Forget the pots and pans, an air purifier could be the best thing to set young people up away from home
If you have young people going off to university in September, whether they’re moving into halls of residence or shared accommodation, you will no doubt be embroiled in the practicalities of making sure they have everything they need while away from home and the emotional aspect of anticipating their departure and hoping they’ll be ok on their new adventure.
Having spotted this article on the BBC website about a pilot scheme placing air purifiers (among other things) in a number of schools to see whether it could help reduce the spread of covid, it made me wonder if one of the best things you can send your child off to uni with is not a pan set or a kettle, but an air purifier?
10 of the schools in the pilot will get high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters and 10 will get UV purifiers. Obviously, the scheme hasn’t started yet so we don’t know what impact these devices will have on covid infections, but we do know that HEPA filters can remove 99.95% of airborne particles (including pollen, dust, mould, bacteria, germs, and viruses) so it will be interesting to see the results.
Cleaner air in student accommodation
Now I know that most student accommodation has come a long way since The Young Ones-style grim shared houses and halls of residence of the past, but it got me thinking about the number of people sharing the same spaces as well as how many have passed through them over the years, and it occurred to me that only good things could come from filtering the air in these types of buildings to make it cleaner! (Plus, cleaner air might offset the staple student diet of cheese toasties and chicken nuggets!). An air purifier could therefore be just as valued a bit of kit for a student as a laptop and a phone!
A whiff of home?
As Scentsy has just launched its own air purifier, this was bound to catch my attention as it’s something I’m already thinking about (I am excitedly awaiting the delivery of my own unit!) and it also occurred to me that the added element of fragrance that our air purifier has could even contribute a bit of home comfort for young people, who may be away from their family for the first time.
If you are a Scentsy lover already and your home is often filled with gorgeous scents from your warmers, having those same fragrances in your child’s room at uni could be really reassuring and familiar for them. After all, scent is very closely linked to memory plus our sense of smell is strongest in our teens (see these and other fragrance facts from my National Fragrance Week blog back in May!). Besides, most student digs (and teenage bedrooms in general) could benefit from smelling better, am I right?!
The Scentsy Air Purifier
The Scentsy Air Purifier is brand new to the Scentsy range and uses a HEPA H13 filter to remove airborne particles before passing this cleaned air through Scentsy Pods, which adds fragrance. They’re ideal for spaces up to 200 ft2 so perfect for bedrooms. You can read more about them here.
They are priced at £303.00, which is comparable to other premium air purifiers, but don’t forget you can spread that cost over 3 months if you use Paypal’s Pay in 3 option or Klarna.
As a mum myself, I know that you always worry about your children being away from home no matter how old or independent they are but being able to provide them with things like this might just reduce some of the stress!