Possibly due to the increased pollutants in the air we breathe, greater numbers of people are suffering from environmental sensitivities. Second hand smoke, dust, pollens, and molds cause millions of people to seek allergy relief products. Although we can’t always control our outdoor or work environments, we can take steps to control the air quality of our homes. Furnace filters and vacuum cleaners can help indoor air pollution, but many people turn to air purifiers to make the air in their homes easier to breathe.
Types of Air Purifiers
There are many different types of air purifiers, each designed to address a specific type of problem:
Dust Removal: Unless you keep your home spic and span and run your heating and air conditioning system 24 hours a day, seven days a week, you most likely have a build up of dust. Many people are allergic to dust, and turn to HEPA machines to filter out dust. HEPA machines usually only take care of the dust in the room where they’re located, so they’re not a good solution to keeping your whole house dust-free. Instead, it’s best to keep your HVAC running 24/7 and invest in good furnace filters. There are several types of furnace filters, such as washable electrostatic furnace filters, that will filter out over 90 percent of dust particles over one micron in size.
Mold Removal: If you have a problem with surface mold, it’s best to consult with a professional contractor. But many people seek allergy relief products due to allergic reactions to airborne mold. Air purifiers that remove airborne mold usually raise ozone levels (like the Airfree and Air Oasis lines of products), and in the process kill odors, chemical particulates and bacteria.
Second Hand Smoke Removal: Smoke not only negatively impacts health and air quality, but it also seeps into fabrics and hard surfaces. Liquid air purifiers (such as the Air Oasis Xtreme) are the best and most effective way to remove second hand smoke.
Virus Protection: Many people buy HEPA machines that are purported to kill viruses using UV lamps. Unfortunately, small UV lamps just don’t work; you need a lamp that will create at least 24,000 microwatts of UVGI.
Are there any air purifiers that are complete and total allergy relief products? Unfortunately, no. To comprehensively address indoor air quality issues, you need to implement a number of approaches. First, because carpeting collects dust and releases gas, your home should have hardwood floors. Second, you should run your HVAC system 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and use a washable electrostatic furnace filter. An ozone generator air purifier near the return air duct will help tremendously. Third, you should have an induct air sanitizer to cleanse viruses, molds, and bacteria. Fourth, you should vacuum and clean your floors with a Hyla vacuum water filtration, wet cleaning, and air purification system. Fifth, you should use air purifiers in your home’s bedrooms (such as Airfree or Austin Air purifiers). Sixth, you should spray surfaces with TiO2 PCO liquid, which will address gasses, viruses, and molds.