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Which Air Purifier is Best for Your Room
Because we spend up to 90% of our time indoors, we unknowingly expose ourselves to harmful airborne pollutants on a daily basis. Seemingly harmless household items and products such as carpeting, furniture, and cleaning products can cause irreparable damage to the respiratory system over time. Apartment-dwellers are even subjected to poor indoor air due to improper ventilation, maintenance work, and the improper placement of outdoor air intakes.
The best way to combat the problem is with an air purifer. Air purifiers offer superior filtration to effectively clean the air around you.
Do You Want Relief from Allergies?
For particles such as dust or pet dander, look for an air cleaner with HEPA filters. HEPA filters, or High Efficiency Particulate Air Filters, were originally developed by the Atomic Energy Commission to capture radioactive dust particles.
Air purifiers using HEPA technology offer superb particulate filtration, as they are over 99.97% effective at trapping particles as small as 0.3 microns. To purify the air the inlet grill of an air cleaner draws in dirty air and pollutants like pollen, dander, dust, and mold. Once the dirty air is filtered a fan sends it back to the room, making it easier to breathe.
Do You Want to Control Odors?
To control odors find a room air purifier with Activated Carbon filters. Many HEPA air cleaners also use Activated Carbon to remove noxious odors from the air. Activated Carbon filters are great at adsorbing odors and gases, and have the ability to neutralize fumes, chemicals, and smoke through millions of tiny pores. These pollutants normally bypass HEPA filters, but they bond to the large surface area of a carbon filter.
Do You Want to Help to Avoid Getting Sick?
To destroy viruses, bacteria, and mold, look for an air purifier with a UV lamp. UV light is one of the most effective methods to reducing and controlling airborne pathogens. As polluted air is passed through intense UV light, bacteria, viruses, and organic compounds are destroyed. The UV rays damage the DNA of the microorganisms and render them harmless. For this reason, UV air cleaners are often used in a medical setting.
Other Things to Consider
In order to ensure proper purification pay attention to the size of the room you're purifying. Be sure that the air cleaner you choose offers the coverage you need. For example, the Blueair CleanAirBall is perfect for a desk or personal area, but it cannot sufficiently handle a normal bedroom measuring 150 square feet.
Because of the smaller square footage of individual rooms, noise levels may also be a factor to be aware of (especially in bedrooms). Most air cleaners are relatively quiet at the low setting, but HEPA room purifiers in particular may be noisy when operating at high power. If noise is a primary concern, consider using an ionic or ozone air purifier, as these are almost completely silent.