Do air purifiers really work for dust?

Eww, the dust in your home. What a pain in the ass. That’s why many ask Do air purifiers really work for dust?

It may be easy to clean up the dust bunnies under the couch but the dust that suspends in the air is a long another story. Dust is an unfortunate fact of life. No matter what type of home you live in, or where you are located geographically, dust will settle and accumulate on all of the surfaces of your home.There are many ways to help reduce the amount of dust in your indoor environment. One particularly effective way to reduce household dust is to use an air purifier.

Best advice: Choose your air purifier: Best air purifiers in 2018

Do air purifiers really work for dust? – Know what is the dust

If you thought that dust was only dirt or dead skin cells, think again.

The dust you will find inside your house is a complex mixture of mainly:

  • Soil that is tracked into the home
  • Particulate matter from outside air
  • Organic material

Want to know more, read Wiki.

Organic material comes from plants and animals (officially, scientists designate “organic” as carbon-based compounds).

This organic material includes:

  • Skin particles
  • Food debris
  • Pollen
  • Mold
  • Pet dander
  • Insect body parts
  • Dust mite allergens

Study author Pamela Beamer told NPR that the indoor components of dust can include things that do not come to mind at first, such as fibers from your carpet or bedding.

A dust expert said that some dust particles are small enough to easily float in the air, while others are much larger and will settle onto the floor. Some particles are made up of only one inorganic or organic compound, while others are more complex and can contain an organic coating with an inorganic center, and vice versa.

Do air purifiers really work for dust?

Can a mechanical air purifier pass the test for dust? It may, depending on its efficiency, capture a certain amount of dust particles in the air that flow through the device. Depending on the machine, the air purifier may not even need to contain a “HEPA filter” (the 99.97% efficiency as mentioned above) to capture dust. Even those that are not as “efficient” may trap dust particles.

Yet, it is important to note that these types of mechanical filters only trap particles and do not address gases. Also, because they trap pollutants and do not destroy them, it is possible for mold and bacteria that are trapped on these filters to multiply on the filter and be released back into the air.

Read these article to answer your FAQs of air purifier

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