If you've heard much about air purifiers, you've probably heard that that the best air purifiers can have some great health benefits. Perhaps your friends have told you that, since purchasing an air purifier, they've had fewer allergy symptoms, their houses smell fresher, or they’ve had better sleep.
But what do air purifiers have to offer and how do they work?
How does an air purifier work?
There are several different types of air purifiers, and each serves a slightly different purpose. Some are made to eliminate odours, some are made to capture germs, some provide cooling alongside other benefits, but the best air purifiers are able to do a little bit of everything. You can also choose from the best air purifiers for allergies and the best air purifiers for dust depending on your needs.
HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filters, used in air purifiers, are designed to capture pollutants including: germs, allergens, and even some odours. Some of the higher-end air purifiers use extra technology for even more thorough purification, in addition to the HEPA filter, such as:
Activated carbon - this is incredibly effective for absorbing odours
Ultraviolet light purifiers - UV rays are used to kill airborne germs
Electrostatic precipitators - purifiers with this technology use high-voltage electricity to charge the particles passing through the filter, leaving the "bad stuff" behind on the filter. Because of the debris left behind these purifiers require much more frequent filter changes, causing ongoing maintenance costs to rise steeply on these kinds of machines.
What are some benefits of using an air purifier?
Many seasonal bugs - like the flu or the common cold - are airborne diseases, meaning they are spread largely through disease particles floating around in the air. Air purifiers capture these germs and keep them out of our air and our bodies.
Just like airborne diseases and allergens, odours float through the air in tiny particles, and we smell those odours when we breathe in and pull those particles into our noses. Air purifiers remove those particles and leave the room smelling fresh.
Many harmful chemicals like break down at room temperature, putting out noxious, smelly, and dangerous gases. Even cleaning agents, like bleach, will emit noxious gases that can be dangerous in an enclosed space. While keeping a window open and ventilating your space can be effective, it is not always practical - especially in cold, rainy weather. An air purifier will work to trap chemicals, keeping you and your household safe from dangerous fumes.
We all know what causes allergies: pollen, dust, dander. These small particles floating through the air find their way into our systems and wreak havoc, causing inflammation, sneezing and all-around misery. Just like germs and odours, allergen particles are trapped by air purifiers and kept from circulating through your home. A traditional fan will displace those allergens causing them to circulate around the room, causing more issues for those already struggling. An air purifier will stop particles in their tracks and provide relief to allergy sufferers.
We know that allergens, bad odours, germs, and chemicals can deeply impact the quality and quantity of sleep we get. An air purifier in your bedroom will take care of each of these - helping you get better quality sleep and, hopefully as a result, a lot more sleep. Additionally, some air purifiers can also provide white noise, which can be a great help to light sleepers.
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