What is an air purifier?
Simply put, an air purifier is a device that cleans the air. More specifically, it is a KlimaLex device that, depending on the type, filters the air through a cleaning process from germs, mold spores, house dust, gases, chemical substances, animal hair and pollen are freed. How the air is cleaned depends on the type of air purifier. Generally there is the cleaning with a filter, ionization and with water.
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What is an air purifier used for and what is it good for?
- Exemption from cigarette smoke
Many smokers are reluctant to go outside for each butt. At the same time, many of them do not want the smell of smoke in the apartment. Or there are other people in the household who do not like the smell. An air purifier can ensure that the smoke particles are filtered out of the air. This not only ensures that the apartment does not smell like cigarette smoke, but also that the pollutants in the smoke not burden the smoker himself and the other people in the household. In addition, the smell of smoke does not so prevail in the furniture, clothing and household items. An air purifier is also excellent for the office.
- Filtering of pathogens
Many bacteria and viruses are transmitted through the air. You do not always have to be infected directly, some pathogens can hover in the air for a while or settle somewhere and are later taken by someone. An air purifier can greatly reduce the risk of infection of an airborne disease.
- Removal of pet hair
Pet owners know it. You can still brush as often, you can always find coat. Especially animals and breeds with a fine coat have the disadvantage that the coat floats much in the air, because it is very light. Flying hair not only has the disadvantage of being found everywhere, but also that you breathe it partially or even eat and drink because they land unnoticed on the plate or in the coffee. This is unpleasant for visitors and also for the pet owner. An air purifier can also rid the air of animal hair and greatly reduce the flying around of the hair.
- Reduction of mite dung
Although it is always said that mite faeces is mainly in the bedding, which is also true in that there is the highest concentration there - the burden of mite faeces is everywhere but in closed rooms. Mites dung is found in bedding, furniture, in the dust, in the carpet and even on chairs and tables. Every movement stimulates air circulation. As mite droppings are very small and light, they are whirled up and are in the air. Day after day, humans inhale mite droppings. Especially for people with allergies, this can be a pain, but also for people who do not have house dust mite allergy, it is not healthy to breathe the feces. The fact that an air cleaner also filters out the mite droppings is an advantage for everyone.
- Exemption from mold
Many households have the problem that there is mold in some corner. Sometimes you do not see him or not at the same time, often he is hiding somewhere behind a closet or under the wallpaper. Irrelevant where, the spores are released into the air, which everyone inhales. Sometimes you also know about mold, but can not remove it or not immediately. In such cases, an air purifier is worth gold for health, because mold can cause not only allergies, but especially dangerous respiratory diseases.
- Relief for allergy sufferers
House dust mite allergy suffer from the filtering of the mite mite. Pollen allergy sufferers are spared by filtering the pollen. Animal allergy sufferers, in turn, experience a clear relief by filtering the animal hair. No matter what allergy, if it is triggered over the air, an air purifier can help.
- Reduced load due to dust
Irrelevant, whether grit or fine dust, if the cleaner has a HEPA filter, he can filter both from the air and therefore do something very good health, because the daily inhaled dust is a burden on the body. It is even thought that dust can cause great health damage, such as respiratory and cardiovascular problems. Yes, even the onset of cancer is partly due to the inhalation of dust.
- Removal of soot
If you still have a stove or a fireplace, you are usually happy about it, even if the tug of wood and coal makes trouble, but both heating options give a room a certain coziness and romance. Disadvantage is that fireplaces and stoves butt. The soot settles like dust on furniture and decoration and is also inhaled. That is annoying and anything but healthy. An air purifier can, however, largely free the air from the soot and thus ensure that it is not inhaled and does not settle on the environment.
Advantages of an air purifier
- Comfortable breathing through increased air quality
If a proper air purifier is used in a room, breathing becomes much more comfortable. At home, the room is kept fresh and dust and other particles are removed. Here Honeywell devices are very good, which can clean the air quality even in larger living spaces. Honeywell promises an almost 100 percent elimination of all allergens.
In larger rooms that are used operationally or publicly, such as waiting rooms, open-plan offices, waiting areas, or shops, an air purifier can also reduce the transmission of pathogens and prevent unpleasant odors. But then no more small air cleaning devices for private households. For example, devices from Brune are much larger and suitable for both corporate and public premises. Brune cleaners even have multiple filters and many functions.
- Healthier breathing
In general, it can be said that the air quality increases significantly when the air is cleaned by an air purifier. In fact, it is much healthier to inhale purified air. Especially in open-plan offices also significantly reduces the disease transmission, as bacteria and viruses are not so easily transmitted.
- Removing odors
The removal of odors is one reason for many to buy an air purifier. Often it is important to ensure that odors do not settle in furniture, clothing and household textiles. Cigarette smoke in particular is a frequent and unpopular source of odor. But also bream, plants, even cat and dog food can be reason to buy an air purifier.
- Low energy consumption
Although an air purifier has a lot of impact, it has a very low power consumption. On average, only a few Euros per year have to be added to the electricity bill.
What to look for when buying an air purifier?
- Type of air purification
One point to consider when buying an air purifier is how to clean it. This is true in any case, if you value it. In general, there are three different variants of how an air cleaner filters the air. This can happen through a physically existing filter, by water or by ionization.
Depending on the reason, the type of filtering should also be appropriate. Allergy sufferers, for example, should definitely resort to an air purifier with activated carbon or Hepa filter. However, these filters can only be found in air purifiers with a physical filter. Ionizers, on the other hand, are responsible for eliminating odors, but they do not purify the air as well as other filters. As ionizers also emit ions, they also ensure good well-being - although ozone is produced when using these air-purifying devices. If an air purifier works with water, it is called air scrubber. These also have the side effect of increasing the humidity. Air washers bind the dirt particles in the water and, so to speak, wash the air, whence they have their name.
- Cleaning performance
Of course, an air purifier should also be purchased according to the performance. A small air purifier for a 10 square meter room can not do much in a 30 square meter room. Again, an air purifier for a 30-square-meter room is completely overkill for a 10-square-foot room. Of course, it should also be considered that the more power the device has, it consumes even more power.
Especially if you want to rest or work during the operation of the air purifier or if you want to use it a lot, you should definitely make sure that the device is not working too loud. Usually 50 to 70 decibels, but it is more likely to use a device with a maximum of 60 decibels operating volume, otherwise the volume can quickly become a burden.
The size is often also dependent on the performance of the device. Nevertheless, one should not be tempted by this to buy a larger or smaller device than necessary. Of course, it should also fit in its intended place. If there is nothing to shake, there must be another place. It does not help if the device fits in the better place, but it is lost to air quality, because the space is too large for the performance of the device.
- Room size
Before buying an air purifier, you should know how large the area to clean up or how much volume the room holds. Do you only want to clean the air of a room or should the hall also have clean air? Or should the air in the whole apartment or in the whole house be cleaned up? Which devices should be used for which rooms?
The room size is related to the performance of the air purifier, which in turn is related to power consumption. If you buy the devices for larger rooms than available, this drives the electricity bill unnecessarily high. Especially if several devices are affected, this can make a lot of difference. Air purifiers with built-in humidifier then drive the humidity quickly and sometimes uncomfortably high. The room size information is not free.
In general, an air purifier is then suitable for a room if it can circulate the room air within 30 minutes. The advantage here is also air cleaning devices that have several levels and are flexible in terms of room size. This is especially useful when one and the same device is to be used in different but different sized rooms.
Of course, the design also plays a role, after all, you can see the device standing around every day. No one wants a device that he sees constantly, but which does not appeal to him in any way. That the design pleases also plays a role for the general well-being.
- Additional features
Some air purifiers have one or more functions in addition to air purification added. For example, there are models that have a timer so they can be switched on and off in a timely manner, even when you are not at home or awake.
There are also air cleaners that have an activated carbon mat and can filter the air very well. There are also air cleaning devices, which are also a humidifier.
Of course, care should be taken with an air purifier that it is well processed. No matter what price range the particular device is to be taken, it should not give the impression of collapsing immediately, if you touch it, or fall over with each small impact. Of course, one should expect particularly good workmanship from higher priced equipment.
- Energy consumption
For electrical appliances should always be paid to the power consumption. This is especially true if you use them frequently. It is always best if an energy efficiency class A, A +, A ++ or even A +++ is available, because then the respective device is particularly economical.
- Price-performance ratio
Basically, it is the price-performance ratio, as already mentioned in the processing. If a device is particularly expensive, it should also have appropriate processing. But also with functions should not be bothered, if you are ready to spend more money than necessary. Again, one should expect even with a cheap purchase that the device does not break after a few weeks.