Remove wood stove fine dust from the air with an air purifier

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Remove wood stove fine dust from the air with an air purifier

Wood stoves and fireplaces provide a lot of fun in the cold months. And if we effectively capture the harmful fine dust with an air purifier, we also keep it healthy. Nothing beats a night on the couch with a warm crackling fire in the background. With an air purifier against wood stove fine dust in the house, healthy indoor air is guaranteed and you can breathe safely.

What does a wood stove air purifier do?

Good air purifiers are specialised in extracting and removing fine dust from wood smoke in the air. The condition is that they must have a HEPA filter. This filter is able to remove the smallest particles in the air, including fine dust from wood smoke, with an effectiveness of 99.99%.

How harmful is fine dust?

Smoke from wood combustion releases harmful substances, including wood stove fine dust. This is a collection of large and small dust particles, with the smallest particles being the most harmful. And now, fine dust from wood stoves consists mainly of the smallest particles: ultra-fine particles (smaller than PM1).

Long-term exposure to pollution from wood stoves is harmful to health. There are some potential complaints due to pollution:

  • Stress
  • Nausea
  • Irritation of eyes and throat
  • Respiratory complaints
  • Heart and vascular disease

A wood stove pollutes more than six trucks

British research shows that a wood stove produces six times (!) as much fine dust as a truck. Researcher Dr. Gary Fuller states that “smoke is an invisible killer. And because smoke from wood stoves is barely visible, hardly anyone complains about it. ” (source) In our opinion this is a good indication of how polluting wood stoves are and how great the need is to protect yourself from air pollution.

You don’t even need to have a wood stove to be exposed to wood smoke. For example, your neighbours may start heating. Fine dust then easily penetrates, even when you close all your windows and doors.

Do you want to measure the fine dust emissions from your wood stove in your home? That’s possible with a/our fine dust meter.

Wood stove fine dust filter

When you place a wood stove fine dust filter in your flue, it’s only intended to keep the outside air free of fine dust. However, you also have to think about your indoor air. A fine dust filter does not protect your indoor air against harmful particles, a wood stove air purifier does.

The best wood stove air purifier

The EA30 is an excellent wood stove air purifier for living rooms. They are able to combat and remove wood stove fine dust. The highly effective Active-Ion-HEPA filter removes all pollution from the air, so you can breathe again without having to worry. The EA30 further excels in its quiet operation, energy efficiency and reliability. In short: the EA30 is the best choice for tackling fine dust problems at home.

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    Air purifier for a large room | An effective system against the coronavirus

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    Air purifier for a large space, which one do you choose?

    Unhealthy air in large spaces is often caused by a polluted ventilation system. With an air purifier for a large space (such as a gym, catering/hospitality facility, factory, warehouse, hall), your indoor air will stay clean and healthy. Preferably, you buy one with the best air circulation. An UV-C filter is also very important, because it makes viruses, such as corona, harmless in the indoor air. You can read all about which professional air purifier we recommend you to get here.

    Poor ventilation makes you sick

    Did you know that 70% of the installations in Dutch buildings do not function properly? Air treatment is often neglected. A pity, because in such cases the indoor air hardly circulates. This considerably increases the chance of viruses and bacteria spreading.

    It is stated that 20% of all absenteeism complaints (colds, flu, etc.) are due to an unhealthy indoor climate (source). Poor ventilation and circulation therefore makes you ill.

    Keep your air clean with an air purifier

    Keep the air in your large space/room in top condition with the best professional air purifier against corona. Air purifiers remove air pollution with the help of a filter. After filtering, an air purifier brings the clean air back into the room. Some of the large room air purifiers can make viruses harmless, provided that they use ionisation or a UV-C filter.

    What is the best professional air purifier for a large space?

    The EAS1300 UV-C is specially made to keep the indoor climate healthy in large spaces. For that reason it uses a UV-C filter and a very effective HEPA filter. The UV-C filter makes microorganisms (viruses, fungi and bacteria) harmless before they enter the HEPA filter. In the HEPA filter, the already deactivated micro-organisms are permanently removed from the air. That is why the EAS1300 UV-C is an excellent choice to keep your air professionally free of viruses and fine dust.

    The EAS1300 UV-C is excellent for large spaces. It has a very high air capacity, what means that it cleans a large amount of air in the shortest possible time. Every hour at maximum speed, the EAS1300 UV-C cleans around 1300 m³ of air. For that reason, the EAS1300 UV-C is an air purifier with a high capacity and therefore very suitable for warehouses, big halls and factories.

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    The advantages of using a large room air purifier

    Are you planning to give a boost to your air quality? Good idea, cleaning air by using an air purifier with a large capacity such as an EAS1300 UV-C provides a lot of benefits. We list the largest:

    • No more fine dust, pollen, allergens and other air pollution
    • You significantly reduce the risk of the spread of infectious diseases, such as COVID-19, flu and the cold virus
    • Less absenteeism and health complaints
    • Higher work productivity and also a better overall mood

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      What is fine dust? How harmful is it?

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      What is fine dust? How harmful is it to you?

      You have probably heard something about fine dust(or particulate matter) in the news. However, what many people only know about fine dust is that it’s “a type of” air pollution and it’s unhealthy. But what exactly is fine dust? And what are the causes? Read more about it here. We’ll also give you information about how to protect yourself from these invisible dust particles.

      What is fine dust exactly?

      The definition of fine dust cannot be described unambiguously. The RIVM (more info) compares it to a “kind of junk box containing materials of different sizes and chemical compositions”.

      Fine dust is really just a whole collection of very small particles in the air. When physically described, we talk about the size of the dust particles and the amount of m³ particles in the air that we breathe in. The dimensions that are generally used are PM10, PM2.5, PM1 and PM0.1. These particles are not visible to the naked eye.

      PM comes from the English word particulate matter: a literal translation of fine dust. To get an impression of how small these different fine dust particles can be, it’s good to realize that the size of a human hair is PM70. The diameter of the largest fine dust particles found in the air are therefore already 7 times smaller compared to the size of a hair. This should give a good idea of how small particulate matter is.

      You can also chemically define particulate matter. In that case we look at which components the particles in the air consist of. Components of fine dust include heavy metals (arsenic, lead, nickel), water, carbon, salts, acids and a wide variety of organic substances, often the result of incomplete combustion processes (e.g. exhaust fumes from road traffic, airplanes landing and taking off etc).

      What are the causes of fine dust?

      Fine dust can have a natural origin as well as that it is caused by human actions. Natural processes that cause dust in the air are forest fires, volcanic eruptions, the splashing of seawater and soil matter being taken by the wind (for instance the sand from the Sahara).

      80% is caused by humans

      Fine dust in the air often occurs as a direct cause of human actions. For example, approximately 80% of the concentration of fine dust particles in the air is caused by humans.

      Traffic and transport come first, which is the largest emitter. Here exhaust fumes are given off from cars, freight traffic, airplanes and (large) ships. Not far behind is the industrial sector. Not only factories, but also refineries and power stations make a significant contribution to the fine dust problem. In addition, the agricultural sector also plays a serious role: no less than 90% of the emissions of ammonia, for example, are caused by agriculture.

      A factor that has recently been receiving more and more attention is households themselves. We have a number of serious fine dust pollutants in our houses. Think about cleaning products, body care sprays, cooking, pets and wood stoves.

      How harmful is it to my health?

      The WHO (World Health Organization) speaks of 7 million deaths a year worldwide from exposure to fine dust. Figures like this do not reassure you. But it’s important to put them in perspective. How bad is the fine dust problem in the Netherlands? And where does it come from? An interesting comparison is that in the Netherlands approximately 600 people die in traffic and 800 people die from a short-term peak exposure to fine dust every year.

      We learn more about the effects of fine dust everyday. In fact it’s all based on size: the smaller the particles, the more harmful. For example, particles of PM0.1 enter your bloodstream directly. The Dutch live about a year shorter due to the exposure to fine dust. Scientific research has shown that there is a connection between the exposure to fine dust and the following diseases and conditions: cardiovascular diseases, respiratory diseases (asthma, COPD), cancer and Alzheimer’s. Read more about air purifiers for asthma.

      Anyone can get complaints

      Some people are more likely to suffer from fine dust health problems than others. Children, the elderly and people with respiratory diseases are especially vulnerable. But you can also get complaints if you don’t belong to one of these groups. Think of people who are frequently exposed to exhaust fumes, like office workers along a highway. Even if you live close to Schiphol you can suffer from fine dust health problems. In fact, researchers from the RIVM have established that healthy adults in that region, experience short-term decreases in lung and heart function at times when there is a high concentration of ultrafine dust particles in the air (source).

      What can you do against fine dust?

      The smaller the particles, the deeper they can penetrate our body. And the deeper the particles, the more harmful they will be. What can you do about this? The answer: pay more attention to the air quality in your working and living environment.

      The first step is to measure the amount of fine dust in the air. This is possible with a fine dust meter. The device accurately indicates the air quality level of your indoor space. After you’ve done this, you can take the right action and clean the air. The best way to do that is with a good air purifier. The air purifiers from Extreme Air Products help to keep the PM concentration in your work or living environment to a minimum.

      Do you need advice or more information?

      According to the Dutch Lung Fund (Longfonds), the air quality in 1 in 7 houses is insufficient due to fine dust. By measuring fine dust you gain insight into the air quality in your environment. You can also determine the effectiveness of your air purifier. View our product page about the particulate matter meter or read more about the fine dust meter in our extensive advice. Do you have any further questions or would you like some free advice? Call +31 20 6464028. Or go directly to our range of fine dust meters:

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        Does an air purifier protect against the coronavirus?

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        Does an air purifier protect against the corona virus?

        An air purifier against the corona virus. Does it help? We will answer that question for you here. In the meantime, the virus has a tight grip on the world. It’s true that the government has drawn up a number of measures for protection. Nevertheless, there is a group in need of additional protection. You have to think of, for example, people who are still at work or in the office. According to some, an air purifier would help against the corona virus. Read more about it here.

        Current measures

        Before we discuss the effect of air purifiers against COVID-19, we advise you to follow the measures taken by the RIVM (more information). They are:

        • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water (for at least 20 seconds)
        • Do not shake hands
        • Stay 5 feet apart
        • Use tissue paper
        • Cough and sneeze into the inside of your elbow

        Does an air purifier remove corona from the air?

        The corona crisis has made people wonder whether it is possible to remove the corona virus from the air with an air purifier. The short answer to that is yes. To explain further, the COVID-19 virus is another form of ultra-fine particles in the eyes of an air purifier. An air purifier does not distinguish between a virus and a particle. He picks up both. Good air purifiers filter viruses and particles. This way you can also remove the corona virus from the air.

        The airborne coronavirus also needs a carrier, such as droplets, fine dust and pollen. The virus sticks to fine dust, for example, so that it spreads in a room. Fortunately, air purifiers remove these types of particles with the help of a fine-mesh filter technique.

        The best technique for removing corona from the air

        There are several air purifier sellers who claim to have a good working filter technique against corona. Yet the difference in performance, between what they promise and how good it actually works, is often large. Extreme Air Products has developed a unique patented air circulation and filter technique that really does work: air displacement. In fact, this technique has been tested as the best by the TNO: an air purifier with displacement removes fine dust and other small particles for no less than 99.99% (!) from the air and has up to 40% more efficiency than the air purifiers using regular circulation.

        An air purifier with air displacement technology guarantees the cleanest and healthiest air in a room. It protects against the smallest particles such as fine dust, pollen, exhaust gases, bacteria and viruses (such as the corona virus). Corona air purifier experiences also prove this to be true.

        Workplaces need extra protection

        Not everyone is reassured about the measures taken by the government. Additional protection against the corona virus is needed, we hear from our customers. For example, workplaces such as an office, school, dental practice, healthcare institution, gym and a nail studio benefit from clean, healthy air. An air purifier with air displacement technology offers these workplaces their desired protection.

        An air purifier does not offer a guaranteed protection against corona

        Keep in mind that air purifiers do not guarantee protection from the corona virus in your room. On the other hand, you do reduce the risk of contamination with a good air purifier. When using an air purifier against the corona virus, it’s important to run it as long and often as possible. It’s best to leave it on continuously. This will optimise the cleaning effect. As mentioned, also follow the measures of the RIVM carefully to keep the risk of infection as small as possible.

        What is the best air purifier against the corona virus?

        The EDC650 UV-C is the best choice to remove coronavirus particles from your office or workplace. This virus fighting air purifier can do this thanks to a combination of unparalleled filter effectiveness, UV-C light and a very high capacity. UV-C light makes viruses and bacteria harmless before they enter the HEPA filter.

        The EDC650 brings even more benefits. Firstly, it consumes little energy and is quiet. Second, it lasts for years without too much maintenance.

        More information about the EDC650 UV-C can be found on the product page.

        EDC650 fine dust air purifier

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          Preventing allergies due to fine dust, you can do that with an air purifier

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          How do you suffer from allergic complaints due to fine dust?

          A fine dust allergy is a hypersensitive reaction to small dust particles in the air (up to 10 micrometers). Do you experience allergic complaints yourself due to fine dust? Then you might suffer from a fine dust allergy. Removing fine dust from the air is therefore necessary to maintain a healthy indoor climate.

          Read on to find out the most common fine dust allergy symptoms. Are you allergic to fine dust? An air purifier ensures that you no longer have problems.

          The interest in fine dust control is greater than ever

          You may have noticed it, you read more about fine dust in the news everyday. For example, the cabinet is working on a new fine dust standard and the FNV trade union has set up a fine dust reporting point for Schiphol employees. People are increasingly aware of how dangerous fine dust is for your health. Which automatically increases the demand for protection.

          What are the symptoms?

          Lately, the fine dust problem has become very topical. First of all, because many people experience allergic symptoms, and second, because global awareness is growing. Fine dust does not only cause an allergic reaction, it can also make you sick. Vulnerable groups such as the elderly, lung and heart patients are more likely to suffer from all kinds of allergic reactions caused by fine dust. These are the most common symptoms of fine dust allergy disorders:

          • An irritated throat
          • Lots of coughing and sneezing
          • Shortness of breath
          • Headache, dizziness and nausea
          • Burning eyes
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          Eliminate fine dust allergy complaints with an air purifier

          How do allergic complaints arise due to fine dust?

          The smaller the fine particles, the deeper they penetrate into your lungs and into your body. The smallest particles even end up in your bloodstream. This causes various health complaints.

          For a long time it was thought that fine dust only causes health problems with long-term exposure. However, new fine dust allergy research in Japan shows that short exposure to fine dust also has negative health effects.

          An air purifier, the remedy for all your fine dust complaints

          Using an air purifier is the best way to treat your fine dust complaints at home. This is because they work with a HEPA filter. Extreme Air Products HEPA filters remove fine dust and other air pollution with an effectiveness of 99.99%.

          The experiences from people with fine dust allergies, show that removing fine dust from the air cannot be more effective than that. With an air purifier in your home, you breathe in the healthiest and cleanest air. You will notice that your fine dust allergy complaints disappear in no time!

          What is the best air purifier for allergic complaints?

          Have you decided to take on that pesky allergy? In that case the EA30 air purifier is the best choice for at home. This requires little maintenance and, in addition to being very quiet, is also energy-efficient. For professional fine dust allergy treatment at work in the office, the EDC650 air purifier is the best buy. The EDC650 has a high air capacity, which means it cleans on a large scale. Perfect for larger spaces.

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            Fine dust from tires: a bigger problem than asbestos?

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            Fine dust from car tires and brakes.. a bigger problem than we think!

            Car tires and brakes emit more than half of all fine dust in Europe. An enormous number, and very bad for the environment. Fine dust from tires ends up in the river and the sea. The question is whether tire wear fine dust also causes health problems. And can we do something about it ourselves. For instance, is it possible to remove tire wear fine dust from the air with an air purifier?

            What is tire wear fine dust?

            Fine dust from car tires can best be described as small particles consisting of heavy metals, water, carbon, and a wide variety of organic substances. They arise because your car tires rub against the road surface while driving.

            Car tires emit a lot of fine dust. Recent research by Emission Analytics shows that tire wear causes up to 1000 (!) Times more fine dust than modern combustion engines.

            Health problems caused by fine dust from car tires

            Tire wear fine dust not only causes environmental damage, it also has damaging effects on your health. The fine dust from car tires ends up in your airflow and that is not good for your wellbeing. Long-term exposure to fine dust leads to lung complaints, heart complaints and has also been linked to diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

            In addition to fine dust, tire wear also releases microplastic into the air. Microplastic from tire wear is also very harmful to your airways.

            You can measure fine dust in your car with a fine dust meter

            Will fine dust follow the example of the asbestos crisis?

            In the 1980s there was a lot to do about asbestos. People became aware of how unhealthy it was and complained to the government. Finally, in 1993, asbestos was banned for processing and storage.

            It is only a matter of time before a national fine dust crisis erupts. The first signs are already there: in December 2019, the FNV trade union set up a fine dust complaints point for Schiphol employees. In a week, more than four hundred (!) Reports were made. Since then, the Dutch Cabinet has been working on a new fine dust standard. Will the past repeat itself?

            How do you protect yourself from tire wear fine dust in the air?

            There are a number of effective ways to protect yourself against tire wear fine dust. Do you live close to a highway or in a big city? Then we recommend that you use an air purifier at home. These purifiers remove fine dust from car tires from the air using a HEPA filter. Extreme Air Products’ anti-tire wear air purifiers have a filter effectiveness of 99.99%. The EDC650 air purifier is the best buy in this category.

            You can also protect yourself against fine dust in your car and on the street. In the car, for example, by adding a HEPA filter in the ventilation system. And outside on the street with a HEPA filter mouth mask.

            Your electric car is not the solution against fine dust from tires

            ‘The positive effects of your electric car on air quality are overestimated.’, is what the Volkskrant writes. This has everything to do with the fact that electric cars (EVs) are on average 25% heavier than cars with a combustion engine. For this reason, tires from EVs wear out faster. This leads to more tire wear and fine dust emissions. EVs do score better in the field of fine dust from brakes. It’s lower than petrol cars, as EVs mainly use the engine to slow down.

            What does the government say about car tire wear?

            The Dutch government does not yet have an action plan to combat fine dust from car tires, unlike the British government. In July last year, they already announced that they were going to take measures against car tire emissions. The British want to realize these measures by making new tire standards and requirements.

            The UK government is also calling on the industry to develop an emissions measurement for car tire wear. In the future, this should lead to a new international standard for tire and brake wear.

            What can you do yourself against fine dust emissions from tires?

            Limit the fine dust emissions of your car by driving economically. Practical tips that Environmental Center (source) gives include:

            • Shift to a higher gear as early as possible
            • Drive at a constant speed as much as possible
            • Rather drive 100 than 130 km per hour

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            By measuring fine dust, you gain insight into the air quality of your environment. You also determine the effectiveness of your air purifier. View our product page about the fine dust meter or read more about the fine dust meter in our extensive advice. Do you have any further questions or would you like free personal advice? Call +31 20 6464028 or go directly to our range of fine dust meters:

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              Microplastic air purifier, why protection is necessary

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              Do we have to protect ourselves against fine dust from microplastic?

              According to new research, we eat, drink and breathe microplastics and this is harmful to your health. No wonder that the need for fine dust protection from plastic is increasing. Does an air purifier work against these microplastics? Removing microplastic fine dust from the air can be done in various ways. According to some, an air purifier is the best choice. But is protection actually necessary? Read more about it here.

              What is microplastic?

              Everyone knows what plastic is, but microplastic is not as well known. When we talk about microplastics, we mean plastic particles smaller than 5 millimeters. You can find them everywhere. It is in your water, in the air and on the ground. They are even present in your tea or toothpaste. Did you know that a plastic tea bag leaves 11.6 billion microplastic pieces in a cup?

              It’s logical that we want to get rid of fine dust from plastic. Using an air purifier against microplastic. How much will it actually help? We will discuss the effectiveness of this later.

              Does a microplastic fine dust air purifier offer a solution?

              How does microplastic particulate matter get into the air?

              Many of your care products contain tiny plastic particles. You should think of peels, shampoos and cosmetics. Microplastics from car tires and some types of clothing are also found in the air.

              Car tire wear in particular is a major source of plastic ultra-fine dust. A study by the RIVM already showed in 2012 (!) that about 900 tons of tire wear fine dust was emitted into the air. Given the increase in the number of cars on the road, we can assume that these emissions have only increased.

              Do you want to know exactly what is in your products? This is possible with the app from The Plastic Soup Foundation.

              Microplastic research is causing concern

              Not much research has yet been done on microplastics. That’s because it was long believed to be harmless. With new research we now get a better picture, which include the consequences of microplastic.

              A study of the link between textiles and microplastic leads to alarming conclusions. It turns out that microplastic from clothing penetrates deep into the lungs of textile workers, with potentially dangerous infections as a result. The link between microplastic fine dust and allergies or increased irritation of the respiratory system has already been proven (Gasperi 2018).

              The harmful effects of microplastic fine dust

              We won’t die from contact with microplastic after one time. Long-term exposure to this in our indoor climate(for instance at the office or at home), on the other hand, is very unhealthy and can cause serious health problems.

              Little research has yet been conducted into the harmful health effects of plastic ultra-fine dust particles, but what is known to us now, is of great concern to us.

              We know that your immune cells are vulnerable to microplastic. These cells recognise plastic fine dust particles and then try to attack them. Only problem is that the immune cells themselves die from doing this.
              Plastic in the lungs is also very harmful, because human lung tissue does not grow in the presence of microplastic. This is shown by laboratory research at UMC Utrecht.

              Clean, healthy air is extremely important to us. We plead for action against this emerging plastic assassin. Could this be possible with an air purifier to get rid of these microplastics?

              Get rid of plastic microplastic fine dust with an air purifier

              You will find numerous methods on the internet to remove microplastic dust. However, the only proven effective method is to use a good air purifier. It’s important that the microplastic air purifier contains a HEPA filter.

              The EA30 air purifier is such an air purifier. With its unbeatable technique, it removes all air pollution for 99.99%, including microplastics. In companies and offices, the EDC650 air purifier is the best anti-microplastic air purifier.

              Air purifiers keep your space clean and healthy without having to look after it. It’s ideal for at home or at the office. Certain groups have an added advantage in removing microplastic from the air. Such as people with a lung disease, dust allergy or asthma. (Read more about air purifiers for asthma). Treat yourself to a healthy and clean space and buy an air purifier against these microplastics.

              Also an innocent looking tea bag contains many microplastic particles

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                Pellet stove fine dust, is it dangerous?

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                Fine dust from a pellet stove, is it dangerous?

                A pellet stove is a sustainable way to heat a room. But make no mistake, because the truth is that a pellet stove also emits a lot of pollution. In addition, pellet stove fine dust is dangerous for your health. Especially if you live in a city or close to a highway or airport. The question is to what extent a pellet stove is unhealthy in the home.

                What does a pellet stove do?

                Winter is approaching and in the Netherlands the stoves are turned on on a large-scale again. That means a period is coming with a lot of fine dust in the air. A pellet stove heats up a room by burning wood pellets. Fine dust particles are released during this process. The ignition pattern in the stove causes the wood pellets to burn, because it creates a flame. The heat from the flame rises and is blown into the room thanks to a fan.

                How much fine dust does it emit?

                Pellet stove experiences show that they are cleaner than wood stoves. Wood stoves emit about 3.5 kilograms of fine dust per 1000 hours, while for pellet stoves that’s “only” 0.68 kilograms. A pellet stove is therefore more environmental friendly than a wood stove, but they still emit more ultra-fine dust than heating on gas or electricity. Pellet stove ultrafine dust is a risk for vulnerable groups. Think of people with bronchitis, asthma and lung complaints.

                What health complaints does fine dust from a pellet stove give?

                With occasional use you do not have to worry immediately. If you use a pellet stove as the main heating, this will lead to potential health problems in the long term. People with allergies are especially at risk.

                Various authorities have been warning people for the health risks of fine dust for years. According to the Long Fonds (source), an increased concentration of ultra-fine particles at home leads to the following complaints:

                • Fatigue
                • Shortness of breath
                • Infections of the respiratory system
                • Lung diseases such as asthma (read more about air purifiers for asthma)

                How can you protect yourself against pellet stove fine dust?

                We do not recommend a separate fine dust filter for your pellet stove, because the filter effectiveness is often disappointing. So what is a good way to remove fine dust from a pellet stove in the house? We recommend the use of a pellet stove fine dust air purifier.

                Air purifiers are very effective in removing fine dust. They also remove other air pollution from the air, such as pollen, bacteria and viruses. With an air purifier you live and breathe in the most optimal indoor air. We recommend the EA30 air purifier for living rooms with pellet stoves. This top pellet stove air purifier has a patented filter technique that removes fine dust with an effectiveness of 99.99%.

                Thanks to its sleek design, the EA30 will fit in well with your interior

                Do you want to measure the fine dust emissions from your pellet stove?

                According to the Dutch Lung Fund (Longfonds), the air quality in 1 in 7 houses is insufficient due to fine dust. By measuring the fine dust emission from your pellet stove, you gain insight into the air quality in your environment. You also determine the effectiveness of your air purifier. View our product page about the fine dust meter or read more about the fine dust meter in our extensive advice. Do you have any further questions or would you like some personal free advice? Call +31 20 6464028 or go directly to our range of fine dust meters:

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                  Fine dust and the Working Conditions Act, what do you need to know?

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                  Ultra fine dust and the Working Conditions Act, what do you need to know?

                  In the workplace, ultra fine dust is very harmful and even deadly in the long run. Therefore , the problem requires a strict ultra-fine dust occupational health and safety law. The working conditions provide clear guidelines for a healthy working environment. The Dutch Lung Fund (Longfonds) has been warning people for years about the dangers of ultra-fine dust. The risks are particularly high in densely populated areas such as the Randstad and Schiphol. Read on for more information about the health and safety regulations for ultrafine dust. What can we expect in 2020 and the future?

                  The current status of the ultra fine dust health and safety regulations

                  We have to conclude that there are still no health and safety regulations for ultra fine dust. The government has not taken any concrete step yet to frame this problem. RIVM, on the other hand, is working intensively on it, see also the ultrafine dust research at Schiphol. However, the ultra-fine dust research results are not expected until 2021. For the time being, entrepreneurs must therefore determine their own ultra-fine dust standards on the basis of their own knowledge and experience.

                  Although there is not yet an occupational health and safety law for ultrafine dust, you can say that any form of ultrafine dust, caused by production processes and transport, is undesirable in the ambient air. Long-term exposure to dangerous ultra-fine dust, in the workplace in particular, creates many health risks.

                  Which complaints arise with long-term exposure to ultra-fine dust?

                  Ultra-fine dust is the cause of various health complaints. Risk groups such as the elderly, children with asthma and people with allergies are particularly vulnerable. The following complaints have been scientifically proven:

                  • Shortness of breath
                  • Coughing
                  • Wheezing
                  • Lung complaints
                  • Heart complaints

                  The following diseases have not yet been scientifically proven, but are related to ultra-fine dust:

                  • Parkinson’s
                  • Dementia

                  Fine dust regulations in 2020, what can we expect in the future?

                  More and more people and authorities are aware of how dangerous ultrafine dust is. In the first place, this can be derived from the investigations that are ongoing at the RIVM. And secondly, from the recent incentive from the Dutch Cabinet to draw up standards for ultra-fine dust. The government is expected to quickly draw up an ultra-fine dust health and safety standard. Especially because the regulations for PM2.5 emissions have been tightened considerably from 2020 onwards. From 1 January 2020, an annual limit value of 20 µg / m3 will apply.

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                  According to the Dutch Lung Fund (Longfonds), the air quality in 1 in 7 buildings is insufficient due to fine dust. By measuring fine dust levels you gain insight into the air quality of your environment. You also determine the effectiveness of your air purifier. Take a look at our product page about the fine dust meter or read more about the fine dust meter in our extensive advice. Do you have any further questions or would you like some free personal advice? Call +31 20 6464028 or go directly to our range of fine dust meters:

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                    What is the ultrafine dust standard in the Netherlands?

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                    What is the ultrafine dust standard in the Netherlands?

                    People are becoming more aware of how dangerous ultrafine dust particles are for your health. It’s like an assassin that makes many people sick who live and work in busy areas with a lot of industry, highways and traffic. Ultrafine dust increases the risk of high blood pressure, heart problems and lung cancer. This is shown by ultrafine dust research by the Health Council. You can read about the research in this blog.

                    With a PM meter (fine dust meter) you can measure how much fine dust is in the air. However, you may ask yourself from what concentration ultrafine dust particles are dangerous to your health and whether a fine dust standard or an ultrafine dust standard has been drawn up in the Netherlands. We did some investigating on these matters.

                    What is the difference between fine dust and ultrafine dust?

                    We include all particles in the air smaller than 10 micrometers (10 µm) as fine dust. When we measure fine dust, it’s often abbreviated to PM(particulate matter aka fine dust). The two main sizes are PM10 and PM2.5. PM10 has a size of up to 10 µm and PM2.5 has a size of up to 2.5 µm.

                    Particles smaller than 0.1 µm are referred to as ultrafine particles. Ultrafine dust particles are the most dangerous to our health. When inhaled, these tiny particles penetrate the lungs and are absorbed directly into the bloodstream.

                    Is there an official ultrafine dust standard?

                    No official standards have been drawn up for ultrafine dust yet. In September 2019, the Dutch Cabinet urged the Health Council to investigate and draw up an ultrafine dust standard. Because around 11,000 people in the Netherlands die prematurely each year as a result of exposure to (ultra)fine dust. However, it’s still not clear when the investigation will officially start or end.

                    However, a fine dust standard has been drawn up for PM10 and PM2.5. The RIVM has determined that 40 µg / m³ is the annual average limit value for PM10. For PM2.5 this is 20 µg / m3.

                    Is it possible to measure ultrafine dust?

                    According to RIVM, measuring extremely small particles is very difficult because it’s hard to detect a particle with a size of a few nanometers. A so-called Condensation Particle Counter can measure ultrafine dust particles, but they are a bit out of reach for the average consumer since the devices cost several thousand euros.

                    A more affordable option is using a fine dust meter. You can measure fine dust particles PM2.5 and PM10 with it. When the concentrations of these values exceed the norm, you can assume that the concentration of ultrafine dust is also unhealthy.

                    Investigations into the measurement of ultrafine dust

                    As you know, all dust particles below 0.1 micron are ultrafine dust particles. Ultrafine dust particles are measured by scientists in nanometers. 0.1 micrometers is 100 nanometers. So all particles below 100 nanometers (nm) are considered ultrafine dust particles.

                    There are some studies that have measured ultrafine dust concentrations in cities. Such as a study from the National Technical University of Athens. Between 2003 and 2004, they measured the ultrafine dust concentration at various locations in Athens. The highest outdoor measurements were found in the air at two schools, both of which were located and affected by a busy road. In the first school, 36,900 ultrafine dust particles per cm3 in the air were detected and in the second school 38800 ultrafine dust particles per cm3. According to the ultrafine dust research, the results provide insight into the concentration level to which children can be exposed.

                    The morning rush hour is the most unhealthy time of the day

                    The University of Helsinki studied the air quality in their city between 1999 and 2003. The research team concluded that the air in the city is dirtier in winter than in summer. The highest concentrations of ultrafine dust were detected during busy traffic hours. The average peak concentration during the morning rush hour was no less than 40,000 per cm3 in the city. Most of the traffic-induced ultrafine dust particles were smaller than 50 nm. Particles below 10 nm were also detected. In their research, the Finns warn about the health effects of such small particles.

                    A more recent study from Environment International in 2014 examined the ultrafine dust levels along the road in 42 different cities. The farther from a road was measured, the less ultrafine dust particles in the air were detected. The highest concentration of ultrafine dust particles was measured in a busy car tunnel. The research shows that the air along a road in a European city contains an average of 16,000 to 31,500 ultrafine dust particles per cm3.

                    Source chart: Ultrafine dust research

                    Environment International’s research made a chart with the average measured ultrafine dust particles (3 to 25 nm) per cm3 in different cities. PNC means particle numbers count, in other words: how many ultrafine dust particles have been counted. The chart shows that along the roads in Amsterdam there are on average around 3000 ultrafine dust particles per cm3. This is a high figure compared to the average European city. We can therefore assume that Amsterdam is relatively unhealthy in the field of ultrafine dust particles.

                    Need advice or more information?

                    According to The Dutch Lung Fund(Longfonds), the air quality in 1 in 7 houses is insufficient due to fine dust. By measuring fine dust you can gain insight into the air quality of your environment. You also determine the effectiveness of your air purifier. View our product page about the fine dust meter or read more about the fine dust meter in our extensive advice. Do you have any further questions or would you like some free personal advice? Call +31 20 6464028 or go directly to our range of fine dust meters:

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