You may know them as air cleaners. Others may call them air purifiers. But regardless of what you refer to them as, it’s an appliance that works to ensure that only clean, fresh and healthy air is circulated throughout your home or business. For the record, we’ll refer to them as air purifiers in this post.
So what exactly are air purifiers and what do they do? Simply put, they’re either portable standalone devices or whole-home units that integrate with the HVAC unit to remove contaminants from the indoor air. They come in sizes small enough to fit on a desktop to units large enough to attach to an HVAC unit and work to adequately clean a whole home or business. And being it’s estimated that up to 90 percent of an individual’s time is spent indoors, it can certainly behoove you to take the necessary steps to ensure you’re breathing in fresh, quality air while inside the home or office. There are plenty of benefits of air purifiers, and we’ll get into several of them in this post.
7 Benefits of Air Purifiers
- Less dust buildup: Does it seem like whenever you go about your dusting routine, you’re cleaning up more and more of it off the hard surfaces in your home? If so, the first thing you should do is change your furnace filter and then have your ducts checked to see if you need a duct cleaning, as dirty air could be caught in a circulation cycle throughout the home. But if both of those check out fine, acquiring an air purifier should be your next step. That’s because air purifiers are designed to trap and remove dust from the air well before it has a chance to settle throughout your home. Not only will this make the indoor air more breathable, but it’ll also help cut down on your weekly chores and your home’s overall dust accumulation.
- Elimination of allergens: Air purifiers are an especially wise investment for households where individuals suffer from heightened allergies or asthma. The likes of dust, mold, pollen or even pet dander have the potential to set off allergic reactions, and air purifiers help trap and remove such contaminants from the indoor air. The installation of a quality air purifier often directly translates to fewer allergic reactions, asthma attacks and other illnesses.
- Eliminate smoke: Whether it’s from indoor tobacco usage or from cooking in the kitchen, air purifiers don’t just trap and remove contaminants, but odors as well. This is a huge benefit when you consider the dangers of second-hand smoke and some of the long-term health effects that it can have, which may include asthma, bronchitis, an increased risk of ear infections and more. Furthermore, second-hand smoke is particularly dangerous if children are regularly exposed to it, as their lungs are still in the developmental stage. Being that air purifiers equipped with HEPA filters can remove particles at 0.3 microns in size, cigarette smoke can be properly captured and removed from the air with the right purifier. On a side note, air purifiers can also remove cooking odors so that you’re not smelling the tacos you made for dinner when it’s time for bed at 10 p.m. at night.
- Removal of asbestos fibers: Asbestos is a mineral that has been traditionally used in a lot of building materials in older homes. These building materials include ceiling panes, floor tiles and even some plumbing. When left undisturbed, asbestos-containing materials are harmless. However, if these materials were to break and the fibers released into the air and breathed in or ingested, the long-term consequences can be significant. This is largely because the full effects of asbestos exposure and inhalation may take decades to come to fruition, but when they do it results in an advanced lung cancer that is usually very difficult to treat. What’s more is that asbestos fibers are difficult to detect, as they’re both odorless and tasteless. Generally, if you reside in an older home it’s always best to have asbestos-containing materials tested and then properly removed by a professional just to be on the safe side. But if you don’t, and the asbestos-containing materials do become disturbed, an air purifier can help capture the harmful fibers should they become airborne.
- Eliminate radon gases: Next to smoking, the leading cause of long-term lung cancer is exposure to elevated levels of radon. Radon is typically found in homes and buildings, as it will enter through cracks in the floors, walls or joints. Some radon exposure is fine, but elevated levels have the potential to lead to lung cancer over the long term. It’s why testing radon levels is encouraged in all homes and businesses, and why January is a month dedicated for this cause. Usually, the solution is as simple as having a contractor come into the home and add some additional ventilation points so that the potentially harmful gasses are more easily circulated out of the home. In the meantime, air purifiers can provide a nice assist, as they can help eliminate radon gas from the home.
- Remove harmful VOCs: Volatile Organic Compounds, or VOCs, are often found in the likes of paints, sealants, sprays and other chemicals that you may use around the home. While we suggest always checking the label on chemicals and sprays before you purchase them to make sure that they’re safe for indoor use, air purifiers can provide you with a nice backup if you do use one within an indoor environment.
- Reduced pollution: While we assume that the inside of our homes are protected from any pollutants that exist outside of them, that’s not necessarily always the case. Pollutants can be drawn into the home via different means, and the level of pollutants can be significant if you live in the city or near busy highways. Good home ventilation can help, as can an air purifier that can capture and remove pollutants from the indoor environment.