That’s the question on the tip of everyones tongue. By now, most people have heard of the air purifying technology.
Those same people have endless questions about how it really works. It’s one thing to say “air purifier”, but what does it actually do? How does the technology work, and what are the benefits?
It’s reasonable to want to know if it’s going to be worth purchasing or not. There’s no “yes” or “no” answer though, please keep that in mind.
These air purifier machines have worked wonders for many people, while others have found them to be a complete waste. In the end, you’re going to have to use your better judgement and decide if the system is right for you.
But before you start looking up reviews, let’s save you the trouble. First, let’s talk a little bit about the technology and how it works!
The Technology Behind An Air Purifier
Put simply: An air purifier is designed to clean the air in the room it’s placed in. There are quite a few types of air purifiers, which we’ll touch on shortly, but each land in one of two categories: Built it or portable.
Many air purifying systems come built in with the cooling/heating system of your home. Unfortunately, these types don’t work quite as well. As you can imagine, there’s too much space to be trying to clean. So, they will often fall short as a stand alone.
However, when used with portable air purifiers as well, the results are amazing. The air is the cleanest air you’ll ever breath. If you don’t have a built in air purifier, you don’t have to worry, because you can easily buy a portable one.
The focus of this article is going to be on portable air purifiers.
Now, there are a few different kinds: Air Washing, Electrostatic Precipitation, Negative Ion Generation, and Ozone Generation.
Of these types, the air washing is the most popular choice. This version uses water to clear out the air intake, releasing pure air back out of the machine.
The other types operate in similar fashions, but have different purifying methods. Of these types, there are different types of filters they use.
The most reliable filter, with the cleanest air, is called a HEPA filter. These are charcoal filters that intake the air from the room and replace it with a cleaner version.
Essentially, that is how air purifiers work; Intake the bad out, push out the good air. It’s a filtration system to provide your breathing space with quality air.
This makes your lungs happy, because it reduces the amount of stuff you’re breathing in.
Why Bother With A Filter At All?
Well, whether you know it or not, you’re constantly breathing in things you don’t want to think about. For people with asthma and allergies, this is noticeable.
For everyone else, it can be hard to share a concern about your quality of air. Let’s take a look at some of the stuff you’re breathing in without your knowledge: Small particles that could damage your lungs, pollutants from indoor air, dust mite feces, gaseous toxins, mildew and more.
Where we don’t want to think about everything we’re breathing in; we want solutions. An air purifier can be the solution. Placing one of these machines in your home or office will drastically increase the quality of air you’re breathing in.
By increasing your air quality, you can reduce the risk of the side effects of breathing polluted air. Side effects, you ask – Yes. There are side effects to the air you breath without thought.
Some of these side effects include: acute or chronic lung issues, aggravated asthma, coughing, difficult breathing, sinus irritation, respiratory infection, shortness of breath and even asthma.
These symptoms are all amplified for asthma sufferers. Oh, and that’s not even including all the side effects that come along if you’ve got any mildew or mold in the air!
So, you can see why it might be better to reduce these types of risks by investing in a tool to help clean the air you breath in.
Our Pick Of The Sharp Air Purifiers
There are many types to choose from, but we’ve decided the best two:
#1. Sharp FPA80UW Plasmacluster Ion Air Purifier with True HEPA Filter
The use of the HEPA filter means the purifier catches particles that are as small as 0.3 microns. The air delivered through this filtration system is clear, as the unit catches 99.97% of all the particles that come through. These particles include pollen, dust, pander and even smoke.
That’s the work of the HEPA filter – clear air. These units are recommended for rooms under 450 square feet, anything above that is pushing it. There are 4 fans, and the unit is Energy Star approved!
The pros of this unit speak for themselves: Clean air. Some of the other benefits is that the system is fairly quiet while operating.
There is also a LED light that changes colors to let you know the air quality. This means that you can know exactly how clean the air you’re breathing is. But don’t worry, the LED can be turned off at night, so it’s not irritating you.
There aren’t many cons of this product, but many pet owners advise caution. The machine tends to frighten animals, even though there is almost no sound.
There is also an awful plastic odor when you first receive the unit. But that odor fades with use. Aside from that, the machine is a great choice, mostly because of the HEPA filter and Plasmacluster Ion technology.
#2. Sharp KC-850U Plasmacluster Air Purifier with Humidifying Function
This unit uses the water method mentioned at the beginning of this article. It combines the function of an air purifier, while also adding the feature of a humidifier.
This helps to increase the quality of air, while also allowing enough moisture to keep the air from drying out, which can irritate the sinuses, of course. A slightly moist breathing space is actually beneficial for clearing out your nasal passage.
Like the other unit, this unit has a very quiet operation. In order to hear it make noise, you’d have to press yourself against the unit.
This means it can sit nicely in a bedroom and not bother you while you sleep. It can also be used in the office and not interupt phone calls you might be making. It’s also designed nice and basic, with a simlar appearance including an adjustable LED light. This product is also Energy Star approved.
Unfortunately, one of the cons of this unit is that it only functions up to 250 square feet, covering half the space of the other unit we’ve talked about.
The humidifier doesn’t work as well as it could, but works well in conjunction with another humidfier. The filters for this unit can be pricey, so there have been some complaints about the cost.
Overall. both of these units have something to offer. Both are wise investments, it just matters what you need them for.
If you have a larger space, you’ll want to go for the first one. If you have a smaller space that seems dry, the second one is a better option.
If you don’t want to go with a Sharp Air Purifier, there are other options as well. But make sure you do your research for those ones, as different units do operate differently!