It is estimated that people currently spend 90% of their time indoors. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that indoor air quality is 3 to 5 times more polluted than outdoor air quality. With that being the case, we are exposed to more air pollutants than ever before. Indoors we are exposed to pet dander, dust, mold, cigarette smoke, chemicals, cooking and trash can odors as well as many other pollutants. Dusting and vacuuming can help, but what can you do about all of the air pollutants that are left behind? Air purifiers can be a great choice for people who want to cleanse the air and remove these toxins from their home.
Air purifiers can be particularly helpful to people with pets, those who suffer from allergies, and asthmatics. Pet dander can cause a range of symptoms in humans including red, itchy, or watery eyes, and sneezing. The pet dander that is lurking in your carpet, furniture, and floating in the air is hard to escape. An air purifier with a HEPA filter is able to remove the dander from your home, greatly reducing your symptoms. Air purifiers are able to significantly reduce the number of mold and pollen spores in your home, reducing the symptoms of asthma and allergies. Anyone that suffers from chemical sensitivities will find relief from the odors, chemicals, and gases that causes their symptoms. It is also effective in ridding the home of dust mites and airborne bacteria, making air purifiers a great fit for anyone.
Q. How does an air purifier work?
A. An air purifier is an appliance that will remove air pollutants from your home or office. A fan inside the purifier will pull air into it and through layers of filtration, trapping pollutants such as mold, dust, and other allergens. The cleansed air is then redistributed throughout the room.
Q. How long does it take an air purifier to work?
A. That depends largely on the type of purifier and the size of the room. Most air purifiers will make a significant impact on the quality of your air in just an hour or two. Most air purifiers have a high, medium, and low speed setting.
Q. Are there different types of air purifiers?
A. Yes. The type of air pollutant you are trying to eliminate is going to impact what type of air purifier you purchase. Air purifiers with a HEPA filter are going to be the best choice for most people. Anyone that suffers from allergies or asthma needs to avoid ionizing air purifiers because some models emit ozone and could aggravate symptoms. All air purifiers are made to remove pet dander, tobacco smoke, and mold and other common irritants from your home, but some are made to tackle specific issues. Air purifiers that use ozone are best for professional use.
Q. Are air purifiers loud?
A. The sound of an air purifier is comparable to the sound of a household fan. Most air purifiers have multiple settings. The sound of the purifier running on high is usually slightly louder. However this setting would only be used for a short amount of time.
Q. How often should I run my air purifier?
A. To achieve the best results it's recommended that the purifier is run constantly. New pollutants are constantly invading the home. In order to have optimum air quality, it is best to keep your air purifier running.
Q. Are there side effects to using an air purifier?
A. Using a non-ozone air purifier of high-quality will have no side effects for you or your family. Most people using an air filter report improvements in their health due to the lack of pollutants in their environment.
Q. How much will it cost to run an air purifier?
A. Assuming that you run the air purifier 24 hours a day, the cost of electricity to run it is still less than three dollars per day. The cost of replacement air filters is also something you would want to consider. It is worthwhile to research how often you will need to replace the filters and the replacement cost of individual filters before committing to any particular air purifier.
Q. Will using an air purifier cure pre existing conditions?
A. While using an air purifier can greatly reduce your symptoms; an air purifier will not cure either allergies or asthma.