Although you may spend hours each week keeping your house meticulously clean, the quality of your home’s air and environment may still be less than ideal. Why? The answer lies in the tight construction of today’s new houses. While a sealed-in home makes it much more energy efficient, it also traps dust, bacteria and viruses, odors, smoke and other pollutants that impact the quality of your home’s air.
Different home air purifiers solve different problems
There are several technologies that provide significant improvement to office and home indoor air quality, including HEPA air purifiers, that typically also use activated carbon and sometimes UV purification.
Additionally, you can choose from a portable air purifier that you can move from room to room, or you can add a purifier to your central air conditioning system that cleans, freshens and sterilizes the air in an entire house or building with UV-C light.
The type of home air purifier to consider depends on which kinds of home pollutants you’d like to eliminate. If you have asthma or allergies, you will want an air purifier with a HEPA filter. If you are concerned about absorbing chemicals, gases and odors, you will want to consider purifiers that address these issues. If your house is particularly dry, you can both clean and humidify it with certain air purifier models.
Types of air purifiers
The truth about ozone generators
The California Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a report [VIEW REPORT] warning consumers about the potential dangers of using ozone-generating air cleaners. When considering an air purifier, look to see that the device does not generate ozone as part of the cleaning process or is an ionizer or electrostatic precipitator.
According to the California EPA, manufacturers sometimes inappropriately refer to ozone as "activated oxygen," "super oxygenated" or "energized oxygen," implying that ozone is a healthy kind of oxygen. However, breathing ozone - the main component of smog - can pose serious health risks. The bottom line: Ozone is not effective at cleaning the air except at extremely high, unsafe levels, and then it is only partially effective.
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