Us­ing air pu­ri­fiers

It’s the lat­est well­ness must-have but there’s a lot to con­sider

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - Home - - ADVICE - Jen­nifer Veer­huis

There has been a lot of in­ter­est in in­door air qual­ity in re­cent years. Some peo­ple are wor­ried about al­lergy trig­gers. For oth­ers, im­prov­ing the air we breathe in­doors is part of an over­all strat­egy to make our homes cleaner, health­ier spa­ces to live. And dust is key to poor air qual­ity. “If you look at dust un­der a mi­cro­scope, it’s made up of dust mite fae­ces, your skin par­ti­cles and there might be some mould spores float­ing around if the hu­mid­ity’s high or it could be an­i­mal dan­der, soot and gen­eral pol­lu­tion from out­side,” says

(pic­tured), a di­rec­tor at build­ing bi­ol­ogy com­pany Mitey Fresh. “It’s a hor­ri­ble cock­tail. “As much as 80 to 90 per cent of dust is your skin par­ti­cles that have just be­come dust in the air and other things are added to it.”

While most of us would like to think our homes are fairly clean, Tony es­ti­mates the air in our homes is usu­ally 10 times worse than the air out­side. It’s not that sur­pris­ing then that in­ter­est in air pu­ri­fiers is grow­ing.

Tony rents and sells air pu­ri­fiers from Ino­vaAir to help peo­ple main­tain bet­ter air qual­ity in­doors.

If you are con­sid­er­ing get­ting one, he par­tic­u­larly rec­om­mends them for any­one with al­ler­gies and asthma, those who live near a busy road and are wor­ried about the amount of pol­lu­tion in the air and peo­ple who sim­ply want a cleaner house.

“For some­one highly al­ler­gic to dust mites, a good air pu­ri­fier is ideal to cap­ture all those par­ti­cles that would nor­mally ir­ri­tate their lungs,” he says. “It’s im­por­tant to have a ma­chine in a room if they’re con­stantly do­ing back­burn­ing in your area and the smoke ir­ri­tates you.”

Air pu­ri­fiers can also be use­ful for ren­o­va­tors liv­ing through the build­ing process so that they can min­imise the dust on site.

Choos­ing the right pu­ri­fier for you

There are a num­ber of dif­fer­ent brands on the mar­ket but Tony says there are some fea­tures to look out for.

“The ma­chines we en­dorse are strong — they’re metal, they’re on cas­tors so you can wheel them around, they can do large ar­eas and they’re quiet,” he says.

He rec­om­mends air pu­ri­fiers that have a long fil­ter life of about three years, rather than just one year, ma­chines with three stages of fil­tra­tion and ones that are en­dorsed by the Asthma Foun­da­tion. He says the ma­chines with three stages of fil­tra­tion en­trap larger par­ti­cles, finer par­ti­cles as well as smoke and odours. If you’ you’re con­sid­er­ing buy­ing an air pu­ri­fier to deal w with al­ler­gens, look for one with a med­i­cal gra grade HEPA (high ef­fi­ciency par­tic­u­late air) fi fil­ter, as well as a pre-fil­ter to catch larger par­ti­cles. This will also ex­tend the life of your HEPA fil­ter, which can be ex­pen­sive to re­place over time. If pol­lu­tants such as ex­haust fumes and ci­garette smoke are m more of a con­cern, look for an air pu­ri­fier w with a high ca­pac­ity ac­ti­vated car­bon fil­ter, whi which can ab­sorb these chem­i­cals. Some air pu­ri­fie pu­ri­fiers come with both. Al­ter­nati Al­ter­na­tively, many com­mon in­door plants can re­move pol­lu­tants such as am­mo­nia, formalde­hyde, ben­zene and xy­lene from the air nat­u­rally.

Check how loud the pu­ri­fier is when run­ning if you want to use it in the bed­room, like this one from Daikin.

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