Which are the best air purifiers to use when my doctor says I need one?
Most doctors hesitate against recommending an air purifier as a first option. Nevertheless, if you've done everything else and medicine is only helping and not stopping your health issues, an air purifier could be what you need.
No one should suffer, so your doctor suggested that you buy an air purifier as a back-up to your current medication. Those mold, pet fluff and pollen spores are doing you in. Your allergies are bad enough when outside, but inside you really need a break from the common symptoms. You have decided to take your doctor's advice to heart and are going to purchase an air purifier. There is a question of the price but, more importantly, you do not know what to search for.
How do you know which of the many air purifiers will reduce your allergens, and which air purifiers are all promise and no delivery?
Common allergens include pet dander and fluff, pollen spores, mold, and mildew. There are air purifiers that can remove these allergens from your home. There are three key types of air purifier systems. Choosing one of the three is the key to eliminating those allergens that are making you crazy. However, to understand which air purifier system to purchase, it helps if you understand how air purifiers work.
Ionic Air Purifier
An ionic air purifier uses electricity to charge the spores and dust particles in the air. Those particles then are either "drawn" into a collection plate inside the air purifiers, or drop to the surfaces in your home. If there is a collection plate inside your ionic air purifier, you must wipe down the air purifier's plate regularly. If there is not, you must vacuum and dust daily to remove those allergens from your home. In general, an ionic air purifier system can work well, but air purifier maintenance can be trying. If you have allergies, cleaning the collection plate of dust and pollen can be a real hassle. Therefore, you may want to look at the next air purifier.
HEPA Filter System
The next type of air purifier system is a HEPA filter system. The HEPA filter (High Efficiency Particulate Air filter) was developed during World War II. Air is forced through a special air purifier filter. You'll find the air purifier filter is able to capture any particle up to .3 microns in diameter. (You're talking a millionth of an inch, so this particle is very tiny!) With a HEPA filter, dust, pollen, pet dander, and mold spores are virtually eliminated. The downfall to a HEPA air purifier system is that you do need to buy replacement filters. Over time, the additional filters can become very expensive. So, while a HEPA air purifier system may work well for you, you need to investigate filter prices before finalizing your decision.
Finally, you have the ultraviolet air purifier system. The good news is that hospitals rely on ultraviolet air purifier systems. With these air purifiers, ultraviolet light is concentrated in specific areas. As the air purifier's fan circulates the air, the ultraviolet light burns and kills any airborne germ. It's great for airborne viruses and germs, but not so great on dust and dander. The problem with this type of air purifier system is that not all of the air in your home will be reached. The energy costs of running ultraviolet lighting twenty-four hours a day can also be extremely high. If you choose this type of air purifier, you'll need to do some comparison to find energy efficient air purifiers.
In the ever-increasing battle to separate not only the good air from the bad, but also the good customer from the bad money, it all comes down to one thing. Either do your homework or pay the price.
Now, you have the three key types of air purifier systems. The choice in the end is up to you, my friend.