The one thing we do all day every day is breathe. When we do this, we are involuntarily introducing outside air into our bodies. Ideally, all that would be in this outside air is oxygen, but in reality, there is so much more entering our bodies when we inhale. Heat Pumps or air conditioning units that warm or cool your air may be effective at what they do but an unwanted biproduct of their function is to circulate ‘dirty air’. Similarly, ventillation systems may be efficient at dealing with moisture extraction and maintaining temperature but an overlooked disadvantage is that they often use air from the roof space with its associated impurities.
Contaminants In the Air
Children under the age of 18 are significantly more likely to be diagnosed with chronic allergies and asthma while their immune systems are not yet as strong as an adult’s. Irritants and pollutants in our air – such as mold, dust, smoke, pollen, smog, pet dander and chemicals – are ever increasing. Unfortunately, your home may not be the refuge you believe it to be. Evidence suggests that the air in our homes may be two to five times more saturated with these allergens than the air outside.
Enhancing your home with an Air Purifier
Anyone with air-borne allergies, or living with a smoker, or living around a chemical-intensive commercial area will immediately notice improvements in air quality when an air purifier enters their life.
An air purifier offers a perfect solution when someone in your family wants a pet, but a parent gets asthma from animal dander.
Asthma currently afflicts around 1 in 6 Kiwis. This is a chronic respiratory condition often resulting from an allergic reaction that may be relieved by a home air purifier.
As polluted air flows into an air purifier, contaminants are efficiently eliminated. When the fresh, clean air flows out, it transforms your home, your lungs, your health and your life!
Choosing the right air purifier for your environment
Choosing the right air purifier for your home depends on several important factors, including room size, health and environmental conditions. Breathing Better products are directly targeted at high usage living spaces in the home. Room area guidelines:
- Kitchen/Bedroom (15 sqm or 110 sqft)
- Wall Unit (20 sqm or 220 sqft)
- Living Area/Lounge (30 sqm or 325 sqft)
Many of our clients opt for a multi-product solution to afford the best air quality throughout the home.
The main types of air purifiers include:
Allergy and Asthma Air Purifiers
These types of air purifiers are perfect for those who suffer from severe allergies, as they capture airborne pollen, dust and other allergens. They often feature HEPA and/or activated charcoal filtration.
An activated charcoal filter works by removing microscopic particles via chemical adsorption. By treating it with oxygen, carbon becomes activated, opening up millions of tiny pores between the carbon atoms. This creates a huge surface area in a small space, perfect for absorbing microscopic contaminants like dust and pollen.
NOTE: Air purifiers can’t actually cure allergies or asthma; however, an air purifier designed to filter airborne allergens offers substantial relief by reducing triggers.
Smoke and Odour Air Purifiers
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HEPA Air Purifiers
HEPA, or High-Efficiency Particulate Air filters trap microscopic contaminants, eliminating 99.97% of all particles larger than 0.3 microns.
The HEPA filter’s fibres are essential for trapping particles in the air flow. Passing through the filter, the air carries various contaminants. Particles larger than one micron stick quickly to the fibers as the air flows through. Smaller, lighter particles keep “going with the flow” longer before bumping into a fiber. The HEPA’s accordion-style pleats create many obstacles, ensuring that even the tiniest particles get trapped by the fibres.
On the Move
Keep your family and passengers healthy and safe and improve the quality of your journey with our portable air purifier.
At the Workplace
Keep your work environment safe and healthy with one of our range of air purifiers designed exclusively for the workplace.
Getting the most out of your air purifier
A big part of figuring out which type air purifier is best for you is determining what you most need to get rid of. If cigarette smoke is an issue in your home, you’ll definitely want to get an air purifier that has an activated carbon filter. Whereas, if pollen or pet dander is an issue for you or a common cause of allergy symptoms, you will want to get an air purifier with a HEPA filter.
Picking out the best air purifier for you and your family comes down to what you plan on using it for. To get the most out of your air purifier we recommend:
Choosing the best location
Air purifiers need breathing space, so be sure it has half a metre of clear space around the top and all four sides for unobstructed air circulation. Also, be sure to use the right size purifier for the room where you put it.
Accurately directing airflow
If the room is large, make sure the flow of clean air from your purifier is directed nearby, where you will get the most benefit. If the room is smaller, this won’t be as important because all of the purified air will circulate throughout the room.
Keeping it turned on
This is especially important for homes with smokers and for people with health conditions like allergies, asthma and other respiratory illnesses. Our air purifiers are energy-efficient and therefore ultra econcomical to keep running.
Cleaning filters regularly
Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for maintaining your air purifier. In general, HEPA and carbon filters need replacing annually. Air purifier filters hold the key to peaceful breathing, so don’t allow them to become clogged.
With a home air purifier, your home will be more comfortable, inviting and refreshing than ever before. Choosing the right air purifier for your home can be immediately rewarding for your whole family. Operating it properly will ensure your home has the cleanest, purest air your lungs have ever experienced!