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The Air Quality Blog by Rabbit Air

What Can a HEPA Air Purifier Do For You?

With allergies and asthma on the rise, many people are wondering about the quality of the air they breathe. This is particularly a concern indoors where many people spend the majority of their time. For anybody looking to reverse the effects of poor air quality, a HEPA air purifier may be the way to go.

Why Air Quality Matters
The statistics on air quality and the effects that toxic chemical VOCs have on the body can be startling. Many cities have become known for their high levels of air pollution. What many people do not realize is that indoor air can also be harmful to the body. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has estimated that the air quality inside your home can be as much as ten times more polluted than outdoor air. Many people spend a significant portion of their day inside of buildings at their workplace, school, or home. This means that the majority of the air they breathe could potentially be loaded with pollutants.

The American Medical Association, American Lung Association, and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine would all agree that poor air quality puts people at risk. It has been linked to a variety of health conditions, including:

  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Flu
  • Pneumonia
  • Other respiratory infections

There are also concerns about long term exposure to toxins in the air causing an increased risk for a variety of cancers.

With so much at stake, it is important to take a look at the quality of the air that surrounds you and your family in your home. You may decide that some changes are in order. Fortunately, there are good options available for improving the condition of your home’s air. The technology used in air purification systems is constantly improving, and it can be a relief to know that there is help available.

An Air Purifier Acts as Housekeeper for Your Home’s Air
There is only so much a person can do to improve air quality without a purification system. Basic cleaning, vacuuming, and aerating with exhaust fans will not be enough to remove all air impurities. It is possible to monitor carbon monoxide and radon with detectors, but these units also do not remove these toxins from the air.

Air purifiers are an excellent answer. They have the ability to filter out a variety of pollutants before they reach your lungs. They can remove:

  • Dust
  • Tobacco smoke
  • Pollen
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Other gaseous pollutants

Once the particles are removed from the air, they can no longer be inhaled, your family, or your pets. By reducing the level of toxins in the indoor air you breathe, you can rest easy that you have reduced your risks and improved the overall healthfulness of your home. Depending on the severity of your initial problem, you may even notice a difference in the air once you have a system in place.

HEPA Filters Must Meet Very High Standards
A high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter is a particularly powerful type of filter that meets very high standards. The U.S. Department of Energy requires that filters with the HEPA label must be especially efficient. At a minimum, a HEPA filter must remove 99.97% of 0.3 µm particles from the air that passes through it. This is an extremely tiny particle that is the most difficult to filter out.

HEPA filters were first designed in the 1940s, and today they are most often made out of fiberglass. They are designed for maximum effectiveness using multiple techniques for removing pollutants from the air. The particles remain attached to fibers in the filter as the air passes through.

The Many Uses for HEPA Air Purifiers
HEPA purifiers are used in many different settings. These days you can find large ones in homes, medical facilities, workplaces, and other public settings. Smaller systems are used in airplanes, cars, and other vehicles. There are even vacuum cleaners on the market that are equipped with small HEPA purification systems. There are so many applications for these filters because they are so effective and efficient at removing impurities from the air.

Comparing Different Styles
Air purification systems come with a range of features. Some can be operated by remote control. Others are equipped with odor sensors or even have the ability to deodorize as they clean. Some units are designed to be very quiet, which can be especially useful in locations near where people are sleeping. You can purchase models that stand alone, such as in the corner of a room. There are also versions available that mount permanently on the wall.

If you are looking to purchase a HEPA purification system, it is a good idea to assess your needs and then compare the various features available. It is especially important that you consider the size of the space where the system will be located, as different models have different capacities. All HEPA systems meet certain minimum, but in addition each model has an efficiency rating. This will tell you level of air purification you can expect from a particular unit. Some are more powerful than others.

 

Some Final Tips
A representative from a company that specializes in air purification is in the best position to advise you on the system that is right for you. They have the experience to explain the advantages of various HEPA models and to make specific recommendations about which unit will best suit your needs.

For maximum efficiency, it is critical that consumers follow all directions that are specific to the model they choose. Keeping the air purifier running at its best will also require regular maintenance, cleaning and replacing the filters on schedule to ensure a long life for the machine.

There are few benefits to having poor air quality at home. For anybody who wants to help avoid allergy and asthma attacks and reduce the risk of cancer and other long term effects, a HEPA air purifier offers an excellent solution.

 

Let us help you choose the proper air purifier for your needs. Our knowledgeable, friendly and honest customer service representatives are available to you 24 hours a day. Just contact us or call 888.866.8862.

 

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How to Choose the Right Air Purifier

We know that shopping for an air purifier is tiresome, especially with so many options out there. You may spend hours on end, trying to find the best air purifier for your situation. In fact, you may be reading this at 2:00am because those pesky allergies won’t let you sleep.

Thankfully, our Rabbit Air Team has put together some helpful tips to aide you in your air purifier shopping experience.

Technology
How are you going to clean my air?

HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filtration air purifiers are definitely the way to go. They are the most recognized and reliable air filtration technology with an efficiency of trapping particulates down to 0.3 microns in size, 99.97% of the time. They are also highly recommended by allergists due to their effectiveness.

There are also other technologies that are beneficial at cleaning the air. One of them is activated carbon. Known for its high absorption capability, activated carbon can effectively trap toxins such as VOC’s, smoke and odors. Another recommendation is to select an activated carbon filter that is charcoal-based. Individual charcoal pellets are highly porous and are able to trap all types of gases in its large internal surface area.

Air purifiers to avoid? We do not recommend any type of “filter-less” air purifiers. These include ozone generators and electrostatic precipitators, also known as “ionic” type purifiers. Electrostatic precipitators are not as effective as HEPA-filtration air purifiers and both air purifiers are culprits for emitting ozone, which is a respiratory irritant for allergy and asthma sufferers.

 

Room Coverage
Does room coverage matter?

Room coverage is very important, especially when you suffer from asthma or allergies. When shopping for an air purifier, look past the room size an air purifier covers and look at how many air changes per hour that particular air purifier has.

What is an air change per hour? An air change per hour translates to how many times an air purifier can clean a room in one hour. For example, 2 air changes per hour shows that an air purifier can clean a room once every 30 minutes. An allergy and asthma sufferer needs at least 4 air changes per hour, which means an air purifier can clean a room at least once every 15 minutes.

 

Noise
How loud is too loud?

Noise is measured in decibels. Although sensitivity to sound varies from person to person, there is some agreement over what is comfortable to the ear. Since we recommend that our customers operate the air purifier 24 hours a day, we advise choosing an air purifier that does not go over 55 decibels.

Be sure to check the decibel level of each speed before making a purchase, especially if you are a light sleeper. Once the noise decibel level goes over 60, it is considered to be “loud” according to American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

 

Maintenance and Cost
Do I have the time and the money?

Not only do you need to consider the initial costs of the air purifier, you also have to look into how costly it is to operate.

One big cost is replacement filters. Look into how often you have to replace and how expensive the filters are. Also, choose an air purifier that requires less cleaning maintenance.

Do you think the costs stop there? Definitely look into purchasing products that are Energy Star Certified or at least one that consumes less energy since you will most likely be operating your air purifier 24 hours a day. To put power consumption into perspective, it will cost over $120.00 a year to operate a 100 watt air purifier 24/7 in the state of California.

 

Customer Service
Add great value to your purchase.

Vote for a company that has your best interests in mind. Besides, what’s more enjoyable than dealing with a company that makes everything seems so easy?

We suggest that you choose an air purifier company that offers great customer service, and is easily accessible. Many companies frequently discontinue models, so make sure you are able to find replacement filters when the time comes.

You also want to choose a company that provides a great warranty and return guarantee.  Aim for a company that offers a warranty longer than one year and one that does not charge a restocking fee to return a product.

Last, but not least, consider the reputation of the company. Check consumer reviews online to see if you are dealing with an honest company. It’s not uncommon for a company to go out of business or disappear after a short time, which will leave you out of luck when trying to buy replacement filters or receive customer support.

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