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Air Purifier TechnologyThere are many types of air purifier technologies.filters remove 99.97% of all airborne particulates like pollen, dust, and animal dander. Many of the air cleaners we offer use activated carbon to remove chemicals and odors. Combining both a filter and a carbon filter provides the most effective air cleaning filtration.
Manufacturers vary on the technology used to clean the air we breathe. In addition to filters and granulated carbon filters, several manufacturers go a step further and use ultraviolet light. UV light can be used in addition to and carbon filter technologies to eradicate bacteria, viruses and mold spores. Some manufacturers implement pre-filters in conjunction with the other filter technologies mentioned above. Pre-filters extend the life of the filter and increase air cleaner efficiency by trapping larger particles before they get to the primary filter.
Additionally, manufacturers use electrostatic or electronic filtration technology. Electrostatic air cleaners use very small levels of positively and negatively charged particles to attract particles to collecting plates or filters. For example, airborne particles entering an air purifier are positively charged; and, the collection media is negatively charged causing the two to attract to one another. Manufacturers like Hunterand Blueair have ionizers built into their units, but these are optional features that are not primary to their air filtration process. Other units, like 3M air purifiers, rely solely on electrostatic filters as an inexpensive alternative to HEPA filters.
Another process used in air purification to clean the air is called ozone generation. We recommend avoiding this technology. We follow the Environmental Protection Agency's guidelines which state that ozone generators should not be sold as air cleaners. We do not sell, recommend, or endorse ozone generators.
We recommend the best air purifiers based on your specific needs and your air cleaning goals. Whether you need allergen control, mold removal, odor removal, or asthma management, our job is to find the best air purifier for your unique situation.
Air Purifiers for Allergy ReliefAir purifiers help allergy sufferers by removing allergens in a room specific environment. We strongly recommend starting in the bedroom since people tend to spend more time in this room than any other in their house. Air purifiers only remove airborne contaminants and allergens. Particles that are heavier than air should be removed with a quality HEPA vacuum cleaner. Particles that are lighter than air include pollen, mold spores, animal dander and dust. These, as well as heavier dust mites and dust mite particulate, can be effectively filtered from the air in your home by using a quality air purifier. HEPA filters are essential for proper air filtration. A HEPA filter removes at least 99.97% of all particles as small as 0.3 microns, though many of the air purifiers you will find here filter particles as small as 0.1 microns with up to 99.99% efficiency.
Air Purifier Air ExchangesA quality air purifier operates efficiently and quietly in a one room environment. To be effective, an air purifier must have a motor attached to a fan that draws air into the unit. Once the air is pulled into the unit, it is filtered through various types of filter media. Clean air is released back into the one room environment to start the cycle all over again. The amount of time it takes and air purifier to cycle through all of the air in a room is referred to an "air exchange."
The more air exchanges per hour, the better air quality in the room. The number of air exchanges is determined by two things: the cubic volume of a room and the cubic foot per minute (CFM) output of the air purifier. More air exchanges will result from a smaller room and a greater CFM output. Ideally, we would like to see between 4 and 6 air exchanges per hour. There is no such thing as overkill when talking about air exchanges. The more air moving through the unit; then, the more the air purifier will filter the
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|An Air Purifier Will Improve Your Health|
Indoor air pollution is a serious problem. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), air pollution levels are two to five times higher indoors! In some buildings with a lack of proper ventilation, the indoor air may be 100 times more polluted than the air outside!
This is because modern buildings are constructed with energy efficiency in mind. However, the tight seals that make a home energy-efficient also trap pollutants inside. On top of that, the average American takes nine out of ten breaths indoors, so it's imperative to make sure that your indoor air is free of allergens and other impurities.
|Common Indoor Air Pollutants|
Environmental contaminants like cigarette smoke, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, and nitrogen dioxide may also be present in your indoor air, as well as toxic heavy metals like airborne lead, mercury vapor, and radon.
|How Air Purifiers Work|
HEPA air purifiers use a HEPA air filter, which was developed by the Atomic Energy Commission in the 1940s as a way to filter radioactive contaminants. HEPA filters set the standard for air purifiers: to be classified as HEPA, a filter must capture a minimum of 99.97% of pollutants at 0.3 microns or larger. Our best seller of the HEPA air purifiers is theAustin Air purifier. We're also proud to offer IQAir purifiers, available with large HyperHEPA filters, along with Allerair, Blueair, Alen, Airgle, 3M air purifiers, Honeywell, NQ Clarifier, and the portable Roomaid air purifier.
Activated carbon filters remove gases, odors, and chemical toxins. The carbon is "activated" when it is treated with oxygen, which opens up millions of tiny pores to attract and adsorb chemicals. Impregnated carbon filters have been treated with an additional chemical, normally either potassium iodide or potassium permanganate; these chemicals, known as chemisorbents, improve the carbon filter's ability to trap VOCs and other chemically reactive gases.
Electrostatic filters use an electrostatic charge to attract pollutants and trap them on collector plates. These filters are great for people who don't want to have to worry about changing HEPA filters, but if the collection plates are not cleaned frequently, they quickly lose efficiency. Also, beware that some electrostatic filters emit ozone, which is known to be a powerful lung irritant and can be very irritating to some people with asthma or allergies.
Charged media filters give pollutants an electrostatic charge before collecting them in a traditional filter. Charged media filters are typically quite effective, but like electrostatic filters, they lose efficiency rapidly—and they may require frequent and expensive filter changes. Some charged media air filter units also emit ozone. The advantage of charged media filters is that they are quieter and more energy-efficient than HEPA air purifiers. The Blueair air purifier is the best charged media filter, and it does not emit ozone.
|Where and How to Use an Air Purifier|
If you suffer from allergies (especially if you're allergic to dust mite allergen), then the best place for an air purifier is your bedroom. It's essential to have clean air in your bedroom because you spend about a third of your life there. If you're allergic to pet dander and have pets, then you may want to place an air purifier in the room where your pets spend most of their time—and keep the pets out of your bedroom! Also, you should not place an air purifier in the corner of a room; it should be at least a couple of feet away from the walls for maximum air flow.
You should run your air purifier continuously for optimum performance. Most air purifiers have high and low settings. Even if you go on vacation, we recommend that you keep your air purifier running on low. Otherwise, you'll return to a house full of polluted air! If you are concerned about your electric bill, find out how much energy an air purifier uses before buying it. Typical HEPA air purifiers can use anywhere from 50 watts on low to 200 watts on high. For comparison, a typical lamp uses about 60 watts, while a typical computer uses about 365 watts.
|Air Purifiers to Avoid|
Consumer Reports points out: "Our air-cleaning tests show that the Ionic Breeze with OzoneGuard does a poor job of removing smoke, dust and pollen particles from the air when new and after 500 hours of continuous use" and "the Ionic Breeze with OzoneGuard still adds ozone to the air."
|How to Buy the Right Air Purifier|
The air purifier market is vast and riddled with confusing and often misleading advertising schemes. If you're shopping for an air purifier, then you should first consider what kind of pollutants you're trying to eliminate. For example, if you have problems with cigarette smoke, then you'll want to make sure your air purifier has the ability to eliminate fumes, VOCs, and other gases. Often the best way to do this is witha deep bed of granulated activated carbon that may or may not have another substrate to broaden the chemical filtration range.
You may also want to consider the following factors before buying an air purifier:
Air purifiers are designed to provide relief for people like you - people who have allergies, asthma, or other respiratory conditions, or just want to breathe fresh air. Maybe you already have an air purifier but aren't satisfied with its performance. You're trying to find one that lives up to its promises. Or maybe you have decided to buy an air purifier for the first time. With so many kinds on the market, you want to be sure you're buying the right one