Harvard School Professor Announced Test Results of Air Purifiers in Coway R&D Center of Seoul National University

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Harvard School of Public Health professor Petros Koutrakis recently spoke at a symposium held in Coway R&D Center of Seoul National University. He discussed issues regarding indoor air quality and announced test results for various air cleaners. Koutrakis has conducted performance tests on Coway's AP-1008 models since last year, which show the model having a 99 percent efficiency rating in removing indoor fine particles and allergens.

Professor Koutrakis of Harvard University

The 'air' we breathe in is not in any way less important than the food we take in. Continuous industrialization changed lifestyles to the point where modern people stay indoors for 20 hours a day. However, the level of awareness on indoor air pollution is still alarmingly low. Lifestyle changes now demand of us to give air pollution the level of attention that we pay to food hygiene

Professor Petros Koutrakis of Harvard School of Public Health, an expert on indoor air quality control and a world renowned scholar in and the public health field, stressed the importance of indoor air quality management and announced performance test results for air cleaners against health-damaging pollutants at a research symposium recently held in Coway R&D Center of Seoul National University.

During his presentation, Koutrakis gave warning on indoor air pollution. Among other topics, he stated that more time spent indoors with poor air quality poses environmental health risks. In addition, he noted that air cleaner removes 99 percent of fine particles and allergens, the most common triggers of allergies and asthma. Koutrakis acknowledged that although multiple environmental factors have to be taken into account, air purifiers are generally very effective in capturing indoor particulate matters such as fine particles and when special filters are employed, they are even successful in removing viruses and bacteria. Fine particles and allergens are the two most common health-damaging pollutants directly responsible for environmental diseases such as allergic diseases and asthma.

"The 'air' we breathe in is not in any way less important than the food we take in. Continuous industrialization changed lifestyles to the point where modern people stay indoors for 20 hours a day. However, the level of awareness on indoor air pollution is still alarmingly low. Lifestyle changes now demand of us to give air pollution the level of attention that we pay to food hygiene," says Hongrae Gim, CEO of Coway USA.

Koutrakis warned against indifference to indoor air pollution and observed that large sensitive populations such as children and the elderly are suffering from environmental diseases caused by indoor air pollutants such as fine particles and allergen. The World Health Organization estimates that indoor air pollution is responsible for 2.8 million deaths a year and that more than one billion people around the globe are exposed to indoor air pollutant levels 100 times higher than accepted guideline values. Koutrakis recommended air purifiers as a smart option to manage indoor air quality.

There are other easy yet useful tips for keeping indoor air clean and healthy. Based on the Korean climate condition, indoor air is most fit when temperature is set at 23 degrees (Celsius) and humidity is adjusted at 50 percent or less. To provide natural ventilation, windows must be open at least 30 minutes a day. However, when outdoor air is polluted by automobile combustion gas and other pollutant sources, air purifiers can be greatly useful in capturing such contaminants. Purifying plants such as Ficus Benjamina and Dieffenbachia have also proven to be effective allies of healthy air.

Koutrakis's presentation was meaningful in that effective measure to tackle increasing air pollution was discussed, and also in the sense that Harvard University verified the performance level of a domestic air purifier, which is expected to breathe new life into the industry.

Koutrakis has conducted performance tests on Coway's AP-1008 models since last year, and his test results show a 99 percent efficiency rating in removing indoor fine particles and allergens. He concluded his presentation by stating "Clean indoor air is essential for healthy life. And we need to see increased awareness and action on indoor air quality on the part of general public. I will continue to inform the public on the importance of managing indoor air and do my best to help people enjoy healthy and clean indoor work and life spaces."

For more information about Coway air purifiers, visit http://www.coway-usa.com.

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Hannah Hwang
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