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Dealing with the Haze


Before we start, let’s take a moment to thank Indonesia for the fresh air first.

Let’s skip the lesson on why we have haze and let’s not get political. This is not the purpose of Our BTO. As (future) homeowners, our concern is keeping the house clean and fresh.

Haze is a persistent threat to our nation. It’s not only for residents in Punggol or Sengkang, but it can also affect the whole of Singapore! There’s no effective way to stop the haze permanently, but here what’s you can do to combat the haze.

Stock up on N95 masks

I’m not asking you to hoard all the masks and sell them for profit. Stocking up just sufficient for your family and use them during haze.

Don’t wait until the haze is here then you start to look for masks. Base on past experience, you will see N95 masks sold out, profiter jacking up the price of the mask by at least 500%, fake N95 masks that don’t protect you from anything.

Get an air purifier

You know push-cart stalls always have that cute plastic round container that has light, emits scent and vapour? I think it works by removing dust particles in the air because the water in the tank does get dirty after a few days. Nevertheless, I cannot vouch for its efficiency to remove those harmful PM 2.5 particles.

Get a GOOD air purifier

Or at least something better than whirling water in a tank. Look for those with HEPA filter that can actually trap those toxic particles in the air. A good air purifier is a good investment for you and your family.

Of course, there’s a price to pay. These air purifiers don’t come cheap. The filters require regular changing (maybe once every 6 months), and they cost money.

One good recommendation is Xiao Mi Air Purifier 2S (because I’m using it now). It’s compact and powerful. There’s no need for me to go into details less you think I’m being paid by Xiao Mi to write this.

There are of course better air purifier by Honeywell, Philips, Sharp, Dyson, and many more. It all depends on what’s your comfortable budget and which one suits your home design.

Personally, I plan to get a Honeywell HAP18250 air purifier for my future home. Read lots of rave reviews about it, but it’s not cheap.

Air-con your whole house

Air-con has a filter system too. When you shut the windows and turn on the air-con, you are actually locking out the heat and haze. Win-win!

Beware of your electricity bill though. Of course, you should subscribe to a plan from one of the retailers for Open Electricity Market to save on your electric bill.

Conclusion

We can’t stop haze from entering Singapore. But we can stop haze from invading our home. How would you protect your family?

Do you have any other tips to fight the haze? Please share in the comments section below.

Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor, nor an expert in weather or health-related matter. The above is just for information sharing.

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