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.