Air cleaning system


The air is filled with pollutants and contaminants that can have significant consequences for humans and human activities. Soot from combustion, dust from construction and farming, as well as living pathogens are present in the air we breathe.

These pollutants can cause health problems for people and animals. An air cleaning system endeavors to rid the air of causes of infection such as bacteria, viruses, and fungal spores.

Safer air to breathe


Individual germs are generally harmless, but if those germs multiply, they can overwhelm our immune systems. This is why many air cleaning systems do not necessarily seek to outright kill pathogens. It is sufficient to simply make sure that the pathogens are unable to reproduce should they land on a susceptible host.

The key to preventing pathogens from reproducing it to damage their genetic material. This means damaging DNA if the target is bacteria, fungi, or viruses, and RNA if the target is a retrovirus. Ultraviolet light and activated oxygen are both potent means for disarming pathogens. An air cleaning machine will draw air into a chamber where concentrated levels of ultraviolet light or activated oxygen can destroy a pathogen’s ability to reproduce.

Pairing an air cleaning system with some type of air filtering can multiply the benefits of a clean air machine. A HEPA or ULPA filter is able to physically capture pathogens as well as allergens. This provides multiple levels of defense against airborne pollutants.

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Where clean air counts


Having cleaned air to breathe in the home, workplace, or schools can improve the quality of life of the occupants of those spaces. In hospitals, air cleaning systems can be a matter of life or death. Tuberculosis transmission and staph infections due to airborne pathogens can be limited or even eliminated in hospitals that use effective air cleaning systems.1

Controlled agricultural settings such as high-intensity animal husbandry facilities and greenhouses can be perfect environments for diseases to spread.2 The intensively bred livestock and cloned plants are often so genetically similar that if one becomes ill, the pathogens are able to spread quickly and cause enormous damage.3 Any method to reduce airborne pathogen transmission can be of economic benefit.

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FAQs

An air cleaner or clean air machine has the goal of killing or otherwise reducing the potential from harm from airborne pathogens. An air purifier, on the other hand, seeks to clear particulate matter and volatile organic compounds as well. A clean air machine may also be known as an air sanitizer or air sanitizer machine.

Hospitals use a number of different air cleaning and purification systems to help reduce the transmission of airborne pathogens. Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation is a standard anti-tuberculosis measure used in hospitals. HEPA filters, which remove the vast majority of airborne particles, including pathogens, are also a standard fixture in medical settings.

Air purifiers run from a few hundred dollars for floor units to tens of thousands of dollars for HVAC integrated units.

If you suspect that you may have a mold problem, there are professional testing services and home test kits that can be used. Home test kits work by exposing a growth medium to the air for a period of time to see if any mold spores germinate. Home tests kits can be so sensitive that they may not be able to tell you definitively if there is mold in your home, as they will also detect mold spores that waft into your home from elsewhere.

In some air cleaning systems, moisture from condensation can foster mold and microbe growth in the body or filter of the air purifier. If the filter isn’t cleaned or changed regularly, the mold or microbe growth can actually release pathogens into the air. A well-maintained air purifier should not present these problems.

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Get cleanroom quality clean air at home with the SoClean 3-Stage Air Purifier. The SoClean 3-Stage Air purifier removes 99.99999% of airborne viruses and bacteria. The SoClean 3-Stage Air Purifier greatly outperforms HEPA standards in a portable package that can be easily moved from place to place.

Master Air Purifier Sources:

Air quality sources:

https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.est.5b01236
https://www.smu.edu.sg/sites/default/files/economics/shea2014/presentation/pollution_talk_april_2014_ham2.pdf
https://www.airnow.gov/aqi/aqi-basics/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4484965/
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0048969701007653
https://www.cfp.ca/content/57/8/881/tab-figures-datad1
https://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/doi/full/10.1289/ehp.1002255
https://www.gotopac.com/art-cr-iso-cleanroom-classifications
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/316472615_A_review_of_air_filtration_technologies_for_sustainable_and_healthy_building_ventilation
https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq
https://www.airnow.gov/sites/default/files/2020-05/aqi-technical-assistance-document-sept2018.pdf
https://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/indoors/air/pmq_a.htm#:~:text=Exposure%20to%20fine%20particles%20can,as%20asthma%20and%20heart%20disease

Air purification/filtration process sources:

https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/air-purifiers/buying-guide/index.htm
https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2018-07/documents/residential_air_cleaners_-_a_technical_summary_3rd_edition.pdf
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6272289/
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs100220100046
https://www.kompareit.com/homeandgarden/hvac-compare-central-air-cleaner-cost.html
https://www.chemviron.eu/products/activated-carbon/
https://www.who.int/occupational_health/publications/en/oehairbornedust3.pdf
https://academic.oup.com/jimb/article/32/7/319/5992784?login=true
https://www.cabotcorp.com/solutions/products-plus/activated-carbon
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S009167499970391X
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.3109/02770903.2014.895011
https://www.ashrae.org/file%20library/about/position%20documents/filtration-and-air-cleaning-pd.pdf

HEPA, UPLA, and MERV filter sources:

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16517004/
https://www.britannica.com/science/human-respiratory-system/The-mechanics-of-breathing
https://www.epa.gov/pm-pollution/particulate-matter-pm-basics
https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/HEPA
https://www.standards.doe.gov/standards-documents/3000/3020-astd-2015
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https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0195670105005074
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1477932/
https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/127/1/93.short
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02786820500191348
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/0360128583900023
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/ajim.4700270302
https://www.laboratory-supply.net/blog/difference-between-a-hepa-and-ulpa-filter/
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0360132320305588
https://www.karger.com/Article/Abstract/151502
https://www.grainger.com/know-how/equipment-information/kh-what-is-merv-rating-air-filter-rating-chart
https://www3.epa.gov/ttn/catc/dir1/ff-hepa.pdf
https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq/what-merv-rating-1


Sources:

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5077726/
  2. https://extension.psu.edu/sources-of-plant-disease-in-greenhouses
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3928893/