Fresh, clean air. You need it, but unfortunately it’s not always something our surroundings offer.
Common contaminants in your home can be mold and fungal spores, bacteria and viruses, pollen, cigarette smoke, dust, paint and other building materials, or pet particles and hair.
Air purifiers remove most or all of these pollutants from your indoor air. They work by drawing in air through a combination of filters and then blowing out the purest air you can find.
A good air purifier can help all people, and can be especially important for asthmatics and pollen allergists. At Albion Nordic you will find a carefully selected range of the best air purifiers on the market.
General about air purifiers
Air purifier is a product that is used to reduce the amount of particles of different kinds in the air in the room where it is placed. The particles that are purified can be both visible and invisible to the eye.
What particles do air purifiers remove?
First and foremost, it is important to explain that air purifiers for the consumer and the corporate market cannot completely remove particles, but they have the ability to reduce the amount of particles in a room because the particles get trapped in filters or are eliminated in other ways in products. A particle can be anything from a few millimeters in size down to one millionth of a millimeter. A large amount of the particles you have in your house come in with the ventilation and through windows and doors. Particles that already exist indoors are, for example, textiles, plastics, cleaning products, cooking ovens, tobacco smoke and more.
Why buy an purifier?
The general answer is that the amount of non-natural particles is increasing in line with our development of the welfare society. Clothes, textiles, cleaning products, toys are examples of particles indoors. Ventilation, doors and windows also disperse particles from life outside your house.
Everything from pollen to particles from car traffic reaches your home. How you are affected by particles in your home depends on your physique and your conditions, but also on the amount of pollutants, their size, how harmful the substances are and so on.
By purchasing air purifiers you can reduce the amount of harmful particles in your home and in the long term it is a good investment for health and wellbeing. In addition, many air purifiers help to reduce the amount of dust in the house, which many feel positive.
Different types of air purifiers
There are different types of air purifiers with different properties, of which the two most common air purifiers are based on the following technology
Mechanical air purifier
Electrostatic air purifier
Mechanical air purifiers with HEPA or ULPA filters
A mechanical air purifier reduces the amount of particles in a room by compressing the air through different filters using a fan in the machine. Often, mechanical air purifiers contain filter kits that have several different types of filters that capture different types of particles. A pre-filter that catches dust, hair, skin deposits can be followed by, for example, a scent filter that catches scent particles. Often, fragrance filters consist of charcoal or other materials that are good at “sucking up” fragrance particles. Finally, there is often a HEPA filter or ULPA filter that captures particles.
HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Filter
A HEPA filter captures 99.97% of particles with diameters greater than 0.3 µm.
Ultra Low Penetration Air (ULPA) Filter
A ULPA filter captures 99.999% of particles with a diameter greater than 0.001 µm.
Electrostatic air purifier
Air purifiers based on electrostatic air purification mean that the product ejects billions of electrons per second which are converted into negatively charged ions and then carried out into the room where the product is located.
The product has a positively charged collector that attracts the negatively charged ions in the room. On the way back to the collector, particles attach to the negatively charged ion and when the negatively charged ions collide with the collector, dust and particles attach to the collector in the product.
Several of our air purifiers are recommended by the Swedish Asthma and Allergy Association
In addition, they are widely praised for their design, which makes them an excellent choice in terms of design and function. The air purifiers are available in a variety of room sizes, such as 63 m² and 73 m².
An efficient air purifier makes the indoor air healthy and clean. It binds pollen, dust particles and eliminates bad smells. This makes the indoor climate better, especially for asthmatics and allergy sufferers. Also very suitable for those living in a larger city with more emissions of, for example, exhaust gases.
Which air purifier should I choose?
Choosing an air purifier is not easy, as there are many different types, different brands and many different functions. Here we list some points to consider when buying air purifiers.
Always start by looking at those recommended by the Asthma and Allergy Association, that is, air purifiers that are labeled with Svalan. That’s a good guide.
It is a good guide for you as a consumer when looking for products that can be good from an allergy point of view.
The second thing to determine is what do you want to clean the air from. Pollen, viruses, influenza, strong scents, mold, matosis, toxic gases or dust. Read carefully what the air cleaner’s various filters actually cleanse.
The third thing to do is to get an idea of how large the surface is to be cleaned. Coway’s air purifiers are easy to move to the room you are in. For example, you have it standing in the living room during the afternoon and evening and then it moves to the bedroom during the night. In this way, you create a free zone in the bedroom, where the body has a chance to recover. If you have purchased your air purifier for allergic problems, this is optimal.
Then one should be aware that an air purifier always needs maintenance. This is done by keeping filters and sensors clean according to recommended instructions. Is it possible to buy new filters or filter set? It is important. Has air purifier filter change indicator, which greatly facilitates. It indicates when the filters need to be replaced.
If the product has a nice design it is a plus as it becomes part of your interior design, as well as if the product is easy to use and user friendly.
Depending on which room to use the air purifier, the sound level is important to look at. An air purifier with the lowest noise level of 30 dBA can be experienced directly disturbing in an otherwise quiet environment such as a bedroom.
Air purifier test
There are ongoing tests of air purifiers, most of which are ordered by manufacturers. If you are going to buy lute purifiers based on the best in tests, we recommend that you follow recognized test institutes and the Asthma and Allergy Association. They work independently and focus on you as a consumer.
Which air purifiers do we recommend?
We largely follow the evaluations conducted by the Asthma and Allergy Association, but we also take into account all the feedback we get from our own customers. We are one of Sweden’s largest suppliers of air purifiers and we have been working with indoor climate products for almost 10 years. The products we recommend are:
Coway air purifiers
Korean Coway has many years of experience in air purification. In Korea’s densely built metropolitan areas, air purification is central. Coway is one of the world’s largest producers of high quality air purifiers and a brand we have worked with for a long time. Highly recommended by us at Albion Nordic.