What is an air purifier?
The purpose of an air purifier is to remove pollutants and allergens out of the air in your home or workplace.
These particles can be as small as 0.3 microns. The better air purifiers will be effective at removing most particles of the common substances found in air.
Regardless of how clean you keep your home or workplace, your air most likely contains some or all of these pollutants or allergens:
Most air purifiers are also effective at removing odors from the room that they are treating.
Air Purifier Benefits
Using an air purifier to clean the air has proven to help reduce the symptoms of certain allergies, promote better sleep by reducing breathing problems, and generally promoting better overall health and energy.
How the Air Filter works
There are several different types of air filters and each works slightly differently.
- HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) air purifiers draw in the air and airborne particles through a highly effective filter that captures the pollutants allergens.
Ionic Air Purifiers work by creating an ionic charge that causes the particles to adhere to a special metal plate inside of the air purifier.
UV (Ultra Violet) Air Purifiers draw the air and particles through a UV light field which damages the particles so they cannot propagate.
Ozone Air Purifiers manufacture Ozone gas. Ozone seeks out and destroys the particles.
Because indoor air is subject to the constant presence of pollutants and allergens, you should your air purifier constantly. This makes it very important that you choose an air purifier that is quiet enough so as to not disturb your normal activity.
As far as which type of air purifier to choose, most people today agree that the HEPA filter air purifiers are the most effective and least invasive.
On the other end of the scale, the Ozone filters produce a certain odor that actually can cause sore throats and watery eyes in some people.
Other people have reported that Ionic Air Purifiers have a tendency to cause particles to adhere to furniture, fixtures, and walls in the protected room which can create a cleaning problem if the deposit problem becomes severe.
In the end, it’s your choice of which type of air purifier works best for you.