Air is something that we need every second of our lives. It keeps us alive. But air is also a source of health problems because of airborne allergens, pollutants, bacteria and viruses. Even at home, we can’t be sure of the cleanliness of the air; no matter how much we clean the various surfaces in our house. The air at home may even be dirtier than the air outside because of mold spores floating in the air, especially with the non-stop use of cooling and heating systems. How then can we be sure that our family is safe from illnesses caused by airborne diseases? One way is to use air purifiers to clean the air.
What is an Air Purifier?
Air purifiers actually started out as protective masks used by firemen on the job. An air purifier filters small particles in the flow of air. As air comes in, particles smaller than the gap in the sieve are then trapped. These air filters are placed where air flows into the house, like ducts and furnaces.
What filter should I use?
The most common and highly used benchmark for filters is the HEPA filter, short for High Efficiency Particulate Air filter. What a HEPA air purifier can do is trap pollutants, chemicals, bacteria and viruses larger than 0.3 microns. The more frequent the air passes through HEPA filters, the cleaner the air gets.
To maximize the use of air purifiers, you must use one that is capable of purifying the air based on the room size. They must also be replaced as often as recommended, because the longer you use an air purifier, the more particles are trapped in the filter. This can reduce the flow of air into the room, reducing its efficiency. Some filters have a long lifespan and can be washed to be used again – this is the best option for people looking to clean the air without buying new filters every time.
The newest technology for trapping particles is the electrical attraction. It does not reduce the air flow hence it is a popular choice. As expected, air purifiers that use this are more expensive. The electrical attraction technology can also be combined with the traditional air filter for a more comprehensive filtering.
Air purifiers are necessary for your home if you or your family members have a history of allergy and asthma. You will be able to breathe in air that has significantly fewer pollutants and allergens, therefore safer and cleaner for your family.