Our aim is to supply you with the best possible advice regarding your air quality. This includes the health impacts and how to improve your air quality with technology.
The rules for reducing your home air pollution-
1) Always buy an air quality meter
You could buy one before the air purifier and assess the situation and then read this article about air quality and health. Or you could buy one at the same time as your air purifier.
Without one you will not know if you have hit the EPA’s recommended minimum level of effectiveness of reducing particle count by 80%. You may think that you have reduced the particle count sufficiently when unfortunately it is still too high.
2) When buying an air purifier, think carefully about the noise it will make in your home
Virtually every manufacturer produces machines that sound like a jet engine on the maximum setting. Alright, maybe this is a slight exaggeration but they are seriously loud. This is a sales technique, the larger the area of the home a machine will seemingly cover the more likely they are to sell the machine compared to another machine. The consumer understandably does not realise that the maximum output from the air purifier is unusable because of how loud the air purifier is on this setting.
Tt is too stressful to live with an air purifier on its maximum setting. So you really need to know the amount of air it can process at the maximum noise level you are willing to live with. About 50db is a maximum tolerable noise level for many people but it may be more or less for you. You could use a phone app to find out your level. You then need to find out how much air the air purifier will process whilst still staying below your maximum tolerated noise level. A very few manufacturers give you the noise level at each fan speed but most hide this information. If the manufacturer cannot/will not tell you move on to considering another machine.
Be aware a few air purifiers are very quiet and effective on settings below their maximum output. However most air purifiers on lower settings, and particularly “sleep mode”, will not process enough air for your room and so be ineffective at removing particles, then over time health will deteriorate.
When we recomend air purifiers we will try to get the manufacturer to give us enough information to specify a room size that the air purifier will serve when on a fan speed producing less than 50db of noise. If they will not we may buy the machine ourselves and measure the noise on each setting or not recomend the machine. You may find this article on choosing an air purifier helpful.
3) Have a great contol system so that your air purifiers go on and off at the correct time to fit in with the rhythm of your life
This is because the air purifier needs to clean the air in the room for 45 minutes before you step into it. You may wish to read this article on how to use an air purifier.