The air we breath is among the most crucial factors in determining our health.
Yet developments in improving world air quality are all fairly new, beginning in the ’90s with limited legislation to curb commercial emissions, and culminating with the latest home solution, the smart air purifier.
Since harmful air pollutants exist beyond the scope of any legislative protection, you need to invest in an air purifier to ensure that your family breathes clean air.
The emission of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) like propane, benzene, methane, etc. may be regulated, but the air we breathe is still rife with other dangers like mold, mildew, viruses, and allergens.
An air purifier is the only sure-fire way to eliminate these contaminants, as it is the only solution for which there is a vast amount of scientific research that backs it up.
A scientific article originally published in the official publication of the Indian Chest Society cites several sudies that confirm the positive impact that air filters have on your respiratory and vascular health.
Air purifiers are made with HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filters, which are standardized at a minimum 99.97% efficiency rating for removing particles greater than or equal to 0.3μm in diameter. That encompasses nearly every harmful nanoparticle that would find in your living space.
The only pollutants that get past HEPA filters are VOCs like formaldehyde, ozone, carbon monoxide, and carbon dioxide. The best air purifiers also include an activated carbon filter to remove these gaseous pollutants before the air reaches the HEPA filter.
Air purifiers are reccommended for those that live in polluted metropolitan areas and for those that deal with severe allergies. They are also helpful in climates that promote indoor mold growth, or for those trying to reduce odors like cigarette smoke in their homes. They will basically clear the air of anything that may jeopardize your health.
So what added benefits are gained from going with a smart air purifier?
The latest generation of smart air purifiers allow you to better understand what’s in the air you breathe, providing you with up to date alerts on the level of various pollutants in your home and neighborhood.
They can also be programmed to react accordingly, even when you’re away from home. Being able to use your smartphone as a remote basically means being able to change your fan schedule even while you’re away from home.
If you use other integrated home devices, then most smart air purifiers can be integrated into systems like Alexa or IFTTT.
But before you purchase any kind of air purifier, you must be mindful of the CADR (clean air delivery rate) rating needed for the type of pollutant you’re targetting and the size of the space you plan to keep clean. This figure was developed by the AHAM (Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers), and is measured in cfm (cubic feet per minute). Its importance is outlined in the EPA’s guide to home air cleaners.
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