from Lynn Fraser

The air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities.

You can’t do much about the air outside.  But you can control the quality of what you breathe at home.

How is the air inside your house?

The quality of your life depends on your environment.  And what affects this most — the air that you and your family are breathing, awake and asleep.

The average Canadian is indoors 90% of the time.  More than 65% of that time is spent at home.  This can mean exposure to very high levels of indoor air pollution.  Daily exposure to indoor pollution can be two to five times higher– sometimes as much as 100 times higher — than exposure to outdoor pollutants.

Why is there so much pollution inside a home?

One reason is increased energy efficiency.  To cut energy costs, homes are better insulated and sealed.  This decreases the amount of air that gets exchanged and refreshed.  But more significantly, pollution can come from what is inside your home, not outside.

Houses are full of objects and materials that may create pollutants.  Carpeting, furniture, paint, cleaning agents – all can emit chemical vapors.  Building materials, paneling and glues can give off chemicals.

Dust, pet dander, pollen and odours are typically in household air.  Mold, mildew, and dust mites may be present.  Even gases such as radon and carbon monoxide are found I many homes in measurable quantities.

Everyone in the family is exposed to these pollutants.  Children spend even more of their indoor time at home.  So do the elderly and infirm.

But you can make sure your family is breathing better air!

Enjoy air in your home that is clinically clean, naturally fresh.

There are essentially four ways to remove airborne contaminants – trapping, destroying, absorbing, or attracting the pollutants.  The different technologies in the Nikken Air Wellness Power5 complement each other to produce an overall system that cleans the air in all of these ways.

Finally, the last stage of filtration employs a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter.  Certified HEPA filters meet a very rigorous standard: they remove particles as small as three-tenths of a micron (one micron is one-millionth of a meter) with – at minimum – 99.97% efficiency.  Moreover, due to the unique construction characteristics of HEPA technology, particulate matter too small for most lab instruments to measure, is filtered with even higher capture rates.  The Air Wellness Power5 can intercept particles 10 times smaller than the size of staphylococcus bacteria.

Cleaner air is only part of what can make your home a better environment.  The Nikken Air Wellness Power5 Pro not only includes an advanced, multiple air filtration system.  It also enhances the filtered air with a flow of negative ions.

High amounts of these ions are found in certain natural settings.  They increase in forests and near waterfalls.  A walk through a forest or by a mountain stream feels soothing and relaxing and is regarded as therapy for mental stress.

The amount of negative ions in air can be affected by several factors.  Household air conditioners actually reduce the number of negative ions present.  A negative-ion generator can help to correct the balance.  Nikken’s system for producing negative ions, known as clean ion generation, operates without ozone, an unwanted effect of ion production.

Air is what keeps us alive – and clean air, the air we were meant to breathe – can help us remain well.  Now you can improve the air around you.  Start to enjoy every breath you take with the Air Wellness Power5.



The Nikken Air Wellness Power5 Pro costs $749

($637 for readers of Carp Ridge EcoWellness Centre newsletter)

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