I’ve had a Molekule air purifier (this one) for years. At some point pre-Covid, I lost track of replacing the air filter and just left it idling in the corner of my living room. It’s so darn cute that I never even bothered to put it away.
Fast-forward to some point mid-quarantine and I, like everyone else, was spending most of my time at home. Gratefully, I was experiencing only the health benefits of the whole quarantine arrangement: the mid-day workouts I could never quite pull off with an office schedule, easy access to all the weird wellness ingredients in my fridge, and as many mental health breaks as I needed.
Naturally, I also had access to the (now somewhat infamous) 2020 early evening glass of wine – let’s call it, the “laptop closer”.
In fact, I thought that it could be my renewed interest in organic California grape varietals at fault for my one and only health complaint mid-’20: a low-level case of the sniffles and an annoying cough that woke me up at night and persisted for more than six months.
Getting To the Root of the Issue
To be extra cautious, I did some sleuthing and some bloodwork with my doctor and a nutritionist. Was it allergies? A mild case of acid reflux? Perhaps I’d given myself some sort of gut imbalance with one too many glasses of organic rose? I couldn’t figure it out.
Then, after spending a few days away from L.A. in a more rural area, my symptoms totally disappeared…only to reappear after a few days back in town! I began to suspect the only factor I hadn’t looked into: the air quality in our home.
I renewed the subscription for our Molekule filters and got the air purifier running in our home again, happy to know that it removes particles from the air and destroys pollutants like mold, VOCs, allergens — all kinds of things that can cause the sniffles or affect sleep.
Not only was I amazed by what my Molekule could do, I was creeped out to think that the air quality in my home was so dirty that it could give me a low-grade cough!
Molekule’s PECO technology is unique: it doesn’t just suck pollutants out of the air, it actually destroys them. More on that, but, first, let’s take a quick look at…
The Sad Facts On Urban Air Quality
If, like me, you live in L.A., NYC, or another big city (so many of you do), you’re likely aware of issues like smog, but have left the issue of indoor air quality on the bottom rung of your wellness concerns.
Three key words should help to pop air quality up to the top of your list: ‘ultra-fine pollution’, ‘toxic dust’ and, of course, ‘the pandemic’.
ULTRA-FINE POLLUTION | The L.A. Times recently reported on freeway pollution and the proximity of our homes to this noxious air.
The report called pollution from our freeways “a stew of ingredients including toxic combustion gases, microscopic soot particles, compounds from worn tires and dust from vehicle brake pads.
“Recent research has narrowed in on one component of special concern: ultra-fine particles, pollutants in freshly emitted vehicle exhaust. The invisible, chemical-laden specks are less than one-thousandth the width of a human hair — so tiny they are hard to capture with pollution controls or filters. Scientists suspect ultra-fine particles are able to pass through the lungs and into the bloodstream, where they may harm the heart, brain and other organs. Yet they remain unregulated by state and federal authorities.”
According to the Times’ report, recent research suggests that traffic pollution may waft more than a mile from the freeway in all directions.
TOXIC DUST | According to the Environmental Working Group, PBDEs are a known nervous system toxin. PBDEs are shed from TVs and other electronics and accumulate in that ever pervasive media center dust.
Swallowing PBDE-contaminated dust and contact with this dust are the primary routes into our bodies, where they collect in fat tissue. PBDEs also accumulate in the body; toxicology tests show PDBEs may damage the liver and kidneys and affect the brain and behavior, according to the EPA who, in December, officially named PBDEs “chemicals of concern.” (CNN’s Toxic America)
COVID-19 | Clearly, the pandemic has also raised interest in managing indoor air quality. Incredibly, Molekule’s Air Mini & Air Mini+ models were just FDA-cleared for medical use to destroy viruses and bacterias in the air.
Additionally, PECO technology satisfies performance criteria outlined in FDA guidance for use in helping to reduce potential exposure to SARS-CoV-2, the COVID-19 virus. It’s important to note though, that an air purifier should only serve as an additional layer of protection to PPE and other steps.
Getting the Right Air Purifier
Feeling thoroughly grossed out by urban air quality facts yet? The great news is that we already found you (a very stylish) solution.
After my recent experience with L.A.’s air quality, we decided to partner with Molekule and grab this exclusive offer for 10% off (use code CHALKBOARD at checkout) so that you can shop their top of the line air purification tech for your own home at a special price.
Molekule offers a variety of sizes and price points that we hope will vary enough for everyone…
3 Huge Benefits of A Molekule Air Purifier
Molekule Doesn’t Trap Pollutants – It Actually Destroys Them | Molekule uses ground-breaking patented PECO technology which uses free radicals to break down and destroy pollutants at a molecular level, including viruses, bacteria, mold, allergens, and chemicals.
PECO is actually a step beyond the more familiar technology that traps particles, instead destroying pollutants at a microscopic scale, including VOCs, viruses, as well as particles 1000x smaller than what the HEPA filter standard tests for. You can watch a video about their science HERE.
They’re Gorgeous. | We know it might sound simple, but, as I said, I actually kept my Molekule Air — a sleek little tower with a raw leather handle — out in the living room even after neglecting to refill the filter. (I’m now on automated refills).
One of our favorite things to do here at TCM is to curate well-designed products for you so that your life feels uplifted and improved by your wellness efforts — not complicated or bogged down.
Molekule’s air purifiers are beautiful, easy to tote from room to room, and near silent when operating.
They’re Nearly Silent. | Except for the “Boost” setting, which I use after dusting or moving any significant furniture, Molekule air purifiers are incredibly quiet and have a ‘night mode’ for use while you sleep. You’d better believe I now keep a unit in our master bedroom at all times.
Indoor air quality is probably one of the easiest wellness issues to skip over. It’s not trendy, doesn’t play a part in our daily routines and is actually invisible.
I’ve become something of an air quality purist and can only imagine that those of you with homes in the city might be especially interested in this topic too.
For a limited time, get a Molekule air purifier for your home at 10% off — a significant savings no matter which unit you choose.
This story is brought to you in partnership with Molekule. From time to time, TCM editors choose to partner with brands we believe in to bring our readers special offers. The Chalkboard Mag and its materials are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. All material on The Chalkboard Mag is provided for educational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified healthcare provider for any questions you have regarding a medical condition, and before undertaking any diet, exercise or other health-related programs.