in your neighbourhood. Check reviews and ratings of previous and current customers to get a fair idea of the type of service to expect.

The Benefits of Eureka Forbes’ AMC

With an all-India service network, Eureka Forbes’ AMC checks all the boxes and then tops it up with some amazing offers that are designed to suit different needs.

  1. The AMC comes with extended warranty options, including 1 and 2 year extended warranty.
  2. The 1 year extended warranty provides an additional year of comprehensive AMC.
  3. The 2 year extended warranty provides 1 + 2, i.e. 1 year warranty + 2 years of comprehensive AMC.
  4. The discount offers will be 10% for the 1-year AMC and 15% for the 2-year AMC.

Be wise while making a choice. Don’t get carried away with flashy and smart marketing gimmicks that can have many loopholes and hidden clauses. Do your research, read reviews of previous customers and comb the fine print on the contract carefully before signing up for the AMC.

Balance – Your key to good health all year round

Living life in the fast lane has its thrills but without enough rest and relaxation, it takes a toll on your health and wellbeing. We make unhealthy lifestyle choices that could range from having one too many cups of coffee to having dinner late.

Many of us are unable to strike the right balance when it comes to finding and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. And this is becoming increasingly difficult owing to work schedules, constant pressure to meet deadlines, juggling several priorities and more. Conversely, leading a sedentary lifestyle doesn’t do your health any good either. The key to good health is maintaining the right balance.

A few changes to your lifestyle and you can feel the change in your mental and physical health. Here’s how you can strike a balance between work and play and find a healthier lifestyle for yourself:

Eat Healthy

While the tips and tricks of eating healthy can fill many books, below are a few easy ways to set you on track to a healthy lifestyle.

  • Add some fruits and veggies to your plate: They pack a huge amount of vitamins and antioxidants. They strengthen your immune system, promote healthy skin, keep cancers, diseases and heart problems at bay and improve your overall health. Swap your unhealthy snacks for salads.
  • Switch from refined to whole grain: Choose whole wheat bread over white bread as the former is fibre-rich, lowers cholesterol, helps with digestion, and also helps maintain weight.
  • Consume lean proteins: These include dry beans, peas, nuts, seeds, meat, poultry, seafood and eggs.
  • Don’t succumb to dieting: When you see a crash diet online that has tempting weight-loss results, close the tab. Some diets can be quite restrictive and may deprive you of essential vitamins and minerals. If you want that cheesecake, get it. Just make sure you compensate for it with the other meals. The trick is balance!
  • Who says boiled veggies have to be boring? You can make healthy food tasty. With a splash of olive oil, garlic, pepper and a pinch of salt, you can turn a meal from ho-hum to yum!

Drink healthy

Drinking enough fluids must seem like common knowledge; however, it is rarely practiced. We tend to get busy with our schedules and overlook the need to stay hydrated.  

Drinking enough water cleanses toxins from your body, improves brain function, energizes your muscles and may even assist you with weight management. These positive effects are reversed if the water you’re drinking is not healthy. Make sure you and your family is drinking healthy water free of impurities by getting home a reliable water filter equipped with cutting-edge filtration technologies. The range of Dr. Aquaguard water purifiers ensure the water that reaches your lips is pure and healthy.

Incorporate herbal teas, coconut water, and juices in your diet so that you stay healthy and hydrated.  Green tea is rich in antioxidants which help your body to flush out toxins, feel refreshed and aid digestion.

Exercise Regularly

Physical activity is important, not just to lose weight but to stay fit and healthy. An active lifestyle keeps diseases and other issues away.

While work, household chores and other responsibilities may leave you feeling winded, by maintaining a regular workout regime you can boost your endurance levels and improve muscle strength. Improving your heart and lung health gets your ready to tackle all those daily chores with ease.

30 minutes of activity a day helps with circulation as well as maintaining blood pressure and sugar levels. It releases endorphins or feel-good hormones that put you in a good mood. You can try Yoga and Suryanamaskars to keep your body flexible and fit. Focusing on your breath and regularly practicing yoga helps to distress and recharge your body. While you follow the right breathing techniques it’s also important to breathe healthy air. With Dr. Aeroguard air purifiers you can ensure that the indoor air in your home is healthy.

With a regular exercise regime, rest is also important. Too much exercise and lack of rest can cause muscle fatigue and exhaustion.

Invest Time in Mental Health

A healthy mind and a healthy body go hand-in-hand. It’s time to start investing time in your mental health too. While you follow a healthy and nutritious diet, and pack in exercise into your routine, your mind needs to be happy and healthy as well. You can do this by avoiding self-criticism and treating yourself with kindness. Make some time for yourself to indulge in hobbies, learn a new language or musical instrument. Surround yourself with positive people. Don’t let stress get the better of you and try to calm your mind with meditation techniques or Yoga. Make sure you get adequate sleep every day.

Keep Your Home Clean

You know that cleanliness is next to godliness, but did you also know it’s next to good health? Keep your home free of dust and dirt by vacuuming it on a daily basis. Pick a vacuum cleaner that does a good job of eliminating dust mites, bacteria, mold etc. Euroclean vacuum cleaners are equipped for all your cleaning needs, wet floors, carpets, dry dust and upholstery, giving your home a clean swipe of all these particles in a convenient and effective manner.

All these tips are designed to help you improve the quality of your life. So, get off that path filled with stress and unhealthy choices and take the highway to health with these easy-to-do health tips.

Is your air conditioner healthy?

India is gearing up for the summers. As the mercury rises by the day and hot afternoons drain us, people are getting ready to beat the heat with their air conditioners, and service appointments are being scheduled for their maintenance.

Old and poorly maintained air conditioners may cool the room, but they circulate unhealthy and stale air in your home. As windows and doors are closed when the AC is on, there’s no inlet for fresh air. The air quality in the room deteriorates as the AC recirculates cool but stale air in the room. Not just that there are various indoor air pollutants like dust, chemicals from paints, air fresheners, scented candles or agarbatti fumes, cooking smoke, pet hair, etc. This combination of stale air and indoor air pollutants can trigger allergies and respiratory issues for those who are exposed to it.

Regular Air conditioners, when running for a long time, can deplete the humidity and moisture content in the room. Long exposure to such kind of room conditions result in dryness of the skin, irritation, and many more skin-related issues. Such spaces are also breeding grounds for germs, allergens, virus and bacteria that are capable of triggering respiratory concerns. Young children, infants and the elderly are most vulnerable to respiratory distress triggered by pollutants and poor air quality. In fact, this is even more worrying for those who suffer from asthma or allergies.

But what does one do? The summer heat is unbearable without an air conditioner. Then how can one live in comfort yet avoid the health hazards of an air conditioner? Here’s how:

Introducing Forbes Health Conditioner—a revolutionary product that not only provides you with cool air but also healthy air. With state-of-the-art technology, it eliminates germs, bacteria, mold, viruses etc. and reduces the spread of stale air in your room. It promotes healthy living with the healthy air that it emits into the room, increases productivity and safeguards your family from major respiratory concerns.

As you are planning to get ready for summers by either upgrading your air conditioner or repairing your old one, do give it a thought if it is going to provide you with cool and healthy air?

It’s high time you spend your summers indoors differently! Take a step towards cool and healthy air in your room by investing in Forbes The Plus AC – India’s first Health Conditioner with Active ShieldTM Technology. You can find the best suited Health Conditioner for your living space at your nearest store! 

Turning to Nature for Water This World Water Day

Water is a precious resource. And in our day and age, its dwindling supply can no longer be overlooked. This World Water Day, we intend to explore nature-based solutions to tackle the challenges posed by our times. These solutions provide us with a sustainable and cost-effective way of restoring balance to the water cycle and diminishing the effects of climate change.

Increasing Demand, Dwindling Supply

The demand for water keeps growing every day while the water reserves remain the same. The wide gap between demand and supply is predicted to get even wider over the years. The global water demand is estimated to rise 30% higher than the current demand. While today there are approximately 1.9 billion people living in potentially severe water-scarce areas, the number is expected to rise to 3 billion people by 2050 with the rising population. About 2.1 billion people around the world lack access to safely managed drinking water services.

To add to this predicament, we have society-generated wastewater flowing into the environment untreated. More than 80% of this wastewater enters our environment.

Of the water available to us, 70% flows into agriculture, 20% is consumed by industries for manufacturing and energy, and all that is available for domestic use is the remaining 10%. Less than 1% is used for drinking purposes.

Turning back to Nature

With the ever-present water crunch, people are looking desperately for means to remedy the situation. In this frantic search for a sustainable solution, we have come upon nature-based solutions that include everything from increasing vegetation along watercourses to restoring forests and grasslands. While these solutions do not directly tackle the critical water-related challenges they do help with the management of water quality and availability. They also help reduce pollution and protect the environment.

Nature-Based Solutions to the Rescue

Nature-based solutions can help in several ways and are a more sustainable solution to the water crisis. Certain nature-based solutions create ‘green infrastructure’ that are natural alternatives to human-built ‘grey infrastructure’ and give us equivalent or similar benefits.

When it comes to storing water, nature-based solutions are more cost-effective and sustainable. Natural wetlands, soil moisture and groundwater recharging are some of the alternatives to grey infrastructure like dams.

Preserving water quality and reducing pollution caused by agricultural activities is possible with nature-based solutions like conservation agriculture and riparian buffers. Conservation agriculture prevents erosion. Riparian buffers are native trees and shrubs that are planted along watercourses. These buffers help protect the waterbody from nonpoint source pollution. They also help mitigate extreme flooding caused by climate change.

The benefits of nature-based solutions extend beyond water-related services. They help improve the environment too and are a more long-lasting and sustainable alternative to ‘grey infrastructure’.

Do Your Bit from Home

While all of the above systems are extremely effective for the conservation of water on a large scale, here are some things you can do to save water at home.

  1. Don’t leave the tap running

According to EPA, bathroom faucets run at about 7 litres of water a minute. Turn off the faucet while you’re scrubbing dishes, brushing your teeth, shaving or washing your face. You can save hundreds of gallons a month if you don’t let the tap run needlessly. If you’re dealing with a leaky faucet, fix it. Even a slow drip wastes 75 litres of water a day.

  1. Re-use water

The water you use to rinse your fruits and veggies can be easily used to water the plants in your home.

  1. Time your showers

Try and keep your showers to five minutes or less.

  1. Capture rainwater

Rainwater harvesting is a great way to collect water for domestic purposes. You can use this water to water your plants and for other purposes like washing clothes & utensils etc.

Water is a basic necessity and fundamental to life. Hence, water should be easily available to all. Let’s take the necessary steps towards a more ‘water-secure’ future where people have access to clean water for all their needs.

Prevention Has a New Name: Forbes Health Conditioner

Summer’s here and it’s bringing with it cold drinks, colourful clothing, sunscreen restocks and the sweltering heat. In preparation for the summer, people are upgrading, replacing or adding new air conditioners to their homes.

But did you know that ACs tend to recirculate stale air within a closed room, which means you breathe contains airborne bacteria, yeast and mould, among other allergens?

Sounds hard to believe? Research has found that respiratory diseases are predominant in India, and they are the second largest killers in a country where some of the world’s most polluted cities are located. With air pollution becoming a major concern around the country, improving the quality of air indoor is of the essence. Afterall, prevention is better than cure.

While picking an air conditioner, it’s important to be cognizant of the fact that respiratory diseases are predominant in India. They are the second largest killers in a country where, according to recent reports, some of the world’s most polluted cities are located.

Taking preventive measures to ensure that the air you and your family breathe is healthy and fresh, is the first step to keeping these diseases at bay.

What Your Indoor Air Needs   

Regular air conditioners offer a variety of cooling features. And while cooling is a prerequisite for any air conditioner, taking care of the quality of indoor air isn’t. Air conditioners keep the air around you cool and keep you comfortable indoors, while the outdoors are hot, humid and sticky.

They cool the air and recirculate the same air in the closed room, which becomes stale over a period of time. The stale air also contains pollutants like bacteria, viruses, chemicals, pet hair, cooking fumes, smoke, etc.

You need something that traps the unhealthy particles, removes the dangerous VOCs from the air and kills airborne bacteria. So that you and your family are left breathing healthy, fresh air.

How You Can Get It

Eureka Forbes, the experts in purification for over 30 years, presents India’s Health Conditioner that does all of the above while keeping you comfortably cool.

What the Forbes Health Conditioner offers

  1. Healthy Air

The Active Shield technology kills 99% of the airborne bacteria, traps dust particles floating around and removes the harmful VOCs in your home.

Forbes  Health Conditioners live up to their name by incorporating four essential filters to its design:

  • Cold Catalyst Filter – This filter eliminates bad odour and harmful gases, keeping the air you breathe fresh and healthy.
  • Vitamin C Filter –This filter releases Vitamin C, which is an anti-oxidant that helps you feel rejuvenated and beautifies your skin.
  • Negative Ions filter – It releases negative ions and eliminates impurities such as dust, smoke and pollen particles in the air.
  • High-Density Filter – This high-density filter features an anti-dust effect that, unlike ordinary dust filters, can increase to more than 50% and can clean dust up to 80%.
  1. Reliability

The Health Conditioner not only ensures that your indoor air is healthy, it is also designed to be reliable. It incorporates a 100% copper coil that offers high durability. The Blue Fin design makes it corrosion resistant for a long-lasting performance. Forbes  Health Conditioners come preinstalled with Self-Diagnosis and Auto-Protection functions that immediately shut off the system on detection of any abnormal operation or part failure.

  1. Convenience

It offers several other features that make operation easy and efficient.

  • Eco Mode – This 8-hour energy saving mode saves 60% energy as compared to when running on normal.
  • Sleep Mode–With this mode on, you can be assured of a sound sleep and energy saving too. When on, it increases cooling or decreases heating by 1℃ once each in the first two hours and maintains this for the next five hours before switching off.
  • Auto Restart –If the Health Conditioner shuts off unexpectedly, this setting enables it to maintain the settings and modes when restarted.
  • Follow Me –The remote controller features a built-in sensor that recognizes its surrounding temperature, enabling the Health Conditioner to adjust the temperature accordingly.
  • Variants–The Health Conditioner is available in 3 different variants: 1, 1.5 and 2 tons. This enables you to pick one that best suits your room size and requirement.

So, don’t compromise on the air you breathe indoors. Stay comfortable and cool, and breathe healthy air too.

Know all about Forbes Health Conditioners or you can call on our toll-free no – 1800-266-9900

 

Is hard water being a menace in your home?

You aspire to give your loved ones the best of everything. To keep them safe from any difficulty in life and safeguard them from any health concern. Healthy water is one of the primary resources that help in keeping your family safe. You ensure that every glass of water is absolutely safe for your family. But is that glass of water safe in the real sense? It’s difficult to know the actual source of the water supplied to your home and hence it’s very difficult to trust it. Many towns and cities receive hard water which is capable of causing health concerns.

Hard water is basically water which has a high mineral content, specifically calcium and magnesium ions in high concentration. In some regions, hard water may also contain manganese and aluminium. The usage of hard water in household activities causes stains, spots & films on dishes, rust-coloured stains in toilet bowls, sinks and shower, streaks on glassware & dishes. It also builds upscale deposits in water-using applications and clogs hot water pipes. If hard water is consumed, the presence of salts in it may cause adverse health effects like intestinal digestion problems, cardiovascular issues, cancer, deformation of the central nervous system, etc among people. Hence, it’s extremely important to keep your family away from the usage of hard water. Since you cannot control the supply of hard water in your homes, you can try softening the hard water for your domestic purposes.

What is water softening?

Water softening is the process of elimination of calcium and magnesium ions from the hard water to minimize its effects. There are different methods and technologies through which you can convert your hard water into soft water. They are as follows:

  • Distillation

In this process, water is allowed to boil till it starts vaporizing. The water in the gaseous state is then cooled off in another container and it turns back to liquid. It is a cheaper process but can be done only with small amount of water.

  • Reverse Osmosis Technology

Using the Membrane Technology, the minerals in the hard water is removed in the Osmotic Membrane Chamber. This chamber consists of tiny pores that allow only water molecules to pass through it and traps all the hard water chemicals.

  • Ion Exchange

Ion exchange is one of the conventional ways to convert hard water into soft water. The process is used to remove calcium and magnesium ions from water by exchanging each of the calcium and magnesium ions for two sodium ions.

Adapting this technology, Aquasoft Water Conditioner primarily functions on softening hard water. Invest in this automatic water softener from the house of Eureka Forbes to easily convert hard water into soft water.

How does Aquasoft function?

Equipped with Ion exchange technology, Aquasoft carries out the process of water softening in a resin tank. Thousands of tiny resin beads lie within the tank, that filter out the hard chemicals present in the water. So the hard water that enters your home travels through the water softener, the resin beads attract the chemicals and separate it from the water, and the softened water flows throughout the pipes of your home.

If hard water is creating a menace in your home, then getting a water softener could be an option. One such reliable water softener is Aquasoft, which is available in two variants — Aquasoft 1000 (09 lt resin) & Aquasoft 2000 (20 lt resin). It is capable of eliminating chemicals from the hard water and softens it for you and your loved ones.

How to maintain/recharge the water softener?

As the resin beads are constantly at work, the continuous exchange of the chemicals of hard water leaves behind a layer of them on the beads. Hence, they need to be thoroughly rinsed/recharged for the efficient functioning of the product. In this recharging process, a strong salt-water solution is created with the salt added to the softener. This Brine solution flows through the resin tank, rinses the beads, and exchanges new sodium for the hard water chemicals. This process takes about two hours and then the resin beads are renewed to be used again!

Hard water is simply the water that contains a lot of minerals in it. The minerals occur naturally and are not necessarily harmful to your health. But it brings along many problems like soap and shampoo do not lather well, bathtubs and wash basins have a ring, laundry is dingy, and the coffee maker has deposits of scale. Furthermore, it also affects the functioning of your electrical appliances like water heater and brings a pale appearance to your dishes, clothes, skin and even hair.

You may not be able to control the source of the water supplied to your house, but you can make it potable and safe for your loved ones with a water softener.

Here’s why using anti-pollution masks is not a fool-proof solution

Air pollution is on the rise. Most of the Indian cities wake up to a thick layer of smog shadowing beautiful skylines, rich heritage, and most importantly, the routine of its citizens’ daily lives. While Delhi tops the outdoor air pollution charts, other states like Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Bihar are where children are affected most. A Greenpeace report by India states that around 47 million children in India are severely affected by extreme levels of air pollution. Experts went as far as to say that the condition is so bad in Delhi that people may have to be evacuated.

To stay safe from the harmful effects of hazardous pollutants, people resort to using anti-pollution masks. Due to the constant rise in air pollution, the sale of these anti-pollution masks skyrocketed. People were seen purchasing more masks as stepping out of their homes without one was not a safe option anymore. But are anti-pollution masks completely reliable? The general sentiment regarding these masks are that, once they are worn, you cannot be affected by any harmful pollutants existing in the environment. This, sadly, is not the case.

Let us list down why masks are not a sustainable solution to air pollution.

  1. Authentic anti-pollution masks are too expensive for most people.

There are different types of anti-pollution masks available in the market. Of these, there are two types that can safeguard you from the ultra-fine particles in the air: N99 and N95. They are tested, medically approved, standard products that are recommended by experts. However, these masks can only be afforded by people who belong to high-income groups. While the cheapest masks are available for Rs. 250 to Rs. 300, the price of a pack of three good-quality masks ranges from Rs. 1200 to Rs. 2200. The latter is unaffordable to middle-class families.

  1. Masks are not comfortable, durable or sustainable

Due to the bad air quality during winters and preceding months, people are forced to wear masks for the entire day. While trying to live their lives normally, wearing these masks makes it difficult for people to breathe and communicate freely. The masks also make them feel suffocated and uncomfortable. Cab drivers, salesmen and other individuals, whose profession demands that they remain outside constantly, are repelled by the idea of functioning with a mask in spite of being completely aware of the repercussions of not wearing one. In addition to this, they cannot be used for more than two to three days as the filters wear off. Hence, the anti-pollution masks are not considered to be durable or sustainable.

  1. There is a lack of availability and awareness about anti-pollution masks

The headlines and news flash warnings of decreasing air quality in major metropolitan cities. The usage of anti-pollution masks is encouraged and promoted everywhere. However, people from low-income groups still do not have any idea about the concept of masks, where they can find good-quality ones or what are the pros and cons of using the same. People who are aware of the masks are unaware of the correct way to wear them. Due to this conundrum, the success stories of people wearing masks as a means to protect themselves from air pollution is not talked about.

If not anti-pollution masks, then what?

For the longest time, majority of the population believed that anti-pollution masks were the solution for outdoor air pollution. However, the reality is that they are not the safest option available in the market anymore and people are becoming aware of this. We need a more concrete solution to stay safe from outdoor air pollution. To begin with, the entire society needs to make a collective effort to stop adding on to the existing air pollutants. Work towards a greener earth and a healthier planet. To combat air pollution, avoid stepping outside in the morning or at night when pollution is at its peak. Check the air quality before venturing into an area. Indulge in a healthy diet that includes food rich in Vitamin C, magnesium and omega fatty acids that help your body fight allergies. While you are indoors, ensure your home is deep cleaned to eliminate dust mites and allergens; bring home indoor plants to circulate fresh air and install an air purifier for complete protection against pollutants.

In times like these, when air pollution is rampant and air around us is toxic, we suggest that you opt for a reliable and long-lasting solution. Ensure the safety of your little ones and the elderly by bringing home an air purifier like Dr Aeroguard which not only purifies the air but releases Vitamin C and negative ions which make the air rejuvenating. Safeguard your family from indoor air pollutants with Dr Aeroguard air purifiers. Book a free home demo today. 

 

Is your drinking water safe from microplastic?

Water, the driving force of all nature, is getting contaminated by the day. The role of water purification was to remove bacteria and viruses from drinking water. But over the years, water contamination from various sources, like sewage, chemical waste, heavy metals, etc has made the water unfit for consumption. In certain areas, the water is polluted by Lead and arsenic making it toxic to health. What’s worse, new age contaminants like Lead, Iron or Arsenic cannot be removed from the water by boiling. Hence’ the need for advanced water purifiers which are equipped with purification technologies like Reverse Osmosis (RO) or UV for water purification needs.

Recently, a survey found the presence of microplastic in the tap water of countries across the world. What’s alarming is that India has ranked third in the list of contamination rate.

Let’s help you understand the problem of microplastics and its impact on health, and possible solutions for the same.

What is Microplastic?

Microplastics are small plastic particles present in the environment. They are present in many sources, including carry bags and pet bottles. While there is some contention over their size, the US National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration distinguishes them as less than 5mm (5000 micron) in diameter. Based on GESAMP 2015, there are four types of plastic found in the environment. They are:

  1. Macroplastics
  2. Mesoplastics
  3. Microplastics
  4. Nanoplastics

They are present in different parts of the environment in different sizes, which may or may not be seen with the naked eye.

How does microplastic find its way to drinking water?

We are aware of the fact that the global environment is highly affected due to the presence of plastic in the ecosystem. Everyday, millions of plastic fibres are shed through different sources. As 60% of our fabrics are made of polyester, a type of plastic that is obtained from fossil fuel, simple activities like abrasion of clothes, upholstery, carpets or any other fibrous fabrics add to the junk of microplastics in the environment. Apart from this, another type of plastic called as Styrene Butadiene is released from the tyres of the vehicles. This plastic finds its way into sewers and other water bodies. A recent study also found that every cycle of a washing machine releases 700,000 fibres into the environment. All of this results in an unfortunate meeting of the sources of water bodies and microplastic fibres. They make their way through the complex pipe system and into our homes through taps or drinking water.

How does microplastic affect the human body?

Due to its small size, it is capable of travelling through intestinal walls, lymph nodes and other vital organs. They also absorb toxic chemicals that are linked to fatal diseases such as cancer. Due to its large presence in the ocean, researchers also suspect that people consume these microplastic particles through seafood. If these particles are inhaled or ingested, they may cause localised toxicity in your body.

What is the solution?

The primary solution for this world-wide issue is to take an active role in proper waste management. That being said, it is also true that this process is a long battle that will definitely require a lot of years. However, you can take the first step to ensure your drinking water is free from microplastics at home. You can start by making a conscious decision to avoid the purchase of plastic bottles, carry bags, and straws.

How can you eliminate microplastics from your drinking water?

One of the ways to eliminate the presence of microplastic fibres from your drinking water is by investing in a water purifier that is equipped with an advanced purification technology. An average microplastic size ranges from 0.1 cm to 1 μm and advanced technologies like pre-filter porosity, Ultra-Filter membranes and RO membranes can readily filter out these microns and provide you with healthy and safe drinking water. Dr. Aquaguard water purifiers are equipped with Microfiltration, Ultra Filtration & Reverse Osmosis purification technology that is capable of filtering microplastic that range from 0.1 cm (1000 μm) to 1 μm.

The presence of plastic is a global concern and, in the years to come, we hope that solutions can be found to combat it. However, you can take the first step towards safeguarding you and your family from the adverse effects of microplastics by bringing home an advanced water purifier. Dr. Aquaguard Magna HD RO + UV eliminates excess TDS, blocks dissolved impurities and chemical contaminants, while retaining essential minerals in the drinking water, giving you healthy and pure drinking water. Book a demo today.

How to make your home allergen-free during winters

Winter is a time that makes you want to stay tucked in and warm in the comfort of your home. However, shutting your windows against the cold can bring along its own set of problems. If you feel like your nose is stuffy and it’s difficult to breathe, your headaches, and your eyes are itchy, you may be a victim of winter allergies. The lack of ventilation makes it difficult for fresh air to enter your home and, thus, stale air and allergens continue to circulate indoors.

What happens during the winter?

There are allergens in the air indoors, which include fine dust, smoke or cooking fumes, dust mites, mould, VOC’s, perfumes, aerosol sprays and animal dander. And it’s during the winter months that we spend most of our time with them while cooped up indoors. Hence allergies caused by these are on the rise when the weather gets cooler.

Children, the elderly, and people suffering from asthma and other respiratory disorders are more vulnerable to these indoor allergens. While the immune system of children is in its developing stage, that of asthma patients and the elderly are weak. Thus, the effects of indoor allergens are heightened for them.

How winter allergies affect people

Symptoms like cold, sneezing, irritated throat, itchy eyes, etc. may be caused due to allergens. Some people react to mould and dust mites, in the same way, they would to pathogens. The antibody response is what causes symptoms like wheezing, watery eyes, coughing or sneezing. If the congestion is bad enough, it may also cause headaches and sinus pressure.

When you know it’s an allergy and not a cold

It is hard to tell whether the sniffles you’re bearing with are an allergy to dust or if it’s cold. Sometimes, it may be easy to distinguish between a viral infection and an allergy on the basis of body ache and fever, which may accompany a cold. An allergic reaction may cause you to experience itchy eyes, sniffles, sore throat and even rashes. Of course, it is recommended that you consult your doctor for an accurate diagnosis and get treatment for relief.

What to do about indoor allergens?

But prevention is better than cure, isn’t it? While braving the cold to grab some fresh air may not be a very tempting option, there are some ways in which you can fight allergens and curb indoor air pollution.

  • Vacuum your home frequently: Dust mites are microscopic creatures which are not visible to the naked eye and live in carpets, upholstered furniture bedding and warm spaces. Frequent vacuum cleaning of your home is the best way to eliminate them. Bring home Euroclean vacuum cleaners that deep cleans and eliminates these allergens thoroughly and easily. One of the primary features of Euroclean range is that it offers powerful suction that removes embedded dust. They come with a wide range of accessories that are ideal for varied cleaning requirements.
  • Keep your pets clean and in check: Pets carry a truckload of allergy-triggering proteins in their fur, dander, saliva and urine. Keeping them off your furniture and giving them a bath on a weekly basis are two ways to help limit your exposure to allergens.
  • Keep moisture to a minimum: Fungi & Mould thrive in damp places like your bathroom, kitchen and basement. Hence, reducing moisture indoors is key to inhibiting mould growth. Keeping surfaces dry with regular wipe downs, throwing away spoiled food from your refrigerator and turning on the exhaust fan while cooking are some of the ways by which you can control mould growth.
  • Get an air purifier: One of the most effective ways to get rid of allergens in your indoor air is by bringing home an air purifier. The Dr. Aeroguard SCPR 300 – Air Purifier is certified for the highest standards of air quality by gui-Lab Germany. With its 9-stage filtration system, it keeps your indoor air free of microorganisms, pollen, pet dander and other harmful pollutants in the air. It also releases Vita-Ions that ensure you and your loved ones breathe healthy air that will leave you feeling rejuvenated.
  • The air purifiers by Dr Aeroguard come equipped with a Therapeutic filter which releases Vitamin C into the air making it refreshing and healthy. Get a free demo in your home today.

Winter is a lot more fun and cosy when you’re healthy, and you’re healthy when you’re living and breathing healthy. You can ensure that your household is allergen-free for you and your family by following the above steps.

Things You Should Know Before Buying an Air Purifier

‘Air pollution is turning Mother nature prematurely gray’. – Irv Kupcinet

As the entire country celebrated the beginning of a New Year, Delhi, yet again, had a major environmental setback. People stepped out of their houses with friends and family to commemorate the end of a remarkable year and were ambushed by the worst Air Quality Index. The day’s average Air Quality Index was recorded at 400, which was classified as ‘very poor’ by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).  Similarly, the AQI of Mumbai dropped down to 281 on 1st January.

One can’t escape the outdoor air pollution by staying indoors. The harmful air pollutants are capable of entering your home and adding to the already existing indoor air pollution. According to WHO, 4.3 million people a year die from exposure to household air pollution. So, are you and your loved ones not safe anywhere? The solution to this concern is taking a few precautionary measures to safeguard your family from indoor air pollution.

Here is a list of steps you can take to purify your indoor air:

  1. Ensure your home is properly ventilated
  2. Bring home houseplants that purify air indoors
  3. Deep clean your home effectively
  4. Invest in an air purifier

One of the easiest ways to make your indoor air healthy is by investing in a good air purifier. Before you make such a huge investment, here are some things that you should know about air purifiers.

What is an air purifier?

Air purifiers are devices that remove contaminating particles (dust, pollen and dander) from the air.

What are the benefits of an air purifier?

  • A good air purifier eliminates harmful pollutants from indoor air, making it healthy
  • It traps allergens and pet dander released by the pets in the house
  • It helps get rid of indoor smoke caused by cooking gas, fireplace, cigarettes, etc.
  • Air purifiers are portable and can be fit in any room comfortably
  • It helps you breathe fresh, healthy  air throughout the day

What are the things to consider before investing in an air purifier?

  1. Before buying an air purifier, make sure to consider the size of your room. There is a wide range of sizes available in the market. Always go for a size that is capable of purifying a larger space than your actual room size.
  2. Do your research about the filters in the air purifiers. Ensure that these filters are able to trap allergens, dust, molds and bacteria and purify the air effectively.
  3. Many purifiers in the market emit a buzzing noise as they are switched on. To relax in your home peacefully, invest in one that produces less or no noise.
  4. Before investing in any air purifier, ensure that the servicing plans are accurate. This will help increase product life and keep it functioning efficiently for a longer period.
  5. As air purifiers become a long-lasting part of your home, do consider the style and design of the product before buying it.

As mentioned earlier, it is extremely essential to know about the filters present in the air purifiers. Here is a list of filters that are present in an air purifier:

  1. Anti-dust filter:  Anti-dust filters in air purifiers eliminates dust, dirt and pet dander from the air.
  2. Anti-allergen filter: The anti-allergen filter traps, fungal spores and pollen in the air that can trigger allergic reactions.
  3. HEPA filter: The HEPA filter removes ultra-fine particulate matter up to 0.3 microns.
  4. Deodorization filter: The Deodorization filter absorbs harmful gases, VOCs, smoke and foul odour present in the air
  5. Anti-microbial formula: The anti-microbial formula destroys bacteria and fungi from the air, making it healthy to breathe
  6. Diatom filter: The Diatom filter is present in the shape of tiny balls that get rid of harmful chemicals in the air.
  7. Therapeutic filter: The Therapeutic filter not only purifies the air but also adds Vitamin C to it.
  8. Cold Catalyst Filter: The Cold Catalyst Filter decomposes volatile compounds like methyl aldehyde, ethanethiol, etc.
  9. Vita-Ion filter: The Vita-Ion filter releases negative ions in the air to purify it. The negative ions make sure the air you breathe is rejuvenating.

Air Purifiers give you a comprehensive solution to make your indoor air healthy. With the air quality deteriorating by the day, air purifiers are not a luxury but a necessity. So, take a step towards healthy living and bring home Dr. Aeroguard Air Purifiers, certified by German ‘gui Labs’. Dr. Aeroguard air purifiers with their advanced filters, not only purify the air in your home, but also make it healthy with Vitamin C. Book a demo here.