Why A Mold Air Purifier Often Won't Kill Mold or Mildew

There is no specific " mold air purifier " but rather different technologies that do different things when it comes to mold. And most air purifiers don't do much for killing mold, although they claim to help with mold. That's because HEPA air filters will capture mold spores, but they do absolutely nothing for killing mold, they just help it from spreading faster.

This means that the Austin Air, IQAIR, Honeywell (and other primarily HEPA air purifiers) will not do a good job. It also means there may be a growing problem inside the HEPA filter itself as mold can grow there. To kill mold you have to go out into the room where it exists

Common molds include Alternaria, Aspergillus Chaetomium, Cladosporium, Fusarium, Mucor, Penicillium and Stachybotrys. Of course they love to grow in places that are warm, damp, and dark. Mold itself is not the culprit that trigger allergic or asthmatic reactions, instead it's usually the spores (seeds) floating through the air that can cause sneezing, coughing, wheezing, and runny noses when inhaled. This in turn threatens the immune system for many people.

We'll discuss the 4 types that do help after the video.


NOTICE: IF YOU HAVE A MOLD PROBLEM INSIDE WALLS, UNDER RUGS, OR SHEETROCK YOU CAN'T SIMPLY STICK AN AIR PURIFIER IN THERE AND EXPECT IT TO GO AWAY. YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO REPLACE THE SHEETROCK IN MOST CASES. IT CAN HOWEVER REDUCE THE HEALTH RISK IN THE MEANTIME, AND PREVENT IT FROM SPREADING....


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4 Types of Purification For Mold

These are the 4 types of Mold Air Purifier Technologies that will help, in order of effectiveness:

Ozone. By far the most effective at rapid mold and mildew removal Ozone will go out into a room, and onto walls, where it will kill it on contact. The downside is that Ozone in high levels will also irritate lungs. So if you have an ongoing problem you might get an air purifier to "treat" a room. In other words turn the Ozone up and leave the room closed. Turn it off and let it "air out" for several hours. Ozone tends to dissipate very fast. (Watch the video for information about Ozone - it's pro's and Con's)

Negative Ionizers. Negative ions will kill mold on walls and in rooms. Not as fast or effective as Ozone on the other hand it is actually good for lung problems. Negative ions can increase energy and mood according to Russian research.

Ultraviolet Light Somewhat effective at mold it kills the spores as they passes thorough the air purifier. I like the combination of UV and negative ions as one kills the spores while the other goes out into the room where mold is spreading. It also helps keep mold from growing inside the HEPA filter

Titanium Dioxide (Tio2) - This nanotechnology enhances Ultraviolet light up to 1000x according to my scientist friend, and hence helps UV do a much stronger job on Mold and Mildew. It needs UV light to shine on it.


Treating A Room With Mold and Mildew

If you have moldy sheetrock, or you have wet conditions (as in flooding) then you're going to want a Mold Air Purifier for your health, but you'll need to replace sheetrock if it is moldy (A mold air purifier will not fix moldy sheetrock). You'll also need chemicals or professional help if it is under floors, behind walls, inside wood, etc. Mold is dangerous for your health, and some houses have to be remodelled or even destroyed if the mold has taken over. Any mold Air Purifier is just a way to protect your immune system while the work is done.

However if the problem is small, or contained pretty well, then the mold air purifier may be all you need. If it's a wet basement with mildewy smells an air purifier with Neg. Ions, and UV /Tio2 will kill the smell and mildew but you may need a de-humidifier to keep the buildup at bay.

If I use an Ozone Generator Air Purifier to kill mold - I'll crank it up and let it run overnight. Then air it out for several hours before spending time in the room. These units can be expensive (there are a few inexpensive ones around too) so maybe you can borrow one.

If I use a Negative Ion/UV/Tio2 Machine - I'll crank it up and let it run on high for a few days then reassess how the room is doing.


Conclusion

Get an Ozone Machine if Mold is your only problem. If you also have allergies, and want to continue cleaning your house after getting rid of mold get a mulit-stage air purifier that include negative ions, Ultraviolet light (UV), and Tio2 along with HEPA to capture the spores. The link below is one I would suggest.

Mold Air Purifier Reviews