Haze coping strategies

The haze is potentially coming back so its a good time to share the haze coping strategies I’ve researched/discussed/developed.

1) Super duper air filter

A lot of air filters in the market are gimmicks and may even harm your health (in the case of the Ozone producing ones). After a lot of research I’ve settled on IQ Air (struggled a bit with the hefty price but its as cheap as it will ever be now with the huge haze orders). I’ll leave it to my competent readers to do your own research on this machine. All I’ll state here are the general principles I’ve distilled from reading tonnes of materials which are: (i) any purifier that has ozone as a purification step, do not touch with a barge pole. Ozone causes respiratory problems. purifiers that generate ions sometimes also generate ozone as a by product so be very careful, and (ii) get a purifier with a true HEPA filter.

2) Masks

N95s are good for short period outdoors but staying indoors with doors and windows shut, air con turned on and super duper air purifier working is best.

3) Plants

The inspiration came from the jungle of plants at a client’s newly renovated office. The plants were put in to get rid of the smell. We thought it was bullshit but apparently NASA thought otherwise. Most of the air filtering plants were cheap too so why not stock up on some money plant at home, or aloe vera that you can even use in desserts from time to time, or on those cuts that children tend to get all the time.

http://www.mnn.com/health/healthy-spaces/photos/15-houseplants-for-improving-indoor-air-quality/a-breath-of-fresh-air

4) Home made “scrubber”

This came from my genius scientist friend who came back after years of study with his Phd to a haze filled Singapore and claiming that he smells the sulphur dioxide in the air and is dying. His solution was to create a home scrubber, which he made sound very complex but I distilled down to something you can make at home with one of those devices that swirl water around, and filling it with soak or other alkaline solution, then allowing it to neutralise with the acidic gases. I’m sure it will take very long to clear out the acidic gasses but every bit of improvement helps. Plus you’re doing your bit for the environment by reducing acid rain.

Any other bright ideas for haze management on a family level?

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