You would think that as a parent of children that suffer with asthma and other allergies I might have previously shown some concern with the air they breathe, but it has never really been something that I thought about affecting them. I wasn’t surprised to find out that I wasn’t alone, we seem to spend so much time thinking about what food and drink we put inside ourselves but not about the air we breathe. So when Philips got in touch with me to see if I’d like to take part in the #BreatheTheDifference campaign I had my eyes opened a little! I was very surprised to learn that indoor air can be up to 5 times more polluted than outdoors [i] and that allergens have a major impact on indoor air quality.
For this challenge, we were sent a Philips Air Purifier and had a personalised consultation call with media medic Dr. Dawn Harper, who discussed the benefits of the Philips Air Purifier and impacts on allergens, in relation to Bugs’ asthma. With the Philips Air Purifier, you can improve the quality of the indoor air that you breathe within your home, thereby reducing the impact of allergens and giving you complete peace of mind that your family are breathing cleaner and healthier air at all times. With over 5 million people in the UK currently receiving treatment for asthma and every year the number of allergy sufferers in the UK increases by 5% it is probably time that everyone considers the air that we breathe in![ii] The Air Purifier features a HEPA filter and Intelligent Purification System (IPS), designed to filter dust, bacteria and viruses which helps to prevent exposure to allergens.
I was really surprised to find that you can actually ‘feel the difference’ when using the air purifier, the air really does feel cleaner and fresher and there is much less dust around which is a massive bonus! It has greatly reduced Bugs asthma symptoms and I will be really interested to see if it helps Liam with his awful hay fever when he gets back from university too.
The Philips Air Purifier is incredible easy to set up and start using, in a matter of minutes of getting it out of the box it was already working away. It has a large carry handle and is light enough to carry from room to room and looks pretty stylish too! Philips have made purifying the air incredibly simple by incorporating a 3 stage coloured light indicator which clearly shows the air quality level… Red = very unhealthy, purple = fair and blue = good. The Philips Air Purifier captures 99.9% of bacteria in the first hour of use, helping you to breathe easy, day and night.[iii]
Bugs (6) has suffered with asthma since he was a baby and is always worse at night time, he can cough for hours and hours which causes him to have (and me) very poor sleep. For the past two weeks Bugs has had the Philips Air Purifier in his bedroom, I have had it switched on to the night mode which dims the lights and reduces the noise of the fan so it doesn’t disturb him at all. There is also a child lock so I have no worries about little fingers changing any of the settings. We have noticed a definite improvement in Bugs breathing and coughing. He also suffers from eczema and seems to be much less itchy too!
I truly believe that the Philips Air Purifier has helped Bugs get a better night sleep since it has been in his bedroom. He is much less disturbed and has hardly coughed at all… which in turn has helped me get a better night sleep too as it is just awful lying awake at night listening to a coughing child and not being able to help. Finally I think we just might have a solution!
If you are interested in purchasing a Philips Air Purifier for yourself then you can use the following discount code which we entitle you to 25% off your Air Purifier when purchased Philips website: BREATHETHEDIFFERENCE_2
* Discount code is valid until 31st of July 2017. Code can be used only once. Code applies only to AC3256/30 and cannot be used on any other Philips products, is limited to two products per purchase. Discount code is not stackable with any other discount codes.
[iii] Tested by Shanghai Institute of Measurement and Testing Technology (SIMT) in 30m3 chamber according to GB21551.3-2010, (Staphylococcus albsp) 8032 as testing bacteria