Are you considering the purchase of an air purifier but don’t know if one would benefit you? If so, then read on. In Benefits of Air Purifiers, we examine how air quality is measured, indoor and outdoor pollution sources, and common symptoms of poor indoor air quality. This is followed by exploring the possible advantages of using an air purifier in your home or workspace.
What Is Air Quality and How Is It Measured?
First, let’s take a look at air quality. In the United States, air quality is measured and indexed with an Air Quality Index system (AQI). The index runs from 0-500. The higher the number or AQI value, the more air pollution and the more significant the health concern.
Four major air pollutants are taken into consideration in the AQI Index:
- Ground-Level Ozone
- Forms Just Above the Earth’s Surface and is a Colorless and Highly Irritating Gas.
- Particle Pollution
- A Mixture of Solid and Liquid Droplets Suspended in the Air Including But Not Limited To Dust, Dirt, Soot and Smoke, Pollen and Mold Spores.
- Carbon Monoxide
- Produced in the Incomplete Combustion of Carbon-C Fuels, Such As Gasoline, Natural Gas, Oil, Coal, and Wood.
- Sulfur Dioxide
- A Gaseous Air Pollutant Composed of Sulfur and Oxygen.
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Outdoor air pollution can make into your home. In addition to the pollution finding its way into your home, there are also added sources of indoor pollution. The most common are:
- Building Materials and Furnishings Such As:
- Pressed Wood Cabinetry or Furniture
- Cleaning Products
- Central Heat and Cooling Systems
- Excess Moisture
- Fuel-Burning Combustion Appliances
- Tobacco Products
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Benefits of Air Purifiers
Have you noticed an increase in poor air quality or heard with increasing frequency, air quality is unhealthy to sensitive groups in your location? Do you suffer from allergies? Would an air purifier help in these instances? Common symptoms that have been linked to indoor air quality include:
- Coughing And Sneezing
- Dryness And Irritation Of The Eyes, Nose, Throat, And Skin
- Hypersensitivity And Allergies
- Shortness Of Breath
- Sinus Congestion
The purpose of an air purifier is to eliminate contaminants in the air, such as, but not limited to, dust, smoke, pollen, mold, and dander. So if you suffer from the above symptoms or have allergies, or prefer inhaling cleaner air, an air purifier can be of value.
Air purifiers come in various sizes with the ability to cover a certain amount of square footage. The more extensive the coverage, the larger space it can purify.
The type of filter is also vital in ridding some of the pollutants. The more powerful models have a Three-Stage Filtration System to eliminate the pollutants:
- HEPA Filter
- Carbon Filter
Also, filters need to be cleaned or replaced, so consider that while making your purchase decision, as this can add cost to the running of the unit.
Types of Air Purifiers
The four types of air purifier are Activated Carbon, HEPA, Ionic and Ultraviolet; the benefit of each is as follows:
- Activated Carbon
- Smoke, odors, fumes, and gasses can all be removed from the air in your home using activated carbon air purifiers.
- Unless the model possesses a HEPA air filter, activated carbon air purifiers are less effective at removing pollen, dander, dust, or mold from the air than other types of air purifiers.
- The air in your home is filtered using an advanced HEPA air filter. It is said that the HEPA filter can remove 99.7% of particles larger than 0.2 microns from the air.
- On average filters need to be replaced monthly.
- Ionic air purifiers emit negative ions into the air, which bond with positively charged, airborne particles like dust, making these particles so heavy that they eventually fall out of the air.
- Positively charged, airborne particles like dust are attracted to negative ions produced by ionic air purifiers. When the negative and positive ions combine, the particles become heavy and fall out of the air.
- Having no motor makes Ionic air purifiers very quiet to operate.
- UV air purifiers remove harmful bacteria, viruses, and germs from your residence by using UV light.
- By breaking molecular connections in their DNA, UV lights kills germs.
- The UV light bulbs do need to be replaced periodically.
Should I sleep with an air purifier on?
If you are sensitive to pollutants or other environmental stresses, sleeping with an air purifier may be a good idea.
In some cases, these devices can even improve the quality of your sleep by removing pollen or other airborne allergens.
Additionally, they can filter out harmful toxins and chemicals in the environment that could affect your health negatively.
In reading Benefits of Air Purifiers, you explored how air quality is measured, indoor and outdoor pollution sources, common symptoms of poor indoor air quality and if air purifiers have benefits.
If you have any experience with air purifiers, I would love to hear about them. Please comment below.