Educate Yourself When it Comes to Air Purification
There are important bits of information to learn about air purification and a good starting point is knowing how not to become part of the air purifier scam. The more you know, the better you will be able to choose exactly what it is you require and know what to ask for and of course, what to expect. Customization is sometimes required for those people who have serious and/or specific air quality dilemmas that they want solved. There should be no limit to the specialization offered to your customized needs and solutions.
Let's start with the basics and this would be, what you should not expect from air purifiers in general. Many people buy air cleaners and allow themselves to get lazy when it comes to day to day household chores or even overall hygiene. Bad idea...
When air purifiers do their job and so should you:
- Many people suppose air purification units will actually clean the furniture and floors. Not the case, but this is best done with a good vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter and dusting cloth or a good broom for furniture and wood floors. Remember Air purifiers don't perform your household chores!
- Air purifiers remove odors in your home but the source itself may need removal. An example of this principle would be mold. The smell needs removing but so does the actual source, the mold itself. Our units, for example work to remove odors, since they have several pounds of high quality treated carbon in them. Removal of the actual cause of the odor is advised.
- An air purifier will capture dust mite fragments which have become airborne. You may also need to purchase a dust mite cover for your mattress in order to to resolve this particular situation in its entirety. Also, washing your sheets in 140º hot water will help.
An air purifier is only part of your allergy control program. The problem is that some allergens like pollen are heavy, and fall to the floor or furniture before an air purifier has time to catch them. Some remedial actions require clean up and rearranging your home environment to be more allergy friendly, others require the use of other allergy relief products such as a steam cleaner for chemical free cleaning, .
6 ways to educate yourself
1. Know your indoor air pollutants
Common sources of indoor air pollution (Source: EPA
- Airborne chemicals and VOCs from building materials and furnishings, asbestos-containing insulation, cleaning products, personal care products, paint, textiles, pesticides, combustion appliances, arts and crafts supplies, and many more
- Poor ventilation and improperly maintained HVAC systems
- Particles such as dust, pollen dander
- Biological pollutants such as bacteria and viruses
- Mold due to water infiltration, leaking roofs, wet or damp carpets, etc.
- Tobacco products
- Radon, outdoor air pollution
How air purifiers help
A HEPA filter alone is unable to filter out chemicals and irritating odors because HEPA only removes particles. You need both a HEPA and a large activated carbon filter to also remove airborne chemicals and gases that are harmful to human health.
AllerAir specializes in these types of air purifiers and will help you find the best air cleaner for your indoor air problems. Contact us directly or learn more about Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS).
2. Be aware of the health effects
Health symptoms linked to polluted indoor air:
- Symptoms may appear soon after exposure or, possibly, years later (EPA)
- Short-term health effects: irritation of the eyes, nose and throat, headaches and fatigue
- Long-term health effects: Respiratory diseases, heart disease and cancer (EPA). According to the latest research, cancer has become the second leading cause of death worldwide. Toxic exposures in the environment are responsible for a substantial percentage of all cancers, between 7 and 19%. (Environmental Health Perspectives).
- Pregnant women, fetuses, infants, children and the elderly are most vulnerable to indoor air pollution
Source control, improved ventilation and humidity control are all important steps to improve indoor air quality, but a portable air purifier with a deep bed of activated carbon and a HEPA filter will help clean the air 24/7.
3. Insist on a complete air cleaner
A complete air purifier has a multi-stage filtration system:
- A large, deep-bed activated carbon filter to remove chemicals, gases and odors
- A HEPA or Super-HEPA filter for particles
- Ultra-efficient pre-filters
- Option of UV germicidal filtration to neutralize biological contaminants such as bacteria, viruses and mold mycotoxins.
AllerAir provides the most complete air cleaning solutions with the largest and deepest activated carbon filters.information you need to avoid making the wrong air purifier purchase.
Check out our Sizing and Model Selection Guides and the information you need to avoid making the wrong air purifier purchase.
4. Compare companies and models
AllerAir air cleaners are made with the most inert and environmentally friendly materials possible. Plus, you get the most relevant filtration media for the best price guaranteed.
- Metal housing instead of plastic
- Powder-coated finish
- Refillable carbon canisters
- Organic, unbleached cotton pre-filters
- Recyclable 100% virgin activated carbon
- Separate filters to maximize each filter’s lifespan
- Smart airflow design
- No ozone, no Styrene, no foam, no Polyamide or glue
- Energy-efficient operation
- Deep-bed activated carbon filters
- Custom carbon blends
No other company offers as much relevant filtration media in the same price range and so many options to make sure the air purifier addresses your specific indoor air concerns.
5. Talk to an IAQ expert
For best protection against harmful indoor air pollutants, you need a serious air purifier that works – period. AllerAir believes in a proactive approach to air cleaning and will help you find the right air purifier. Call us at 1-888-852-8247.
6. Arm yourself with the right questions
Whether you are looking for a general purpose air cleaner or an air purifier to address a specific indoor air problem (e.g. heavy odors, tobacco smoke or mold), you need information to make the best decision. Here are some of the most important questions to ask:
- What types of filters does the air purifier have?
- What is the required maintenance?
- What is your warranty?
- What features make the air purifier stand out?
- Does the air purifier release any harmful byproducts?
- How does your air purifier compare to other units on the market?