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If you suffer from hay fever, allergies or even if you frequently sniffle and wheeze you should consider investing in the best air purifier that you can afford.
The best air purifier removes dust, pollen, mould spores, dust mites and much more out of the air in order to provide you with a cleaner, healthier air.
Babies, those with respiratory problems, the elderly and sportspersons are among the many who can benefit from the use of an air purifier as well as those who want greater relaxation for aromatherapy, meditation or yoga.
One of the most important features to look for when buying an air purifier is the filter. The best, till recently, was the HEPA filter however UK dehumidifier & air purifier company Meaco has discovered the SEFF filter which can capture much smaller particles than HEPA filters can. In fact the SEFF filter is so good that it can even get rid of odours and fumes.
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The Meaco Airvax 33X2 is without a doubt our favourite air purifier on the market today. This is due in large part due to its SEFF filter which catches smaller particles than standard HEPA filters.
Watch the video at the bottom of our Meaco Airvax review and you will see why we like it so much.
Whilst ByeMould is strongly committed to reviewing dehumidifiers we certainly want to help those suffering from allergies such as asthma, hay fever and other respiratory problems.
Many air purifiers, and dehumidifiers, feature an ioniser which pulls positive ions out of the air. Those with breathing difficulties find breathing difficult due to an excess number of positive ions in the air. Air purifiers and dehumidifiers with ionisers therefore help those with airborne allergies.
As a bonus ionisers also promote a greater state of relaxation for their users.
Best Air Purifier Buyers Guide 2016
As expected the first thing to figure out is why you want an air purifier. Do you want to reduce your allergy symptoms, do you want to get rid of smells or do you just want cleaner air for greater relaxation and lower anxiety levels?
Different air purifiers are suitable for different purposes. Ensure that you know why you want to buy an air purifier so that you can select the most appropriate model.
2. Room Airflow Multiple
A great measure of the type of air purifier that you need is the room airflow multiple (RAM). RAM measures how often the rooms air passes through the air purifier per hour.
A RAM of 3 will see the air in the room pass through an air purifier three times per hour. A general rule of thumb for equating your airborne allergy level with RAM is as follows:
- Mild allergies need a RAM of 3
- Medium allergies need a RAM of 5
- Severe allergies need a RAM of 7
Breathing difficulties may occur when there are excess positive ions in the air. Positive ions include dirt, dust, pollen and mould spores etc.
An ioniser releases negative ions into the air and these ions attach themselves to the positive ions. The enlarged ion becomes too heavy to stay afloat in the air and fall either into the air purifiers filter or onto the floor where they can be vacuumed.
With a lower level of positive ions in the air breathability becomes enhanced.
The best air purifier features a multiple filtration system which includes a pre-filter and a charcoal filter. As the air passes through the filter the passage becomes smaller and smaller so that different sized particles are caught at different stages. This method of filtration is much more efficient than an air purifier with a single filter.
HEPA filters are the industry benchmark however not all filters labelled as such are actual HEPA filters. If you suffer from airborne allergies ensure that you purchase an air purifier with a real HEPA filter.
5. Room Size
Prior to shopping for the best air purifier measure the room in which you will use your air purifier most frequently.
Measure the floor space along each wall and also measure the height of the walls. if measuring in metres make sure to convert into feet as well. Bring these measurements with you when shopping for an air purifier.
If you purchase an air purifier which is too small for the job the unit will be ineffective and your allergy symptoms will continue.
Likewise if you purchase an air purifier that is too large for your room you are wasting electricity consumption which leads to higher power bills.
6. Brand Name
It’s often best to stick to well-known brand names as their products have been proven over time.
Which ever brand you choose ensure that there is a help-line in case you have questions, an adequate return service and a warranty which has extended warranty terms available.
7. CADR (Clean Air Delivery Rate)
CADR is a measurement that shows how many particles can be removed from the air expressed in cubic feet per minute. CADR was developed by the Association of Home Appliances Manufacturers (AHAM).
By comparing CADR figures you will soon learn which is the best air purifier.
The above 6 tips should help you when purchasing an air purifier. With purified air circulating around your home your allergy symptoms should be much reduced.
Modern air purifiers are generally fairly quiet and operate within a range of around 40-50 decibel. Look for special features such as ‘sleep mode’ if you are a light sleeper or if you want very quiet operation.
Poor Indoor Air Quality
Poor indoor air quality is usually caused by inadequate cleaning and ventilation. As such dust and stale air will build up over time leading to a lower degree of air quality. contaminants can also enter your property through open windows causing allergy symptoms to occur.
contaminants include pollen, mould spores, fumes, exhaust gases, smoke, perfume, gases, vapours, chemicals and volatile organic compounds caused by cleaning solutions to name a few.
The best air purifier can eradicate poor air quality by circulating the air around the room or property and cleaning it as it passes through the air purifier.
Airborne allergies are caused, as the name suggests, by allergens which are carried through the air. These allergens can include pollen, mould spores, dust, dirt, pet dander, chemical VOC’s and smoke to name a few.
Symptoms usually include:
- Watery eyes
- Runny nose
- Wheezy chest
Hay Fever (Allergic Rhinitis)
Hay fever or allergic rhinitis is the most common airborne allergy in the UK.
According to the NHS over 10 million people in the UK suffer from hay fever and it will affect one in five people at some stage of their lives.
The prime instigator of hay fever is pollen which comes in different types during different seasons:
- Tree pollen (Spring)
- Grass Pollen (end of Spring, Beginning of Summer)
- Weed pollen (late Autumn)
Pollen contains a protein that causes the ear, nose, throat and sinuses to become inflamed and irritated.
Currently there is no cure for hay fever but there are products on the market that will reduce hay fever symptoms. An air purifier is one of those products.
How To Control Your Child’s Asthma At School
Sending your asthmatic child to primary school can be a frightening experience as the child is out of your control. Do you know that 1 in 5 children in every classroom suffer from asthma. Teachers play a vital role in controlling asthma in schools. Here are some tips to help you control your childs asthma at school.
Meet Your Child’s Teacher
It is important to book time to meet your child’s teacher so that you have their full attention. Don’t try to talk to your teacher when you are dropping off or collecting your childs as the teacher won’t be able to focus on the conversation.
If your child is also taught by other teachers it is a good idea to include them in the meeting as well (or you can meet with them individually). It is especially important to talk to the teacher who will be supervising exercise class.
Discuss where the spare inhaler and spacer will be kept and that you are responsible for them.
Tell the teacher that when your child has an asthma attack that the teacher should bring the inhaler to your child. Your child should not have to go and get the inhaler themselves.
Mention the fact that 3 people in the UK die every day from asthma!
Give the school a copy of your child’s asthma action plan which can be updated accordingly. Discuss your childs asthma history as well as current treatment and how the school will react when your child has an asthma attack.
Also discuss any triggers that may set of an asthma attack for your child. These triggers may include cleaning chemicals in the school.
Popular Air Purifier Brands
There are many brands of air purifiers but some of the most popular would include:
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