On October 5th, the U.S. Embassy’s has officially released a High Air Pollution Alert that advised every individual stay indoors and keep all windows and doors closed tightly. (For the full message, click here)
The U.S. Embassy advised that windows should be closed in accordance with EPA recommendations, but does this suggestion apply in Beijing? The answer is, it depends. See here for our tip on how to properly ventilate your home.
For the past few days, the Air Quality Index (AQI) of Beijing registered above 300 on average, which means the air was “hazardous”, the worst on a six-level scale. Situations like this are exactly when PureLiving comes in to the game, we prevent you from the “crazy bad” air in Beijing with minimum effort required.
If these days when AQI rockets over 300 ever come to us again, which is very likely, what should we do?
For those who spend most of their time in a commercial building with fresh air systems, the best way is to filter inside the HVAC filtration system. For more information, please contact us here.
If you decide to stay inside, turn on your portable air purifiers and set them on high. An experiment conducted by our president, Louie Cheng, showed that filters do work (see here under “So, do filters really work?”). If you do not have a filter, it’s a good time to consider equipping one as winter is coming (In Beijing, pollution is 2-3 times worse in Winter than in Summer).
If you have to head out, you NEED to wear a N95-rated mask (they filter particulates down to 0.3 microns in size, which is capable of screening most hazardous pollutants). Here we have masks of children and adult sizes, some are also specifically designed for glass wearers, all N95-rated across the board.