Air Purifiers For Your Apartment
If you're tired of leaving the windows open to air out your home or find you are constantly replacing plug-in flower-scented air fresheners you may need something stronger. You may need an air purifier.
Air purifiers come in three basic types: expensive, more expensive, and OUCH. So how do you separate out the hype and bring a breath of fresh air to the subject? It's called caveat inhalator, or, breather beware! There seems to be an inverse relationship between the amount of research done and the money wasted.
Natural Air Purifiers
Living plants are one option available for you. Plants are known to be very capable of naturally removing carbon monoxide and formaldehyde. They can also take benzene out of the air, which is found in oils, gasoline, rubber, and paints. All of these substances are known to be irritating odours.
Common household plants that are known for being very good filters include Gerbera Daisy, English Ivy, and Mums. Did you know that burning candles, particularly beeswax candles, also works as a natural air purifier against odours? There are scented and unscented varieties of candles, and they come in all shapes and sizes. While candles don't always address the cause of the odour, they can temporarily clean a home or office. Beeswax candles are available at most discount and interior decorating stores, as well as from online shops.
The UV Air Purifier
If you really want to take clean the air in your apartment, however, you might need to bring out the "big guns." Plants and candles just may not be enough. In addition, candles can actually add more irritants to the air.
Instead, you might want to consider a UV air purifier. Odour-causing bacteria, such as that found in diapers, bathrooms, and in your rubbish need to be taken care of at the source. Simply simply opening windows or burning candles and growing flowers, cannot filter out these odours. Bacteria cause these smells. Therefore, you will need to use an air purifier with a UV light.
Luckily for you, there are a variety of UV light air purifiers available to choose from. The ultra-violet light (UV) technology used in these air purifiers is actually quite complex. However, they are quite easy to use. In fact, UV air purifiers can be easily placed inside your air ducts where they can work their magic. These air purifiers actually irradiate the bacteria, viruses, and other germs. But to be effective, UV air purifiers require circulating air because the contaminates need to come close to the UV light in order to be zapped by the radiation.
For this reason, a UV bulb is only 60% efficient when the pollutant is 0.4 inches from the bulb. At 2 inches, its effectiveness drops to only 20%. You can also purchase a UV air purifier in combination with a HEPA filter and an ionizing system. These combination air purifier systems will help get rid of those nasty garlic and fish odours, while also helping to reduce the allergens and dust in the air.
This provides an added bonus to the odour removal process. There are some spray air fresheners that work very much like a UV air purifier. You need to make sure, however, only to use a spray air purifier that is also a disinfectant. These air fresheners kill odour-causing viruses and bacteria, but they are only effective on the area where they are sprayed. Therefore, you will need to reapply the spray if the odors reoccur. Also, air fresheners do not improve the air quality, while an air purifier does. And they won't work against stinky cheese or other kitchen odors.
Levels of contaminants in the air increase every year both inside and outside the home. Every year more people who have been taking breathing for granted seem to want to breathe something a little less toxic. An air purifier eases your breathing and your mind.