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What is Clean Air?
Clean air is air that has no harmful levels of pollutants (dirt, dust, airborne microbes, and chemicals) in it.
Clean air is essential to good health and a basic human need.

What is Particulate matter(PM)?
Particulate matter(PM) is the term for a mixture of solid particles and liquid droplets found in the air. Some particles, such as dust, dirt, soot, or smoke, are large or dark enough to be seen with the naked eye. Others are so small they can only be detected using an electron microscope. PM10 means particles of diameter 10 microns (0.01mm), PM2.5 means particles of diameter 2.5 microns (0.0025mm), PM0.1 means particles of diameter 0.1 microns (0.0001mm).

 

What is the source of PM?
Some are emitted directly from a source, such as construction sites, unpaved roads, fields, smokestacks or fires. Most particles form in the atmosphere as a result of complex reactions of chemicals such as sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides, which are pollutants emitted from power plants, industries and automobiles.

What are the Harmful Effects of PM?
PM10 / PM2.5 / PM0.1 can be inhaled into the lungs. From there they can enter into the bloodstream.
Exposure to such particles can affect both your lungs and your heart. Numerous scientific studies have linked particle pollution exposure to a variety of problems, including:

  • premature death in people with heart or lung disease

  • nonfatal heart attacks

  • irregular heartbeat

  • aggravated asthma

  • decreased lung function

  • increased respiratory symptoms, such as irritation of the airways, coughing or difficulty breathing.

People with heart or lung diseases, children, and older adults are the most likely to be affected by particle pollution exposure.
PM0.1 is made up things that are more toxic (like heavy metals and cancer causing organic compounds).

What are acceptable PM levels?
According to the WHO air quality guidelines for PM10 is 20g/m3 as an annual average, but the data released today shows that average PM10 in some cities has reached up to 300 g/m3.
eg. if you spend 1 hour in poluted air of PM10 300g/m3 then the rest 23 hours you should spend in air having PM10 of just 8g/m3 to reach the daily average of 20g/m3

What is the quality of air where you live?
https://app.cpcbccr.com/AQI_India/

Can I monitor the Air quality in my home?
Yes, you can. A portable air quality monitor can accurately tell you the condition of air around you.

What can be done to improve the air I breathe?
We breathe 20,000 litres of air everyday. 24x7. We cannot control the quality of air we breathe outdoors but can definately control the quality of air we breathe when we are at home, in our car or at work.

I want to understand more on how to inhale better air?
Just drop in an email (maap@hnw.in) and we will enrol you for free into our MyAir Assesment Program [MAAP].
 

 

 

 

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