Air Cleaners also known as air purifiers are useful if you or someone in your family has allergies or asthma, since they are designed to remove contaminants from the air. Removing these contaminants helps with breathing and respiratory problems. In addition, they keep your home cleaner!
Air Purifiers are helpful in removing:
• Smoke Particles
• Animal Dander
• Mold Spores
• Dust Mite Feces
• Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s)
There are many different types of Purifiers. Which one you choose should be based upon your specific needs. Following are the most common types of Air Purifiers, with specifics for each:
Mechanical Filters: Mechanical air filters remove dust by capturing it on the filter medium. Any manmade or natural fiber filter is a mechanical air filter. This includes furnace filters and HEPA air filters as well.
High Efficiency Particulate Accumulation (HEPA): Filter that removes 99.97% of particles in the air by forcing it through screens containing microscopic pores. HEPA filters are terrific for people who suffer from sensitivity to allergens. They also trap extremely small particles.
Electrostatic Air Purifiers: They work by charging the dust particles in the air which are then attracted to metal plates in the machine. You don't have to change them, simply wash them off. However, they may produce ozone.
Electronic Air Purifiers: Device that uses a series of wires that are electrically charged. These charged wires attract the particles being drawn in by the heating/cooling fan. Electronic Air Purifiers must be maintained regularly for optimal efficiency.
Activated Carbon Air Purifiers: Works by trapping odors and chemicals in highly absorbent granules, or pores, which consequently absorbs odors and gases. They use charcoal that is treated with oxygen in order to open up millions of tiny pores between the carbon atoms, resulting in a highly adsorbent material.
Ionizing Air Cleaner: Works well when used in conjunction with an air filter. This device produces negative ions that charge the particles in the air. The charged particles then attach themselves to walls, floors and furniture. However, they may produce ozone.
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