Leading authority on Air Purifiers, Mark Richardson, answers frequently asked questions.
Q: Are Air Purifiers Really Worth It?
A: YES for some things. NO for others.
It all depends on your air problem.
In this report I’ll uncover some unknown dangers of bad air, unrealistic expectations, and the unseen health benefits of clean air.
I should know...
A small pathogen in the air nearly killed me on Christmas Eve when I was ten years old. At the time I had chronic asthma (triggered by severe allergies) and learned the hard way that “air is life." After numerous asthma attacks I wondered if an air purifier could help. So at a tender age I was already buying many different types of air purifiers. I soon learned that each technology had pro’s and con’s.
If I was hoping for an allergy or asthma cure this wasn’t it. But it did reduce the asthma attacks, allergies and gave me a feeling of being protected. The more I learned about healthy air, and the better I felt, the more I knew that protecting my body meant healthier air.
The lungs are a direct gateway to the blood stream for chemicals, bacteria and germs. If the immune system doesn’t like a substance then you have an allergic response. If you cannot detoxify these substances eventually your body gets more and more sensitive, fatigued and vulnerable. There is a direct relationship between the growing number of asthmatics and allergy problems and the growing number of toxins in the air.
Water, Food, and Air all share something dangerous in common. They all
harbor threats to your health. And you can’t see any of these
contaminants with the naked eye. These threats are growing.
Tap water not only has chlorine it also has drug molecules from people in your neighborhood who dump their medications down the toilet.
Food on the other hand has bacteria, chemicals and hormones from the food supply. You typically won’t know exactly what harm these toxins are doing, or have done, until you have a health problem down the road. You’ll also likely never make the connection that these toxins, over time, have caused the problem.
liver is the primary organ with the job of clearing and processing out
toxins from the body. It does a lot of work in today’s world of polluted
water and problems in the food supply.
Your lungs on the other hand are given the following to remove:
· 50 billion particles per hour. This includes car pollution, vegetation, plastic chemicals, industrial pollution, smoke, pet dander, bacteria, pollen, and dust. I could go on.
· 1 pound of dust every month. Dust is made primarily of dead skin and hair cells of people, animals, and bugs. This includes the feces and dust of dust mites. These particles are mostly unseen.
· 14 pounds of dust every 9-12 months.
Pollen and dust mites, two of the most common irritants, are invisible to the naked eye.
Q: “Can An Air Purifier Get Rid Of The Dust?”
A: HEPA will remove much of the free floating dust in a room but if you’re hoping that an air purifier will keep bedroom dressers, rugs, and side tables completely dust free think again. Remember dust is primarily caused by skin cells shedding off your body.
If the air purifier doesn’t have HEPA forget about it for dust. HEPA filters will reduce the accumulation of dust but that’s not the reason for using it.
The more important reason for HEPA is to remove the free floating dust as you breathe to reduce the work your lungs have to do.
Q: “Will An Air Purifier Get Rid Of Allergies?”
A: Allergy Relief is the primary reason people want an air purifier, and HEPA again is the only effective method for pollen removal. This isn’t a guarantee that all pollen particles will be removed from the air, and for some people all it takes is a few molecules to trigger an allergic response. It will reduce the load on the immune system and the odds are good that you’ll get some relief by removing as much as you can.
Q: “Will An Air Purifier Get Rid Of odors In The Carpet?”
A: No, but if the air purifier is running you’ll probably kill some of the odor so you don’t smell it as much. Once you get odors in a carpet (pet stains, mold, etc.) it either has to be cleaned professionally or replaced to get rid of odor permanently.
Q: “Will An Air Purifier Get Rid Of Mold?”
A: A HEPA filter will reduce mold by capturing mold spores which spread mold. Negative Ions will kill mold out in a room, on tile or hard surfaces. Ozone machines can help kill mold. But if it is in carpets, sheet rock and other porous surfaces it will take more get rid of the mold such as removing and replacing the contaminated materials.
Everything that floats in the air (other than air itself) places stress
on your immune system. This includes particles (dust, pollen, carbon
from cars) as well as gases (chemical vapors, plastic out-gassing,
carpeting chemicals, etc.). It compounds the stress on your immune
system that already is occurring from water and food.
Using a multi technology air purifier (In general the more methods of cleaning the air the better) to remove particles, gases, and odors is a step in the direction of better health.