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What is the best air purifier?

Updated on October 8, 2013
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Lory, a development economist, did research projects on energy/anti-pollution topics for a national research agency in the Philippines.

Nature purifies

Air is vital part of human's natural habitat, an invisible gaseous substance that we cannot do without. It is a very basic truth that without clean air, all living beings die. And nature knows best for it has also provided its own antidote to the problem of air pollution. This comes in the form of greens. Living plants and trees are the best natural air filter. They absorb carbon dioxide from the air. In this process, leaves purifies the air we breathe by also removing certain particulates and dusts from the air.

Though a safe amount of carbon dioxide is part of the natural biological process, a very high level of carbon dioxide in the air is toxic and therefore, if ingested, would be harmful especially to the human body. Thus, as great toxic absorbent, the more trees and plants we surround our house and adorn inside our homes, the better it will be for the health of our family. Plants and trees are the best natural anti-pollutant device man can ever have.

However, not everyone is endowed with the luxury of greens in their current environment, such as those who live in urban areas. The emission of this toxic gas from the factories, vehicles and lack of trees are the normal set up. What are their options?

Health reasons for using air cleaners and air purifiers for the house

Toxic overload is one of the most common causes for weakened self- healing responses of our body.The possible sources of these toxins which can damage DNA include the air we breathe.Today clean air has truly become more scarce especially with the mounting industrial wastes, automobile exhausts and not to mention the health hazards obtained from secondhand tobacco smoke. We are all witnesses to the rising incidence of certain illnesses associated with polluted air such as: asthma, chronic sinusitis, respiratory allergies, emphysema, and lung cancer.

It is a hard fact that it is much more difficult to be protected against airborne pollutants than from other sources of pollutions and toxins like food and water. The good news is that there are simple measures which we can adopt and readily implement to get protection especially against indoor air pollutants.

Aside from taking heavy dose of antioxidants regularly, we canacquire either a portable air filters for house or have these air filters installed in any home’ s ventilation system. A portable unit is very convenient to own since it can be placed in whatever room of the house we spend the most time in, which, usually, is our bedrooms.

For more tips on how to choose purifiers and air filters for house visit this link.

The best air purifier for the house

Portable units of air purifier are more convenient for home use if the idea is portability since these units can be transferred from one area to another. Although house ventilation types are also available which are also great for home use.

Portable air purifiers use HEPA filters which remove at most 99.97% of 0.3-micrometer particles, and are more effective for particles which are larger. This means that HEPA filters are to be likely more effective if the particles in the area are down to 0.3 micrometers, but can become less effective if the particles will be smaller than this size. Yet, HEPA filters are highly recommended since they do not generate ozone or harmful byproducts.

There are various models of air purifiers using HEPA filters for the house . An example of a good model which is a tower model is shown below:

Honeywell HFD-120-Q Tower HEPAQuiet Air Purifier with Permanent IFD Filter, Black

honeywell air purifier, tower model
honeywell air purifier, tower model

The air filters for house model shown above is the “Honeywell HFD-120-Q Tower HEPAQuiet Air Purifier with Permanent IFD Filter, Black”. Based on several consumers testimonies, this model has the following benefits, among others:

  • It has high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters which are highly recommended by doctors especially to their patients who live in a heavy polluted areas and to those who live or work with people who smoke. (Though, according to a review, there is a “hepa type” and “true HEPA type”. She suspects that what is installed here in this unit is the “hepa type”).
  • The unit is affordable, and easy to maintain since it has IFD filter which is permanent and yet washable. Other models and brands require replacement filters. Thus, the buyer is happy with the cost saving deal that she got. More importantly, the chronic runny nose of his son was cured.
  • The unit is sleek, slim and tall which occupies quite a small area of the room.
  • And contrary to some reports with some other similar air filters for house model, this particular model is quiet in use. So, there will be no noise to interrupt your sleep.

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