by Jessica Gezon
If you're ready to clear the air, then it's time to look into an air purifier. Investing in an air purifier is an investment in your health; the right air filter can help with allergies, wheezing and more. Because so much of the average person's time is spent inside, it only makes sense to take care of the air you breathe. Read on for reasons why you need an air purifier and details on which kind will best tackle your air cleanliness concerns.
To control allergies: Many newer homes and offices are designed with energy efficiency in mind. While that efficiency is great for your gas bill, it can wreak havoc on your allergies. Although the inside air probably starts out clean, there's no way to avoid pet dander coming in on clothes, pollen blowing in when you open the door and other irritants in the air. Because the house is a contained unit, the allergens have nowhere to go, so they simply re-circulate. An air purifier can help by removing contaminants that have found their way in and giving the air you breathe a fresh start.
Carbon filter: Charcoal and carbon filters are designed to neutralize odors by absorbing gasses. The technical term is "adsorb," the name used when chemical attraction results in attachment. Basically, activated carbon has been treated with oxygen to make it more adsorbent, and gasses that are too small to be caught by a HEPA filter bond with the charcoal and the odor is removed. These filters are excellent for dealing with smells, but they are not as effective at trapping allergens, such as pollen.
HEPA filter: HEPA is a common acronym used in filters that stands for High Efficiency Particulate Air. HEPA filters are designed to capture over 99 percent of all 0.3 micron (and larger) particles in the air. These particles include typical allergens like mold spores, dust and pollen.
UV lamp: A lamp is not a true filter as it doesn't move air around. To truly filter air, a filter must allow air to pass through it. A UV filter works by killing living organisms; bacteria and viruses are susceptible to UV rays while pet dander and smoke are not.
In the bedroom: Air purifiers, even whole-house air purifiers, work best when they're expected to clean a small area. Most people spend the majority of their time at home in the bedroom -- so that's the room where an air purifier makes the most sense. If you work from home and spend most of your time in your home office, then that's the room where you should focus your filtering attentions; adjust your air purifier set up to meet your individual needs.