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Air Purification Systems For The Home

By: Jeff Durham - Updated: 8 Jul 2010 | comments*Discuss
 
Air Purification Systems For The Home

It’s hardly surprising that air purification systems are becoming increasingly popular. With more pollution in the atmosphere then at any time in history it’s hardly surprising that more of us are suffering from a greater variety of medical ailments. These include asthma, sinus problems, headaches, nausea, ear infections and respiratory problems.

Causes of ‘Bad’ Air

There’s more traffic on the roads these days, more planes in the sky and we’re all increasingly living in confined spaces so this, in turn, will inevitably have a consequence on the quality of the air which we breathe. No matter how well we clean our homes, we cannot completely eliminate things like dust, bacteria, pollen, dust mites, smoke, germs, viruses, mould spores, pet hair etc no matter how thoroughly we may clean our homes and how tidy we are.

We wouldn’t subject ourselves to drinking dirty or harmful water on camping trips yet many of us continue to put up with breathing in ‘bad’ air on a constant daily basis. However, air purification systems can make a huge difference to the quality of the air we breathe and can dramatically help people who suffer from asthma and hay fever and other related medical conditions.

How do Purifiers Work?

They get rid of the impurities and bad odours in the air by drawing the air in through a replaceable filter. The impurities get trapped whilst the air is then cleansed and free to circulate about the room.

There are many different types of air purifier which work in different ways. Ionic purifiers can remove both large and small contaminations from the air but its selling point is that it produces negative ions to replenish and recharge the air it has just cleaned which can give you a feeling of the type of air you’d breathe if you were sitting out in an unspoilt natural environment.

The HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) system uses a fan to attract air particles that have stagnated in your home. It’s good at eliminating larger particles such as dust, mould, smoke and allergens.

Ozone air purifiers are were activated oxygen breaks down smaller particles like fungus and bacteria and its filter means that you experience fresher, more purer air, similar to that you may have witnessed following a thunderstorm.

Ultra-violet purifiers simply destroy particles which come into contact with them and they’re often used in hospitals to combat viruses.

How Should I Choose Which Purifier is Right For Me and My Home?

There are many good stockists who will be able to help you choose an air purifier that’s right for your needs and for your home. After all, there are just so many variations – from small disposable ones which look like the table top air fresheners you’d find in your local supermarkets to USB pen-stick sized ones which you can use as an ionizer by plugging it into your PC to others which might be the size of a wardrobe.

However, your main concerns should be that you choose a purifier big enough for the size of the room(s) in which you’re going to use it. Too small and it wont be effective, too large and you’ll end up with a bigger electricity bill.

Decide why you think you need a purifier and the kinds of things you want to have removed from the air in your home. In getting to understand your needs, whether they’re more a general desire to have cleaner air throughout the house and experience better health and a more pleasant atmosphere, to honing in on particular areas in the house that have specific problems. What about noise? Some purifiers are louder than others but do a more thorough job. What’s more important to you? Ease of cleaning and maintenance may also be areas you wish to discuss before choosing an air purifier.

In considering these issues before you buy, the stockist will be more attuned to pointing you in the right direction towards an air purification system to meet your needs.

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