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Everything you need to know about air purifiers, filters and maintenance

The quality of the air we breathe has a huge impact on our health and well-being. With the ever-increasing awareness of air pollution and allergens, air purifiers have become increasingly popular in recent years. These devices offer an effective way to purify the air in our homes and offices.

Did you know that IKEA has incorporated an air purifier into a side table?
The STARKVIND is a multifunctional air purifier and side table in one. You can adjust it manually, put it in automatic mode or control it with an app.

An essential part of the air purifier is the filter. The filter is the part of the air purifier that is responsible for removing impurities from the air. In this article, we will delve deeper into air purifiers and focus on the importance and maintenance of filters.

What does an air purifier do?

To begin, we will first explain what an air purifier is and does. In short: An air purifier is an electronic device designed to improve air quality by removing various impurities from the air. These impurities can range from dust particles and pollen to harmful chemicals and odours. Air purifiers can help reduce allergies, asthma, respiratory diseases and contribute to a healthier living environment.

How long does an air purifier need to be on?

The optimal duration that an air purifier should operate varies depending on the situation and the user's needs. Generally, it is recommended to run an air purifier continuously, especially in rooms where many contaminants are present.

This can help maintain consistent air quality. However, several air purifiers have an automatic mode that monitors air quality and adjusts operation based on measured levels of contaminants.

How a (Dyson) air purifier works

A Dyson air purifier is an innovative device that uses advanced technologies to purify the air. It uses a combination of filters, including a HEPA filter and a carbon filter, to remove particles and odours.
The HEPA filter captures tiny particles such as dust, pollen and fine dust, while the carbon filter absorbs odours and volatile organic compounds. Dyson air purifiers also use a powerful fan to distribute the cleaned air evenly throughout the room.

Does an air purifier work against hay fever?

Yes, an air purifier can definitely help reduce symptoms of hay fever. Many air purifiers are equipped with a HEPA filter, which is able to filter pollen and other allergens from the air. This can reduce exposure to indoor allergens, which can offer relief to people with hay fever. However, it is important to note that an air purifier can only reduce symptoms and not eliminate the cause of hay fever.

Does an air purifier have a filter in it?

Yes, almost all air purifiers are equipped with filters to purify the air. The type of filter can vary depending on the type of the air purifier. A common type of filter used is a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. This type of filter is able to capture small particles, such as dust, pollen, mould spores and bacteria from the air. Some air purifiers also use carbon filters to reduce odours and chemical pollutants.

How often does the filter of an air purifier need to be replaced?

The frequency of replacing an air purifier filter varies depending on the use and type of filter. Generally, it is recommended to change HEPA filters about once every six to 12 months. Carbon filters should be replaced more frequently, usually every three to six months.
It is important to follow the manufacturer's instructions for the specific model of air purifier, as recommendations may vary.

Can I clean the filter of an air purifier?

In most cases, filters for air purifiers are designed to be replaced and not cleaned. This is because filters can clog over time and lose their effectiveness.
Cleaning filters may result in damage or reduced filtration capacity. It is therefore advisable to change filters according to the manufacturer's instructions. This ensures that the air purifier continues to perform optimally and air quality is properly maintained.

Whether you are looking for an air purifier from Dyson, Philips, AEG or another brand, using an air purifier with high-quality filters is a worthwhile investment in creating a healthier living environment.