Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses tried to learn how to improve air quality for various reasons. The motivation to enhance air quality might often be to remove odors, illnesses, and harmful gases, contributing to adverse health effects.
One of the best ways to improve indoor air quality at home or the office and reduce exposure to contaminants is through air purifiers. Here are five ways air purifiers can improve the air quality in your space:
Most air purifiers offer multiple layers of filtration. That way, every time the air is exchanged through the filters, the more air is cleaned thoroughly. That way, even if one filter does not remove certain particles (like pollen), other filters might catch them. Most air purifiers have two filter layers - a pre-filter and an active (or primary) filter.
MPPS is known for the most penetrating particle size. MPPS is any particle-sized 0.3 microns. MPPS are capable of breaking through the walls of your airways and cause illnesses. So, it's crucial to have an air purifier with HEPA or True HEPA filters or other filters that can trap these particles. This is especially true if you suffer from asthma, allergies, or eczema.
And of course, particles larger than a diameter of 0.3 can be captured by less efficient filters. However, this is primarily why the HEPA filter exists—designed to capture the highest percentage of MPPS possible (9.997% according to the DOE standards).
Some of the tiniest particles, as small as .01 micron, can be the most damaging. For example, the virus that causes coronavirus disease measures 0.1 microns in diameter. It then attaches to respiratory droplets in the air that measure at least 1 micron in diameter. So, even if the air purifier can't capture the virus, it can still capture their respiratory droplets, also known as their transport mechanisms.
Additionally, other viral particles, bacteria, and mold spores are shockingly rampant in our indoor air. While most of those particles won't hurt you, long-term exposure and exposure to some harmful particulates can harm your health. The best air purifiers will be able to capture most of these and help improve your indoor air quality.
Pet dander, hair, dust mites, and pollen contribute to indoor air sicknesses, like sick building syndrome, allergies, asthma, eye infections, and sinus infections.
With a pre-filters, HEPA filters, and Activated Carbon filters you can trap large dust particles, pollen, and other sickness-causing contaminants in the air to reduce the times your employees, workers, or customers get sick.
In general, indoor air quality is an issue and requires some form of air filtration. An air purifier will reduce these contaminants and improve the cleanliness of a room or building, which will reduce possible causes of illness and promote health and wellness.
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