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Are scented air handling systems bad for your health?

Around 40,000 people die each year due to pollutants carried in the air they breathe, according to a recent BBC report. The article quotes claims from the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), who believe that the public’s health is being damaged by not only smoking and vehicle emissions but also items such as deodorants and scented candles.

The RCP’s Professor Stephen Holgate states that certain scents that we introduce into the air – such as those from spray-on antiperspirants and fragranced candles – contain volatile substances. The effects of inhaling these are not fully known, with Professor Holgate saying that such odours “add together to contribute to the body’s burden.”

Odour-concealing devices are often incorporated into air handling systems servicing shared spaces such as offices, meeting rooms and toilets. These introduce an artificial scent into the air which masks, but does not remove, unpleasant or unwanted odours. Plus, who knows what harm these fragrances are doing to the health of building occupants?

Gibbons Ultraviolet Solutions, in association with BioZone Scientific International, has developed innovative HVAC systems that address this problem. These solutions apply the disinfecting power of ultraviolet C (UVC) light to remove contaminants and odours from HVAC equipment surfaces and from the airstream.

InDuct fits seamlessly into AHU ductwork to eliminate odours, smoke and chemicals, resulting in air that’s clean and free of unwanted smells.

AirCare is a revolutionary solution for hygiene and odour control within workplace toilet facilities. The easily-installed unit does not mask unpleasant odours – it removes them completely, while destroying bacteria, viruses, mould, fumes and other impurities.

For more information on these and other ground-breaking air treatment systems from Gibbons Ultraviolet Solutions, call Colin Hardman on 07940 544206 or email

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