Air Purifiers and Air Cleaners

Air Purifiers & Air Cleaners

Studies have shown that the air in our homes and offices can be more polluted than the air outside. And since most people spend about 90% of their time indoors, that means your home environment could be full of potential health risks.

It's no wonder that a growing number of homeowners are seeking ways to improve their indoor air quality through a variety of air cleaning and purifying devices.

Air cleaners and purifiers are designed to treat indoor air that has become polluted by particulates or gases.

Particulates can be liquid or solid materials that are small enough to suspend in the air and can be composed of inorganic or organic compounds, bacteria or viruses. Common indoor particulates include pet dander, dust mites, fungal spores, molds and pollens.

Gaseous pollutants include carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, nitrogen dioxide or the organic chemicals released from gas appliances, cigarette smoking and vehicle exhaust. Other pollutants can arise from gases released by building materials such as insulation, plywood or particleboard.

There are basically two styles of air cleaners suitable for the home:

  • Portable air cleaners with an attached fan.
  • Central filtration (or "in-duct") systems, which are installed in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning of a home.

Continue reading through this section of Purity Planet for more information about the most suitable type of air purifier for your home.

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