Health

  • Cycling: Cool Your Pain Cave with an Air Mover

    Indoor cycling endurance training

    Christmas has been and gone, and Santa brought the great new cycling gear that you asked for. Now that the new year has set in you’re dying to try it out on the roads and work off all those mince pies, but the cold weather and dark nights have put paid to that.

    Cycling at Home

    Now it's time to set up your pain cave. You’ve found a bit of space at home for your turbo trainer; maybe in the spare room beside an old sofa-bed, or in the garage amongst some tools and a broken washing machine. Maybe you’re lucky enough to have a whole space dedicated to indoor cycling. Whatever kind of set-up you have, you’ll need to keep it ventilated and cool. Because the cooler you are, the more prolonged and sustained your endurance. Making your session all the more effective.

    Keeping Cool

    Our Vacmaster Air Movers are the perfect solution, and as such are becoming increasingly popular amongst cycling enthusiasts. The Air Mover’s motor drives 266 litres of ambient air per second quietly, effectively and efficiently. It has three air flow settings and three tilt positions; 45 degrees, horizontal, and vertical for precise, focused air flow.
    Air Mover Fan in cycling studio
    The Air Mover also comes in a set of three for larger spaces, and with their 3.7m integrated cable and extension socket, up to twelve can be safely linked together at one time.

    Other Uses

    When the Air Mover isn’t being used as a cooling system, it can be used for drying wet carpets, plaster, concrete or paint. During the warmer months it’s perfect for keeping indoor spaces comfortable; it’s especially popular in gyms and dance studios, so users get the best from their workout. Check out this forum to see what our customers are saying about the Air Mover.

    If you’d like to know more please don’t hesitate to contact us at sales@cleva-uk.com , we’d love to hear from you!

  • A Simple Guide to L-Class

    Vacmaster 110V L Class Vacuum Cleaner

    What is an L-Class, M-Class and H-Class vacuum cleaner? And why you need to know about it for your business.

    This is one of the most common questions our customers ask. To help answer this, we’ve put together a simple guide to take you through what you need to know.

    L-class in the Workplace

    In the construction industry, health & safety is understandably key. There are so many hazards on building sites that employees’ personal health and safety can be at risk.

    One of the most significant hazards that workers face is from construction dust created by power tools. If you can see dust then you’re probably breathing it in. Long-term exposure to certain dusts can lead to chronic illnesses such as lung disease, silicosis and cancer. As such, the HSE (the government run Health & Safety Executive) have made dust a primary focus, giving out fines of up to £2000 where inefficient, incorrect, or no dust extraction is being used.

    To keep everyone safe, it’s crucial that your tools are right for the job. Having a vacuum cleaner with a certified level of dust extraction is a vital part of this. It not only keeps you within the law, but also minimises your exposure and keeps the potentially harmful dust particles safely contained.

    There are three levels of classification; low, medium and high. Each level is suitable for extracting certain materials. The type of dust you’re working with and how harmful it is, determines the level of classification.

    ‘L’ Class extractors are suitable for lower toxicity dusts such as soft woods (cedar, pine, yew), while ‘M’ Class extractors, being the next step up, are used for hard woods, bricks and concrete. ‘H’ Class vacuum cleaners have the highest level of filtration and are used to extract extremely harmful materials such as asbestos, formaldehyde and even carcinogenic substances.

    The table below is a quick guide to which level of classification is suitable for which materials. A more comprehensive guide can be found on the HSE website.

     

    DUST CLASSIFICATION TABLE

    DUST CLASS DUST CATEGORY OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE LIMITS (mgm3) FINAL FILTER EFFICIENCY %
    L Soft woods, gypsum, plasterboard, Corian >1 >99
    M Hard woods, paint, plastics, concrete, brick >0.1 >99.9
    H Lead,carbon, tar, asbestos, formaldehyde, mould, bacteria, copper, nickel <0.1 >99.995

     

    Other Benefits

    Of course, staying safe in the workplace isn’t the only benefit of having an L-class 110V vacuum cleaner. Some professional and industrial models also feature a power take-off facility. This allows you to plug your power tool directly into the vacuum cleaner, automatically turning it on and off with the switch on your tool. In a busy working environment this means you can vacuum as you work, saving vital time.

    Our  Vacmaster 110V L-Class vacuum cleaner £119.94, comes with a power tool take-off socket and also features delayed shut-off. This is where the vacuum continues to run for around five seconds after the power tool has been switched off, to clear both the tool and hose of any remaining dust.

    How to Identify a Classified Vacuum Cleaner

    L-class vacuum cleaners that have been certified as meeting HSE standards are easy to spot.  The level of classification should be prominently displayed in the form of a sticker attached to the machine (see our picture above). If it doesn't have the sticker and you're in doubt as to whether it's classified or not, contact the the manufacturer. They should be able to provide a certificate of classification.  To earn their certificates, vacuum cleaners must be equipped with approved filters which have passed through a specialised test at an accredited institute to ensure that they're fit for purpose. The higher the level of classification, the more tests it will have passed through, with more specialised equipment. For this reason, you can expect to pay more for a classified machine than you would for a standard household vacuum cleaner.

    Don’t leave it there! If you have any comments or questions, please send us an email at sales@cleva-uk.com.

  • It’s Summer. The season of sun, sand & allergies!

    Girl Suffering from Hay FeverIt's summer and with allergies on the rise, now is the time to get them under control and put an end to suffering.

    Most of us are affected by allergies at some point in our lives. Allergies are one of the most prevalent chronic health conditions in Europe, with more than 150 million Europeans suffering daily (EAACI, 2016). In Britain alone, over 20% of the population is affected. Making the UK population one of the biggest sufferers of allergies in the world (M. L. Levy, 2004).

    What is an allergy?

    An allergy, or allergic disease, is a sensitivity in the immune system which triggers a reaction in our bodies when we’re exposed to certain substances in the environment. They can be triggered by almost anything. Some of the most common types of allergies are, food allergies, hay fever, and asthma.

    The science behind an allergy involves our immunoglobulin E antibodies. These antibodies, found in the body’s immune system, bind to allergens and then to a receptor on a mast cell. This binding triggers the release of a protein called Histamine. And it's the Histamine that causes the a reaction. For hay fever sufferers, it's the cells in the nostrils that produce Histamine when they're exposed to pollen. Causing a runny nose.

    Recent scientific research published by the Society of Asthma, Allergy and Clinical Immunology (AACI), suggests that there is a strong link between the health of our microbiome (the collection of microorganisms that inhabit our bodies) and our immune system. Findings indicate that because we are exposing ourselves to fewer microorganisms through the use of antibiotics and changes to our diet, for example, our susceptibility to asthma and allergies is increasing.

    Diagram of Histamine reaction to pollen

    Symptoms

    Symptoms vary greatly depending on the allergy. There are many factors which determine the type and severity of symptoms. Such as the amount of exposure we have to the allergen, the type of allergy, and even our genetics. Symptoms usually include: a runny nose, itching and sneezing, and hives or a rash on the skin. The most severe allergic reaction is called Anaphylaxis. This particular type of reaction needs to be treated immediately as it can become life threatening if left un-treated. A person suffering from Anaphylaxis shows the usual allergy symptoms, such as a runny nose and skin rash, however these symptoms then develop into vomiting/diarrhea or cramps, dizziness and fainting, shortness of breath and swelling and itching of the skin, throat and mouth.

    Avoiding allergic reactions

    An all-out cure for allergies has not yet been discovered, however there are ways to avoid suffering reactions. Doctors recommend two techniques; avoidance and medication. Once identified, certain allergens can be avoided, however some of the most common allergens, such as pollen, are almost impossible to stay away from.

    Medication in the form of a pill can help relieve symptoms but making lifestyle changes can be the key to living a normal life with allergies. There is mounting evidence to suggest that exposing ourselves to lots of different strains of gut friendly bacteria (symbiotic microorganisms) through diet and environment, can help regulate our immune system. However, keeping a clean and tidy home, free from allergens and irritants can also help avoid reactions.

    Here's our top 5 tips for avoiding allergens in your home:

    1. Keep on top of washing 
      Bedding, pillows, and other items such as throws, rugs or blankets provide the perfect environment for dust mites to thrive. Up to 57% of adult patients and up to 88% of children have allergy related sleep problems leading to tiredness during the day and lack of concentration (Pawankar R, et al, 2013). Keeping your bedroom allergen free will help you to get a good, uninterrupted night’s sleep. Aim to wash your bedding at a hot temperature (60 degrees) at least once a week. Also, try to avoid highly perfumed, biological washing detergents as these can trigger reactions.
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    3. Dust – there’s a correct way to do it?
      Yes, there is. With dust comes dust mites, also known as one of the biggest indoor allergens. You may think dusting your home regularly is a simple day-to-day task, but just wiping away the dust with any old cloth can make matters worse by stirring up allergen particles and scattering them into the air. Make sure you use a damp cloth or a specially treated dust cloth to wipe surfaces. This ensures the dust sticks firmly to the cloth. Wearing a mask while dusting and minimizing clutter around the home, can also help.
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    5. Clean the environmentally friendly way
      Harsh chemical cleaning products can trigger allergies. So, swap the harsh chemicals for a greener clean! There are a lotEco-friendly cleaning products of environmentally (and human) friendly options available in supermarkets which contain more natural ingredients to leave your home clean and fresh without the potentially dangerous chemicals. Alternatively, it is super easy to make your own cleaning products at home using baking powder and vinegar.
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    7. Defend against mould
      Mould spores can trigger allergy symptoms but avoiding them can be easy if you know how. Mould gathers in damp areas, usually in the bathroom, so ensuring the room is fully protected against mould is vital. Use tiles or mould resistant paint on the walls, and regularly scrub away any mould starting to form. Replace your shower curtain when it begins to look mouldy, and use a dehumidifier or fan to reduce moisture, especially after taking a shower.
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    9. How can HEPA help?
      High-efficiency particulate air filters, more commonly known as HEPA filters, are designed to capture microscopic dust particles without blowing allergens into the air. Some air purifiers and vacuum cleaners contain HEPA filters that capture and trap extra fine dust particles (as small as 0.3 microns). Standard vacuum cleaner filters simply re-release allergens back into the room. Be careful to check that the filter in the machine you buy is a certified class H13 filter, as there are many HEPA 'type' filters posing as the genuine article. Here at Cleva we have many vacuum cleaners with certified H13 HEPA filters.  Including cordless vacuum cleaners from our household Joey range

    Cleva Joey HEPA Vacuum Cleaner

    FIND OUT MORE

    Sources: https://www.allergyuk.org/ & https://www.webmd.com/allergies/guide/allergy-symptoms-types & https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4674907/

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