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Why Do You Need an Air Purifier?

Between our homes, the office, or school, the average Irish person spends almost 90% of their day indoors.

This fact, coupled with Ireland’s unpredictable weather conditions, means that you may very likely be spending this time in enclosed spaces with limited outdoor air exchange.

The Importance of Air Exchange

Lack of sufficient air exchange can lead to extremely poor indoor air quality.

In poorly ventilated spaces, concentrations of pollutants and allergens are often up to five times higher than typical outdoor concentrations. This can pose particular risk to those most susceptible to the effects of pollution, such as young children and the elderly – as well as those sensitive to allergens or suffering from respiratory problems.

By helping to reduce the particulates triggering respiratory problems, air purifiers – especially those with high ‘Air Changes per Hour’ (ACH) numbers – are the ideal choice to improving indoor air quality at home, at work, or in the classroom.

Air Quality

The air that we breathe can have a significant impact on our health.

In recent years, indoor concentrations of airborne allergens and pollutants have increased steadily, due factors such as:

  • Energy-efficient building construction – especially where it lacks sufficient mechanical ventilation to ensure adequate air exchange.
  • The increased use of synthetic materials containing ‘volatile organic’ compounds (VOCs) e.g., building materials, furnishings, personal care products, pesticides, and household cleaners.

Recently, American researchers have also highlighted the negative effects poor air quality has on the academic performance of children and adults in the classroom.

How Do Air Purifiers Work?

Air purifiers are designed to sanitise the air and reduce pollutants such as dust, smoke, pollen, mould spores, VOCs, and several other allergens which may pose a risk to your health.

In their simplest form, these units contain one or more filters and a fan. The fan is designed to extract the air from the surrounding environment, in turn passing it through the internal filters to trap odours and particulates.

Benefits of Using an Air Purifier

Air purifiers with high-efficiency particulate absorbing (HEPA) technology filters can help remove up to 99.7% of the airborne particulate matter circulating in areas with limited air exchange.

This matter can include odours, pollutants, allergens, and harmful pathogens such as fungus spores, viruses, and bacteria. Many air purifier models have also been certified COVID-19 effective.

On top of the clear benefits to your health, air purifiers also provide other benefits such as:

  • Increased productivity and focus at work and school due to better air quality.
  • Improved sleep at home due to less airborne allergens and dust mite particles.
  • Longer lasting office equipment due to less instances of dust-blocked air flows and fans in hardware.
  • Reduced risks of harmful, naturally-occurring radon gas in enclosed spaces.
  • Removal of unpleasant odours.

Need help?

Need help choosing the right purification system for your home, office, or school?

At NorthEast Hygiene, we can help.

Simply call us on 01 485 3284, or alternatively, drop us an email: orders@northeasthygiene.ie.

Click here to review our full range of air purification systems.

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