Indoor Air Purifier
An indoor air purifier can increase a person's comfort level and maybe reduce health problems to a certain degree, but they can also be costly. Depending on where a person lives, their indoor air quality can be up to five times worse than the air outdoors. This is because of the concentration of irritants and allergens such as smoke, dust, and pet dander. Companies that promote the purchasing of an indoor air purifier claim that the filtering technology can help alleviate asthma and other breathing problems as well as allergy symptoms. Although filtration systems can help, they may not be able to do everything promised. Unfortunately, the problem is more difficult to solve than simply removing irritants. Solving asthma and breathing problems simply isn't that simple. If the plan is to buy an inexpensive unit in hopes of resolving breathing problems, there really isn't much to lose. But it can be a potentially expensive experiment.
Get the entire truth and potential benefits from independent sources and reviewers before buying an indoor air purifier. "Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding." (Proverbs 23: 23). Do a keyword search and look at all the different types of filtration systems available for purchase. The most common is an all purpose filtration system. Units are sold specifically for allergy and asthma. Specificity doesn't stop there. Units designed to remove nothing but tobacco smoke, or mold spores, or pet dander are also available for purchase. People with chemical sensitivities can find a filtration system designed for them. Industrial and medical grade units are also manufactured. Deciding which one is right can be confusing at least. Choosing the wrong one can be a waste of money.
According to at least one government agency and a private organization concerned with breathing problems, filtration can be useful, but it is not the magic fix-all solution. Therefore, an indoor air purifier is only one part of controlling pollutants and irritants. Generally, suspended irritants, allergens and pollutants are only part of the problem. Finding an authority on breathing problems to dispute the existence of suspended particles and the problems they can create would be nearly impossible. They do exist, but according a group concerned with promoting clean air, people should also be concerned with the particles that have settled into carpeting and other areas of the home. The problem is particles that fall into carpeting and rugs will get stirred up when people walk or when the vacuum cleaner is used. Unfortunately, most of these particles won't get filtered out before they settle back down breathed into the lungs. Therefore, proper cleaning is important to controlling indoor pollutants. Distributors say that people who suffer with dry itchy skin or have frequent skin rashes can benefit from cleaner air. Advertisements also suggest that people who live with smokers, have indoor pets, or have molds and mildew in the house should purchase an indoor air purifier.
Keep in mind, molds and mildew can potentially be a serious health problem that may need more attention than an indoor air purifier can offer. Again, there are several different filtration models on the market to choose from. Some of the purifier systems are designed to remove nothing but dust, pet dander, and smoke. Others claim to eliminate bacteria, viruses, and molds and mildews. Mold and mildew spores are dangerous. And once spores get into homes they can be very difficult or impossible to get rid of. After, hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast and flooded homes, mold became a prime health concern. Entire walls and wood structures had to be replaced because mold spores took hold and would regenerate. Removing mold can cost thousands of dollars. And there is no guarantee mold spores won't return.
Filtration units can be purchased that connect directly into a home's heating or air conditioning system. These larger units can cost thousands of dollars. But there are portable units that can be moved from room to room, which can be purchased for under $200. Before purchasing, research the benefits of each type of purifier. Also, talk to other people who have bought and used one. Once again, there is some debate about whether the units actually do what they claim to do. So it might also be a good idea to research technical, medical, or scientific data before spending $1,000 or more. The indoor air purifier units designed for a home's central air system will supposedly deliver clean air to every room in the house. So knowing the delivery rate is not as important with these units as with the smaller portable ones. Each purifier will have a Clean Air Delivery Rate number. But to understand the value of this number a person will need to know the size of the room in which the purifier will be used. Basically, the CADR number should be two-thirds of the room's square footage. So, if a room is 180 square feet in size, the CADR number should be at least 120. The cost of an indoor air purifier could be prohibitive. Keep in mind, a higher price doesn't guarantee quality. On the other hand, the old saying of you get what you pay for may also hold true. Comparative shopping is always a good idea. Although, a unit might be purchased relatively inexpensively the cost to operate and maintain the system could be quite expensive in the long term. Take into account the cost of replacement filters and the potential for increased electricity bills to keep it running.
Room Air PurifierA room air purifier rids the atmosphere of dangerous chemicals as well as dust and mold. Some people have sensitivities to some electronic output as well as gaseous exposure. In addition sometimes an indoor air purifier does not produce the level of cleaning necessary to clean the area in a way that is truly beneficial. Understanding what each unit will accomplish aid a person in the choice of how much money to spend and what type of unit to purchase. If the intent is to simply clear the area of toxins for overall health then any machine will probably do the job, but if more specific and serious reasons drive a person to take some action toward better health.
The type of machine purchased depends on the amount of money a person is willing to spend and the reason for purchasing. A room air purifier can range in cost from $20 to $800 depending on the level of purification and square footage to be covered. Following the manufacturers recommendations for placement and room size ensures the best success towards healthy and enjoyable breathing. Some companies offer an indoor air purifier that takes out the bad air particles, cleans them, and sends them back into the atmosphere. This process is only successful in rooms with little or no furniture and gets cleaned regularly; otherwise a continuous process of cleaning the same particles will go on forever. Another technique requires the used of disposable filters which trap the contaminated air for later disposal. This type of indoor air purifier requires continual maintenance (which means cost) to create the same efficiency of purification. The last type of device is one that hooks up to the existing furnace purifying the whole house through the heating ducts in the house. Again, manufacturers recommendations for square footage and placement should be followed to ensure maximum efficiency. "For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope." (Romans 15:4)
Placement of the unit can make all the difference in the successful functionality of the unit. Understanding airflow of the house and excessively toxic rooms will help determine where to put the room air purifier. Newer built homes with airtight walls and insulation actually provide a worse environment than those older drafty homes with poor insulation due to the successful airflow system naturally occurring in the house. Without proper airflow mold and bacteria have a greater chance of growing thus creating a higher risk of respiratory disease. Keeping windows open slightly or installing a whole house fan may create a moderate level of airflow thus lessening the instance of mold and bacteria growth. Testing conducted by professionals is one way to determine the intensity of room air purifier needed in addition to projects including remediation of mold infested areas. Determining the reasoning for purchasing such machine will reduce the thousands of unrelated products to consider. Understanding the process of purification helps the consumer differentiate a quality product from a scam. Basically if a company is willing to describe the scientific process by which the atmosphere is cleaned and the proper toxins in the air are being eliminated, this is a product worth considering. Other things to help a person create a better environment for comfortable living include regular cleaning, reducing the clutter, and eliminating problem items. Everyone needs a bed, but choosing proper bedding will decrease the instance of respiratory distress. Likewise, evaluating the upholstery used on every piece of furniture can determine the need for each piece. Changing out each piece of problem furniture can get very costly; consider reupholstering or simply doing without. The more clean wood or laminate surfaces in a house the better the environment for allergy sufferers.
Air purification systems create a cleaner environment for anyone to live in by cleansing the atmosphere of toxins including dust and mold. The number of asthma sufferers increases rapidly every year, which leads some to believe the overall quality has something to do with it. Children and people above the age of 80 are most affected by disease caused by poor atmosphere quality. Genetic factors affect the instance of asthma, but not nearly as drastically as pollution, mold, and chemicals used in cleaning products. Though outdoor air quality is depleting rapidly, it is actually indoor quality that needs most attention for purification thus creating a need for an indoor air purifier.
Indoor atmosphere quality is up to 10 times more dangerous than outside elements. This is due to the quality construction of houses. With no airflow, toxins have nowhere to go except to continue breeding inside. In addition to asthma, the instance of disease is increased by 50% when a home has poor air quality. Most people spend almost 90% of their time indoors, which makes a quality atmosphere crucial. The natural thought may be to clean a home thoroughly and keep it that way thus eliminating grounds for mold and fungi to grow. This tactic only works if natural, organic cleaners are used so not to add more toxins to the atmosphere in place of other toxins. Evaluate the construction of home furnishings for chemicals such as polyurethane and bleach. The fumes caused by these chemicals can create a worse environment than most molds. A study done in Philadelphia showed 100% of homes evaluated had cat dander present even if the house did not have a cat. Based on this information every house should be considered a threat to allergy and asthma sufferers even those who live in a newly built home.