Using Energy Efficiency and Smart Air Filtration Together to Reduce Air Pollution
Air pollution is a major health risk for the global population. Not just humans but animals and plants are also at risk from the rising levels of toxic particles in the air. However, there is no doubt that human activity is the root cause of the unprecedented levels of environmental air pollution. So, it is only right that a collective effort from individuals, communities and nations as a whole is made to counter the threat that looms large on the horizon for our future generations.
In this fight, achieving energy efficiency and using smart home technologies can make a huge difference. Here’s how.
Energy generation is a primary cause of air pollution
While the sources of air pollution are both natural and manmade, energy generation remains the topmost polluter of the air and environment in general. As human populations increased and the demand for energy increased in proportion, we mindlessly pushed forward with exploitation of carbon-based energy sources like coal and petroleum. Moreover, the pollutants released by burning carbon-based fuels can manifest in different ways, hence adding to the problem even more.
Particulate matter, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, sulphur dioxide and volatile organic compounds are aloo by-products of energy generation by using fossil fuels. Among the fossil fuels, coal is the dirtiest, yet most widely used source of energy generation. Replacing coal with solar power can greatly relive Earth’s atmosphere from air pollution.
Another great source of dirty energy is petroleum which is used for combustion engines. Energy generation does not necessarily mean producing electricity. Internal combustion engines are also a type of energy generators. Vehicular air pollution is at an all-time high and we are still far from developing viable electric vehicles as alternatives. So, in the meanwhile, it would do to terminate high-powered engines and focus on fuel-efficiency.
Reducing demand for dirty power by improving energy efficiency
The most effective way to reduce our carbon footprint is a switch to appliances and equipment which use less energy to run. While seemingly harmless, home appliances are a primary reason for the ever-increasing global demand for electricity. Moreover, buildings are great energy hogs. Designing green buildings and infrastructure and encouraging businesses to do the same is another way to increase energy efficiency and promote conservation of natural resources.
Thus, by simply increasing the energy efficiency of everyday items we can reduce the demand for dirty energy and get the planet back to health.
Cleaner air with energy efficient air filtration technologies
Even with concentrated efforts, the problem of outdoor and indoor air pollution will take time to resolve. So, we will have to resort to smart technological measure for homes and commercial establishments that prevent air pollution from entering. Technologies like HEPA air purifiers for home and office have matured enough to be viably deployed.
Did you know that indoor air pollution can be 10 times more than outdoor air pollution? The high efficiency particulate arrestor is an air filter that can remove over 99% of the particulate matter and other toxins floating around in the air. In home air purifiers, it is often used with an activated carbon filter, another mature technology used for air filtration that can remove viral, bacterial, gaseous and odorous pollutants permanently.
High-quality air purifiers are also highly energy efficient. For example, a Honeywell Air Touch Air Purifier uses energy equivalent to three CFL bulbs.
While the whole project to go green is an exercise in progress and will cost a huge amount of money at a global scale, it doesn’t have to be a costly exercise for the average homeowner. A combination of good governance policies, switch to clean energy by the public and private enterprises, and investment in smart home devices like air purifiers and automated lighting solutions by consumers can help conserve more energy quickly and at relatively lower costs.
Honeywell is a Fortune 100 brand, renowned internationally for its R&D of new, innovative technologies. The company is involved in fields as diverse as aerospace, infrastructure development, industrial innovations, safety & security, productivity solutions, oil & gas, manufacturing and development of performance materials. In India, the company sells fully automatic air coolers, air purifiers, electrical switches and sockets, electrical safety products and home and office security solutions. To know more about the brand, visit www.honeywellsmarthomes.com.