A lot of people are concerned about the environment in which they live both at home and at work. The stories of pollution are grounds for immense anxiety to a lot of people.
A lot of people blame their allergies and other skin conditions on 'bad air' and there is proof to support their conjecture too.
One remedy for 'bad air' that people are turning to is that of air purification. Air purification can be achieved with a dedicated air purifier or by use of high-powered filters in an air conditioning system.
It is usually cheaper to modify an existing air conditioning system than to buy a new air purifying unit, particularly if you want this new, clean air to become available in every room of your house.
Air purifiers are apt to work best in small restricted spaces like an office or a child's bedroom. lots of the companies that make air purifiers boast that they will clean the air in a room of 180 square feet. Well, OK, but let us merely stop and think about that.
That is a room of 15 feet by 12 feet - I am six feet long, so what they are actually talking about is a good sized bathroom or a small bedroom. For that, you pay around $150, but you do not have to purchase new filters, says the company proudly, you can clean and reuse the old one.
Others use replacement filters. These units are normally a little cheaper. They will filter (clean) the air in approximately the same area, but the filters can cost $50-$60 each. They frequently use what are called HEPA filters and they are (or can be some of the best on the market.
It is certainly worth bearing in mind the term HEPA filter, once you have made up your mind how you are going to suck or pump air through it.
If you are looking for an air purifier because you spend a lot of time in one room, especially if the windows open onto a busy road or your spouse smokes, procuring a portable air purifier could be an solution for you, but check the specifications very carefully against the dimensions of your room.
If you try to save on the cost of an air purifier, you have thrown your money away - you might as well have tied a hanky across your nose.
Powerful, expensive air purifiers will work well in a limited space, but are portable and will probably do a better job than an air purification system affixed to your air conditioning unit.
However, if you would like to raise the general standard of the air right through the whole house in one fell swoop, you cannot beat attaching a high quality HEPA filter to a central air conditioning system.
If you use a stand-alone air purifier, you will have to keep the doors shut to hold your clean air in and nag everybody to keep shutting the doors too, but with an air purifier bolted on to to a central heating unit, you can live normally.
Owen Jones, the author of this piece, writes on many topics, but is currently involved with central air conditioning systems. If you are interested in Home Air Conditioning Systems, please click through to our site.
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This post was written by Owen Jones on April 13, 2011