Indoor air pollution can have a prominent impact on our health and overall well-being, as we spend the majority of our time indoors, either at work or at home. This is especially true for modern homes and buildings, which are often constructed using materials that can emit a variety of pollutants such as formaldehyde and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) over time. Air purifiers can be an effective way to remove such contamination, thus improving indoor air quality, as well as providing relief for those with respiratory issues, and helping to improve overall health and quality of life.
What does an air purifier do?
An air purifier is a device designed to remove pollutants from the air, improving the quality of the air and reducing your exposure to many dangerous particles. This is achieved by pulling the surrounding air through a series of filters, which traps pollutants such as dust, allergens, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), then releasing clean air back into the room.
IQAir HealthPro Series air purifiers take air purification a step further with their advanced HyperHEPA filtration technology. HyperHEPA filters will pull particles as small as 0.003 microns from the air, making them up to 100 times more effective than standard HEPA filters, which only filter particles as small as 0.3 microns. This means that even ultrafine particles such as viruses, bacteria, and smoke can be removed from a given environment.
In addition to the HyperHEPA filtration, the IQAir HealthPro Series air purifiers also utilize a gas-phase filtration system to remove odors, VOCs, and other harmful gases from the air. The gas-phase filtration uses a granular activated carbon filter to remove gases and odors, along with a chemically active alumina filter that can remove more specific gases and harmful chemicals.
The combination of advanced filtration technologies makes the IQAir HealthPro Series air purifiers particularly effective for people with respiratory disease, allergies, or those with a sensitive disposition towards pollutants. They can also be helpful for those living in areas with elevated levels of air pollution, wildfire smoke, or other factors that can affect overall air quality.
Do air purifiers work?
The effectiveness of an air purifier depends largely on the quality of the device being used, as well as the specificity of the pollutants that are targeted. Traditional HEPA air purifiers will effectively remove larger particles from the air such as dust, pollen, and pet dander, but might not be as effective at capturing ultrafine particles such as the aforementioned viruses and bacteria.
Advanced air purifiers such as the IQAir HealthPro Series, however, will utilize advanced filtration systems that can capture the more ultrafine materials, making them highly effective at improving air quality. The HyperHEPA technology used in the IQAir HealthPro Series air purifiers is particularly adept at capturing these ultrafine particles, thus making them an ideal candidate for people with respiratory issues, allergies, or any other sensitivities to pollutants.
It is important to note that air purifiers should not fully be relied upon as the only solution for cleaning the quality of air indoors. Regular cleaning and hygiene schedules, adequate ventilation, and keeping the use of VOC-releasing products to a minimum are all vital steps to creating a healthy and cleaner indoor environment. Furthermore, it is important to choose an air purifier with an adequate coverage area, based on the size of the room in which it is placed.
As such, When choosing an air purifier, buyers can consider the square footage of the room in which it will be placed. This is typically by the manufacturer, showing the maximum coverage area for their devices. This can help consumers to pick an air purifier that is appropriate for the size of their room. In addition to the size of the room, other factors to consider are ones such as the number of occupants, pet presence, as well as how much pollution makes its way into the room either from outside or indoor sources.
Is an air purifier worth it?
An air purifier is a great investment for many individuals who may suffer from allergies, asthma and a range of other respiratory issues, with many of the particles that are removed being responsible for triggering allergic reactions and respiratory issues. Filtering such particles will improve indoor air cleanliness and the overall health levels of those living there.
Furthermore, air purifiers can be especially beneficial for individuals who live in areas with high levels of air pollution or wildfire smoke. The IQAir HealthPro Series air purifiers can remove harmful particles from the air, including ultrafine particles as small as 0.003 microns. These particles include smoke, smog, and a myriad of other dangerous pollutants, making them a worthy addition to many households.
Additionally, the COVID-19 pandemic has seen a large increase in the demand for air purifiers, due to many people wanting to improve their lung health as well as the cleanliness of the air they breathe. The IQAir HealthPro Series has been specifically designed and tested to remove viruses, bacteria, and COVID-19 from the air, making it an excellent choice for those looking for further protection against airborne pathogens.
How does an air purifier work?
An air purifier functions by drawing in air from the environment, passing it through a number of filters, thus removing many of the potentially hazardous particles, then releasing clean and fresh air into the room. HEPA filters, commonly used in traditional air purifiers, can remove particles as small as 0.3 microns with an efficiency of 99.97%. This is because HEPA filters use a thick mesh of fibers to trap particles as they pass through. Despite this protection, there are still many ultrafine particles that can pass through such barriers, which is why the IQAir HealthPro Series uses advanced HyperHEPA technology.
HyperHEPA filters, as touched on earlier, will remove particles as minuscule as 0.003 microns, with an efficiency rate of 99.5%. This is done by a combination of both mechanical filtration and electrostatic attraction. The filter is made up of ultrafine fibers, trapping particles as they pass through, and an electrostatic charge that captures ultrafine particles that may bypass the fibers. This technology is particularly effective at removing ultrafine particles such as bacteria, viruses, and airborne allergens.
Gas-phase filtration is another vital component of air purifiers because many harmful gases and odors won't be removed by particle filters alone. Gas-phase filters work by adsorbing (not absorbing) gases and odors onto a porous material, such as activated carbon. As the air passes through the filter, the gases and odors remain trapped and thus are removed from the air. The HealthPro Series uses high-quality gas-phase filters that can remove a wide range of harmful materials, including VOCs, tobacco smoke, and chemical fumes.
Where to place an air purifier?
The best place to position an air purifier is in the room where most of the time is spent throughout the day. For many people, this will be either the bedroom or living areas, or even home office environments. It can help to put the air purifier in a location where it will circulate air effectively, such as near an open door or window. Places to avoid include ones such as in corners or behind furniture, which restricts airflow and reduce its effectiveness.
Another factor to consider when placing an air purifier is the height at which it's positioned. When placed higher up in a room, and without any restrictive pieces of furniture or other similar items in its way, its filtration rate can be made far more effective.
In closing, it is important to regularly clean and maintain the air purifier to get the most optimal performance out of it. This includes regularly replacing the filters when recommended by the manufacturer, as well as cleaning the exterior of the unit to remove dust and debris. The IQAir HealthPro Series is designed for use in a variety of spaces, with different models suited for different room sizes. The HealthPro Series also has multiple fan speeds, allowing you to adjust the airflow based on your needs.