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Home Air Cleaner For Indoor Pollutants

Jul 2, 2008
There are many harmful materials present in the air around us, and air pollution can be a health hazard. Controlling or eliminating the sources of the pollutants can combat this environmental health risk. You can ventilate your home with clean air from outside, but sometimes, due to weather conditions, this may not be practical. Hence a home air cleaner can be useful to remove the pollutants from the air inside your home.

A home air cleaner can be designed in such a way that it can be installed in the duct of a home's central heating. It can also be put in the air-conditioning duct or the ventilating duct. In this way the air in the whole house can be cleaned. But it is also possible to clean the air in a single room or a specific area with the help of a portable room home air cleaner.

How Does It Work?

Frequently, a home air cleaner utilizes mechanical air filters. These filters catch particles like pollen, dust, allergens from dust mites and cockroaches, pet dander and molds that are floating in the air. However, because these particles are relatively large, they rapidly settle to the ground and your air filter is not able to entirely get rid of them. Any air movement in your home will stir up these particles, but they will quickly resettle before the air filter is able to eliminate them.

Most air-conditioners and residential furnaces come with flat panel air filters which serve as home air cleaners. Their primary purpose is to protect the equipment. However, they also filter bacteria, viruses and pet and dust mite allergens.

A fan circulates the air and the filters clean it in the portable home air cleaners. It can easily be moved to wherever the cleaning needs to take place and depending on the size of the room it is usually quite effective at reducing airborne pollutants.

Health Concerns

One downside to a home electronic air cleaner is that it will filter out smaller particles, but is not as effective in getting rid of larger contaminants. Also, electronic air cleaners can manufacture ozone, which causes lung irritation. When ozone reacts with common chemicals such as household cleaners, air fresheners, or even carpets, super fine particles may be produced that can adversely affect your health.

The home air cleaner certainly helps to lessen levels of smaller airborne particles or allergens but it is not capable of removing microorganisms, which ultimately cause disease.

Who can benefit from a home air cleaner? Children, the elderly or those who experience allergies and asthma will enjoy the benefits, especially if they are susceptible to airborne contaminants. But it is impossible to totally control indoor air pollution with a home air cleaner because of the larger particles that is unable to get rid of, so it might not be that useful in the end.
About the Author
Jason Mann is an expert on air cleaners and purifiers, and is a regular contributor to The Facts on Air Cleaners and Purifiers, where you can get the help you need to find the air cleaner or purifier that fits your situation and your budget.
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