At Pure Breeze Solutions, we field a lot of calls and emails from people who are interested in purchasing an air purifier but are confused by some myths that seem to be floating around. In this blog post, we hope to clear the air of some of the most common myths, so you know exactly how an air purifier can help you and your family.
What Exactly is An Air Purifier?
An air purifier is a device that has been designed to remove harmful pollutants from your home’s air. These pollutants can include things like pet dander, mold spores, bacteria and viruses, dust mites and volatile organic compounds (VOC gasses).
Air purifiers come in single room units and whole house units. Your specific need and budget will determine which model will work best for you. Our clients have found that single room units are more affordable and work best, as they can focus on cleaning those rooms they spend the most time in.
Do Air Purifiers Really Work?
Yes, they really do. These devices are incredibly powerful and able to remove a significant amount of pollutants, improving the air quality in your home.
The key with air purifiers, as with any piece of technology, is to select the right one for your particular needs. There are some definite guidelines you’ll want to follow when selecting an air purifier, and we’ll get to those in just a bit.
But for right now, let’s dive into the most common myths surrounding air purifiers.
Myth #1: If I Keep a Clean House, I Don’t Need an Air Purifier
No matter how clean you try to keep your home, there is simply no way you can ever keep every single pollutant out of it. Tree and grass pollen will get inside and if someone has an allergy, that can be a problem. You may have a beloved pet with dander, and no matter how much you vacuum, there will still be invisible dander floating in the air.
Cleaning helps, but no amount of cleaning will be able to keep all of the pollutants out of your home’s air. But an air purifier’s entire job is to work around the clock, trapping microscopic particles from the air so you and your family can’t breathe them in.
Myth #2: All Air Purifiers Do the Same Thing
That’s a bit like saying all computers do the same thing. Air purifiers, like computers and other devices, are designed with specific purposes in mind.
For instance, you’ve probably heard of HEPA filters. Some air purifiers are equipped with HEPA filters. These filters are fantastic for removing incredibly tiny particulate matter from your home’s air.
But, as good as they are at removing this specific type of pollutant, they aren’t able to remove harmful VOCs and odorous gasses. For that job you need an air purifier with an activated carbon filter.
Of course, if you want to cover all your bases, you can get an air purifier that comes with both types of filtration systems.
Another thing that sets air purifiers apart from each other is the size of the room they can handle. Air purifiers are similar to air conditioners in that they are built to be able to handle a certain square footage efficiently. So you need to measure your rooms and choose a purifier that will be able to handle the size.
Myth #3: Air Purifiers are Too Noisy
Well, that depends on how sensitive your hearing is. Even what would be considered to be the noisiest of air purifiers isn’t incredibly loud. They sound a bit like a humidifier.
But for those who have sensitive hearing or wish to run an air purifier in the bedroom at night, there are completely silent air purifiers on the market.
Myth #4: Air Purifiers Work Best in Rooms with the Window Open
You may think you are helping your air purifier by letting in some “fresh air.” But that air may be carrying pollen, bacteria and viruses into your home. You wouldn’t leave a window open on a hot humid day in the summer and expect your air conditioner to do a decent job. Air purifiers work best in a controlled environment where they can clean the same air over and over again, continuously removing harmful pollutants.
Myth #5: Air Purifiers are Expensive to Run 24-Hours
You may think you can just turn your air purifiers on when you get home, but you will find your air is cleaner if you leave them running 24-hours. “But won’t that really raise my electric bill?” you may be thinking. Studies have found that air purifiers are incredibly efficient devices that cost about the same as keeping a lamp turned on.
Tips for Selecting the Right Air Purifier for Your Home
- Determine What You Need it to Do
Does someone in your home have allergies? Are you tired of your house smelling like the litter boxes? Do you have black mold in the home?
You’ll want to first determine what you need your air purifier to accomplish so you purchase one with the right specific filtration system. And don’t forget, if you want to cover all of your bases, you can purchase an air purifier with both a HEPA and activated carbon filtration system.
- Measure Your Rooms
It’s important that you select the right size device to handle the size of your room. Simply use a tape measure to size the length of the room by the width of the room. So let’s say the length of your room is 10 ft. and the width id 15 ft., your total square footage would be 150 square ft. A 25 x 25 room would be a 625 square foot room. Look for a unit that can handle whatever space you have.
- Don’t Forget to replace Your Filters
Depending on how polluted your home’s air is, your filters will become clogged after some time. It’s important that you follow the manufacturer’s recommendations on how often you need to replace your filters so your air purifier can do its job properly.
If you have any other questions about selecting the right purifier for your family, feel free to reach out to us!