There are many ways to freshen the air in your home, but they are not all created equal. Do air purifiers work for allergies, or do they just run up your energy bill in your efforts to improve indoor air quality? Let’s explore the pros and cons of air purifiers and whether the benefits are worth the investment.
Do Air Purifiers Work for Dust?
The best air purifier for dust removal is a HEPA filtration system. This uses a high-efficiency particulate arrestance filter to remove no less than 99.97 percent of airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns, including dust and dust mite debris. Your lungs are vulnerable to the negative effects of inhaling these tiny allergens, so by running an air purifier that removes them from your indoor air, you can breathe easier.
The biggest potential downside to HEPA filtration is that the media filter can become a breeding ground for microorganisms. You need to replace the filter often enough that you don’t inadvertently introduce bacteria and viruses into your home every time you run the air purifier.
Do Air Purifiers Work for Pet Allergies?
If you love your fur baby, but your allergies are too much to bear, running a HEPA air purifier is a great way to trap sneeze-inducing pet hair and dander. Run it at night in your bedroom to help you sleep.
Just remember – a HEPA air purifier doesn’t eliminate the need to dust and vacuum, and it doesn’t mean you should let your cat or dog curl up in bed with you if you’re allergic. The purifier simply helps to remove these allergens while they’re airborne so you have cleaner air to breathe.
Do Air Purifiers Work for Smoke?
You have two effective options for removing lingering cigarette smoke from the air. The first is an activated carbon air purifier. This style contains small absorbent pores that chemically attract pollutants as they pass through the purifier. This is how activated carbon traps smoke, gases, and chemicals that cause unpleasant odors. As an added advantage, activated carbon air purifiers don’t release byproducts back into the air.
The other option is an ionic air purifier. Unlike other styles, this purifier doesn’t actually filter anything out of the air. Instead, it sends out a stream of negative ions that bond to airborne bacteria, viruses, fumes, and smoke particles as small as 0.01 microns, making them so heavy that they fall to the floor. There, you can dust, sweep, or vacuum them up. Unfortunately, ionic air purifiers produce ozone as a by-product, which can irritate the lungs of sensitive individuals.
Do Air Purifiers Work for Mold?
If mold spores are a major concern in your home, you can stick with a HEPA air purifier to get the job done. Another effective air purifying option is to install UV germicidal lights in the HVAC system. These lights neutralize mold, bacteria, viruses, and yeasts as they pass through the ductwork, sending cleaner air circulating back into your home. UV lights are an effective way to prevent the spread of illness.
Get Help Choosing an Air Purifier for Your Home
If you want to remove dust, pet dander, smoke, and mold instead of merely masking air quality problems with scented air fresheners, consider installing an air purifier in your home. The IAQ experts at Aire Serv® can help you decide which style, or combination of styles, will work best for your air purification needs.
For answers to your remaining questions about air purifiers, please contact Aire Serv today. Our caring and knowledgeable team can guide you toward the right choice.
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