Air purifiers are designed to provide a healthy indoor environment, eliminating various pollutants such as smoke, dust, allergens, viruses and bacteria.
Outdoor air is extremely polluted these days, and indoors it is even more harmful for our health as it is often filled with invisible and sometimes visible particles and dirt. That is why air purifiers are becoming more and more popular and useful helpers for home or at the office.
Air purifiers are especially useful for people with asthma or allergies, and are also used in rooms where is smoking or accessible for house pets, which brings with it smells and animal dandruff. Without an air purifier, your house can collect a lot of dust and germs which can lead to health problems, etc.: "sick home".
How do air purifiers work?
A variety of air purifiers are available on the market with different technologies in operation, extras or beautiful designs. But they usually consist of a main body, a filter, or several filters and a fan designed to suck in and circulate the air. As air moves through the filter, pollutants and particulates are captured by the filter, and the purified air is then returned into the space.
This process is repeated until the unit is switched on, which purifies the air in the room and makes it cleaner with each repetition.
Types of filters for air purifiers
The filter is the most important component for air purifiers and most common appliances on the market operating with a standard High Efficiency Particulate Arrestance (HEPA) filter made of foam, fiberglass, cotton or other particulate material.
Activated carbon filters that allow the removal of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), odors and other gaseous pollutants from the air, unlike HEPA, which filter only the pollution with particulate matter without gases and odors.
Another filter option is the e2f filter, which is a patented and new technology whose filter fibers are more advanced and more efficient than HEPA filters. E2F filters remove harmful substances such as CO, exhaust gases (NOx, SOx), formaldehyde and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
While standard HEPA filters can capture dust particles up to 0.3 microns, the innovative e2f filter successfully handles particles up to 0.1 microns in size. Most of the airborne viruses, such as influenza virus, etc., are smaller than 0.3 µm.
Where should I place my air purifier?
It is most appropriate to use your appliance in the areas where you spend the longest time, and it is important to keep in mind that it is a good idea to identify a place without any objects or furniture that prevent the air from reaching the purifier. It is important to place the appliance on a stable surface and use it with the windows closed or after the room has been ventilated.
If you have a compact and lightweight air purifier, this will allow you to move it to different rooms according to your needs.
Be sure to change the filters according the instructions or clean them regularly with a vacuum cleaner if your device technology allows it.