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It’s time to embrace chilly autumn evenings as we head towards winter. Spending family time indoors, cuddling under soft blankets in front of a crackling fire, watching classic movies and playing board games, with the comforting aroma of a hearty stew filling the air, our homes are our refuge against the creeping cold.

Well, that’s the dream. For many of us the reality is a little different. Families with small children and pets know that indoor living gets messy, fast. And keeping the windows closed to retain heat means that things can get somewhat smelly and the air can quickly get unhealthy, horribly dry or uncomfortably damp, depending on where you live. Add loadshedding to the mix, and suddenly the dream dissolves into a rude wake-up.

Trevor Brewer, Director at air treatment specialist Solenco, says that there is a wealth of energy-efficient and battery-powered home appliances that make winter living healthy and bearable, even without 24/7 electricity.

Keeping the floors clean

Investing in a good-quality hard-floor cleaner like the cordless Hizero F100 will give you an hour to get your laminate, wood, tile, screed, and other hard floor surfaces clean before it needs to be recharged. A feature-rich robot vacuum cleaner will do the work for you and, if your home has carpets as well as tiles, it’s worth looking at a model like the Hobot Legee D8, which can switch between surfaces in real-time without manual intervention. Muddy paws and pet hair need not be an issue, while both the Hizero and the Hobot are able to mop as well as vacuum, with technology that optimises water usage and speeds up drying time.

Optimising the air quality

Indoor air in our homes, schools and offices can be twice, or even five times more polluted than outdoor air due to a lack of ventilation. While Fireplaces and gas heaters are great in that they don’t need a power supply – they’re not-so-great in terms of the toxins that they release into the air. Similarly, cold weather causes warm air in the atmosphere to rise, trapping cold air—and more pollutants – in the air we’re breathing. Add the germs and viruses that crawl out of the woodwork in winter, and suddenly air quality becomes a serious health hazard. An air purifier with a multi-stage filtration system, including a medical-grade H13 HEPA Filter, activated carbon filter and UV-C lamp, will trap up to 99.975% of particles, allergens, pollen, dust, smoke, mould spores and pet dander, and reduce toxic fumes and odours to boost your home’s air quality and the health of you and your loved ones.

Keeping warm

Another zero-toxin appliance to consider is an energy-efficient electric heater. Mill portable heaters are able to quickly and safely heat up rooms without the carbon monoxide associated risks that come with gas heaters. With adjustable power settings, the Mill heater draws as little as 750W, equal to a standard household fridge, while their award-winning Scandinavian design makes them a must-have in every modern home.

Getting the moisture balance right

Too much moisture in your home can make clothing and furniture smell musty, cause damp and mould, and result in any number of allergic and asthmatic symptoms. A quality, low energy dehumidifier, like the Solenco Low Energy model, can make the world of difference when there is insufficient ventilation or where there is a lot of steam or water vapour, like in sculleries and bathrooms.

For some, winter means drier-than-dry air. A humidifier will release clean, damp air into your space, and the health benefits are manifold: from easier breathing and less congested sinuses, to reduced allergy symptoms and better-quality sleep. Look for one with a warm mist option and a built in aroma diffuser to create a warm and luxurious indoor environment.

“Armed with the right appliances, winter need not be a nightmare. Energy-efficient, inverter-friendly, battery-powered technology is here to make winter warmer, healthier, and happier,” says Brewer.


About Solenco

Solenco (Solutions for Environmental Comfort) is your trusted leader in air treatment and lifestyle products that help you improve your overall health, save energy, and provide more comfort to your space.

With more than a decade of sourcing and distribution experience, Solenco products are stocked by South Africa’s largest retailers such as @Home, Hirsch’s, Makro, Takealot; Clicks, Builders Warehouse and YuppieChef. Solenco is currently the largest importer of dehumidifiers in the domestic space, and imports leading global products such as Meaco and HOBOT – gold standard products proudly endorsed and supplied by Solenco.

A number of Solenco’s products have been given the seal of approval by the Allergy Foundation of South Africa (AFSA), with a selection having NAPPI (or recognised medical aid product) codes. Solenco has also been recognised as the Best-Selling brand on Clicks Online.

Through its collaboration with Eden Projects, Solenco is committed to a greener, more sustainable future. With every order placed on Solenco’s website, three trees will be planted.


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