Air purifiers, humidifiers, ionizers and dehumidifiers can affect the air you breathe in your home. However, they each have a different purpose with unique benefits. If you're looking for ways to relieve allergies, improve dry air conditions, or create a healthy environment for your baby, you need to understand the differences these devices. We'll explain how each works and the best ways to use them safely.
When the air is too humid, it can promote the growth of mould and affect your health, especially if you have asthma or other respiratory illnesses. Depending on where you live, it's not always easy to control indoor humidity. That's where a humidifier can help. A humidifier diffuses water droplets into the air to keep the humidity in your home within an optimal range, neither too high nor too low. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends keeping the air in your home between 30 and 50 percent humidity.
Research conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety Health has shown that a humidity level of 40% or more reduces flu virus infectivity levels to about 14%. A higher humidity level allows viruses to have a greater chance of attaching to water vapor droplets, instead of clinging to us and infecting us directly. This helps explain why the dry climate of winter can make us more vulnerable to disease.
On the other hand, a higher humidity level can help decongest the body :Dry air can cause mucus to dry out and thicken. This can lead to nasal congestion, sore throat and pain. to the sinuses. Humidifiers, by adding moisture to the affected area, help to break down this mucus.
High humidity, whether due to poor air circulation or poor ventilation, can lead to mold infestation and even exacerbate health problems such as allergies and asthma. A dehumidifier is an important tool to prevent moisture-related problems and improve the quality of your air. Like a humidifier, a dehumidifier can be especially useful in the bathroom or areas of your home where humidity is often excessive.
Dust mites are a common trigger for allergies and asthma. For people with asthma, high humidity can create a cycle of breathing difficulties, excessive sweating and dehydration. A medical journal study on allergies found that homes maintaining humidity levels below 51% had a significant reduction in dust mites.
Mould grows in areas of your home that are too damp. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that in people with sensitive airways, allergy and asthma symptoms can be triggered by inhaling this mold. The NIH also suggests using an air dehumidifier to control exposure to allergy triggers.
Air purifiers essentially work by cleaning the air, which may contain pollutants, allergens and toxins. Air purifiers are either equipped with filters or ionizer-type air purifiers. The classic air purifier is based on an air filtration system. It consists of several filters such as a pre-filter, a HEPA filter, and an active carbon filter. The pre-filter stops visible particles larger than one micron. The activated carbon filter captures volatile organic compounds and odors. Finally, the HEPA filter, allows to filter at least 99.97% of particles with a diameter greater than or equal to 0.3 µm.
The ionizer air purifier is an important source of negative ions, which negatively charge positive particles. The particles thus fall to the ground. The air ionizer claims to be effective on biological and chemical pollutant sources, but can also improve well-being.
Some air purifiers are designed to reduce allergens in the air, such as mites, animal dander, pollen or mould spores. Many people suffering from allergies or asthma use an air purifier to reduce their exposure to these triggers. TEQOYA air ionizers work effectively to reduce particles and allergens (known asthma triggers) in the air.
In addition, TEQOYA air ionizers eliminate 99% of bacteria/viruses from the air, which irritate the respiratory tract and weaken the immune system. They also fight against transmission of viruses (including Covid). A fanless air ionizer such as those of TEQOYA, does not encourage the mobility of aerosols present in the air.
Although a purifier (or ioniser), a dehumidifier and a humidifier perform completely different functions, they can be used together and in the same room. However, if you use a air purifier with filters, you should avoid placing them too close together, as moisture from the humidifier could not only clog the filters but also promote the growth of mould and bacteria.
If you opt for an air purifier with a filter, make sure you maintain it properly. An unmaintained filter air purifier becomes a source of pollution itself. Indeed, when changing the filter, pollutants can easily disperse in the air. This is why we recommend the TEQOYA ionizer : it neutralises 99% of ultra-fine particles, is guaranteed for 10 years, has a low power consumption and is environmentally friendly.