How do Air Purifiers Work?

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With COVID-19 having been at the forefront of everyone’s mind for about 2 years, many of us have adopted new habits that will stay with us for the rest of our lives. For many, it is using hand sanitizer at every possible opportunity, the continued use of masks, and even making sure the air we breathe in at home or our workplace is clean. 

Air purifiers aren’t only essential, though, as far as illnesses are concerned. If anyone in your home suffers from chronic respiratory problems such as asthma, or if you live in parts of the United States prone to wildfires — air purifiers can literally be life-savers. Let’s take a look at how air purifiers work and prove whether or not they really work.

What Particles do Air Purifiers Help Filter?

Different Purifier Types

The basic mechanics of an air purifier are straightforward. The air purifier first works by sucking in air through an air filter. The air filter then separates allergens and pollutants to dispel everyone in your home can enjoy cleaner air! While there are about 7 types of air purifiers that are most commonly used in residential homes, we’re going to focus on the three that you’re most likely to find in your local hardware store.

HEPA Filters

HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate air filters. These are known for being the most efficient of filters, responsible for removing about 99.97% of airborne allergens and pollutants. HEPA filters are so efficient that they can filter out mold spores and dust as small as 0.3 microns. As a result, HEPA filters are great for ridding the home of germs, tobacco smoke, and even wildfire ash.

Washable Filters

Washable filters are more commonly found in HVAC systems and AC units. These kinds of filters aren’t as efficient as HEPA filters, but they can provide filtration for your home that benefits everyone in the family. The best part is that they are an economically friendly way to purify the air in your home. This is due to not needing to replace your filter every few months – rather, with a respected maintenance routine – you can keep a washable filter for years to come.

Electrostatic Filters

Electrostatic filters are another environmentally friendly option if you don’t want to be replacing filters constantly. These work by utilizing static material within cotton or paper fibers that act as a magnet for particles found in the air. Electrostatic filters are especially great for those with allergies as the magnet traps the allergens and keeps them from spreading.

Improve The Quality of Air Around You

If you’re here, you know how important it is to keep the air around you as clean as possible. Whether you want to combat seasonal allergies, your neighbor’s cigarette smoke, or mold spores, air purifiers can be a great help.

For those that need extra help, though, you can count on us here at Air Quality Inc. We are home to Air Quality Consultants that are ready to help you feel your best. So please take a look at some of the services we offer, and give us a call when you’re ready to take control of your air!

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