You've decided you want to start breathing better air, but you're still unclear as to what air purifiers are, what they do, and how they can help. That's ok! You've come to the right place. In this article, we will discuss what air purifiers are, an overview of air pollutants and the various methods air purifiers use to remove them, and how they can help you breathe better.
What is an air purifier?
An air purifier is any device that removes impurities from the air in a room or enclosed space. They come in many shapes and sizes, and can remove contaminants from the air using one or more different techniques. While the different types of purifiers vary in complexity and efficacy, the concept behind them all is the same. Basically, contaminated air goes into the device, and clean, purified air comes out.
Despite having become very popular in recent years, air purifiers in various forms have been around for over 100 years. Air cleaning technology has been advanced and refined to the point that even DNA damaging particles can be removed
Ok, so what are these contaminants and impurities?
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the air inside our homes and offices can be more heavily polluted than the air outside, even in some of the world’s biggest cities. Indoor air pollutants may include:
- pet allergens
- cigarette smoke
- vehicle exhaust
- dust mite feces
- volatile organic compounds
Indoor air quality in a given location may be affected by one or more of the aforementioned pollutants. The gravity of this situation is compounded by the fact that the average person spends around 90% of their time indoors. This can lead to short-term health effects such as irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, dizziness, and headaches. It can also lead to long-term problems such as allergies, asthma, and respiratory disease.
What do air purifiers do?
Air purifiers remove pollutants and contaminants from the air, allowing you to breathe better. Although there are ten or more different techniques in existence, there are five types that are used considerably more than any other for home use. Any of these techniques can be used alone, or in concert with one or more other methods.
- UV radiation
- ionic purification
- activated carbon
- titanium dioxide
Despite the variety of methods, they can all be very effective in removing pollutants, contaminants, and allergens from the air. They do so by either trapping particles inside the device, or by destroying the particles so that they are not harmful when inhaled. Air enters the device, is purified, and then is circulated back into the room.
You can read more about the specific techniques they use here.
How can air purifiers help you breathe better?
Pet dander, pollen, dust, and mold can trigger allergies in many people. In fact, it is estimated that 30% of adults and 40% of children suffer from allergies, and that those numbers are growing. It is also estimated that allergic conditions are some of the most common health issues affecting people in the US. Quite clearly, allergies are a serious problem.
As previously discussed, indoor air pollutants can also lead to short-term and long-term health effects. These effects can range from dizziness and headaches, to respiratory diseases, cancer, and even death.
Enter air purifiers. They literally remove the harmful materials from the air you breathe. Where you were previously breathing in pollen, mold, and even volatile organic compounds, you are now breathing in clean, pure air. Nasal congestion and other allergic symptoms can completely disappear. Breathing becomes noticeably easier, and sleeping without congestion becomes refreshing and free.
Many air purifiers can also eliminate odors and residual smoke. Of course, this is a welcome benefit and improves your quality of life.
As you are no longer breathing in harmful pollutants and contaminants, your risk of long-term health effects is also reduced. This of course improves your health, but also your peace of mind.