Clean Air Machine
There are many pollutants and contaminants in the air that lead to the air being dirty. Soot particles, bacteria, and gaseous pollutants in the air can have negative health effects. A clean air machine is designed to reduce the number of pollutants and pathogens in the air.
How It Works
There are a variety of technologies that can be used by a clean air machine. Basically, air is pulled into the machine, processed in some way, and then exhausted to the surrounding environment. During processing, a clean air machine may simply trap particles in a filter. This can capture a wide variety of particles, but does not necessarily kill or deactivate pathogens. In fact, if there is too much moisture present in an air filter, mold can actually grow in the filter itself. This can result in a worse outcome than no filter at all if the mold that grows is harmful to human health.
Some clean air machines use methods that are specifically meant to kill or sterilize pathogens. Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation uses ultraviolet light to damage the DNA and RNA of harmful organisms. Organisms and viruses that are exposed to intense ultraviolet light are unable to reproduce, which reduces the chances they can cause disease.1
Another method is to use activated oxygen to harm the pathogens. Similar to ultraviolet light, high concentrations of activated oxygen are capable of damaging pathogens to the point where they are unable to cause infections.2
Some of the harmful things in the air can’t be stopped by methods that harm DNA and RNA. Dust, soot, and other solids which may not be capable of reproducing nevertheless impinge upon our lungs. Inhaling soot or smoke particles is inadvisable. These can be limited or reduced with straightforward air filtration techniques.
Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, is a category of pollutant which includes some known carcinogens such as benzene, and other possibly harmful molecules which are unaffected by sanitation techniques such as acetone.
To remove gaseous pollutants, an activated carbon filter can be used. Pairing the activated carbon filter with another method of purifying the air can give the benefits of disarming pathogens and removing gaseous pollutants. An air purifier with a carbon filter combines two air treatments into one device.
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Air purifiers, air filters, and air cleaners are designed to reduce the number of contaminants in the air. What counts as clean comes down to personal judgement. For example, some would consider killing the bacteria in the air without removing much dust to be cleaning the air. Others would want to get the dust out as well.
Yes. A dehumidifier reduces the amount of water vapor in the air by condensing the humidity out of the atmosphere. An air purifier removes pollutants and impurities from the air, and is able to function in dry air as well as humid air.
Dust can come from a variety of sources, but the majority of household dust is actually composed of dead skin. Humans naturally shed dead skin cells throughout the day, and the cells are small enough to float in the air and settle on surfaces.
Bacteria and other microorganisms are everywhere. Completely eliminating bacteria from a home is simply impossible. However, it is possible to reduce the total amount of bacteria in the home. Surfaces can be cleaned with antibacterial sprays and cleaning solutions. Sufficiently cooking food and refrigerating leftovers kills and inhibits bacterial growth significantly. For airborne bacteria, an air cleaning system or air filtration systems with a HEPA or ULPA filter can significantly cut down on the number of bacteria in the air.
It depends on how the air purifier is designed. Intaking air that passes through some type of air filtration systems and into the surrounding environment is how air filters work. If the intake or output vents are on the bottom of the air purifier, they may be blocked by the carpet. A carpet with a deep pile, as the clean air machine may end up sitting deeply in the carpet material. Check with the manufacturer’s recommendation if in doubt.
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Master Air Purifier Sources:
Air quality sources: Air purification/filtration process sources: HEPA, UPLA, and MERV filter sources:
Air quality sources:https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.est.5b01236
Air purification/filtration process sources:https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/air-purifiers/buying-guide/index.htm
HEPA, UPLA, and MERV filter sources:https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16517004/