5 Things You Should Know This Week: 21 November 2017

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Updated on November 21, 2017 10:11 am

Cromly Editor

5 Things You Should Know This Week: 21 November 2017

These are some of the news you may want to know this week:

1. Healthy Air Survey commissioned by Philips: 7 out of 10 Singaporeans believe poor indoor air quality affects their rest, July and September worst period for air quality

Royal Philips, a global leader in health technology, in partnership with Rakuten AIP, Asia’s leading market research firm, unveiled findings of its Healthy Air Survey to better understand Singaporeans and their attitudes on air quality and allergy awareness. Findings of the Healthy Air Survey were released in conjunction with Philips’ latest product launch of its Philips Air Purifier Series 3000i (AC3259/30) connected air purifier, also debuting a first-to-market air purifier partnership with Air Matters for an app which can be used with the Philips Air Purifier Series 3000i to manage and reduce exposure to allergen triggers.

Key findings of the survey indicate that while air quality is a concern for 77% of Singaporeans, most are passive towards their respiratory health, with less than half of respondents visiting a specialist to address respiratory concerns. It was revealed that the average Singaporean falls ill between 2 to 5 times a year and 31% are unsure if their symptoms are caused by an illness or allergy. Despite this, Singaporeans recognize the importance of clean air as part of overall health, with 70% believing that good air quality improves the health of everyone in the household. However, the survey revealed a misconception on useful devices to improve indoor air quality, with more Singaporeans owning humidifiers rather than air purifiers (46% and 39% respectively) with the belief that humidifiers help remove dust and ease respiratory conditions. As seen from the Philips Healthy Air Survey, one of the main barriers to greater adoption of air purifiers among Singaporeans is the lack of understanding what air purifiers are and their purpose. 45% of respondents said that they are unknowledgeable about air purifiers, while 44% find it too costly and 41% were doubtful of its results—only 3 in 10 Singaporeans were willing to invest in an air purifier.

The Philips Air Purifier Series 3000i (AC3259/30) retails at S$999 but is currently available at a special price of S$899 at Philips, as well as from selected electronic stores, major departmental stores and authorized dealers. Visit http://www.philips.com.sg/air to view the full range of Philips Air Purifiers, which start from S$299. Check out the latest promotions for the #GiftofCleanAir campaign on Philips social media channels at Philips Home & Living Facebook page and @Philipssg on Instagram.

2. Ethnicraft Online presents Cane-line woven chairs

Popular for their range of solid wood furniture, the store has brought in Cane-line’s range of woven chairs, a collection of four models—Blend, Lean, SIDD, and Spin. The designs embodies functionality, versatility, and elegance, where each chair being able to seamlessly blend with various interior styles. The woven chair collection is crafted from durable materials like rattan, sunbrella fabric, and specially designed fibres, creating chairs that require light cleaning and minimal maintenance well suited for busy city dwellers.

Blend comes in both natural and white-painted rattan. The seat cushion is available in the innovative Trim fabric from Cane-line, which only requires light cleaning and minimal maintenance.

Modern and elegant, LEAN is manufactured in Cane-line weave and it is stackable.

The SIDD dining chair is based on a light and very simple steel frame. The combination of a steel frame and strong Cane-line Rope fiber is the perfect match for a comfortable dining chair with a superior comfort.

Spin combines modern design with a passionate and traditional craft. It is an elegantly manufactured chair in natural rattan and steel, which almost floats on a simple yet elegant frame.

Shoppers can check out the Cane-line woven chair collection at Ethnicraft Online Singapore’s showroom located at 72 Eunos Avenue 7, #05-01, Singapore Handicrafts Building.

3. Manulife leads fight against mozzies with life-saving pots

In an effort to prevent illnesses and protect communities, Manulife Singapore has taken an unexpected new step in the fight against mosquitoes by merging tradition and technology with the Life Saving Pots. They are the world’s first plant pots that double as mosquito repellents. The pots have been coated with technologically-advanced paint that can repel up to 80 percent of mosquitoes, including Aedes mosquitoes. They are fired in the Dragon Kiln, one of Singapore's oldest wood-fired kilns and decorated by traditional ceramic artist Shee Bee Heo.

4. BODUM electrical appliances launches in Singapore

eBODUM products are now in Singapore! The star is definitely the ePEBO vacuum coffee maker, which is the modern version of Santos, and has long been part of the BODUM range. Another must-have is the electric Bistro Water Kettle, which was developed to boil water quickly and energy efficiently. The Blade Coffee Grinder grinds coffee beans from coarse to fine quickly and efficiently with its strong, durable stainless steel cutting blade. Other items in the collection include a toaster and double wall water kettle.

5. Audio House introduces Singapore's first-ever completely cashless electronics showroom

In 2004, Audio House was the first to offer “7-day Money-back guarantee” with no questions asked in the electronics industry. Recently, Audio House, a homegrown electronics chain in business for over 20 years, has made a bold move to be the first to challenge the market (including all online and offline competitors) and offer electronics at up to 20% rebate on top of the lowest prices in Singapore. Basically, Audio House promises a price match with any competitor’s price and an additional extra $20 cash back with every $100 spent storewide. Audio House will also revamp its entire showroom and payment system to bring forth a whole new shopping experience to its customers with a completely cashless payment concept. They are Singapore’s first to go completely cashless.

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