How technological air products can help to improve air quality.
Technology is meant to make our lives simpler and easier. At least, that’s how it was in the past. With the passage of time, the deterioration of the environment – including the quality of air – had been, in large part, blamed on technology. There seems to be a silent battle being fought: should we look at technology as “with us”, or “against us”?
But the tide is changing. Now, we see that technology is being used to come up with various tools that can be used to improve our environment and prevent it from sliding completely into oblivion. It seems there is a goal to add “safer” and “healthier” to the “simpler” and “easier” outcomes expected from technology.
Let us take a look at some of the technological advances and air products being made with a view to support the global objective of improving health care by improving the quality of the air.
- Air purifiers. From small handheld stand-alone units to larger industrial-sized units, commercial-grade air purifiers are designed to remove the contaminants from the air. These contaminants – dust particles, pollen and other allergens – can cause a lot of harm to the health of everyone exposed to them. Manufacturers of air purifiers make use of various techniques to purify the air, making use of radiation to filters and other specialized tools.
- Humidifiers. “Dry” air can be harmful to the body, which is why humidifiers are used to increase the humidity or moisture levels inside a room. Various health care companies manufacture humidifiers because they often play an important part in medicine and health care.
- Development of alternative fuels. Instead of gasoline and the usual fuels that have been known to pollute the air, more and more people are turning to alternative fuels to use in their cars and other machines since they are cleaner. Ethanol, methanol and natural gas are simply a few examples.
- Utilization of hydroelectricity and solar energy. Instead of using natural gas and oil, hydroelectricity emits lesser carbon and is generally safer. On the other hand, utilization of solar energy will also give you a lot of cost-savings.
- Invention of energy-saving-friendly products. Light bulbs and other light fixtures that are energy-efficient are now flooding the market. The sleep mode of computers and some television sets are also contributory to lowering the power consumption when they are accidentally forgotten to be turned off. Lately, electric-powered cars have also been introduced in the market.
- Use of Heat/Energy Recovery Wheels. To improve building ventilation and improving indoor air quality, energy recovery wheels are now being introduced to be integrated in the construction of buildings. These have the added benefit of reducing energy costs and the number of machinery and equipment required indoors.
- Catalytic Converters. These are found in the exhausts of cars, regulating the amount of emission released and going into the atmosphere.
There are still a lot more products geared towards improving the quality of the air we breathe. Some of them may even sound preposterous and out-of-this-world but, in the end, if they do the job, who are we to complain?