When it comes to clean air, few people know what it actually feels like to breathe it, compared to the air we breathe on a daily basis. Why should we have to constantly worry about the different particles that we are exposed to each and every day and take into our body with every breath? With the average rate of people staying indoors inclining, the quality of the air that we breathe declines. Having an air purifier in your home can and will clean the very air that you breathe to decrease the possibilities of being exposed to that indoor air pollution.
When you think of indoor versus outdoor air pollution you probably think that outside contains much more than indoors and there isn’t much to worry about, that is where you are wrong! As a matter of fact, the pollutants that we breathe in our warm, cozy home could sometimes be many times greater than the pollution we are actually breathing outdoors. What are these pollutants that I speak of? They can consist of everything from pet dander to mold as well as pollen which can all relate to long-term illness if exposed long enough.
Now that we have that image of all these different pollutants floating around our heads, let’s get into the most important part, the air filters. There are many different types of air filters out in the market today and choosing the right one crucial, both for your wallet and your health. There are three different filters that can be found in an air purifier, Pre-Filters, HEPA filters and Carbon filters. The Pre-filter, as mentioned in the name “pre” is the filter before the other two which collects the larger portions of the pollutants and acts as an extra barrier against the pollution.
HEPA filters, one of the most important aspects of an air purifier. Being the second defense against those pollutants, the HEPA filter removes almost 99.9% of all air contaminants, and that include the small particles as well such as pollen. Lastly, the third barrier is the carbon filter, being that it is activated carbon, it can almost completely remove terrible odors from the air as well as potential sinister chemicals that circulate in our breathing space, chemicals including hazardous compounds such as paint fumes and strong glues.
When it comes to purchasing the actual air purifier you have a vast range of options out there such as the HEPA mentioned above as well as Ionizing purifiers, which may sound complicated but it is not. In basic terms, the Ionizing purifiers send out a magnetic field and gives a positive charge to any large particles that are found in the air, the positively charged particles will be drawn in by two positive and negatively charged plates within the purifier itself. Ozone purifiers which can be dangerous at times.
An Ozone purifier turns particles that are found in the air into “ozone” which is said to be toxic and corrosive to metal materials. Lastly, UV light air purifiers which turn those pesky air-borne pollutants sterile and harmless on most occasions.