Do Air Purifiers Cool the Room?

air purifier room cooling

Air purifiers don’t contain any cooling mechanisms. They are designed to eliminate harmful particles, gases and microorganisms from the air by pulling contaminated air in, blowing it through filters and/or other purification mechanisms, and releasing the cleaned air out the other side. This process creates air movement, which may result in a mild cooling effect, but it has no ability to change the ambient temperature in the room.

Air movement vs. air cooling

Air purifiers move air through a room, which can produce a cooling effect similar to that of a fan. Moving air feels cooler to us because it speeds up the process of convection—hot air rising and being replaced by cooler air. Think of it like blowing on hot soup—the air around the bowl is heated up by the soup, blown away and replaced by colder air that helps the soup cool down more quickly. Moving air also helps our sweat evaporate more quickly, reducing body heat and making us feel cooler.

It’s important to note that while air purifiers are equipped with a fan, it is designed to pull contaminated air into the device rather than push air out into the room like a regular fan. The air that comes into the purifier slows down as it moves through the filters, meaning that it emerges more slowly at the other end. That means that even a small desk fan will be much more efficient at emitting a fast-moving and cooling air stream than an air purifier.

The difference between air purifiers, air conditioners and dehumidifiers for room cooling

Let’s take a look at these oft-confused household devices and their functions with regard to the ability to cool a room.

Air purifiers

The main purpose of an air purifier is not to cool a room—rather, it is designed to clean the air of impurities and contaminants that could be harmful to human health. Whole house air purifiers are intended to improve indoor air quality in order to promote better sleep, reduce asthma and allergy symptoms, and much more.

There are a few different methods of that these devices use to purify the air. One of the most common is the HEPA filter, made of finely woven mesh that can trap 99.97% of even the most penetrating particles (0.3 microns in size). These filters are considered to be very effective at capturing common irritants such as dust, pollen and pet dander.

Air purifiers equipped with activated carbon filters are considered to be most effective at trapping hazardous fumes and unpleasant smells. The activated carbon chemically attracts gases through a process called adsorption, effectively trapping paint fumes, cigarette smoke and other potentially dangerous odours.

There are also residential UV air purifiers that deactivate and destroy harmful microorganisms such as viruses, bacteria and mold spores. Rather than using a mechanical filter, the UV process involves shining strong rays of light on the moving air stream to attack contaminants on a molecular level.

Air conditioners

Air conditioners are units designed specifically to cool down a room. Warm air from the room is drawn into the device and flows over cold evaporator coils that cool it down. The excess heat is vented outside (usually via a window attachment) and the cool air is released back into the room.

While most air conditioners are equipped with filters, these are nowhere near as effective at trapping contaminants as purpose-built air purifiers. However, if you have central air conditioning, there are coil cleaners that can be installed to sanitize your HVAC system.

Dehumidifiers

Dehumidifiers are designed to reduce the amount of humidity in the air. Like air purifiers, these devices don’t actively cool down the air, but they can influence how cool a room feels. When there is a lot of humidity in the air, it slows down the sweat evaporation process that helps us get rid of excess body heat. Humidity can make the ambient air feel much hotter, which is why weather reports often include the humidex to better express what the temperature will feel like. Dehumidifiers eliminate humidity from the air so that our bodies can release excess body heat more effectively.

As with air conditioners, warm, humid air is drawn into the device and blown over cold evaporator coils, removing the moisture from the air by reverting it to liquid form. The moisture is collected and the air is returned to its original temperature before being released back into the room.

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As you can see, each of these devices is designed for a specific purpose. It’s best to select the one that matches your desired function for optimal results. Or, if you prefer, you can use the different devices in conjunction for cleaner, cooler, drier air.

If you’ve determined that an air purifier is indeed what you’re looking for, contact Sanuvox today! We offer a selection of first-rate UV light air purification systems for residential and commercial use. Improve your indoor air quality and breathe easy with Sanuvox!

Do Air Purifiers Dry Out the Air in Your Home?

Dry Air Purifier

Air purifiers don’t contain any mechanisms that remove moisture from the air. They are designed to improve indoor air quality by passing air through filters and/or other purification mechanisms in order to remove harmful particles, gases and microorganisms. There are other appliances called humidifiers and dehumidifiers that are made to help control moisture levels in the home.

Why does the air feel dry with an air purifier running?

Whole house or large room air purifiers continually circulate the air in a room. A fan is used to draw air into the device and push it through the filters, removing impurities. Moving air feels cooler because it speeds up the process of convection, allowing hot air to rise and colder air to take its place. Since hot air is able to hold more moisture than cold, it’s easy to associate cool, moving air with dryness.

If the air in your home feels dry, look beyond your air purifier for the source. Indoor air tends to be a lot drier in winter, due to a combination of cold outdoor air that is less able to retain humidity, poor insulation, and central heating that increases the temperature without adding any moisture. These conditions are more likely to be the culprits of dry air in the home.

The functions of air purifiers, dehumidifiers and humidifiers

Air purifiers

The purpose of an air purifier is to cleanse the air in a room. Indoor air can contain all sorts of contaminants, from pollen that gets tracked in from outdoors to the dust that accumulates naturally in every house. These can be detrimental to our health, particularly for those with allergies, asthma and other respiratory problems. Residential air purifiers are designed to eliminate pollutants and improve the quality of the air we breathe.

There are several different types of air purification systems. HEPA filters are mechanical filtration systems that are effective at trapping particles like pet dander. Activated carbon filters, meanwhile, use a process called adsorption to attract and trap harmful gases and odours like cigarette smoke smell. There are also UVC air purifiers that use light to deactivate and destroy microorganisms such as mold spores and viruses.

Dehumidifiers

A dehumidifier is an appliance used to dry out the air in a home. Ambient air is drawn into the device and blown across cold evaporator coils, which reverts the moisture in the air to liquid form. The moisture collects in a water tank and the dehumidified air is released back into the room.

If you have a dehumidifier in the house, you can simply set it to your preferred humidity level (The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers recommends humidity levels be kept between 30% and 60%). The device will reduce ambient moisture to that level and maintain it. Just remember to empty the water tank regularly!

Humidifiers

A humidifier’s function is opposite to that of a dehumidifier—it increases humidity levels in a home rather than decreasing them. Humidifiers are often used in winter to counteract the dryness caused by the cold weather and central heating.

Different types of humidifiers add moisture to the air in a variety of ways. Some boil water and release the steam into the air. Others blow air through a moistened filter or use an ultrasonic frequency or a diffuser to release tiny water droplets into the air.

Air purifiers: an investment in cleaner air

As you can see, air purifiers are designed to clean the air, while humidifiers and dehumidifiers are used to regulate moisture levels. An air purifier won’t have any effect on the humidity in your home, but it will improve air quality.

Concerned about the air quality in your home? Consider investing in a UV air purifier from Sanuvox. Our devices are equipped with lamps that emit high-intensity UV rays for maximum disinfection, effectively deteriorating and destroying harmful chemicals, odours and microorganisms of all kinds. Contact us today for a breath of fresh air!

Can an Air Purifier Help with Carbon Monoxide?

Carbon Monoxide Alarm

Known as the silent killer, carbon monoxide is a hazard that is all too common in our indoor environments. Since the gas is very toxic in high concentrations and even small amounts can have negative effects on our health, it’s important to be able to detect its presence and know which steps to take to eliminate it from the air.

In this article, find out more about carbon monoxide and whether air purifiers can be effective against it.

What is carbon monoxide?

Carbon monoxide is a dangerous gas that has no colour, odour or taste, making it very difficult to detect. When inhaled, it reduces the blood’s ability to carry oxygen, which can prove lethal in severe cases.

Carbon monoxide is produced during fuel combustion, with common sources including gas generators, charcoal grills, vehicle exhaust, gas stoves, blocked chimney flues and second-hand smoke. The risk of exposure tends to be higher in the winter months because most homes are heated using fuel-burning appliances that can emit carbon monoxide if they malfunction or are poorly installed or maintained.

Carbon monoxide poisoning

Exposure to the gas causes carbon monoxide poisoning that can begin to affect you before you even notice its presence. Symptoms range in severity depending on the intensity and length of exposure.

  • Low-level exposure: tiredness, headaches, shortness of breath, impaired motor function
  • Mid-level or prolonged low-level exposure: dizziness, chest pain, vision problems, difficulty thinking
  • High-level exposure: convulsions, loss of consciousness, coma, death

Air purifiers and carbon monoxide

When it comes to carbon monoxide, not all whole house air purifiers are created equal. Air purifiers with HEPA filters, while very effective against small particles such as pet dander, dust and mold, can do little against harmful gases. Air purifiers equipped with activated carbon filters do best against carbon monoxide.

Activated carbon filters remove pollutants from the air through the filter and adhere to the surface of the activated carbon and become trapped. Note that the surface of the activated carbon filter will eventually become saturated with pollutants and cease to function effectively, so it must be replaced regularly.

Air purifier limitations: significant levels of carbon monoxide

It is vital to understand that while portable UV air purifiers  with an activated carbon filter work well against trace amounts of carbon monoxide found in ambient air pollution, they are not effective against significant levels of carbon monoxide. If you suspect that there is a substantial source of carbon monoxide in or around your home, it must be dealt with directly.

In the event of a major carbon monoxide leak, vacate the building immediately and contact emergency services. Professionals will need to eliminate the carbon monoxide before you can reenter the premises.

Can air purifiers detect carbon monoxide?

While air purifiers are able to eliminate trace amounts of carbon monoxide, they are not able to detect and alert residents to its presence. There is a completely different device, known as a carbon monoxide detector, that offers this function.

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Do Air Purifiers Work for Wildfire Smoke?

Wildfire Smoke

Each year in Canada we experiences roughly 8,000 wildfires annually, which burn a total of 2.5 million hectares per year. Wildfires pose a serious threat to human health and well-being, not only because of the flames themselves encroaching on inhabited areas, but due to the suffocating smoke that emanates from them.

With the ambient air quality adversely affected, it’s important to find ways to maintain your health and well-being during wildfire season. Find out whether air purifiers can help mitigate the effects of wildfire smoke in this article!

Worsening wildfires

Wildfires are growing in size and frequency due to climate change. The average wildfire season is three and a half months longer than it was a few decades ago. The snow is melting earlier and the summers are hotter and drier, making vegetation more susceptible to burning.

According to the Environmental Defense Fund, the number of large fires that occur annually in the West has tripled in the last few decades, burning twice as many hectares. This trend will continue to worsen as climate change progresses.

Hazardous components of wildfire smoke

Wildfire smoke contains a variety of air pollutants that can have significant health consequences not only for those in the immediate vicinity of the fire, but also for people in areas downwind of the blaze. Hazardous pollutants include particulate matter, carbon monoxide and various volatile organic compounds, several of which are known to be carcinogenic.

Particulate matter from smoke is small enough to penetrate deep into the lungs and affect the heart and bloodstream. There’s no question that particulate pollution has a negative impact on health, and air purifiers are designed to trap the vast majority of these particles and improve air quality for this very reason.

Health consequences of wildfire smoke

While some people may be able to withstand a certain amount of wildfire smoke exposure without suffering serious consequences, vulnerable populations may be severely affected. These include seniors, pregnant people, infants and young children, people who are active outdoors and those with lung and heart conditions, cancer, diabetes and other chronic illnesses.

Breathing in wildfire smoke can cause mild symptoms such as sinus irritation, coughing and headaches, more serious symptoms such as asthma attacks, heart attacks, strokes and death.

The denser the smoke and the longer the exposure, the greater the risk to those affected—but wildfires can affect those living further away as well. The Canadian government conducted an assessment that found that while the health impacts are greatest in provinces that experience wildfires, the impact is felt across other provinces as well. This indicates that air pollution caused by wildfires travels long distances and a large number of Canadians are exposed to it.

The effects of air purifiers on wildfire smoke

According to the Government of Canada, air purifiers can help decrease the amount of fine particulate pollution from wildfire smoke in a room. In fact, there are air purifiers designed specifically for smoke reduction that can make a real difference in air quality for those living and working in wildfire-prone areas.

The best air purifiers for wildfire smoke

The most effective air purifiers for wildfire smoke are equipped with HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filters. In order to be HEPA certified, the filters must be able to trap at least 99.97%, a size that is particularly difficult to filter mechanically. Since wildfire smoke particles tend to be of a similar size, they will be trapped just as effectively.

An air purifier reduces 3 types of contaminants: tobacco smoke, dust and pollen. Wildfire smoke is most similar to tobacco smoke, so it’s best to look for an air purifier with a high tobacco smoke efficency.

Improve your air quality with Sanuvox!

In addition to high-quality filters that effectively trap particulates, Sanuvox air purifiers are equipped with proprietary UV technology that breaks down the hazardous pollutants contained in wildfire smoke through a process called chemical oxidation. The oxidation process reduces the number of VOCs in the air as well as the smell of smoke, which might otherwise linger indefinitely.

Sanuvox offers both residential UV air purifiers and commercial UV air purification systems to improve the quality of the air you breathe. Contact us today for first-rate air purification solutions!

Do Air Purifiers Work for Paint Fumes?

Woman Paint Fumes

Rooms need a new coat of paint every once in a while, to keep them looking fresh and clean. While it can really help spruce things up, new paint can be hazardous for people in close proximity to it.

Find out what risks pant fumes pose for human health and what can be done to mitigate them!

The components of paint fumes and their effects on human health

Paint is essentially pigment dissolved in a liquid called a solvent. Some types of paint have water as their primary solvent, and some use other types of liquids. As paint dries, the solvent evaporates, releasing chemicals called volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air. These chemicals are responsible for the distinctive smell of paint fumes, and they can be detrimental to air quality and harmful to human health.

The dangers of volatile organic compounds

Volatile organic compounds have been found to cause a wide variety of adverse health effects. Their severity depends on the amount of chemicals present in the air, the length of exposure and the vulnerability of the person exposed.

Immediate symptoms of VOC exposure can include headaches, eye, throat and lung irritation, dizziness, breathing difficulties and vision problems. Chronic exposure (e.g. painting professions) can lead to nervous system, liver and kidney damage, as well as certain types of cancer.

Vulnerable groups such as pregnant people, babies and children, seniors and those with breathing problems may be at higher risk for negative outcomes of VOC exposure.

Which types of air purifiers work for paint fumes?

Air purifiers can be used to help mitigate the effects of paint fumes, but it’s important to note that not all types of air purifiers are effective against VOCs. The most popular type of air purifier on the market uses HEPA filters, which work extremely well when it comes to physically trapping fine particles, but are powerless against the effects of chemical off-gassing.

Activated carbon filters

Activated carbon filters remove pollutants from the air through a process called adsorption. As air moves through the filter, gas molecules stick to the carbon, which has been activated to create tiny pores that increase its surface area.

Air purifiers with activated carbon filters are very effective at trapping VOCs and odours from paint fumes and other sources such as cigarette smoke, but the filter will eventually become saturated and need to be replaced for the device to maintain its effectiveness.

UV light

UV light air purifiers use a process called photo-oxidation to break down volatile organic compounds and render them harmless. The devices are equipped with specialized lamps that emit UVV rays in order to degrade chemicals and odours. There are smoke removal air purifiers on the market that are specifically designed to reduce VOCs as well as other airborne pollutants.

Other paint fume mitigation strategies

In addition to certain types of air purifiers, there are other methods you can use to reduce your risk of VOC exposure while painting. Water-based paint tends to release fewer chemicals than oil-based paint, so it’s worth keeping that in mind when selecting which product, you want to use.

Furthermore, no-VOC and low-VOC varieties of paint and other products that are usually prone to chemical off-gassing are now being released. Reading product labels carefully and selecting these varieties wherever possible can help protect both you and your loved ones.

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Do Air Purifiers Get Rid of Smells?

Air Purifier Smells

Households contend with a variety of smells on a regular basis, and not all of them are fragrant. Dealing with undesirable odours at home can be unpleasant, embarrassing, and can create problems for people with certain health issues. While air fresheners may mask the smell temporarily, they are not a permanent solution.

Find out whether air purifiers can eliminate unpleasant odours and which solutions are most effective in this article from the experts at Sanuvox!

What are smells?

Before we can assess the effectiveness of different types of air purifiers, it’s important to understand what smells are and how they affect us. A smell is created when a substance releases molecules that spread through the air and find their way into our nose. Upon entering the nose, the odour molecules are detected by our olfactory receptors, which send signals to a part of the brain that assesses their chemical composition.

Our sense of smell is sensitive by necessity, as it serves as an early warning system for threats in our food and environment. It is also connected to the brain’s emotion and memory centres, meaning that odours can affect the way we feel and how we remember things. It’s important to note that strong smells can have negative health effects on people with sensitivities and conditions such as asthma and allergies.

Common household odours

There are many common household odours that can linger despite our best efforts to eliminate them.

  • Cooking smells: Cooking with fish or strong spices or burning anything accidentally can result in unpleasant odours that last long after the meal has been devoured!
  • Garbage: Depending on the ambient temperature and the length of time that passes before it is taken away for disposal, the smell can linger in the trash can and the surrounding area even after the refuse is removed.
  • Tobacco smoke: Cigarette smoke has a very distinctive smell that permeates everything it touches, including clothing and furniture. Fortunately, there are types of air purifiers that are designed specifically to eliminate smoke.
  • Dirty diapers: The smells newborns emit can sometimes overpower even the latest airtight diaper disposal technology.
  • Pet odours: Despite your best efforts to wash the dog and clean out the litterbox regularly, pets may leave your home smelling muskier than it would otherwise. Pets also shed fur and dander that can cause problems for allergy and asthma sufferers.
  • Musty or moldy odours: An excess of humidity in the home can easily lead to mold growth that produces an unpleasant musty odour.

How different types of air purifiers work against smells

When it comes to eliminating odours, not all house air purifiers are created equal.

Air purifiers with HEPA filters

Air purifiers with HEPA filters use mechanical filtration to clean the air. While the fine mesh of a HEPA filter can trap particles as small as 0.3 microns with 99.97% effectiveness, odour molecules are typically hundred to a thousand times smaller, making them impossible to filter mechanically. Even the best HEPA filters cannot capture any odorous molecules.

However, HEPA filters are very effective against small particulates such as dust, dander and mold spores, so depending on your situation, it may be worth investing in an air purifier that is equipped with both a HEPA filter and other air purification technology.

Air purifiers with activated carbon filters

The air purifiers that are generally considered to be the best for eliminating unwanted smells are those equipped with activated carbon filters. These filters are made up of charcoal treated with oxygen, which creates millions of tiny pores between the carbon atoms that chemically attract gases as they pass through.

Just like a sponge getting wetter and wetter when absorbing water until it gets saturated and cannot absorb anymore, carbon filters tend to get saturated with odor molecules and must be changed often.

Air purifiers with UV technology

UV technology is another option that can be effective against household odours. The air purifiers are equipped with lamps that emit UVC and UVV wavelengths—the former destroys microorganisms, and the latter degrades chemicals by photo-oxidation, which are responsible for different types of unwanted odours.

Don’t forget to address the source of the smell!

While there are air purifiers that can effectively eliminate unpleasant smells, the best way to solve the problem remains addressing the source of the odour directly. Ideally, air purifiers should be used in conjunction with cleaning the source of the smell for best results.

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Do Air Purifiers Work for Pet Allergies and Dander?

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What happens when your best furry friend is making you or a loved one sneeze? General wisdom is that the best way to manage a pet allergy is to avoid exposure to the animals—but if your pet is an integral part of your family, that may not be an option.

While constant exposure to an allergen isn’t ideal, there are ways to reduce the number of allergens in your environment and alleviate your symptoms so that you can keep your furry companion. Find out about air purifiers and other allergy mitigation strategies in this article!

Pet allergies explained

Our immune systems are tasked with finding and eliminating foreign invaders such as viruses and bacteria. People with allergies have immune systems that overreact to proteins in substances that are usually harmless, such as milk, peanuts and pet dander. If you have a pet allergy, reactions can include sneezing, stuffy nose, itchy eyes, hives and asthma attacks.

The truth about hypoallergenic pets

A common misconception is that people who are allergic to animals react to their fur or hair. Hairless, short-haired and curly-haired cats and dogs are often marketed as hypoallergenic because they shed less. However, people with pet allergies are actually reacting to proteins in the animal’s urine, saliva or dander (dead skin cells). Pet fur carries particles of dander and other allergens, so animals that shed less may provoke fewer allergy symptoms, but the allergens are still present.

Dander: a tenacious allergen

Pet dander tends to be microscopic and quite buoyant, meaning that it can stay suspended in the air for long periods of time. The edges of the dander are jagged and stick easily to upholstery, bedding, clothing and walls. Even after the cat or dog has left the house, the dander can remain for months on furniture and in carpets.

Air purifiers for pet allergies

An air purifier that uses a filter to remove airborne particles from the environment can significantly lessen the amount of pet allergens that get inhaled. Air purifiers with HEPA filters are particularly effective. They are able to trap 99.97% of 0.3 micron particles and capture larger and smaller particles even more effectively.

The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences all recommend using a HEPA air purifier to decrease the number of airborne allergens in the home and alleviate allergy symptoms. Using an air purifier can help allergy sufferers breathe easier and sleep better than they would otherwise!

Note that air purifiers in a home with pets may need their filter replaced more frequently than those in pet-free homes due to the amount of animal hair and dander that can clog the filter.

Other ways to mitigate pet allergies

The best way to manage a cat or dog allergy is to reduce exposure by minimizing contact with the animals as much as possible. That being said, sometimes removing the allergen from your environment is not an option. In such cases, there are steps you can take to mitigate your allergy symptoms:

  • Create one or more pet-free zones in the house. Pets should be kept out of the bedroom in particular because you spend such a significant amount of time there. Keep the bedroom door closed, and clean the room carefully and frequently. The bedroom is also a perfect place to install a residential air purifier!
  • Use allergy-proof covers for mattresses and pillows. These covers act as a barrier for allergens so that you don’t inhale them while sleeping.
  • Keep pets off the furniture. Dander sticks more easily to fabric and other soft surfaces than walls and floors.
  • Eliminate carpeting wherever possible. Carpet fabric traps allergen particles and releases them when disturbed. It’s also difficult to clean adequately.
  • Bathe pets weekly. This helps reduce the amount of dander they shed.

Medical help for allergies

Before deciding on how to manage your pet allergies, it’s important to consult an allergist and get tested to determine what your allergens are and get professional medical recommendations on how to proceed. While air purifiers can make a big difference when it comes to pet allergy symptoms, they should not be considered an adequate replacement for medical treatment—rather, they should be used in conjunction with medical treatment and other mitigation strategies for best results.

Air purifiers: an investment in your health

If you can’t bear to say goodbye to your precious pet, using an air purifier to clean the air you breathe can go a long way towards managing your allergy symptoms and improving your quality of life.

There’s no doubt that purchasing an air purifier is an investment in your health and well-being. HEPA filters are very effective at trapping pet dander and other airborne allergens, and air purifiers with UV technology destroy the mold spores, viruses and bacteria that are also present in the air and can pose significant health issues.

Sanuvox is a global leader in air purification solutions. Contact us today for cleaner air and better health!

Do Air Purifiers Reduce Allergies?

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Every year, as the snows melt and we look forward to warmer weather and longer days, many people dread the months of runny noses, itchy eyes and sneezing that lie ahead. Seasonal allergies are a common problem that seems to worsen with each passing year as the climate warms.

While seasonal allergies are rarely dangerous, they can cause sufferers severe discomfort that can be difficult to alleviate. In this article, find out more about seasonal and environmental allergens and discover whether air purifiers can mitigate their effects.

What are environmental allergens?

An allergen is a substance that a person’s immune system overreacts to and classifies as dangerous, even though it is normally harmless. The immune system reacts by releasing histamines, which cause allergy symptoms such as swelling of the eyes, nose and throat and sneezing in an attempt expel the allergen from the body.

Also, allergens are particles that travel through the air and cause an immune response when inhaled, as opposed to substances that are ingested. Unfortunately, this makes them harder to avoid.

Pollen

Trees, grasses and weeds reproduce by generating pollen, which is spread on the wind or via insects. Pollen spread by the wind is the main cause of seasonal allergy symptoms. Different types of plants emit pollen at different times of year, so the season during which you experience allergies will depend on what kind of pollen you’re allergic to.

Pollen levels also vary depending on location and weather conditions, but generally speaking, warmer, windier weather means worse symptoms for allergy sufferers.

Dust, mold and pet hair

Environmental allergens such as dust, mold and pet hair may be present in a home regardless of the season. Dust are a permanent fixture of houses regardless of how diligently they are cleaned, and pet hair can remain a problem for months after the animal has left.

For those who suffer from allergies, it’s important to take steps to avoid and eliminate allergens wherever possible.

Can air purifiers help with allergies?

Air purification systems are designed to clean the air in a room by trapping or deactivating particulates and pushing the filtered or sanitized air back into the space. Air purifiers with HEPA filters are particularly effective at trapping airborne particles 0.3 microns in size, which are the hardest to trap and the most easily drawn into the lungs.

Best air purifier for allergies

Studies have shown that air purifiers with HEPA filters successfully capture substantial amounts of airborne allergens, significantly improving the respiratory function of asthmatic allergy sufferers. With fewer allergens circulating in the air, people experience fewer symptoms, easier breathing and a better night’s sleep.

Note that for a residential air purifier to be effective at getting rid of allergens in the home, it must have a CADR (clean air delivery rate) that matches the size of the room it’s in, and the HEPA filter needs to be cleaned and replaced regularly.

Other ways to mitigate allergies

  • Seal exterior windows and foundation cracks to keep pollen and mold from infiltrating your home.
  • Opt for flooring and furniture that can be easily mopped, vacuumed or dusted.
  • Avoid having carpets in the home—they are reservoirs of allergens that are difficult to clean adequately. Furthermore, the particles they contain are released into the air every time the carpet is disturbed.
  • Wash bed sheets once a week in hot water.
  • Over-the-counter decongestants and antihistamines can be used to alleviate symptoms, and doctors may prescribe medication for more severe reactions.

Breathe easy with Sanuvox!

Regardless of how diligently you try to avoid them, a certain amount of allergens will always find their way into the house. Using an air purifier to clean the air you breathe can go a long way towards alleviating those troublesome symptoms and improving your quality of life.

Purchasing an air purifier is an investment in your health. HEPA filters are very effective at trapping airborne allergens, and air purifiers with UV technology destroy mold spores, viruses and bacteria that are also found in the air and can pose significant health risks.

Sanuvox is a global leader in air purification solutions. Contact us today to face allergy season with equanimity!

How to Test Air Quality in Your Home

Home Air Quality Check

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Approximately 25 million people in the United States have asthma. It is also the leading chronic illness amongst children.

Have you Googled, ‘how to test air quality in your home?’ Your home’s indoor air quality can exacerbate many of the symptoms of your loved ones dealing with lung conditions such as asthma. Quality air purifying systems can help eliminate toxic contaminants and improve your overall health and well-being.

If you have an interest in learning more about your home’s air quality, then keep reading on.

Types of Air Quality Risks

Indoor air quality is important for adults and children. What types of pollutants or gas should you be concerned about in your home?

  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Radon
  • Allergens
  • Other indoor pollutants

Poor air quality inside your house can cause you a variety of negative health effects. This has posed an even greater risk as more people are working from home more and more. The pandemic situation increases this phenomenon more than ever. Some statistics state that Americans spend 90% of their entire day indoors. (Source: EPA – Indoor Air Quality)

There are some common signs and symptoms of overexposure to air pollutants:

  • Irritation (e.g., eyes, throat, nose)
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Respiratory illnesses
  • Cardiac problems

People with pre-existing conditions such as heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), and asthma are even more at risk of adverse effects.

How To Test Air Quality in Your Home

Do you have concerns with how to check air quality in home? Simple tests can help you determine what pollutants or gases are present. You can check for carbon monoxide, radon, and mold with a few easy steps.

Once you’ve determined what pollutants are in your home, you can opt for quality air purifiers to make sure everyone is breathing a bit easier and healthier.

Carbon Monoxide

One of the simplest tools for checking air quality is a carbon monoxide detector. In fact, these detectors can be lifesaving since carbon monoxide poisoning can lead to fatalities.

Unfortunately, it is virtually impossible for you to detect carbon monoxide without a detector. It is odorless and colorless and typically presents with similar symptoms as the flu.

What are some things that emit carbon monoxide?

  • Driers
  • Water heaters
  • Fireplaces
  • Vehicles
  • Power tools

Make sure that fuel-burning appliances have proper ventilation and are regularly checked. Additionally, don’t ever bring outdoor grills or power tools inside the home for use.

Radon Test

Radon is a monoatomic radioactive gas. Like carbon monoxide, it is also odorless and colorless which makes it challenging for detection by your senses alone.

Radon is a naturally occurring gas coming from the radioactive decay of Uranium. It usually does not pose a problem if you are outdoors. However, once radon builds up indoors it can lead to severe lung issues and is listed as one of the top causes of lung cancer for non-smokers.

Radon comes from the soil and enters the home through cracks in the foundation or other holes. This makes it all the more important for having your home checked and ensure that there are no integrity issues.

Radon cannot be removed by any filtration or any air purification technologies whatsoever. It can only be reduced by limiting the sources and by dilution increasing ventilation.

If a radon test shows abnormally high levels, you can take preventive measures by resealing cracks through caulking and add specialized radon mitigating ventilation systems. This generally helps reducing the radon concentration level and prevent further issues.

Mold Test

Mold is a fungus that is beneficial for the outdoor environment. In the home, it can release toxins that are harmful to humans and pets.

Typically, you will find mold in dark or wet spaces – they are much easier to spot and detect than radon or carbon monoxide. Usually, the symptoms of mold exposure resemble allergies.

You may notice mold that is black, white, or even spotted. It can look like cotton or have a velvety appearance, and usually has a musty smell. Indoor mold comes from spores that enter through your doors, windows, or vents.

However, mold needs the right conditions to continue growing. The ideal situations for mold include places where there are higher amounts of moisture. You might find mold in your basement, by leaky pipes, or in ceiling tiles.

Mold is often best remediated by a mold removal professional but air purifiers can also help with mold.

Air Quality Monitor

Are you wondering how to measure air quality at home?  An air quality monitor can help. Most monitors will regularly measure typical pollutants found indoors. These are especially useful for people who have lung conditions such as asthma.

In addition to monitors, it helps in having something that regularly purifies and detoxes the air. This can work towards eliminating problems that arise in your home and make it safer for residents at a higher health risk.

Residential Air Purifiers

residential air purifier is different from a filter. Most homes have filters in their furnace and A/C units that eliminate contaminants. A purifier works at catching all the particles and contaminants that are missed by the filters.

These purifiers target various pollutants found in indoor settings and work round the clock in helping with eliminating them. Additionally, it is eco-friendly and safe for home use.

Whole house air purifiers work by using similar forms of UV rays that the sun emits. These natural wavelengths can eliminate harmful contaminants. Installing these in your ventilation ducts ensures that all of the outside air is filtered through these natural systems.

Keep Your House Healthy

Have you been wondering about how to test air quality in your home? Common air pollutants can build up and cause lingering illnesses and asthma flare-ups. Regularly testing for carbon monoxide, radon and mold can help keep you and your family safe.

Do you want a simple and easy way to purify your air? Indoor air quality products and purifiers work at eliminating harmful contaminants. They can even be installed in your ducts so that they can work hard to clean your air without constant maintenance.

Contact us today if you have any questions about our line of air purification products.

How to Get Rid of Cigarette Smoke Smell

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Cigarette smoke smell can be tenacious. Despite our best efforts, it often lingers in indoor spaces long after the smoking has occurred. In addition to being unpleasant, the chemicals it contains can be harmful to our health.

Of course, the best option is to prevent cigarette smoke from permeating the space in the first place, but that isn’t always possible. If smoking does occur, there are ways to mitigate the smell and the hazards associated with it.

In this article, the experts at Sanuvox explain why cigarette smoke smell is so persistent, what dangers it poses and how to eliminate it from your home.

Sources and risks of cigarette smoke smell

Tobacco contains a plethora of chemicals that are released into the air when someone smokes. These chemicals linger in the air, stick to surfaces and accumulate in house dust. Indoors, 70% to 90% of nicotine and NNK (a carcinogen specific to tobacco) remain in the environment and can linger for months to years after the smoking has taken place.

These lingering chemicals are called thirdhand smoke. Almost any surface can absorb them: carpets, walls, furniture, curtains, etc. People are then exposed to the chemicals by touching the surfaces or inhaling the off-gassing.

Thirdhand smoke contains a variety of toxic compounds, many of which are harmful to human health. They can directly damage DNA, change the way reproductive cells function, damage the respiratory system and lead to a higher risk of cancer. Therefore, it’s in your best interest to do everything you can to eliminate thirdhand smoke.

Ways to get rid of cigarette smoke smell

There are a variety of strategies you can use to try to get rid of cigarette smoke smell. Note that the longer the smoking has been going on, the deeper the chemicals will have penetrated into the household surfaces, making the smell harder to eliminate.

Cleaning

Cleaning is an essential step when it comes to getting cigarette smoke smell out of your house. Wash your clothes and any other fabrics that can easily be put through the washing machine. For hard surfaces, try scrubbing them with a solution of 2 parts vinegar to 1 part water to dissolve the greasy residue left by the cigarette smoke.

Deodorizers

Baking soda is a great deodorizer, because it neutralizes odours but has no strong smell itself (as opposed to vinegar, for example). You can sprinkle baking soda on upholstered furniture, rugs, carpets etc. let it sit for several hours or overnight, then vacuum.

Coffee grounds and activated charcoal are also effective at absorbing odours. You can try placing bowls of them at strategic points around your house to get rid of the cigarette smoke smell.

You can also boil lemon peel in water on the stove for around 20 minutes. The fragrant steam will help deodorize the house.

Ventilation

One of the most important things you can do to eliminate cigarette smoke smell is to make sure that clean air is circulating in your house. Weather permitting, open all the windows to let fresh air in from the outside. You can use box fans, standing fans and even the exhaust fans in your bathroom and kitchen to help the air circulate.

The chemical dust and particles that give off cigarette smoke smell can easily accumulate in your air ducts and HVAC system, so it’s important to clean the ducts and replace your filters regularly.

Air purifiers

Air purifiers are invaluable tools for getting rid of cigarette smoke smell. They can be used while the smoking is going on to eliminate the chemicals before they have a chance to settle on surfaces, and afterwards to mitigate the effects of harmful off-gassing and remove the lingering smell from the air.

When it comes to combating cigarette smoke smell, not all residential air purifiers are created equal. Air purifiers with HEPA filters are able to filter out cigarette smoke ashes particles, but they have no effect on volatile organic compounds, which include the chemicals released in cigarette smoke that are harmful to human health. Activated carbon filters are more effective at trapping these chemicals.

Air purifiers with UV technology are able to neutralize the chemicals and odours associated with cigarette smoke. Air is pulled through a UV chamber and subjected to photo-oxidation, which degrades the chemicals in addition to destroying micro-organisms such as mold, viruses and bacteria. Stimulated by the high energy of the UV light, large organic compounds are broken down into smaller molecules by oxidation.  This is in essence what is being accomplished inside the Sanuvox ultraviolet air purifier. Carcinogenic organic compounds emitted by cigarettes are decomposed by a high intensity UV source and get destroyed by photo-oxidation at an accelerated rate.

Eliminate cigarette smoke smell with Sanuvox

Smoking cigarettes releases harmful chemicals that linger in the air and on surfaces long afterwards. These chemicals and their unpleasant smell can be difficult to remove from your home. While deodorizers can help mask the smell, deep cleaning and certain types of air purifiers are the most effective ways to eliminate the chemicals emitted during smoking.

Sanuvox is a global leader in smoke removal air purifiers. Our patented high-intensity UV lamps deliver the maximum UV dosage to the moving air stream to degrade chemicals and eliminate odours with our BIOPÜR unique product complemented with HEPA and activated carbon filter to eliminate cigarette smoke odours. Contact us today for air purification solutions that will eliminate cigarette smoke smell and ensure the cleanliness of the air you breathe.