How to Improve the Quality of Your Air - Air Care Products Explained
These appliances are designed to cleanse the air in your home, eradicating impurities including odours, smoke, dust and pet dander.
Usually consist of a filter, or multiple filters, in addition to a fan that sucks in and circulates air. As the air is pulled through the filter, pollutants and particles are captured, allowing only clean air to pass back into the living space. Filters are normally made from paper, fiber or mesh and require routine replacement/cleaning.
Types of air purifiers:
Basic and HEPA – The most common air filter is made from foam, fiberglass, or cotton. HEPA filters are the most powerful – removing 99.97% of particles from the air down to at least 0.3 microns in size.
Ionisers and ozone generators – See below section.
Electrostatic filters – These also charge the particles that are in the air. After charging particles, this filter collects the particles within the machine. You can wash and reuse these filters after use. However, these filters do produce ozone so use with caution.
Activated carbon filters – The porous carbon within an activated carbon filter traps odours and gases that pass through it. Some of these filters are strong enough to tackle volatile organic compounds (VOCs) too.
UV light – Ultraviolet (UV) lights are germicidal. These filters can take care of microbes and even viruses.
Ionisers are often an added feature to higher-end air purifiers. Air ionisers use high voltage to create a static charge around airborne contaminants. Negative ions bond to dust and allergens to remove them from the air. Ionisers leave the air feeling fresh as the contaminants are no longer floating around in mid-air – rather they simply stick to the nearest surface they find.
Humidifiers help to add moisture into the air to prevent dryness. These are very effective for treating dryness of the skin, nose, throat and lips. They also work to relieve symptoms caused by the flu or common cold.
Caution should be used when using humidifiers as they can potentially worsen respiratory problems.
Types of humidifiers:
Central humidifiers – These are built directly into your home’s air conditioning or heating unit. They are best used if you want to add humidity throughout your entire house. These do not emit steam.
Evaporators – These blow moisture into the air through a moistened filter. Fans power the unit and increase air humidity. Use with caution as they may expel too much moisture into the air, worsening asthma and mould growth.
Impeller humidifiers – These work via rotating disks that run at high speeds and create a cool mist.
Steam vaporizers – These are electrically powered. Initially heating water and then cooling it before expelling into the air, these types of humidifiers are inexpensive and portable.
Ultrasonic humidifiers – These produce a cool mist via ultrasonic vibration. Both cool and warm mist versions are available.
These are (often) small electronic devices that mists essential oils, filling a room with its scent.
Types of diffusers:
Ultrasonic diffusers – These mist a combination of water and essential oil into the air. Bonus: can double as a humidifier.
Nebulising diffusers – These use an atomiser to create fine particles out of essential oil, which is then diffused into the air. The mist is especially fragrant as it has not been diluted down with water.
Evaporative fan diffusers – After soaking an absorbent pad with a few drops of essential oil, the oil begins to evaporate and is blown into the air via a fan.
Heat diffusers – These type of diffuser uses warmth to evaporate essential oils – usually via candle.
These appliances work by sucking in the air from your room, removing the moisture from it, and then blowing it back into the room. Moisture is collected in a tank that needs to be emptied from time to time. By keeping the humidity level comfortable in your home, you’ll notice fewer signs of damp air – such as mould on walls or condensation on your windows.
Types of dehumidifiers:
Refrigerant (or compressor) dehumidifiers – These work by drawing air though a filter and over cold coils. Water condenses on these coils and drips into a water tank.
Desiccant dehumidifiers – These use an adsorbent material to extract water from the air. The material is then heated so that the moisture drips into the water tank. These work more efficiently in lower temperatures and use more energy than refrigerant dehumidifiers.
These devices measure the temperature and humidity levels in the home. Perfect to detect if your room is healthy or you are creating an environment for mould and other bacteria and viruses to thrive.
Air Cooler and Fans
Air coolers and fans help to circulate the air in your room. Air coolers have the added feature of intaking hot air, cooling it and expelling cold air out into your room.
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