Air Purification Systems

Quality air purification systems include multiple technologies, Hepa filters, and an ozone generator. Every household does not need the same ionic air purifier, but there are some types to avoid as well as some that come highly recommended by health professionals. Many factors lead a consumer to choose one purifier over another. These include unit cost, carbon output, electricity consumption, and maintenance costs. In addition a person needs to be aware of the simple fact of needed versus possible toxin elimination in each unit being considered. While some units may offer better electricity efficiency, others may offer a more through detoxification of the atmospheric toxins.

Hepa air filters offer efficiency and durability. Systems with hepa filters are desired due to their safety as well as their effectiveness in removing dust, pollen, and bacteria. In contrast, these filters do not remove chemical toxins, odors, or germs. A hepa filter is best used in conjunction because they kill complimentary toxins creating a more complete system. An activated carbon filter can also succeed in the same detoxification efforts. In addition, the carbon filter does not omit additional toxins creating other problems for the consumer to later deal with. The ozone generator does not offer as safe of an option, but cleans the atmosphere completely and should be able to be turned off when people are near. An ionic air purifier creates negative ions which ultimately fall on the floor to be cleaned up with a vacuum or broom. The efficiency of this method is best, but only if the furniture and floor are cleaned regularly to eliminate the infected ions. Removal of the most dangerous and most microscopic toxins is accomplished by this type of machine without the use (or cost) of filters. This type of machine is successful at neutralizing viruses, bacteria, smoke, and chemical fumes. In contrast these types of air purification systems do not remove odors, kill germs or actually remove the negative particles from the atmosphere.

To offset the negative characteristics of these systems other components are complimentary. Hepa filters collect the negative ionized particles and an ozone generator removes odor and bacteria, but should only be used when the room is unoccupied. A germicidal UV lamp will kill germs and an activated carbon air filter will capture chemical fumes. There are units available that accomplish all these things, but they come with a hefty price. Like the ionic air purifier, there are pros and cons to each of these components as well. Though the UV lamp helps with the prevention of disease, it does not eliminate allergens or toxic fumes. Likewise, the activated carbon air filter is the most absorbent filter, but does not remove dust or other allergens especially from across the room. The ozone generator effectively removes bacteria and chemicals, but the smell can cause irritation to the throat and eyes.

Electricity consumption is another factor to consider when purchasing a unit. When considering the cost of air purification systems carefully evaluate the added costs which include electricity and filter replacement. This can add over $300 a year to general home maintenance costs. A rule of thumb to follow is that for every watt of electricity needed to run the ionic air purifier it will cost $1 a year. This may not sound like a lot, but when multiple units are used at the average of 100 watts per unit the cost quickly climbs. Another factor when comparing air purification systems is the noise it will produce. If the unit is placed in an infrequently visited room such as the basement, noise may not be a deciding factor. The ultimate goal of any system should be personally evaluated before getting bogged down by information that may or may not affect the specific situation. Having a professional mold and air inspector evaluate a suspicious room or the whole house can pinpoint specific problems in order to solve the problem instead of simply treating the symptoms. For example, if a leak in the roof is causing moisture build up in the attic an ionic air purifier would eliminate some of the toxins caused by the problem, but the ultimate solution is to fix the roof and replace any infect surfaces in the attic. "And the wave breast and heave shoulder shall ye eat in a clean place; thou, and thy sons, and thy daughters with thee: for they be thy due, and thy sons' due, which are given out of the sacrifices of peace offerings of the children of Israel." (Leviticus 10:14)

Home maintenance is crucial to the life of any home and its occupants. Educating oneself in proper airflow as well as acceptable humidity levels can be an important natural way to reduce the effects of mold and allergens in a home. Sealing windows and doorways can help keep heat in, but an over insulated house can lead to mold infestation due to air and moisture having nowhere to go. In addition, clean and flat surfaces create a more difficult environment for toxins of any kind to breed on. In addition to proper maintenance air purification systems can create the healthiest environment possible for and business or household. Checklists are available in home improvement books found at the local building center or library. A building that is properly maintained can last a long time despite the quality or age of products used in the original construction.

Home Air Purifiers

Home air purifiers create a healthy environment ridding a house of airborne germs, topical mold growth, and decrease the chance of new toxins to come in. Cleaner air means less disease and sickness for people and pets. Mold problems usually have an underlying cause, which should be determined for optimal results. Many different types of house air purifiers are on the market with many different functions. Determining the reason for purchasing a unit is important before shopping around. People with breathing problems or other similar symptoms such as headache, restless sleep, and dry throat need to consider a high level system. Understanding the different functions each unit has is important to making a final decision due to the wide range in cost and maintenance.

Clean air reduced the effects of the common cold and other illnesses such as bronchitis and even asthma. When microscopic dust mites float through the air people are more susceptible to illness created by the dust irritants. House air purifiers dramatically decrease the effects of the dust, thus decreasing the chance for disease. Undergoing allergy tests or having the house tested for mold are costly things to do, but in the end offer answers to ongoing problems that may cost homeowners a lot in medical costs and quality of life. Understanding how a building is structured as well as its problems will enable a person to actively and effectively handle the problem. These units offer cleaning and maintenance to a home or room (depending on the unit purchased), but if the underlying cause remains then the problem never really goes away. Take a careful walk around the building in order to find noticeable holes in the foundation or roof, which may allow water or animals access, which increases the possibility of germs and mold. Likewise, evaluate the inside of the building for rotten items and excess clutter. All items should be stored in airtight plastic or metal containers, which are easy to clean and store. Stuffed animals are breeding grounds for bacteria and dust. Wash them regularly and store in an airtight container to reduce allergens.

Symptoms caused by an unclean atmosphere often go undiagnosed and people just deal with it. These symptoms include dry throat, fatigue, muscle tension, back pain, and breathing problems. Not all causes can be linked to an unclean living environment, but installing house air purifiers are generally an improvement to any building and improvements in health should be noted after installation. A disease called Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) raises the concern of atmosphere quality in the main living quarters. In addition, carbon pads also affect some people that suffer from this disease and gas filters. The chemicals found in sealants and glue used on some house air purifiers raise the question of whether they offer more negative than positive effects. MCS sufferers should consider units without a fan motor covered in varnish due to the output of chemicals through the fan. Medical professionals may overlook the importance of a clean environment in the home or other environmental factors, which may be the triggering factor of many diseases. Proper building maintenance will increase the quality of living, thus potentially decreasing the need for medical care dependency. "And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed." (Genesis 19:17)

Types of units range from a $20 room unit simply capturing dust to a $2000 unit that clears the whole house of dust, mold, and other toxins. Determine the reasons for wanting to purchase home air purifiers and only look at those models. There is no reason to research small tabletop units if a whole house unit is desired. Keep the focus on what is important. Settling for less will not save any money if the unit does not do what it is expected. After choosing the level of unit needed, a variety of brands should be evaluated to ensure the best satisfaction. Interestingly there are many ways in which a house air purifiers are constructed which matters to people with MCS and other more complex diseases. Electrostatic precipitator cleaning is a collection of metal sheets charged opposite of ionized particles. This type of system requires regular cleaning to sustain optimal performance, but runs effectively when maintained correctly. Another type of unit is the same as the first except the charge is created with static. Again, with proper, regular maintenance this unit is effective. Another variety of home air purifiers is a negative ionizer which removed the negative charge of the infected particles from the atmosphere and places them back in the atmosphere as positively charged. Regular cleaning of the purified area is necessary to remove the currently positive charged particles. Eventually these particles will get a negative charge and the process will happen all over again. The benefit to these machines is there aren't any filters to change, thus reducing cost. Used with other types of home air purifiers this type is effective, otherwise it simply offers a temporary solution to an ongoing problem. A more industrial approach to home air purifiers is the use of an ozone machine, which removes all toxins and items in a room, but omits high (and dangerous) levels of ozone, which may or may not be a bigger problem than the original atmosphere quality issue.

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