In this article, we will show you how to determine the best air purifier technology that best suits your needs.You will get to know the constituents of the air, what harm there is in it and the best 9 air purifier technologies you can have to remove them.
3 Kinds Of Stuff To Remove From The Air
-Large Stuff such as dust, hair, pollen and animal dander.
-Gas Stuff such as chemicals, odor and vapors.
-Living stuffs such as mold, mildew, germs, bacteria and viruses.
Why These Are Bad For Your Health Dust, hair, pollen and animal dander can cause allergies, asthma and odors.Chemicals, odor and vapor can cause air pollution, chemical sensitivity and stress to your immune system.Mold, mildew, bacteria, viruses and germs can cause colds, flu and other immune system compromised diseases.
Which Technology Will Help You Kill, Capture Or Remove These Stuffs?HEPA, Pre-filter, Neg/ion, Plasma grid are helpful against allergies and asthma and some odors.Carbon, Ozone, Charcoal and Zeolite are helpful against odors, animal smells, smoke, chemical sensitivities and protecting one’s immune system.UV, TiO2, Ceramic and Plasma grid are helpful for protection against colds, flu, pathogens and viruses. And to eliminate musty odors and protect our immune systems.
Let’s see the pros and cons of each purifier technology and what they do to purify our air.Charcoal Filters: These absorb odors and some gases from the air.Pros: Charcoal filters are good to eliminate smoke, pet odor and harzardous fumes. They are also inexpensive.Cons: None.Ozone (O2): Ozone is oxygen with an extra charged particle. You might smell it in the air after a thunderstorm. The extra charged oxygen particle attached to ozone is unstable and lasts only for a second. But it does a great job to remove odor, moldetc from the air.
Pros: Ozone kills odors better than any other technology. It kills mildew and mold. It is also good for the removal of chemicals in the air.
You can turn on a little ozone on in your room a few hours before bedtime, to get the air of your room clean and fresh.Cons:Ozone turned on in large quantities will result in blasted Sharper Image/Ionic Breeze, as reported by consumers.Many people are now afraid of ozone. Manufacturers are also avoiding ozone calling it ‘Activated Oxygen.’ But those who still produce it put timers on it.HEPA: HEPA filters traps dusts, pollen, dander and other air pollutants with 99.97% efficiency. But most manufacturers do not produce HEPA filters because they are expensive.Pros: It is very efficient against pollutants like cat/dog hair, pollen grains etc. It is a must-have for asthmatics too.
Cons: Though HEPA filters work very well, the drawback for its use is that it must be replaced often. These replacement filters are very expensive. But you could look for a purifier brand that is not very expensive. One at about $20-40, depending on its thickness and size.➼
UV light are used in many hospitals to kill pathogens like bacteria, mold, germs and viruses.Pros:UV is an excellent option for air purification especially with children, people who have asthma or people who have immune disorders.Cons: You have to replace the bulbs often, say like in a year or two. But you shouldn’t pay more than $20-30 for a bulb. Don’t let the manufacturer’s milk you dry on high pricings.➼
Negative Ion is useful for removing smog, pollen and dust. In the early ionizers, the charged dirt adheres to the walls around your filter’s unit and make it black. But this is now taken care of by grid plates.Pros: Negative Ions are very affordable methods of cleaning air.Cons: It needs other technologies to work well as an air purifier. It is not very effective in itself.➼
Ceramic uses the heat in its chamber to kill pathogens that are in the air that passes through its chamber. Much like how our body raises its temperature to kill a virus or pathogen that found its way to the human body, one way or another.Pros: Ceramic kills pathogen using heat.Cons: You don’t see much of these filters because many experts think the UV does a better job and even uses less electricity.
Washable pre-filters traps hair and other large particles. Most purifiers contain washable pre-filters.Pros: It is an inexpensive addition to purifiers by manufacturers. It extends the life of other filters.Cons: There are no evident cons to the use of washable pre-filters.
TiO2 photo-catalytic filters enhances the UV light by 4000% more effectiveness in killing germs, bacteria, mold and viruses.Pros: The UV light doesn’t have to be so strong or big and it is yet very effective.Cons: None.
Plasma dust filters uses a charged grid plate to rain both positive and negative ions on incoming air to the filter. It removes some micro-organisms and air particles in the process.
You shouldn’t use this filter alone. It only removes some of the airborne particles. It does some cleaning that are obvious on the cleaning plates quite alright, but it shouldn’t be used in isolation.Pros: Like Ionic Breeze and Oreck, you don’t need a replacement for it. You only need to wash it regularly.Cons: It works well, but it needs other technologies to do a better job.