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What Is An Air Purifier And Does It Work?

Updated: Nov 25, 2022

As mentioned in previous articles, air pollution causes thousands of deaths each year in America alone and around 4.2 million worldwide last year. Users are wondering about new technologies including air purifiers.

What is An Air Purifier Good for?

With claims to clean the air in your home, air purifiers claim to remove several pollutants such as the following:

  • Odors

  • Smoke

  • Dust

  • Pet dander

  • Mold

  • Germs

Air purifiers work by filters and a fan that sucks in and circulates the air, according to Good Housekeeping. Further more “As air moves through the filter, pollutants and particles are captured and the clean air is pushed back out into the living space. Typically, filters are made of paper, fiber (often fiberglass), or mesh, and require regular replacement to maintain efficiency.”

Air Purification Can Be A Solution Though Limited

The EPA recommends air purifiers. These are effective ways to reduce harsh chemicals or particles that may be lingering around. EPA states “The most effective ways to improve your indoor air are to reduce or remove the sources of pollutants and to ventilate with clean outdoor air. In addition, research shows that filtration can be an effective supplement to source control and ventilation. Using a portable air cleaner and/or upgrading the air filter in your furnace or central heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system can help to improve indoor air quality. “ Though, they do not filter out VOCs or allergens stuck to furniture or flooring.

Can It Remove Mold?

Unfortunately, no. We recommend hiring a professional mold removal specialist in this instance. Once your home is mold free you may benefit more from a humidifier or dehumidifier in order to control moisture levels in your home. Air purifiers do not prevent or help with mold growth whatsoever.

How Can Air Methods Help You?

It is our goal at Air Methods Environmental to provide all customers the best experience and satisfaction in providing cleaner air to your home. We are committed to exceeding your needs whether it be asbestos abatement or a simple air clearance test. Contact us today at (541) 668 - 1848 or fill out the form here. While air purifiers can't be affective in removing mold and mildew, it's still important to know of the characteristics of those unwanted bacteria. To find out more, check out our post entitled, What is Mold and Mildew?

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