by Lynn Fraser

How much time do you spend in your car?

Consider how much you’re driving your automobile.

Traffic congestion gets worse every year and the commuting distance between home and work continues to grow. The typical adult spends nearly an hour a day behind the wheel.

Parents have become shuttle bus drivers for children, taking them to school, to softball or soccer practice, lessons or tutoring, visits to play with friends who live outside the neighbourhood. Kids average between three and four trips every day.

In today’s lifestyle, everyone in the family spends several hours a week inside a car, truck, minivan or SUV.

The air in there

The air in the car may include the worst of both the inside and outside environment. Air is drawn in from the outside roadway. The interior of the automobile may contain its own pollutants, the same materials that can emit chemical vapours in a home – carpeting, finishes, cleaning agents. Household contaminants such as pet dander and dust may be carried into the car. Even more importantly, the space inside an automobile is limited. The occupants breathe air from a very confined area. All are good reasons for taking steps to make the atmosphere inside your car the best it can be.

Air on the go

The innovations in air quality introduced in Nikken Air Wellness Technology are repeated in the Traveler. The last stage of filtration is a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter. Certified HEPA filters must 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.

The Traveler also enhances the filtered air with a flow of negative ions. A walk through a forest or by a mountain stream (where high amounts or negative ions are present) is regarded as relaxing and energizing. Air conditioning tends to reduce or remove negative ions from the air. The Traveler can help to correct the balance.

Multiple-stage and HEPA filtration, negative-ion generation, ozone-free operation and an automatic setting are all included in a compact, versatile design that goes from car to office, school or almost anywhere.

On a personal note

My 85 year old father lived on an assistive living floor in a retirement home. He had the Air Traveler in his room initially because he was congested when he woke up in the morning. Not only did the Air Traveler solve the problem, but when you walked into his room the air was so fresh it was like being by a waterfall. There was a noticeable improvement in his mental functioning, attitude and mood. The only downside for him was the nurses wanted to watch the hockey game in his room.

The Nikken Air Wellness Traveler costs $311
($265 for readers of Carp Ridge EcoWellness Centre newsletter)

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