Do I need an air purifier?

Every month, new home cleaning and hygiene appliances make their way onto the shelves. All of which claim to be pretty much ‘essential’ for keeping a clean, fresh and sanitary home. But quite often, they aren’t necessarily indispensable.

So what’s the story with air purifiers? With many variations having made an appearance over the last few years, just how important is it to invest in an air purifier?

It depends on who you ask. Not to mention, where you live, the specifics of your lifestyle and your general state of health. Though in terms of the benefits they can bring, a high-quality air purifier really can make a great addition to any home or office.

Here are the primary purposes for which good air purifiers are designed:

1. Filtration of dust particles and allergens

Most quality purifiers are designed to remove pollution, dust particles and even viruses from the air with surprisingly good efficiency. This can be hugely beneficial to everyone, but particularly so for allergy sufferers or households with domestic pets or smokers.

It’s not until you experience the difference personally that you can see how big the difference can be.

Filtration of particulate matter

Fine particulate matter is the tiny particles in the air that the body cannot process or expel once inhaled. Particulate matter comes from a variety of sources, including emissions from cars and factories. Over time, the more particles an individual inhales, the more extensive the damage to their lungs and airways.

As particulate matter makes its way into practically every home, it’s worth considering a purifier to deal with it. Some devices can filter up to 99.9% of microscopic particles from the air, bringing welcome relief and safe air to the whole family.

Filtration of general home pollution

Surprisingly, studies have shown that indoor air can be anything up to 500% more polluted than outdoor air. Pollution has a nasty habit of becoming sealed in our homes and offices, which can build to dangerous levels over time.

Even though you can’t see, it, pollutants hanging around your home can sometimes take a toll on your wellbeing.

Odour elimination

Purely for the comfort and enjoyment of your home’s occupants, a good air purifier featuring a carbon filter can also help to do away with everyday odours. Whether it’s from the kitchen, pets, tobacco or anything else, an active carbon filter can do a great job eliminating odours and keeping the air clean.

It’s also a much safer and more hygienic way of keeping things fresh than blasting your interiors with the usual chemical-based air fresheners.

Choosing an air purifier for the home

If you’re thinking about purchasing an air purifier, choosing the right model means keeping an eye on the following:

  • Filtration efficiency – This indicates the level to which pollutants and allergens are removed from the air. The higher, the better – anything up to 99.99% for some air purifiers on the market.
  • Room size – The square-metre size of the room the filter is suitable for. This can be anything from a few square metres for a small bedroom to a much higher-capacity filter that can purify the air around the entire house.
  • Noise level – Important as it’s usually recommended to keep an air purifier running 24/7 to reach its maximum filtration efficiency.
  • Replacement filter costs – Always important to check, as some replacement filters can cost almost as much as the devices themselves!
  • Layered filtration – The better air purifiers offer multi-layer filtration including a HEPA filter and a carbon filter. They get to work on multiple pollutants and particle-types simultaneously.

Of course, it’s also important to check customer feedback and recommendations, along with the length of warranty provided by the manufacturer.

For more information on any aspect of home cleaning or to discuss our services in more detail, contact Hardyclean today.