Toxic bushfire smoke can be removed with air purifiers, creating clean air to breathe

by Vivien Mah    

Marvel Spiderman Aladdin Air Purifier

An adverse health consequence of the recent devastating bushfires was the toxic gases from the smoke that seeped their way into our body.

Whether they were an asthmatic or not, people breathing in the smoke suffered with eye, nose and throat irritations as well as coughing and shortness of breath.

Andatech is a leading supplier of air purifiers that are suitable for use in the home, car and office.

Dr Ivan Hanigan, a public health researcher and fellow with the University of Sydney’s Rural Clinical School, expressed concerns about air pollution.1

“The short-term impact on air pollution such as small airborne particles and toxic gases is of substantial public health concern.

“Our studies show that there appears to be no safe lower threshold of exposure to small airborne particles and there is likely premature mortality and lost life expectancy in Australia,” Dr Hanigan said.

Large particles in bushfire smoke irritate the eyes, nose, throat and lungs. The finer particles can penetrate deep into the lungs and are more harmful. Smoke also contains toxic gases, such as carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and nitrogen oxides.2

Using an air purifier in the home, car and office can clean the air, removing smoke particles and other fine dust, carbon monoxide, vehicle exhaust fumes, pollen and allergens, viruses, mould and pet hair.

The highest standard of air purifiers use HEPA filters, which stands for High Efficiency Particulate Air, and designates that the filters are able to trap 99.97% of particles down to 0.3 microns in size.

Living room with the Ionmax ION420

Five-step filtration process

Jaka Exstrada, a product specialist from Andatech, said intelligent Ionmax HEPA air purifiers utilise a five-step filtration process to completely and efficiently filter and clean the air.

“Starting with the pre-filter, it removes large airborne articles from the air. The HEPA air purifier filter then removes microscopic particles from the air, while the carbon filter removes undesirable odours and VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).

“The next step is the Titanium Dioxide filter and the UV lamp, which work hand-in-hand to break down harmful contaminants in the air and kill mould, bacteria and viruses. Finally, the Ionmax UV HEPA air purifier releases negative ions into the air to help revitalise and refresh indoor air.

“By placing an Ionmax air purifier in the home, vehicle, workplace and even around the neck with a wearable ionic unit, users can enjoy healthier, cleaner air free of bushfire smoke and pollutants. Also, because they are portable and quite compact, they are easy to move around different rooms,” he said.

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References:

1 https://sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/news/2019/11/06/what-caused-air-pollution-in-new-delhi-sydney-experts-respond.html

 https://healthywa.wa.gov.au/Articles/S_T/Smoke-hazard-from-bushfires


Vivien Mah

Vivien is a Marketing specialist with over 7 years of experience in the health and safety industry. After graduating in psychology and communications, she grew to love educating readers and unraveling complexities behind difficult topics through extensive research. Apart from sharing her love for infographics, she also posts regularly on new products, announcements, media mentions and the latest news.


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