Air purifiers are sophisticated devices that can clean up the air. In this section, we will address some of the more common questions you might have about air purifiers.
What Are the Different Types of Filters and Why Are They Important?
Air purifiers traditionally offer three kinds of filters: pre-filters, HEPA filters, and carbon filters. The pre-filter is responsible for trapping large particles like dust, pollen, or pet dander. Medical-grade HEPA filters can filter out 99.97% of particles 0.3 microns and larger, making them very powerful. Carbon filters absorb chemicals gases and odors on their surface. Therefore, the depth of a carbon bed is important, as more carbon provides a larger surface area for chemicals to be absorbed. Carbon filter blends are also designed for different chemicals.
How Do I Know How Bad My Air Quality Is?
Consider the contaminants in your area. Are you or does anyone in the home smoke? Are you consistently using cleaners or chemicals? Do you burn fires within the home? Do you see or smell mildew? Is there an attached garage where motorcycles, vehicles, or lawnmowers are stored? The exhaust fumes and chemicals that their vehicles emit filter into the air you breathe. If the answer to any of these questions is "Yes", or you have symptoms such as coughing, wheezing associated with exposure to these chemicals, indoor air pollution is likely a problem for you. There are devices such as the Biaoling Air Quality monitor, or UHoo Smart Indoor Air Quality monitor which can determine the level of particulate matter, the level of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) or carbon dioxide present in the air.
What Are Volatile Organic Compounds?
Volatile organic compounds, commonly known as VOCs are present in materials and products used for modern construction. These compounds are available in a wide range of products and can cause unpleasant reactions, so they should be removed when possible.
What Is The Air Quality Index?
The air quality index is a year-round forecast that shows how polluted an area is. This is created by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a measure of pollution levels. The EPA issues year-round AQI forecasts for most of the nation. Also included are maps that show how pollution levels change and move throughout the day. It is "real-time" information, so you can see current outdoor air quality. Click here to see the pollution level in your area.
How Much Maintenance Do Air Purifiers Require?
The majority of air purifiers are relatively easy to maintain. While you might need to replace the filters, the process is meant to be easy. Some purifiers have cleanable filters that can result in a little more work for the user. All in all, they are designed to be user friendly and easy to manage.
Where Should I Place An Air Purifier?
For the best results, you will want to place the air purifier in an area of frequent use. The majority of people like to keep their air purifiers in their bedroom or the living room. As long as they are run continuously, they can offer ongoing support. Placing it in the bedroom can be great if you have symptoms that compromise the quality of your sleep.
How Long Should I Run My Air Purifier?
Air purifiers are meant to be used continuously, not just when you are around. For best results, you will want to keep your air purifier going, even if you are not planning on spending time at home. Continuously running the air purifier allows it to keep the air quality high regardless of what happens, which keeps you protected from contaminants. When you are away from home, you can always run your purifier on a lower setting.
Is It Expensive To Use An Air Purifier?
Depending on the air purifier that you invest in, the answer to this question will vary. Many people are concerned about investing in an air purifier because they are intended for continuous use and can lead to a consistent drain in energy. On average, HEPA air purifiers can consume 50 to 200 watts of electricity. This is generally more than a lamp. But ultimately less than something like a computer. On average, customers spend between $10-$50 on electricity costs per month for running an air purifier.
What Is CADR?
CADR stands for Clean Air Delivery Rate. This is a rating system that shows the effectiveness of the product and its operations. In order to get this rating, manufacturers must submit their products to the program for a fee. An independent team will then be used to evaluate the device in order to ensure that it meets the standards that the manufacturer is claiming. This is one way to buy a more credible device to ensure that it really can help improve the quality of your air. After the study, a CADR seal will be given to suggest the size of the room for the product.
What Is CFM?
CFM stands for cubic feet per minute and is a numeric consideration of how efficient a purifier is. The measurement considers how much air is being filtered through the system, as well as when it enters and exits the system. It can be used to reference the appropriate size of a room for any given product.
What Does A UV Lamp Do?
UV lamps are becoming more popular now that we see how they can influence viruses and bacteria. In most cases, UV lamps are added to technology in order to sterilize it. The UV light technology can kill viruses, bacteria, and mold. If you are primarily concerned with the biological matter in the air, this can be a great addition to an air purifier. In fact, these types of lights are being added to more spaces because of the efficiency they have for removing contaminants. As soon as a viral strand meets the UV light, it will die upon contact.
What Is A Micron?
A micron is a measurement of size for particles and contaminants. Microns are important because their value can determine how effective an air purifier is against a specific kind of particle. Differing particle sizes are often why you see different styles of filters within a device. Each size requires something different to catch it in a filter. For example, the coronavirus strain is 0.125 micron in size. This means that a purifier must have a super HEPA filter to be able to successfully filter this out of the air. Knowing what you intend to target can help you to choose the right device.