Advantages of Air Purifiers Without Filters

Most people realize as soon as they start shopping around for an air purifier that they are unwittingly going to have to sign up for the filter of the month club

or at least be willing to exchange the filters in their new air purifier pretty regular.

 So it’s no surprise that given the expense of the air purifier and the expense of the replacement filters that the prospect of buying an air purifier that does not need replacement filters sounds good. 

What are the Advantages and disadvantages of filter less air purifiers?

Advantages:

  • No Filter Replacements
  • Destroy Germs and Viruses
  • Work Well as a Whole House Solution

Disadvantages:

  • Can Leave Surfaces Dusty
  • Higher Upfront Expense
  • Most create low ozone is a byproduct
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So What are the Advantages of Owning a Filterless Air Purifier?

1. The obvious answer is less expense down the road.  No Ongoing purchasing and replacing filters. 
2. Filterless air purifiers can destroy viruses and germs, something a filter cannot do.
3. Filterless air purifiers can cover a much larger square footage in most cases
4. They are much better at reducing odors and unpleasant smells.
5. Filterless air purifiers can be placed in the HVAC heating ventilation and air conditioning system without placing strain on the system.
6.  They can also be used as a whole house air purifier or whole building solution. 

What are the disadvantages of filterless air purifiers?

1.  The number one disadvantage of filterless air purifiers is that most of them create ozone is a byproduct.
  Ozone can build up in small areas and can be potentially dangerous to breathe.

2. They can leave the surfaces dusty. Since ionization is the primary technology for most filterless air cleaners, you can expect the surface of the walls around the air purifier to be extra dusty.
Ionization creates a situation where dust becomes too heavy to float and falls to the surface.

3.  Small square footage. Stand alone Filterless ionizers create a small amount of ozone as a by-product.
They are meant to be placed and used for the specific square footage they are bought for.

The problem with that is you cannot regulate how people use the cleaners once they have them home.
Placing too large of a ionic air purifier into a small area can create much too much ozone.

4.  Upfront expense. Even though there may be less expense in the form of replacing filters, most filterless air purifiers are more expensive up front.

5.  Maintenance. Even though you are not replacing filters, there is usually some type of PCO UV module that has to be replaced.
And getting back to expense, the modules typically run higher than filters so you are still going to get to pay somehow someway.

 Isn’t that the way it always is. 

Also maintenance doesn’t just mean maintaining the air purifier, it can also mean more house cleaning in the form of dusting when you are using an ionizer.

Smart Air Purifiers

Going filterless is not the only way you can save money with an air purifier.

The best home air purifier utilize both filter and filterless technologies.

There are many air purifiers that combine different technologies better able to reduce and destroy indoor air pollution up to 99 .9%. it sounds incredible but nonetheless true.

Just like anything else you can buy the entry level model or you can get the Cadillac.

The Cadillac of air purifiers not only filters the air in the room, it treats it only  when it is necessary.

And it does it all by sensors that measure the air quality and introduce as much or less air purification that is needed for the situation.

These air purifiers even come with their own app so that you can measure and control your air purifier with your phone.

The apps can even give you an update on your air quality and alert you when something has caused indoor air pollution to spike.

These smart air purifiers usually come with 3, 4, and 5 stages of technology to eliminate specific types of indoor air pollutants.

For instance, a plasma ionizer may be employed too neutralize and cluster together any bacteria that is in the air,  then the HEPA filter would filter out the clustered ions or dust.

 The Best of Both Worlds. 

Another way multiple technologies can be used in an air purifier is to have a ultraviolet light targeting the filter to kill the germs that are trapped there.

Filterless In Duct Air Purifiers

 One advantage of filterless air purifiers over HEPA air purifiers is they can become a whole house HVAC system for a whole lot less expense and wear and tear on your central heat and air system. 

A big plus of having a filterless air purifier inside the ductwork verus a stand-alone filterless air purifier is that any ozone that is produced as a by-product will have dispersed and dissipated before it enters into the main airstream of the home or business.

This means that only clean, free of bacteria and virus air can move throughout your house without any worries of adding any irritants to your air.

There is virtually no wear and tear on the system and the amount of energy to run it amounts to about the same as powering a light bulb.

The disadvantage of filterless in duct air purifiers is that it usually takes a technician to install and to replace any module when it is time.

Though more than ever if you are willing to do the work yourself, you can find some induct air purifiers that  install as easily as cutting a hole in the ductwork and screwing it in.

Plus these days there’s a instructional video available on YouTube for just about any type of installation.

 Why is this so much better than putting HEPA filters in your HVAC? 

Your HVAC needs air to be able to flow freely through the system in order to work efficiently.

HEPA filters are much too dense to allow air to flow freely in your system.

This can cause extra strain on your system which will mean more repairs down the line,

They also cost quite a bit more than a regular air conditioning filter.

And the energy to run your air unit will increase because of the restrictions to your air flow causing your electric bill to be higher.

Summary

Are air purifiers worth it?

Most consumers shopping for air purifiers, want to at least explore the possibility of going filterless when they find out how often and how expensive their filter replacement will run.

The advantages of going filteress include less expense in replacement filters and the capacity to eradicate germs not just capture them.

While the disadvantages a filterless air purifiers are primarily related to the buildup of ozone as a by-product.

We also mentioned that going filterless is not the only way to save money, there are many smart air purifiers available that use multiple technologies but do so only when is needed so that the life of 

your filters and air purifier is lengthened.

Also for those who need a whole house air purifier, an induct purifier utilizes the HVAC system to provide a ozone free and filterless way cleaning 

the air in the whole house.

What Does An Ionizer Do? 5 Methods-9 Uses

Ionizer is a term that you have probably heard a lot while shopping for a number of different types of appliances lately.

The ionizer is used in different capacities across the board in the air pollution industry, water purification industry, pools, hot tubs, air conditioners and fans, as well vacuums, humidifiers and heaters.

What Does an ionizer do?

The most popular type of ionizer is the:

1. Air Ionizer

An Air ionizer is a type of air cleaner that purifies the ambient air by adding an electrical charge to the molecules in the air. Other air purifiers use HEPA filters to filter out contaminants. Air ionizers use ionization to clear the air of dust, germs, and smells.

How does an air ionizer work?

Air ionizers work by polarity. By emitting negative ions into a room, they attract the positive ions, which are considered to be the contaminants in the air.
When the negative ions combine with the positive ions, the new combined ion becomes too heavy to float and falls to the ground or nearest surface.

Many ionizers are combined with HEPA filters to capture the newly formed dust particles created through the ionization process.
Is ionized air good for you

Is ionized air good for you?

Ionized air is clean air. Clean air is good. 

Benefits from ionized air include:

  • Removal of allergens
  • Pollen
  • Pet dander
  • Mold spores
  • Other airborne microbes

Ionized air has also been linked to having a happy attitude. Believe it or not there is science that suggests that a room that has an overabundance of negative ions actually contributes to  feelings of happiness and joy.

AIR IONIZER DANGERS

The dangers related to air ionizers come specifically because of their link to ozone.

Because negative ions are generated by using a high voltage spark, ozone is introduced as a byproduct.

High Ozone is very dangerous to breathe and is not considered to be safe to use in the vicinity of people or pets, even your plants.

Air ionizers are typically engineered to create a much lower level of ozone that is not dangerous.

But the problem with that is you cannot regulate how the consumer uses the ionizer.

For instance an ionizer that is meant to cover 500 square feet safely would be a hazard in an area that contains 100 square feet.

Another type of ionizer that is popular is the

2. Water Ionizer.

Water ionizers are a device that separates the composition of water into two basins. An alkaline side and an acidic side.

The ideal behind the water ionizer is that the pH level of the human body needs to retain above a 7 pH to remain healthy.

Water ionizers can raise the pH of the water to about 11.5 which can aid in the overall health of the person who is drinking the water.

And the basin that captures the acidic water, can be used for other household chores, even watering plants or washing your hair.

A 3rd way ionizers are used is as an inhibitor for bacteria and algae.

3. Pool and Hot Tub Ionizers

This is a technology that can be used to help keep water clean in pools, hot tubs, and even humidifiers.

Though manufacturers are quick to point out that ionizers alone will not completely clean your pool or hot tub, they make the amount and frequency of cleaning much lower.

The fourth way ionizers are used.

4. Hair Dryers /Static reducers.


Hair dryers are the most common use for this type of ionizer.
Ionic hair dryers have become popular because they not only reduce the amount of static that can come with blow drying your hair, they also reduce the time it takes to blow dry your hair. As much as half the time.

Which is an obvious benefit keeping your hair moist and not over drying.

5. Heater, Fan, and Air Conditioner Ionizers

Most industries that use ionizers generally fall under the air ionizer column.

As an example, the Lasko brand tower fan has an ionizer included.

This is a way of incorporating an air purifier together with a fan.

Do they work? Probably not as well as you would want, but they are somewhat effective.

The same premise goes for other appliances that have to do with heating and cooling.

An ionizer in these cases are generally just a negative ion generator included as an extra benefit to accompany the heat or cool that the appliance is made for.

Air purifier is a generic term that covers all types of air purifying technologies.

Whereas an air ionizer is an air purifier that uses ionization as its specific technology for cleaning the air.

Other Ionizer Technologies

Other technologies that use ionization are photocatalytic oxidation and Plasmawave and can do much more to reduce certain types of poor air quality like germs and viruses and chemical pollution such as aerosols and paint fumes.

Using an ionizer in your air conditioning system is also one of the best ways you can eliminate indoor air pollution in your home.

Your central heat and air system, believe it or not, can be the primary source of air contamination in your home or office.

The reason being is that the air unit itself also doubles as the perfect environment for the production of mold spores.

You may have heard of air conditioning sickness or air conditioner sore throat type problems and wondered how the two could be related.

The reason is because every time your air conditioner kicks on it also becomes a delivery system for all the contaminants that are inside of the ductwork of your system.

Many people notice that at the beginning of a season after they haven’t been using their air handler for a while, they will have allergy symptoms after they turn it on.

Using an ionizer technology like photo catalytic oxidation or plasma inside of your HVAC, you can not only prevent the production of spores and bacteria inside your duct work, you can also remove the existing germs before they enter into your home.

That means your central heat and air conditioner can act as a giant whole house air purifier. They cannot only deliver clean air into your home, it can also take polluted air from one room and clean it before it enters into the rest of the house.

Can You Be Allergic to Oxygen?

Allergies can take even the best of us down.  And many times we forget to examine our surroundings when we are having an attack.

Can You Have Allergy to Oxygen?can you be allergic to oxygen

No you can not be allergic to oxygen.

Oxygen is vital for living and is only one of the ingredients of air itself.

But your air can be full of contaminants that trigger allergies and make your oxygen seem like an allergen.

 Pollutants like pollen, mold spores, dust mites, dander, and all types of household chemicals may be present in your air, These are the real culprits and the source of airborne allergies.  

 

Air pollution is a huge problem across the world

and Contrary to what you might believe,

the quality of the air inside your home might actually be worse than the air outside.

Can you be allergic to air

There are several factors that affect indoor air quality including:

    • pets,
    • carpets,
    • appliances,
    • insects,
    • smoke,
    • moisture,
    • and other pollutants.

Some of these can lead to serious health problems,

while others are mere annoyances that make you uncomfortable.


 If you want to improve the air quality inside your home, then read through our 8 easy tips to improve indoor air quality. 

1.Ventilation

Airflow is the key to good air quality.open a window

Getting air flowing through your home gets rid of stagnant air and allows fresh air to flow in from outside.

Improving ventilation can be as simple as just opening some windows and doors to breathe new life into your home.

Of course, the air outside your house may be potentially toxic all on its own, especially if you live in a big city.

If that’s the case, then be careful about when you let the air in.

It’s better to choose a time when traffic flow is low, such as early in the morning or late at night.

Outside of opening a window, a trickle ventilator is a great way to get air from outside inside your home.

Trickle ventilators allow air from outside to flow into your home by passing through a filter that removes any impurities.

It’s an air filter and ventilator in one.

The kitchen and bedroom are ideal locations for these ventilators.

Cooking methods and appliances are one of the main ways that air pollutants get into your home.

These vents can be added to an existing widow or door frame, or they can be added with a standalone frame that fits just about any building.

2. Keep the AC Clean

Air conditioners are great for improving indoor air quality. They dry out the air in your home and refresh stale air.

Just about every air conditioner has some kind of filter used to clean air to remove allergens and pollutants.

Like any kind of filter in the home, you should regularly clean and replace the filters in your air conditioner.

Check the manufacturer’s instructions to see what to do and when to do it.

3. Keep Sheets and Clothes Clean

Dust mites are another major cause of poor quality air.

They irritate your throat and nose to leave you feeling tired.

Dust mites can be found in fabric in your home, including bedding, curtains, and cushions.

You should clean these items low-allergenic washing soap on a regular basis.

If you’ve got pets you should aim to keep them away from your bed and sofa to reduce the buildup of hair as much as possible

4. Beeswax Candles Make Great Air Purifiers

Beeswax candles are great for keeping the air clean and fresh.
As a beeswax candle burns, it releases negative ions.

Dust, dirt, pollen, pollutants, and other kinds of aerial junk have a positive charge.
When the negative ions from beeswax touch those positively-charged particles, it causes the particles to disperse or be sucked into the candle.
This is basically how air purifiers work.

Beeswax candles are completely 100% natural and, as well as eliminating contaminants and bad smells from your home, they have their own great smell and add a real ambiance to the home.

5. Salt Lamps Help with Asthma

If you don’t like the sound of burning candles, then consider picking up a salt lamp. Salt lamps are created by taking Himalayan salt and adding a light source.

Like beeswax candles, they release negative ions when they are lit.

The negative ions from salt lamps fight against the positively charged particles that make up the contaminants causing allergies.

Asthma sufferers have also reported that they got relief from their symptoms when using salt lamps.

6. Activated Charcoal

Activated charcoal has been used to purify air safely and effectively for decades. Activated charcoal was used with gas masks in World War 1. It is still used to filter and recycle air in submarines as well as reduce car emissions.

When it comes to your home, activated charcoal is a fast and effective method for eliminating contaminants.

Activated charcoal can be found in most HEPA filters too. There’s no reason to not cut out the middle man and just get the charcoal itself, which is more than capable of getting the job done on its own.

7. Houseplants

Plants and trees do wonders for outdoor air quality, and many indoor plants can have the same effect for your home.

They help to get rid of toxins from the air, increase oxygen levels, and they also look and smell great.

Not any old houseplant will do though. Try to get your green thumbs on some ivy, bamboo, and dracaenas.

FRESH AIR FOR A FRESH HOME

There are an endless array of benefits to keeping the air in your home clean. Alleviate allergy and asthma symptoms, breathe easier, and just improve your overall quality of life with these tips on improving indoor air quality.

8. Air purifiers

An air purifying machine can do wonders to reduce the contaminants that are causing the oxygen to seem allergic.

Most air purifiers these days are capable of reducing indoor air pollution up to the 90%.

The most popular air purifiers on the market use HEPA and carbon filters to filter out everything

from dust mites and dander to construction adhesive fumes and cooking odors.

Smart air purifiers.

Smart air purifiers have taking over the market these days, giving the consumer a full range of capabilities to monitor and control their air quality with their phone.

What a great way to know that when you get home,  your air is going to be the quality you need to get a good night’s rest or be able to breathe when you are suffering from sinus issues.

These air cleaning machines use sensors to measure the pollution in the air then activate the air purifier to clean the air and bring it back to a safe level.

Once they have done their job they shut off to keep the air cleaner from running all the time and save on the life of the filters and the machine itself.

Summary

 Can you be allergic to oxygen? No, Oxygen is vital for our health but sometimes our air supply can be so full of contaminants the breathing itself becomes a problem. There are many ways that you can keep airborne allergens at bay including houseplants, beeswax candles, home maintenance, and air purifiers to name a few. 

Here’s to your health.

What Does The UV Light On An Air Purifier Do?

what does the uv light do on air purifier
A UV or ultraviolet light , when it is targeted directly upon it, can effectively destroy mold, bacteria and fungus.

But that begs the question, since there is no way to Target a UV light on air itself –

What is the Purpose of a UV Light on a Air Purifier?

UV light is used in air purifiers to destroy pathogens in the air stream by using ultraviolet in three different ways including:

  1. Targeting and destroying germs that are living on the Hepa filter.
  2. Targeting it on the source of the mold in an HVAC. Coils, drip pans, etc.
  3. Targeting it on a catalyst to cause a photocatalytic oxidation reaction of ions.
  4. They will also kill any pathogens that happen upon the UV light bulb.

When I think about a UV light, it reminds me of being a young boy sitting in a barber’s chair.

The reason is that the barber always had a glass canister with a blue light in it,  sitting on a shelf behind him.

I didn’t know it back then, but that blue light was a ultraviolet lamp that he was shining on his Combs and scissors to keep them disinfected.

There are many more applications for ultraviolet light such as-

  • keeping your aquarium clean
  • sterilizing surgical equipment
  • bug zappers
  • tanning beds
  • and even killing fungus in your shoes

And that’s a short list.

home hepa uv air purifier

But Each One of These Relies on the UV Light Being Targeted Directly Upon Its Subject.

 But in the case of air purifier, You are simply not going to get air to sit in front of a disinfecting bulb and wait there for the pathogens in it to die. So that’s why when cleaning air with UV,  you either have to capture the pollution and aim the light on it. Or you have to aim it at the source of the pollution before it enters the air stream. 

HEPA UV Air Purifier

A HEPA UV air purifier works by drawing air into a HEPA filter with a  UV light aimed at the filter to destroy the germs or bacteria that are being trapped in the filter.

Otherwise without the UV in place,  the germs and bacteria can remain alive on the filter.

The Ultraviolet lamp also helps to disinfect the air as it passes through, providing extra elimination of airborne pathogens.

UV Light HVAC Furnace Air Purifier

The purpose of placing UV lights in your central heat and air conditioning (HVAC),

is to eliminate the production of of mold spores before they get a chance to become a problem,

And populate your ductwork,  spreading through your airstream via the vents.

The environment inside your furnace or HVAC,  because of moisture and the absence of light are an ideal climate for mold to grow.

Placing UV lights to target areas like drip pans and condensation coils inside the unit can keep mold from producing and ever becoming a problem.

Photocatalytic Oxidation (PCO)

Another way that UV is used in air purification is Photo catalytic Oxidation.

PCO targets the UV-C  on a hydrated catalyst composed of metals, primarily titanium oxide.

The result of this is the creation of hydrogen peroxide ions among other types of ions.

Hydrogen peroxide ions are essentially the gas form of hydrogen peroxide solution. The same stuff you put on a cut or abrasion for disinfection.

Since these air purifiers disperse ions in the millions, they can not only be considered an air sanitizer, they will sanitize the surfaces around the air purifier to.

Photocatalytic Oxidation is known to be very effective at reducing germs and bacteria. It is also one of the best ways to eliminate airborne mold spores.

This makes it another ,and a more efficient way to  purify the air inside of your central heat and air conditioning unit.

These induct UV air purifiers typically install into the plenum or supply air vent of the furnace – AC.

UV Dangers

Can UV Air Purifiers be Dangerous?

Since the UV used in air purifiers is typically in the UV- C spectrum, it is very destructive to organisms, and that can include your eyesight.

For that reason it is imperative never to stare at the UV light and place the air purifier we’re children or not capable of staring at it either.

For professionals who have to deal with UV, there are professional goggles, gloves, and clothing,  you can purchase.

UV lamps also contain mercury. The amount of mercury in a light bulb is minimal what should it break, you should take care cleaning it up and make sure to dispose of the remains safely.
The truth is you are much more likely to get mercury poisoning from eating fish then breaking a UV bulb.

Other types of UV include  UV – A and the UV – B

UV- A is the wavelength responsible for getting a tan. Though it can be responsible for premature wrinkles on your face, it the least harmful of all UV wavelengths and exist in our everyday life. It is also manufactured for use in tanning beds.

UV- B ultraviolet is the type of UV wavelength that they warn you about on the evening news. This type causes sunburn and blistering on the skin. Skin cancer can also be a result of being exposed too long to UV-B.

Tanning beds sometimes combine UV-B with UV-A to get a faster tanning effect. Though it obviously doesn’t stop people,
It is hardly worth it to risk getting skin cancer for a quicker tan.

UV-C is the most harmful. Though it doesn’t naturally enter the Earth’s atmosphere because of the ozone layer, It is the wavelength that is manufactured the most because of its capacity to kill germs and destroy organisms.

UV Ozone

UV-C also creates ozone as a byproduct.

Ozone is also very destructive to organisms but it can be destructive to your lung tissue also if you or exposed to it long enough.

 When using UVC lights or PCO in the central heat and air system, Ozone does not pose a problem at all because of the rate at which it dissipates. 

 

But stand-alone UV air purifiers can run the risk of creating too much ozone in a square space if the wrong size UV air purifier is not used in the appropriate space.

In other words, an UV air purifier that is completely safe in a large living space would be completely Overkill in a bathroom or small bedroom.

A good analogy for ozone is bleach. You can douse bleach into a bathroom and kill everything in there but you will not be able to go in there for quite a while.

Same with ozone. Too much in a small area is a hazard.

Since there is no way to regulate how people use ozone,

Or ensuring that people are using the right size air purifier in the designated square space,

Air cleaners that manufacture ozone,  including UV air purifiers that create too much ozone, have been outlawed in the state of California.

One of the main points of using an air purifier is to breathe easier in your home or office.

So it honestly it makes no sense to use ozone in your home as an air cleaner unless it is for remedial reasons like  mold clean-up and strong odor removal.

it should never be used in the vicinity of people,  pets or plants. and it is important to let it dissipate completely before utilizing the space again.

It is best to leave the ozone machines to the professionals and get it done right.

Summary.

UV is used in an air purifier by trapping air pollution into a HEPA filter and killing the pollution on the filter by targeting a UV lamp on it.

Or by placing UV germicidal lamps at the source mold spores inside your HVAC

And it is also used in Photocatalytic Oxidation to create a result air-purifying ions.

UV light is an excellent way of improving the air inside of your home or office.

For my money the best way of using UV for air purification is a PCO photocatalytic oxidation induct air purifier in your central heat and air system.

This method not only stops indoor air pollution before it gets started it also circulates sanitized air throughout your home or office building.

And also sanitizers any pollutants that are brought into the building before they spread to the rest of the house.

Do I Need a Air Purifier or Humidifier for Sinus?

Do I need an Air Purifier or Humidifier for Sinus?

  Sinus pain is caused by inflammation in your sinus cavities. A cool mist humidifier can help sooth your sinuses and give you some much needed quick relief. 

 But a good air purifier will filter out as much as 99% of the germs and bacteria, which could be the reason you are having problems with your sinuses when you are in specific area in the first place.

In other words an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

 

Whenever I got into the air purifier business I did not even know what an air purifier was or what it did, only that I was looking for something to sell.

Through a MLM home business opportunity I was introduced to an air purifier that used photocatalytic oxidation to eliminate almost any kind of indoor air pollution.

And if you could stand the smell of ozone, that machine was awesome.

I thought, what an opportunity to help people alleviate the constant issues they have with sinus and allergies.

I mean everyone i know has problems with sinuses and breathing practically,

and providing an answer for those issues could provide me with an excellent business.

What I found out was that not only did I not know what an air purifier was but that not very many other people did either.

20 Years down the line and people still ask me if I’m still selling my HUMIDIFIERS.

That is one of the points of this article.

These air devices or not something people think about everyday and why should they?

I found that a lot of people do not know the difference between air purifiers and humidifiers , dehumidifiers and Air conditioners.

Again, why would you need to know until you’re having a problem that requires you to get that knowledge?

So if you have sinus problems and you are looking for a device to help you feel better,

then you may be trying to figure out whether or not the air purifier is what you need or a humidifier.

 

There is so much confusion when it comes to colds and allergies.

For instance, you will hear that you need humidity to breathe when you have a sinus infection,

But you will also hear that mold and dust mites thrive in humid conditions.

And that Dust mites and mold spores are allergens and allergens cause sinus inflammation.

Confused yet?

Humidity and no humidity?

Truth is if you didn’t have humidity it would be way too dry and you would suffer from nosebleeds, sinus pain, and dry throat and you would be miserable.

But If you have too much humidity then the air is too thick and host more allergens clogging your sinus cavities, making it hard to breathe and you will be miserable.

But regardless of whether the air is too dry or The air is too wet, if the air quality is poor you are going to be miserable.

lol.

So which is it?

A humidifier will add humidity to the room when the air is too dry.

A Dehumidifier will take humidity out of the air when the air is to wet.

But regardless, it is the pollution in the air that is the culprit.

So unless you do something to help eliminate the allergens,

like dust mites and dander, mold spores and pollen, bacteria and germs, 

you are only asking to keep repeating the same issues you have with sinus infections and allergies over and over.

What type of air purifier do I need for sinus relief?

An Air purifier that has a true HEPA filter and a carbon filter is the best way to go in most small rooms, bedrooms, and living rooms.

HEPA filters will filter out pollutants of small is .3 microns which is over the top when you’re talkin about filtering out allergens.
Any gas or chemical allergenics will be captured by the carbon filter.

  Many air purifiers come with on board air monitors give you a continual update on the air quality in your house.

A very handy benefit when you are coming into pollen season or if you have introduced something new in the house that is making you tear up and sneeze.

Another type of air purifier that will help with the continuing issues with sinuses and allergies is the in duct air purifier.

This type of air purifier will require you to have central heat and air installed in your house or building.

The ideal Behind These air purifiers is that much of the allergens that are being circulated around the house are coming from your air handler itself.

The reason is, not only does your hVAC system provide a excellent breeding ground for mold,
it will also pick up other allergens and circulate them the house whenever the unit is running.

Placing the in duct air purifier inside the plenum of the central heat and air system will clean the air,

before it gets into the house and clean the air that it is being picking up and circulating through the vents.

These are purifiers typically use photocatalytic oxidation or plasma ionic.

Since these are purifiers do not typically have any type of air monitoring capabilities,

it only stands to reason that installing an air qualty monitor in the house will help you keep track of air quality in your home.

Another monitor that you can buy that will help you reduce indoor air pollution,

and help you keep an eye on the wear and tear of your machines is a humidity monitor or the technical term hygrometer.

Humidity will not only help facilitate mold growth and dust mite growth.

It will also cause your air conditioner to run overtime, reducing the life of the unit.

What is a good indoor humidity level?

Most hVAC professionals agree that the humidity inside the home should be around 30 – 50%.

Outdoor Tempature vs Indoor humidity chart

A dehumidifier will vacuum the moisture out of the air and create an environment that you can breathe in again.

Dehumidifiers are very handy when you are trying to use your basement as a living area.

Another off-the-wall question I sometimes hear is,

Can you be allergic to oxygen?

No you can’t be allergic to oxygen.

Oxygen is vital for living and is only one of the ingredients of air itself.

But your air can be full of contaminants that are causing you to have an allergic reaction.

Pollutants like pollen, mold spores, dust mites, dander, and all types of household chemicals may be present
in your air,

Making your oxygen seem allergic.

Air Purifier for Cat Allergy? Will it Work?

My cats

I am a cat person.
I definitely show all the signs.
I talk to my cats.
I enjoy watching cat videos for an extended amount of time.
I buy catnip and the occasional toy for my cats,
And I have at least one cat in my lap or sitting next to me all the time I’m at home.
(A brief list to be sure)

Two cats is my limit though.

My family has always had cats around since I can remember.

I’ve never been allergic to a cat in my life, until recently.

Can you be allergic to one cat but not another?

Yes you can. Some cats just shed more than others. And since the bacteria known as dander is attached to the shedded fur, you can experience more allergy symptoms around the cat that sheds more.

Can you develop an allergy to cats later on in life?

Yes,  It’s possible but it’s more likely that something has changed in the environment around you that is causing the allergic reaction. Like say a cat that is shedding more than usual and spreading a lot more dander than usual.

And that is my situation


Though I may think of myself as a cat person, I would not categorize myself as someone that is good at choosing a cat.

More like the opposite.

The truth is, I have never actually chosen a cat.

They always just seem to end up around me in the house somehow. They are usually brought in by one of my sisters or one of my daughters.

That to say,

Now I know,
there is such a thing as a hypoallergenic cat and if I knew I was going to have a constant wheezing and sneezing issue with one of my cats,

  I would have look a lot harder to find one (or at all) that was hypoallergenic.

But what I got is a fat lovable Calico that leaves a trail of hair everywhere she goes.

Merida

Especially on my couch and clothes.

So now I’ve got an allergy that is centered around that one cat.

My other cat is a short-haired rescue that doesn’t seem to bother me at all when it comes to allergies.

Lucky

But I’ve had to make some adjustments and learn to deal with living in the same house as a cat I’m allergic to.

And that is really what this article is about.

It was not hard to realize that what I was allergic to was related to the amount of shedding the cat is doing.

The cat hair and more specifically the cat dander that is covering the hair  was getting out of control so here’s my list:

House Cleaning

I went into hyper vacuuming and sweeping mode.

Cleaning the house is essential to keeping cat allergies down.

The amount of cat hair in the dump canister on the vacuum should have been a clue.

The amount of hair in the lint filter of the dryer after washing the blankets on the couch should have been a clue also.

I decided to step up the vacuuming to twice a week which seemed like getting a second job at first but hasn’t been that bad.

The one thing to point out is that if your vacuum does not have a HEPA filter, it is not going to vacuum the bacteria (that is what the dander actually is) as well.

Also related to vacuuming is air-purifying.

Vacuuming itself will actually kick up the dust and the dander into the air that you breathe and since dander is so small he can remain there for quite a while.
The truth is it doesn’t even take vacuuming to kick up dander into the air, simply walking through the house at any time is causing dust to enter the airstream.

Air Purifier for Cat Allergy?

An air purifier equipped with a true HEPA filter and a pre-filter is a must for keeping the air around me breathable while I’m sitting watching the TV or sleeping.

Keeping the air clean around you while you’re sleeping is also actually a big deal because you tend to breathe much deeper when you are sleeping.

  Having cleaner air when you’re sleeping will actually keep you from waking up as much and even help with snoring and sleep apnea.

If your cat sleeps with you or like mine, pounces all over you in the middle of the night, an air purifier maybe what you need to help you get a good night sleep.

What’s the difference between HEPA and true HEPA?

As for the meaning of “true HEPA”. It simply means that it’s a actual HEPA filter and not a imitation knock off.
HEPA filters are designed to capture particles as small as .3 microns. Buying a “ like hepa” filter won’t give you the same protection as a true hepa filter.

Grooming

For grooming I purchased a cat brush that removes an insane amount of hair in one pass. I also bought a glove that does about the same thing. Both were impulse purchases on Facebook.
I like the brush better than the glove.

My cat is super sensitive on her lower back. She cannot stand to be touched in that area.
I’ve yet to figure out why.

There’s a lot of people on the internet with the same problem but I’ve yet to see an answer for it. Maybe leave a comment if you know.

  It can make brushing the cat a lot more of a challenge. But if I keep in the right spots, I can get most of the hair without making her too crazy.

I also wiped the cat down with some baby wipes which doesn’t really seem to bother her. I’ve heard they have actual Kitty wipes but I’ve yet to try them.

Hygiene

Remembering to wash my hands after I pick up the cat or pet her is a simple thing that does a whole lot to keep myself from getting that allergic feeling.

If I don’t Remember to wash my hands and face, I’ll end up rubbing my eyes.

Rubbing your eyes and face with cat all over your hands is the worst thing to do to avoid itchy swollen eyes and sneezing.
There is an actual name for it. It’s called “itchy eye syndrome”

Keeping some hand sanitizer on the counter helps remember to wash my hands after I mess with the animals.

Really it comes down to common sense dealing with cat allergies but it is hard to do anything about dander without some outside help.

I’ve listed here the air purifier and the vacuum I was just taking a look at.

Air purifiers come in a whole array of sizes complete with different air cleaning Technologies.

My take on Air purification is that it is going to be very expensive to keep the air in the whole house clean. The amount of energy and keeping up with replacement filters is what I’m talkin about. That’s why I suggest just keeping a small air purifier in the areas of the house that you are in the most.

But there is always a exceptions to the rule.

There are air purifiers that go right into your HVAC unit that will keep the are in the whole house clean and actually neutralize pet dander. The cost to run one is considerably lower too.

But also these types of air purifiers do nothing to get rid of cat or dog hair.
You’ll have to get a separate air cleaner for that.

But at least it won’t have to be the most expensive true Hepa they carry.

There is even quite a few do it yourself HEPA air purifiers that you can throw together with box fan and a filter.

Probably a good idea for the garage but I don’t think my wife wants one in the living room. lol.

The vacuum we got is the….. Like I said before, it is insane, the amount of pet hair it picks up. We bought it at Walmart. But you can check it out here on Amazon and see the current price and reviews for yourself.

Peace.

Does HEPA Filters Remove Asbestos?

Asbestos is a scary subject as well as it should be.

Long-term exposure to asbestos can cause serious health problems including cancers like mesothelioma.

  But since it is such a ominous subject that many people deal with, and there is a lot of misconceptions and questions people have when they think they have asbestos or have come in contact with it.

We created a small hit list of common questions.

Feel free to add questions and helps to the comment box to help keep this list updated.

Does a HEPA Filter Remove Asbestos?

Yes a HEPA filter will remove asbestos. HEPA filters are engineered to capture particles as small as .3 microns.

Asbestos micron sizes or in the .7 to 90 length and size.

A HEPA filter for asbestos is usually found in the form of an asbestos respirator.

A HEPA respirator should always be used doing with asbestos dust.

Respirators with a p100 rating render the greatest amount of protection.

Avoid using paper mask as asbestos fibers or much too small for a paper mask to offer protection

And asbestos air scrubber or air purifier uses HEPA filters but consumers are warned that an air purifier can have leaks that do not qualify it to be a proper asbestos abatement tool.

Professionals use HEPA as part of there bestest abatement process but as a homeowner the best HEPA asbestos air purifier should be left as a precautionary after the abatement is finished.

Does Asbestos stay in the air?

Asbestos can stay in the air up to 72 hours and longer when there are currants carrying it around.

Can you Vacuum Asbestos?

No you should never vacuum asbestos. Sweeping and vacuuming asbestos dust will only aggravate it and push it into the air stream where you can breathe it in.

Is Asbestos Dangerous When Wet?

Keeping asbestos wet is one way of keeping the particles stable but they do not enter the Airstream.

In fact asbestos when it is in water is not found to be dangerous and can even be swallowed without it becoming hazardous.

How long do you have to be exposed to asbestos for it to be harmful?

Low exposure to asbestos seldom causes disease. One brief Exposure does not cause a big risk.

But multiple brief exposures can add up to a significant amount of asbestos fiber being breathed.

Asbestos can be harmful to breathe in small amounts, and if you have been exposed to asbestos, it is best to tell your doctor before any breathing related issues arise.

   There is clearly a difference between someone who has come into brief contact with it compared to someone who has worked with it in construction for a long time.

Long-term exposure to asbestos and pre-existing lung diseases as well as how long you were exposed and how much of it was in the air all have a factor and how harmful it can be.

Are Asbestos Risk Overblown?

Long-term exposure to asbestos causes lung disease and mesothelioma.
That’s about as serious as it gets. These diseases can significantly shorten your life span and cause your life to be a living hell dealing with the cancer.

Short-term risk may be considered by some to be overblown because of the majority of people who suffer from asbestos-related diseases we’re exposed too heavy amounts of asbestos dust for a long period Of time.

Remember that working with asbestos is not the only way you can be exposed to it. Whenever it is Disturbed, it poses a hazard. For this reason it is important to know are you have Building Products that use asbestos in your home.

Can you smell asbestos? Is asbestos odorless?

Asbestos does not have an odor.

Can you Taste Asbestos?

No asbestos does not have a taste either.

Can you See Asbestos?

Asbestos fibers or not visible to the naked eye.

Will Asbestos Make Your Skin Itch.

No asbestos will not make your skin itchy like fiberglass.

If you are dealing with an older home, looking for asbestos is as practical as considering the building materials used at the time. For instance ceiling tiles were the rage back then but they were typically made out of asbestos materials. As were vinyl floor tiles. Cement sheets were used for outdoor siding which also contained asbestos.
If you have a home that was built before the 1980s , there is a good chance that you have some materials that have asbestos in them. Having your home tested is a good ideal.

Should I Test for Asbestos?

Short answer, no. You should contact a professional if you think you have asbestos in your home. Remember that insurance will not cover the cost if you not go through the proper channels.

Popcorn Asbestos

If you have a popcorn ceiling that you believe with chance of containing asbestos, it is best to have it tested.

As stated before, doing your own test or remediation can cause you to be up a Creek with no paddle when it comes to getting help from your insurance company.

Most insurance will not cover any type of do it yourself asbestos testing or handiwork.

As long as asbestos is not disturbed, it is not dangerous.

An Asbestos  ceiling can be sprayed with vinyl paint to keep it from crumbling.

It won’t change the look of the ceiling but it will help avoid the cost of having the ceiling completely removed by a professional.

If it’s safety issue where the ceiling is in danger of being scraped, a professional can place gypsum board over the asbestos ceiling to keep it from being disturbed and removing the dated look of the popcorn texture.

What Kind of Cancer Does Asbestos Cause?
1. Mesothelioma.
2. Ovarian Cancer
3. Laryngeal Cancer
4. Lung Cancerv


Can you get Mesothelioma from one exposure?

Asbestos cancer or mesothelioma occurs primarily in people who have had long term, high levels of exposure.

One exposure does not pose of developing Mesothelioma.

Asbestos on Shoes.

Getting asbestos on your shoes and clothing will provide a means of travel for the dust. Second hand exposure to asbestos can happen by the transfer of asbestos on your clothes and shoes.

The fears connected to asbestos come from the long-term heavy exposure because of the building materials that Carpenters and laymen were using daily
before the 1980s. But the fear of cancer should not concern you if you happened to come across asbestos. It takes much more than just a one-off incident.

Clothing and shoes are really not an issue anymore as for working with asbestos because companies are required to carry the proper protective wear. When you are done working, you simply leave the clothing behind.

Best Ways of Removing Pet Hair From Air

I love my animals. Two dogs and two cats.

One of the dog stays outside 90% of the time and has a designated bed when she comes in the house.

But the other dog pretty much has free reign to the house.

Likewise, one of my cats stays in the house all the time and one of my cats lives in the garage.

We have a unique situation in that my wife is allergic to dogs and cant touch them without immediately washing her hands.

And I’m allergic to the cat in the garage.

Granted there are Hypoallergenic  house cats that don’t shed a whole lot including the
1. Siamese
2. Bengals
3. Bombay
4. Russian Blue

And believe me if I were better at looking for a cat as a pet, I would definitely have chose one of those.

But that is not how the cat in the garage came to live with us.

And that is definitely not the kind of cat we have in the garage.

The cat in the garage is named Merida and  Merida sheds more than any animal I’ve ever seen.

You cannot pet that cat without getting hair all over your hands and  your clothes.

Needless to say, I’m in a constant sneezing and running nose dilemma whenever I’m in Merida’s domain.

And since I do tend to work in the garage quite often I’ve had to figure out a few things so that me and Merida can coexist.

Here’s a few things I can tell you first-hand:

Some of the Best Ways to Remove Pet Hair from Air
1. Grooming
2. Restricted Living Space
3. Cleaning
4. Air Purifiers

1.  Grooming

This is the number one way I have found to keep the hair from getting all over the place. I bought a pet hair brush that removes a crazy amount of hair off of the cat at one time.

I open the garage door, step outside with the cat and go to town brushing her  The cat loves it and she leaves a whole lot less hair around the garage when I do this regularly.

  The dogs are a different story though.

Although the outside dog is a lab mix and doesn’t get too many baths,

  The little dog in the house has to have regular haircuts and regular baths or he just becomes right out nappy.

That’s when the sneezing and itchy eye craziness gets out of control for my wife.

It is amazing how much better it is for her when the dog is groomed and bathed.

And It’s a lot better for him also, because everybody wants to pet and hold him a lot more when he’s clean.

2. Restrict the living area of your pets

  Keeping the dander down and out of the air is a lot easier when the animal has their own confined space.

There is no way we could live with  Merida if she stayed in the house all the time.
That being said, we do let her come in the house and visit everyone,

but she primarily stays in the garage and its primarily because of the amount of cat hair that she leaves everywhere.  (she does have some issues with using the litter box regularly but that’s a different article, you can read more about that here)

Keeping the allergens at Bay by keeping the cat outside is one plan that works for us and especially me.

3.  Cleaning

Baby wipes for pet hair

This one works particularly well for my wife. Giving the dog a mini bath with baby wipes helps quite a lot towards keeping her from getting allergy crazy when the dog is around or she when pets the dog.

I’ve seen some wipes for cats on Amazon but I have not tried them.
Seems like a pretty good idea but I can imagine it’s kind of hard bathing the cat with them when the hair is falling off everywhere.

Hand Sanitizer for cat dander

We also keep a bottle of hand sanitizer around. It’s an easy go to when you don’t have access to a sink right away after you been touching the animals.

Vacuum for pet hair

Pet hair tends to accumulate and get all over the furniture and the Carpet and the hardwood Floors.

Everyone who has a cat has probably experienced vacuuming the floor and couch only to discover an insane amount of cat hair in the vacuum dump canister after they are done.

I got a Hoover Rewind from Walmart for vacuuming. Like I said before it’s crazy how much cat hair that thing picks up.

Keeping the floors and the furniture vacuumed is one of the best ways to keep the pet hair out of the air.

Keeping the house clean will keep pet allergies down quite a lot.

But one thing to remember about sweeping and vacuuming is that you are kicking the dust and dander back into the air when you do so.

 

4.  Air Purifier for Cat Hair

 

That leads to the next solution to keeping pet hair out of the air.

An air purifier placed in the right spots we’ll keep the ambient air ,the air you breathe free from airborne allergens including dog and cat dander.

  Using a air purifier equipped with a HEPA filter will capture particles as small as .3 microns.

What is the Micron size of pet dander?

The Micron size of pet dander is typically about 5 up to 10 microns.

Which is well in the range of the capacity of the HEPA filter.

Pet dander is actually the bacteria that makes it to the air via your pets shedded fur.

It’s the part of the fur that people are allergic to.

Though a HEPA air purifier can filter out particles as small as bacteria,

  they are not meant for larger debris like animal fur.

The solution is to make sure that any air purifier you buy has a pre-filter to capture all the big junk before it gets into the HEPA filter.

A pre-filter is typically made out of plastic and is easily washable.

A lot of people still have the ideal that air purifiers are gimmicky or dangerous.

Today’s air purifiers are very sophisticated and capable of eliminating about every type of indoor air pollution there is.

Is it okay to leave an air purifier on all the time?

Yes and no.

Of course you can leave your air purifier on all the time but there is a few things you may want to take into consideration.

1.  HEPA air purifiers can only cover a small amount of space. It is more practical to keep it on only when you are in that particular space.

  For instance, an air purifier will help you sleep by keeping the air that you breathe clean while you are sleeping,

But if you’re not there to breathe the clean air, you’re only using energy and shortening the life of the air purifier and the replacement filter.

A better solution to running your air purifier all the time is buying an air purifier with built-in air quality sensoring.

As I stated before, many air purifier brands have become quite sophisticated.

Many Brands come equipped with indoor air quality sensors to monitor your air.

The sensors communicate with the air purifier so that it only runs as much or less as needed.

  These are air purifiers are typically outfitted with the latest app so that you can control your air purifier and find out what the air quality is of your home right from your phone.

2. Some air cleaners use ionizers that can create low amounts of ozone. Ozone can build up over time. That is one of the particular reasons that the EPA discourages the use of ozone as a domestic air cleaner.

Is Ozone Dangerous for Pets?

Ozone is not meant to breathe in any kind of large quantity. That goes for human lungs and animal lungs.

Ozone should only be used as an air purifier for remediation use and when there is no one around till the ozone clears out.

My animals are a big part of my life as I’m sure yours are,. but sometimes getting along with them requires a little more help in the air quality Department.

Keeping your animals groomed and your house clean,

as well as running a good HEPA air purifier will help go a long way in keeping your air free of hair and your allergies from going haywire.

Peace.

Do Air Purifiers Make the Room Cold?

It can be confusing sifting through all the products and appliances that deal with airflow.

There are a lot of misconceptions and questions that people have , for instance,

Does an Air Purifier make the room cold?

The answer is:

No an air purifier does not make the room cold. It is a device to clean the air and not cool it down.

Most air purifiers do have a fan, but the fan is not in place to blow air out, rather pull air into a filter.

The point is , with so many different types of devices and machines that have similar names and all deal with the air somehow,
knowing what each one is and what it does can take some research.

  Hopefully this article will add some clarity and help clear up a few of the misconceptions that people can have when they need a specific appliance for their air.

Air Purifier

A air purifier is a device
that purifies or cleans the air through different means,
primarily filtering.

Air purifiers are also called:
1. Air Cleaners
2. Air Sterilizers
3. Air Scrubbers
4. Air Ionizers
5. Air Filters
6. Ozonators
7. Odor Removing Machines
8. Negative Ion Generators

Like we stated in the beginning of this article, air purifiers or not the same as Air conditioners. They primarily clean the air where as an air conditioner cools the temperature of the air.

Dyson has an air purifier that is an exception to the rule. It cools the air and filters the air in the same unit. You can check it out here.

All air purifiers are not made the same and they do not all use the same technology to clean air.

Before purchasing an air purifier, you should do a little research to find out which air cleaning technology is right for you. You can find a good resource here.

Air conditioner

Air conditioners are devices
or machines that condition
the air in the room to be cold or cooler.

Different types of air conditioners include:
1. Window air conditioners
2. Central air conditioners
3. Ductless air conditioners
4. Portable air conditioners
5. Heat pumps.

One question we get regularly in regards to these units is:

Can a Air Conditioner Make you Sick or Give you a Sore Throat?

The answer is yes,

The air conditioner housing , being dark and humid can provide an excellent environment to grow mold and bacteria.

A poorly maintained and uncleaned air conditioner can introduce mold and airborne allergens into the air each time it turns on.

This explains why your allergies can flare up and you feel sick when the air conditioner is on.

This can be noticeable especially at the beginning of the season after having not use the unit for a while.

As you can see,

That is just another reason why it can be confusing determining whether you need a air purifier or an air conditioner.

  If Air conditioning can be a contributing factor in the air quality of the home or office,

then it only makes sense that an air purifier for air purification should go hand-in-hand with air conditioner.

Luckily they’ve got you covered. You can take a look at those kinds of products here.

Can an air conditioner be used as a air purifier?

Can an Air Conditioner Filter Pollen?

Yes your central air conditioner can filter out pollen provided that you are using the right filter for it.

But it is important to remember that a filter that is capable of filtering out pollen and bacteria is going to be very dense and is going to cause your air conditioner to work extra hard.

That will add to your energy cost and take away from the life of the air conditioner.

Air conditioning filters are primarily put in place to protect the air conditioner itself , although they do help keep air pollutants from circling through the building to a point.

Humidifier

The humidifier is another airflow machine that can be confusing to understand what it does and whether or not you need it.

A humidifier adds humidity to a room by converting water into a mist that blows from the machine.
There are 5 basic types of humidifiers including:
1. Cool Mist
2. Ultrasonic
3. Warm Mist
4. Evaporative
5. Vaporizers

Does a humidifier Cool the air?

A cool mist humidifier has a cool Vapor that comes from it so technically you could get a little bit of cool air on You by sitting next to it,

But that’s not really the point, that is just a side benefit and it only works with a cool mist humidifier.

The purpose of a humidifier is to add moisture to your room to counter the effects of dry climate like dried out nasal cavities and chapped lips,etc.

Humidifier uses:

Dry air can come with a lot of negative symptoms.

Humidifiers can help alleviate many of the problems and symptoms related to living in a dry climate.

Conditions like:

Bloody noses
Dry skin
Congestion
Chapped lips

To name a few.

Humidifiers can also be a great way to get a better more peaceful night’s rest.

They can also help reduce snoring and sleep apnea.

A Humidifier running in the bedroom at night will also add a little white noise.

White Noise has shown to help some people sleep deeper and for longer periods of time.

Dehumidifier

A dehumidifier is a device that extracts humidity from a room.

Many people have the opposite problem from dry air.
They live in climates that are extra humid for most of the year.

This is another appliance that causes a lot of confusion when you’re talkin about air conditioning.

Will a dehumidifier help cool a house?

Yes and no. A dehumidifier does not produce cool air but it does reduce humidity and humidity will cause the house to feel muggy and warm.

It will also take the strain off of the air conditioner so that it feels like your air conditioner is working much better.

  An air conditioner can work twice as hard in and environment where there is a lot of humidity.

If you ever have been down south in the summer you know what I mean. You can turn your air conditioner on full blast and not feel like it is on.

Other Benefits of Using a Dehumidifier:
1. Mold reduction
2. Home stabilizing
3. Dust mite reduction
4. Reduces indoor air pollution
5. Lower your energy cost.

Humidity helps provide the ideal breeding ground for mold. Mold can bring about a whole host of household problems.

1.  Mold can rot your wood. When the beams in your home get wet they can become weaker over time.
2. Dust mites live and thrive in humid conditions. Dust mites can invade your bedding and your furniture making your home “allergic”.
3. Mold spores along with a thriving dust mite community can cause the air in your home to be very poor.

Does a dehumidifier clean the air?

No it will not technically clean the air but it can help keep the home dry so that many of the air pollutants that thrive and grow in humidity will never become a problem in the first place.

How can a dehumidifier save you money?

1.  By reducing the amount of maintenance and repairs caused by mold.

2. Air conditioners have to run twice as hard when there is high humidity.

A dehumidifier will help the air conditioner run easier. That will prolong the life of your air conditioner and lower your electric bill.

Summary

This article has hopefully helped introduce to you the differences between a air purifier, air conditioner, humidifier, and a dehumidifier.

And cleared up some of the misconceptions about which of these appliances cool the air.

Ionizer Air Purifier – Pros? Cons?

ionizer air purifiers pros cons

A good air purifier in your house,

One that can actually get rid of airborne allergens, dander, and mites, or plain old run-of-the-mill pollen and spores, not to mention dust,

Is a good thing.

But selecting the right air purifier from the huge selection of air purifiers on the market can be tough.

Many people searching for an air purifier, are looking at air ionizers specifically because of the obvious benefit of price,

Since they do not require the usual HEPA replacement filters necessary to clean air.

But is an Air Ionizer all it’s cracked up to be?

What are some if the Pros and Cons of an Ionizer Air Purifier?

Ionizer Air Purifier Side Effects

 

 Ionizer Air Purifier – Pros Cons

Pros

      1. Cleans the Ambient Air
      2. Inexpensive to Run
      3. No Filters to Replace
      4. Can Provide a Feeling of Well-Being

Cons

      1. Only Temporarily Cleans the Ambient Air.
      2. Makes the Walls and the Surfaces Around the Air Ionizer Dusty.
      3. Ozone by-product.

 

What is the Difference between an Air Purifier and an Air
Ionizer?

1. Air purifier is a broad term that covers all types of air cleaning technologies including ionizing.

2. Air ionizer is a term that describes a air purifier that uses ionizing as its primary air cleaning technology.

3.  Most air purifiers use HEPA filters to filter out indoor air pollution so the term air purifier is most of the time considered synonymous with HEPA filter.



 

 

 

Can Air Ionizers Actually Change Your Mood?

Yes. Believe it or not, Research indicates that in areas where there is an over abundance of negative ions, like the beach, people tend to feel more light-hearted and joyful.

Some studies show that negative ions have a positive result on human emotion.

You may have never thought about it, but an ionizer may have a real effect on productivity in the workplace.

People tend to get a lot more done when they’re feeling positive about things.

Happier employees can affect the  bottom line.

So instead of Hawaiian shirt day or casual Fridays , maybe installing air ionizers is just what  the doctor ordered.





But apart from the theory of negative ion Bliss, are ionizers have their problems.

1.Because of the short life of ions, an air ionizer fan can only cover a small square footage at best.

2.Plus they are only a temporary solution and do nothing to completely kill airborne contaminants.

Ionizer purifiers or negative ion generators as there often called work by generating and emitting negative ions into the ambient air.

Because of polarity, the negative particle of the ion connects with the positive ions in the room.  
(Positive ions are considered to be the contaminants that are polluting your air).

The newly-formed clusters of all ions become too heavy to float and fall to the surface.

One of the biggest problems is that walls tend to be the nearest surface.

What is black wall effect?

“black wall effect” is the phrase coined to describe the grey /black dusty film that negative ionizers leave on walls.

  Another surface that tend to get extra dusty in the presence of ionizers are TV screens. Static electricity from the TV is  a magnet for ionized dust.

The same can be said for the air cleaner itself. You’ll probably find the device extra dusty when you are using it.

Another problem with this technology is that is that any kind of movement, just walking for instance, will kick the pollution back into the air.

Also just think of what that can mean if you’re eating in the vicinity of the air ionizer.

Which leads back to the main issue.

Negative Ionizers do absolutely nothing to kill or disinfect allergens.

Another downside is the way that the typical ionizer produces ions is through an electrical Spark.

A small amount of ozone is created with that spark.

Not a big deal until you get into the fact that it’s going to take mIllions and millions of ions to do the job.

Couple that with the fact that it will take multiple ionizers to actually clean a large space,

and since ozone can actually build up, it can start to be a problem.

So with all that in mind,

A negative air ionizer may not be the best air purifier and a temporary solution at best.

But before we throw the baby out with the bathwater,

It is fair to say that there are different types of Technology that utilize ions with good results and without the drawbacks.

1.  Bipolar ionization

This technology is also called cold plasma it works by emitting both positive and negative ions into the air. Its also called Plasmawave.

Since negative ions have one too many electrons and positive ions have one too few, when they are introduced into the air they immediately attract to one another and in the process combine around the pollutants in the air.

This technology is used in HVAC systems with high success.

It is also used in combination with HEPA and carbon filters.

The ideal being, the clustered ions will be captured in the HEPA filter.

This technology also neutralizes air pollution which makes air pollutants like bacteria and viruses, even vocs like formaldehyde inactive.

2.  PCO

PCO or photocatalytic oxidation is the process of combining ultraviolet light with a catalyst like titanium oxide.

This technology creates super ions and hydroxide ions. Which effectively disinfect the air much the way hydro peroxide disinfects a scrape or abrasion.

PCO is very effective at reducing germs and viruses. And is one of the best technologies for reducing airborne mold spores.

The biggest downside of PCO is the production of ozone.

The effectiveness of photocatalytic oxidation technology almost out weighs the problems with using ozone as an air purifier.

This technology works well as in in duct HVAC air purifier because ability to destruct mold.

Also because of the placement, the production of ozone does not pose a problem because it will dissipate long before it reaches the ambient air.

Why does an ionizer smell?

Ionizers create a low level of ozone.
Ozone has been marketed as a “fresh after a thunderstorm smell”
Is also described as being a antiseptic type smell.

The concern with ozone is that it will oxidize any pollution around it.
That’s including the pollution in your lungs and the lung tissue itself.

Even though a small ionizer may not produce enough ozone to be harmful, you cannot regulate how a person will use hey machine or where they will use it.
So the problem with ionizers becomes,  even though a machine might manufacturer very little ozone for a given square space, that same machine could just as easily be used in a smaller square space, introducing much too much ozone into the area.

Summary

Like any appliance, negative ionizers have there good and bad, their pros and cons.


The pros of a ionizer air purifier include clean breathing air, less expense for replacement parts, and a general feeling of well-being.

The cons are they do nothing to neutralize germs, produce ozone as a by-product, and can leave your surfaces extra dusty.

My opinion is that a small ionizer on your desk is a great way to breathe cleaner air while you work but just remember to turn it off when you’re eating at your desk and remember to get the right one for your room size because bigger is not better in this situation.

Air Ionizer