December 16, 2018
Are you having trouble finding the perfect gift for your health-conscious loved ones? Or maybe you’re trying to give more responsibly this year, but aren’t sure where to start?
Why not give the gift of healthy air?
Many of us take for granted that the air we’re breathing is healthy and safe since it’s not something we can typically see–but this isn’t the case, especially for air that’s indoors. In fact, indoor air can be 5x more polluted than outdoors, which can affect allergies, asthma, our ability to concentrate, the quality of our sleep, and more. Particularly “unhealthy” or “bad” air can even cause a variety of health problems, including dry skin and eyes, coughing and sneezing, headaches, hives, and nausea.
If you know you’re gifting to someone who has particularly sensitive allergies, asthma, eczema, or is just concerned with their overall health, you’ll want to take the extra step to make sure your gift won’t affect the air in their home.
To help you get inspired, here’s a list of our favorite “healthy air” gifts this holiday season:
Candles can be a thoughtful gift to holiday party hosts, but if you don’t pay attention to the type of candle you’re gifting, you could be putting your friends and family at risk for unhealthy air.
Scented candles are incredibly effective at poisoning your air with chemicals. When burned, scented candles release a cocktail of dangerous chemicals in the air, including benzene.
Beeswax candles are a thoughtful alternative to typical scented candles--they’re chemical-free and burn longer!
If you’re thinking about creating a sentimental homemade gift, make sure it’s crafted with their health in mind.
Some DIY projects call for paint–or worse, spray paint!–and this is especially risky for your air, and your health. Paint contains a variety of chemicals, and crafts with fresh paint are some of the quickest ways to bring chemicals into their home.
Luckily, chemical-free and toxin-free paint is available–and they’ll probably have the color you’re looking for.
Everyone knows plants absorb carbon dioxide to help create oxygen, but some houseplants can even act as natural air purifiers by helping balance the amount of chemicals, humidity, and even mold spores in your air.
“Air-cleaning” plants also make a great gift because they’re famously easy to care for. If you need help choosing the right air-cleaning plant for a gift, read out complete guide here.
If you know someone that is especially concerned with how the air in their home affects their health, consider buying them an Awair 2nd Edition. Awair 2nd Edition tracks invisible fine dust and chemicals in your air and provides you with personalized recommendations to help you stay safe and healthy.
Since indoor air quality (IAQ) is closely tied to productivity, we are bringing you five ways to improve your home environment.
Are you one of those people that has to sleep in a freezing room, covered in plenty of blankets? Or maybe you can’t fall asleep unless your room is on the warm side. Everyone has their preferred temperature that they believe will help them get their best night’s rest--but what if your temperature was actually the reason you aren’t getting a good night’s rest?
The Awair AQI Map Beta is a new feature in the Awair Home app that gives you a quick glance at the PM2.5 indoors and the neighborhood time-weighted averages outdoors. In the image below, the number on the top in the larger circle is the average outdoor AQI in your area. The smaller number represents the neighborhood average indoor air quality in the same area.