Surviving the Haze with AIR+ Smart Mask

by - Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Do you still remember the haze from last year? I remember we were being stuck in our home, not being able to go outdoors, the burning smell which gave me headaches and sore throat and my constant worries that the boys will breath in the nasty air and get sick. 

The haze season returns to Singapore every year, usually between June - August. In fact, it seems to drag on for a longer duration year after year. I am totally not looking forward to it. 

There's not much we can do to 'ask' the haze not to come. What we can do is to protect ourselves from breathing in the polluted air. 

In previous years, I had been using normal surgical masks or N95 masks during the haze season. However, the surgical masks provide no protection from the haze pollutants while the N95s are too uncomfortable. For the kids, they could only wear the normal surgical masks as N95s are not suitable for small children.

Last year, I got to know about a new kind of mask - the AIR+ Smart Mask, of which the stocks practically flies of the shelves and are out-of-stock everywhere. We could only managed to get a set for each of us and only one ventilator. After the haze season, I went to stock up a few more boxes of the masks for future use. 

Just last month, I was privileged to be invited to a AIR+ Smart Mask workshop by Innosparks, to find out more about this innovative product. 

N95-class Protection against PM2.5 Particles

One of the important reasons for wearing a N95 mask for haze protection is that it is able to filter out the PM2.5 particles. These are fine particles present in haze occurrences. When inhaled, it is small enough to enter your lungs and bloodstream, thus developing respiratory problems and aggravating existing conditions such as asthma, lung problems and even heart attacks. AIR+ Smart Mask filters at least 95% of all non-oil based airborne particles, including harmful air pollution such as PM2.5 particles, haze, volcanic ash and viruses.

Different Sizes for a Comfortable fit

Typical N95 masks are available in only one size, tailored to Caucasian facial profiles and no suitable sizes for children. AIR+ Smart Mask is ergonomically designed with three mask sizes (Small, Medium, Large), nose cushions, and adjustable head straps to achieve a close facial fit for well-sealed protection and maximized comfort. Tested on Asian facial profiles, the Smart Mask can also fit the smaller faces of children as young as 7 years old.

Image credit: Innosparks

AIR+ Micro Ventilator for better Breathability

Another disadvantage of typical N95 masks is that they are uncomfortable and stuffy. As you exhale, heat, moisture, and carbon dioxide are trapped within the mask and causes discomfort and breathing difficulties. The increased CO2 levels may also cause altered visual performance, headaches and dizziness, decreased alertness, irritability, and shortness of breath. That's why elderly, pregnant women and people with severe lung or heart problems who have difficulty breathing should avoid prolonged usage of N95 masks.

The AIR+ Smart Mask comes with an optional add-on, The AIR+ Micro Ventilator. The ventilator enhances breathability by expelling the moisture and carbon dioxide build-up within the mask, thus reducing the heat and increased CO2 levels for a cooler comfort.

Designed for daily use, the AIR⁺ Micro Ventilator is reusable and rechargeable easily via micro USB. 

Image credit: Innosparks

During the workshop, we were also taught how to choose the correct size and the proper way to put on the mask to achieve a proper fit.

The AIR+ Smart Mask is avaliable at Watsons, Guardian, Unity and online at Quickly stock up some of these before the haze season comes! For more information, visit AIR+ Smart Mask.



The workshop was held at the MINT Museum of Toys and we were invited to tour the museum after the workshop.

MINT (Moment of Imagination and Nostalgia) Museum of Toys houses a world-class collection of vintage toys and collectable items. Made up of items from over 40 countries, and ranging in date from the 1840s to 1980s, the museum’s collection illustrates not only a diverse range of man-made wonders from past centuries, but also regional and international differences in design, culture and types of toys that children played with in the past. Highly sought after toy items and valuable rare pieces also make up part of the collection. Since its inauguration in 2007, the museum has expanded its collection, amassing over 50,000 items, 8,000 of which are exhibited across six levels of the museum.

Lots of vintage and classic toys

Astro Boy


Batman and Robin

There were also movie posters


Betty Boop

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

The Beatles

MINT Museum of Toys
Address: 26 Seah Street Singapore 188382
Tel: 63390660
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Opening hours:
Monday – Sunday 9:30am - 6:30pm
Last admission at 6:00 pm

Adult $15.00 | Child (2-12 years old)  $7.50 | Senior Citizen (Above 60 years old) $7.50

Disclaimer: We were invited to the AIR+ Smart Mask Workshop at the Mint Museum of Toys. No monetary compensation was involved. All opinions, texts and photos are mine, unless otherwise stated.

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