Why indoor air quality is critical today

Rentokil Initial Philippines

Posted at Oct 04 2021 11:26 AM

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Did you know that scientific evidence has shown that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than outdoor air? It may seem unlikely as outdoor air pollution is pretty visible in large and industrial cities like those in the metro, but seeing as people spend the majority of the day indoors, the health risks may be greater due to prolonged exposure to poor indoor air quality.

With the health crisis forcing the population to spend more time indoors, they need to be aware that indoor air pollution is a real thing and it poses tangible risks that may be fatal.

According to experts, here are some reasons why indoor air quality is critical for everyone's health:
● Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that a modern home, and even commercial and industrial buildings, are susceptible to numerous forms of indoor air pollution, if not enough outdoor air is brought in to carry out and dilute the pollutants
● A country like the Philippines, with year-round high temperatures and humidity levels, is more susceptible to high concentrations of pollutants. 
● Exposure to bad air quality can cause health effects such as irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, headaches, dizziness, and fatigue.
● Long-term exposure may contribute to the development of non-communicable diseases such as stroke, ischaemic heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and lung cancer.
● The World Health Organization mentioned that 9 out of 10 people breathe air containing high levels of pollutants and that indoor air pollution is linked to one in every nine deaths worldwide.

Especially with the viral infection still going around, indoor air quality has never been more critical than today. The Department of Labor and Employment has released a memorandum highlighting the importance of proper ventilation in workplaces and public transportation. This has also been integrated into the Safety Seal Certification of the Department of Trade and Industry, a voluntary certification scheme that shows that an establishment is compliant with the minimum public health standards. Protecting the public should be a priority of businesses during this time and adequate air exchange and ventilation is a vital component of this. The Safety Seal checklist is even requiring establishments to have portable air purifiers with HEPA filters to help maintain indoor air quality.

That is why for businesses that are slowly getting back on their feet, maintaining good indoor air quality should be a priority. On top of the different indoor air pollutants and airborne allergens that pose a health risk, the viral infection going around has been proven to linger on the air

Businesses should not only adhere to safety guidelines to protect their employees and customers, but take a step forward in keeping a safe establishment by providing innovative air hygiene solution that can kill bacteria and viruses.

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For this, Rentokil Initial offers its latest innovation, the Viruskiller. The technology behind this air hygiene solution uses a unique combination of medical-grade pre-filters, a triple filtration process, and a UV-C reactor chamber to help remove contaminated air and replace it with clean and safe air in real-time. 

A 2004 test conducted by the Institute of Medical Sciences, School of Medicine National Kangwon University in South Korea, showed that Viruskiller was able to inactivate and prevent the passage of different viruses, thereby helping reduce the risk of airborne transmissions.

This product can:
1. Help sterilize the air more than ordinary air purifiers that can filter out only 99.95% of virus particles as Viruskiller can kill 99.9999% of bacteria and viruses in a single air pass. It also deals with dirty, sick, and toxic air in real-time.
2. Help protect people's health with a healthier indoor environment that can reduce sickness and stress.
3. Help keep your business safe by not just complying but stepping up from the government safety guidelines as Viruskiller is equipped with HEPA Filter and a reactor chamber that can help capture and kill bacteria and viruses.


Viruskiller also has several models to cater to every need.

It has a wide range of devices that are suitable in varying environments from medical to residential. There is the VK 102 for critical indoor spaces like hospital containment areas, ICU, and even vaccination rooms; VK 103  for wide indoor spaces like offices, waiting areas, or lobbies; VK 401, a wall-mount unit that is applicable in places like classrooms, clinics, hotel rooms, and washrooms; and the smallest unit, the Hextio, an air decontamination unit for personal use and smaller areas. 

Along with promoting proper handwashing and regular surface disinfection business owners should also include indoor air quality management in their post-pandemic recovery plan. Maintaining air hygiene remains crucial, with or without the health crisis, as there are still plenty of airborne pollutants going around. That is why this should no longer just be an afterthought, but a critical part of how they plan to take their business forward.

Not only does having an air sterilizer like Viruskiller help keep the air clean and safe, but it also protects people's health. Plus, it can help revive their business establishment as it instills confidence in the staff that they are protected all the time and gain customer trust as their well-being is being prioritized.

To know more about how Rentokil Initial can help your business, visit its websites www.initial.com/
and www.rentokil.com/ph, follow Initial Hygiene Philippines' Facebook page or call (02) 8333-5842.

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