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Because children are still developing, good indoor air quality at home is even more important for them than for adults. A child’s lungs and immune system are more susceptible to the negative effects of allergens and pollutants. Some toxins can even compromise brain development.
To protect your children, and your whole family, choose an air purifier that is most effective at removing the pollutants that are most harmful to kids.
Indoor air quality is impacted by a number of pollutants that come into our homes. They can be in the form of particles or in gaseous form. Many air purifiers can successfully remove both types, but if one is a particular problem, be sure the purifier you choose can handle that. Some common types of indoor pollutants include:
An air purifier provides many health benefits for your family.
Choose an air purifier that can handle both particles and gaseous pollutants. Here is a look at some popular types.
HEPA (high-efficiency particulate arrest ace) filters remove 99.97% of particles 0.3 microns or larger from the air. They are the gold standard for allergen and airborne particle removal.
Activated carbon captures pollutants as they pass through the filter’s small, absorbent pores. They remove odors, chemicals and smoke, but not dust and allergens.
Ionizing air purifiers, UV air purifiers and other ozone emitters
A side effect of these types of air purifiers is the release of ozone, a toxin that can cause damage and development problems to the lungs of young children. Ionizers and electrostatic precipitators create ozone due to their high-voltage charge. UV air purifiers also emit ozone.
PECO (photo electrochemical oxidation)
PECO technology can destroy allergens and harmful airborne chemicals at the molecular level, rather than simply trapping them on the filter surface.