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The Definitive Guide to an Indoor Air Purifier (and Air Detoxifier)

17 November 2020

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Every year, 7 million people (including 600,000 children) are dying from indoor air pollution — and unfortunately, your home is the perfect breeding ground for this silent, prolific killer.

Most people are oblivious to the mounting risks caused by the very air they breathe inside their homes — leaving them nursing “sneezing fits or perpetual cold” or other chronic respiratory illnesses for years on end.

The fact is, indoor air has five times the level of air pollutants than outdoor air. Yet, the average person spends 90% of their time indoors, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) study.

Meanwhile, VBreathe Tasman is the leading solution when it comes to filtering out dust, second-hand smoke, mould, harmful ultrafine particles, and viruses lurking inside your home. We’ll get more into that later.

This guide on the indoor air purifier and air detoxifier provide information on the dangers of breathing toxic indoor air, how to know if your home is a “cafeteria” of airborne pathogens, and practical tips on improving air quality.

Table of Contents

  • Everything you need to know
  • Dangers of breathing indoor air pollutants
  • The solution to improved air quality

 

Everything You Need To Know

What is an air purifier? 

An air purifier is a portable indoor device that filters harmful airborne particles and toxins lurking inside your home. Generally, it purifies the air and improves air quality.

Air purifiers limit allergens’ spread by as much as 99% and prevent respiratory diseases such as asthma caused by dust, mould, smoke, bacteria, and more.

The most people at risk of allergy-related attacks (and perhaps in dire need of air purifiers besides everyone else) include:

The best air purifier can improve your life. But to qualify as best, it needs to powerfully clean air in a spacious room and be quiet enough for you to sleep near it — and be affordable enough to have more than one portable device spread throughout your living space. 

A brief history of air purifiers

Air purifiers predate World War 1 and 2. Their existence dates far back to the early 18th century when air pollution from the coal-based industrial revolution was a menace — and rife for an air purification system.

  • In 1823 came the “smoke helmet” for firefighters—a patented invention of Charles Antony Deane.
  • In 1854, John Stenhouse developed a charcoal-based mask respirator.
  • In 1940, during World War II, the first HEPA filter was developed to protect scientists — working in nuclear research labs — against radioactive particles.
  • In 1963, home air filtration systems flooded the market. 
  • In 1998, IQAir went on a marketing spree for the high performance compact portable home air purifier.

Today, air purifiers are smarter and more efficient. They integrate with air quality sensors, mobile app connectivity, and high-quality filtration systems.

How do air purifiers work?

They “breathe in” polluted air inside your home, clean it using HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filters, and then “breathe out” clean, purified air back into your surroundings.

HEPA filters trap and clean dangerous ultrafine particles lingering in the air, and remove up to 99.97% of harmful airborne contaminants as small as .3-microns in size.

Just to paint a picture of how microscopic harmful particles are, a strand of human air is about 75 microns in size.

The air we breathe inside our home is populated with toxins, allergens, and other harmful pollutants. But an indoor air purifier sanitizes the air — which is the opposite of air humidifiers that add particles to indoor air.

Side note: The exact airborne particles an indoor air purifier removes depends on the type of device. Some air purifiers filter and trap airborne particles, while others sanitize them.

What are the different types of air purifiers?

There are two different categories of indoor air purifiers: 

  • Filters
  • Sanitizers

The filter-based air purifiers trap and remove tiny particles lingering in the air, including pet dander, dust, pollen, etc. These naturally occurring allergens exacerbate allergies. Typical filter air purifiers are the HEPA filter devices

Sanitizer-based air purifiers kill fungal spores, mould, viruses, and bacteria lurking in the air you breathe indoors. Exposure to these pollutants can get you very ill. Standard sanitizer air purifiers are UV light devices

Some air purifiers combine both categories in the same portable device to improve air quality in your home. 

How effective is an air purifier?

The effectiveness of an air purifier depends on what you intend to use the device for: 

  • Is it for skin allergy control?
  • Are they keeping asthma at bay?
  • Are they preventing respiratory diseases from worsening?
  • Or, removing odours?

An air purifier won’t neutralize all the harmful particles in the air. Some particles often sit on hard surfaces like walls and soft surfaces like carpets, beddings, and furniture.

But depending on the technology used, air purifiers can act as a complement to a HEPA filter to trap and get rid of the following indoor air pollutants:

1. Allergens

Allergens trigger allergies in the form of bronchitis or asthma. The most common airborne allergens include dust mites, pollen, pet dander, and more.

2. Mould

Mould particles are dangerous for people with lung conditions and other severe respiratory diseases.

3. Smoke

Air purifiers can remove second-hand smoke or tobacco smoke from indoor air but not the smell of smoke entirely.

4. Indoor harmful toxins

Think of toxins from cooking activities, personal care products, cleaning products, and more. Exposure to these toxins harms your body over time.

Side note: According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), when HEPA filtration is used with other best practices (read an indoor air purifier), it can protect people indoors from harmful airborne contaminants.

Key takeaway

Indoor air purifiers aren’t a trend — meaning, they aren’t going away anytime soon. If anything, the recent outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 causing virus) has made them popular even as studies affirm their effectiveness against the virus. 

Indoor air purifiers can fight indoor airborne pathogens and therefore continue to gain momentum in the market today.

Dangers of Breathing Indoor Air Pollutants

What are the sources of airborne pathogens in my home?

The modern home harbours indoor air pollutants — and unfortunately, high humidity and temperature levels can increase their concentration.

Indoor airborne pollutants are classified into two groups: 

  • Biological pollutants
  • Chemical pollutants

Biological pollutants

The standard biological pollutants in a home include:

  • Dust mites
  • Pet dander
  • Viruses
  • Mould
  • Bacteria
  • Pollen

These pollutants are related to serious health complications such as chickenpox, measles, and influenza — and all are transmitted through the air.

While measles and chickenpox vaccinations exist, the same can’t be said of influenza, which remains a concern in crowded indoor spaces. Poor ventilation levels in your home can rapidly spread influenza.

Pollutants such as pollen — mostly originating from plants — often elicit mild and moderate symptoms, including:

These pollen allergic reactions are not only bothersome but also trigger life-threatening asthmatic attacks.

How to reduce exposure to biological contaminants? Good maintenance of heating and air conditioning equipment, and good housekeeping. Similarly, invest in an indoor air purifier for improved air quality.

Chemical pollutants

Common indoor chemical pollutants include:

Carbon monoxide (CO): According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), most carbon monoxide related deaths result from heating and cooking equipment.

Sources of CO include:

  • Leaky chimneys and furnaces
  • Gas stoves
  • Automobile exhaust
  • Generators and gasoline-powered equipment
  • Gas-fuelled ranges
  • Portable kerosene heaters
  • Wood stoves
  • Charcoal grills

Here’s how to reduce CO levels in your home: 

  • Avoid using charcoal grills, lanterns, gas-powered equipment, or portable stoves of any kind indoors.
  • Install a CO detector alarm to warn you when life-threatening CO levels are reached inside your home.
  • Buy tested and certified appliances and that meet the current safety standards.
  • Never idle your car inside the garage.

Ozone: Exposure to ozone can damage your lungs — and inhaling small amounts over time can eventually trigger respiratory difficulties, including: 

  • Throat irritations
  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing
  • Chest pains

According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, the primary source of ozone in homes is outdoor ozone levels that reach a high of 90%. 

Second-hand smoke (or tobacco smoke): The effects of inhaling second-hand smoke are numerous and are believed to cause asthma as they irritate bronchial passage. 

Some of the effects include:

  • Lung cancer
  • Respiratory illnesses
  • Ear infections (especially in children)
  • Asthma
  • Eye, nose, and throat irritations

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), nearly 3,000 lung cancer deaths are linked to second-hand smoke every year.

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) also notes that second-hand smoke is the reason for cystic fibrosis, sudden infant deaths, nasal sinus cancer, cervical cancer, miscarriages, and even low birth weight.

VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds): Household products, cleaning products, and even cosmetic and disinfecting products often release VOCs into the air you breathe inside your home.

Examples of these products include: 

  • Wax
  • Varnishes
  • Paints
  • Glues
  • Adhesive removers

The levels of chemical pollutants in these products can be two to five times higher indoors than outdoors— making them extremely dangerous to your health.

Here’s how to lower VOCs levels in your home:

  • Follow directions when using all household products.
  • Ventilate your home when using chemical products
  • Dispose of old and unused chemical products properly.
  • Avoid exposure to chemical products containing perchloroethylene, benzene, and methylene chloride.

The Solution to Improved Air Quality

How can I reduce indoor air pollutants in my home? 

The short answer: VBreathe Tasman

VBreathe is an intelligent, portable indoor air purifier and detoxifier — with a world-first patented combination of HEPA filtration and VActive natural gel technology.

It’s the ultimate weapon against harmful indoor pollutants such as bacteria, mould, and viruses lurking inside your home — and with a 99.9% efficiency independent test report, this device is effective in protecting you and loved ones.

How effective is VBreathe Tasman?

Consisting of a unique blend of all-natural ingredients — with Australian essential oils — VBreathe helps reduce harmful pathogens and toxins in the air you breathe indoors. 

VBreathe is also effective in:

  • Removing odours inside a modern home
  • Helping allergy sufferers
  • Deterring mosquitoes
  • Improving air circulation in living spaces
  • Reducing microbes in the air 

What tips the scales in favour of VBreathe Tasman? — What makes it the best all-natural air purifier and air detoxifier?

Besides being the most intelligent and effective indoor air purifier and detoxifier, VBreathe Tasman improves air quality in four ways, namely: 

  • Provides superior protection

Using medical-grade HEPA filtration with all-natural VActive gel that spreads in your entire living space — it helps protect you and your loved ones against airborne toxins.

  • Uses anti-bacterial coating to trap toxins

To keep the layers within VBreathe HEPA filters clean and free from toxins, the device uses anti-bacterial coating — to trap and reduce harmful indoor air pollutants in the air. VBreathe Tasman captures up to 97% of particles (and up to 1.0 micron) of PM 2.5 particles.

  • Boasts smart sensors

The built-in smart sensors in this portable indoor air purifier and air detoxifier can detect harmful PM 2.5 particles, carbon monoxide, mould, and second-hand smoke. 

  • Expels all-natural VActive Gel into the air

To destroy harmful toxins and microbes indoors, VBreathe Tasman expels food-safe VActive Gel — in the form of vapour — into the surrounding air. By the way, one VActive Gel cartridge can last up to four months on a medium fan speed with 24-hour use.

How long can VBreathe Tasman take to purify and detoxify a single room in my home?

Detoxifying a room depends on several factors, including the room’s size, air circulation capabilities, and whether the windows and doors to your home are open or closed. 

For example, VBreathe needs a day and a half to purify and detoxify a 4x4 room with closed doors and windows — a much larger room will take longer than that.

For maximum ongoing protection, leave the VBreathe Tasman device running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Other Ways to Improve Air Quality in My Home?

There are other ways to improve air quality indoors, and some of these pointers are simple to execute. 

  • Open your windows and doors to encourage airflow. 

The moisture in the air indoors is responsible for dampness and growth of mould. Inhaling these harmful toxins affects you and your loved one's health — yet, it takes a simple opening of your doors and windows to improve airflow.

If you live nearby a busy road or factory, limit how often you open your doors and windows as outdoor air pollution can find its way inside your home (if it hasn’t already).

  • Get some air-purifying houseplants.

Contrary to popular belief, houseplants can’t effectively clean the air inside your home — you’ll need hundreds of them to do away with all the harmful toxins floating indoors.

But when used with proper ventilation practices — and an indoor air purifier in place — houseplants can even reduce harmful bacteria in a modern home, as well as improve mental health, reduce anxiety and stress.

The bottom line

While indoor air pollutants outlined above are preventable, sometimes the worst can happen — and an allergic attack can result in a severe respiratory illness such as asthma and a trip to the emergency department.

With nearly 1.6 million people making a trip to the emergency department with asthma as a primary diagnosis each year, improving indoor air quality must be a top priority.

Purify and detoxify the air inside your home regularly to remove harmful microbes and toxins from your living space, especially mould, smoke, and allergens.

Still, having an indoor air purifier and air detoxifier will work best with proper home cleaning techniques and air purifying houseplants — so, take advantage of the all-natural VBreathe Tasman device. It will undoubtedly help.

For more information about VBreathe Tasman and how it fights common allergies, visit our VBreathe Blog.

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VBreathe Tasman is an intelligent and portable indoor air detoxifier.

Our world-first patented combination of HEPA filtration and VActive natural gel technology radically improves indoor air quality by not only filtering heavy particles through the device, but also by dispersing VActive Gel into the air to reduce harmful indoor bacteria, viruses, microbes, mould and toxins.

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