Benefits of Air Purifiers will begin with looking at 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.
Indoor Air Pollution
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
Possible 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 replace, so consider that while making your purchase decision as this can add cost to the running of the unit.
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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.
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