An air purifier can improve your quality of life in Cyprus whether at home or in the office; they can remove over 95% of harmful particles from our space that some of our every-day items release including candles and fireplaces. They can even neutralise unpleasant odours that come from food or cigarette smoke.
Air purifiers are portable devices, meaning that you can move them from one room to another in your house or office.
How does an air purifier work?
An air purifier is an essential way to protect ourselves from the dangers posed by hazardous particles in the environment.
It works by drawing in unclean air, trapping the pollutants including pet dander, dust mites, pollen, smoke, and mould, and then releasing clean air back into the room. The filter used by air purifiers vary depending on their purpose; for example, if your goal is to reduce smoke and odours you would need a charcoaled-based filter.
High-quality devices usually have multiple fans for better coverage and larger capacity filters for more efficiency.
They require minimum maintenance; you’ll need to replace the filter every now and again (most manufacturers urge their customers to change it every 3-6 months).
Do air purifiers actually collect dust?
Yes, air purifiers are manufactured to remove dust among other types of particles from your space. Dust can cause health issues such as irritating eyes, and throat; it’s inconducive to those that suffer from asthma or other respiratory illnesses.
Dust in our house normally comes from:
- The soil
- Food debris
- Pet dander
Best air purifiers for allergies and pets
Fortunately, they’re air purifiers specially designed for allergies including hayfever. Some of the best are purifiers that have a special filter attached known as HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Absorbing).
Such an air filter blocks at least 99.97% of dust, mould, bacteria, pollen and airborne particles of 0.3 microns (µm) size – it works even more effectively with particles larger than this.
The MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Values) report shows the efficiency of an air purifier that stops particles larger in size than 0.3 microns (µm).
Some air purifiers take it to the next level and have a pre-filter (working with a six-step filtration process) that blocks big particles before they are filtered through HEPA filter which increases the lifespan of the HEPA filter. However, it’s claimed that because they use pre-filters they make more noise.
Is there a downside to air purifiers?
Apart from forking out a couple of hundred euros for the initial investment, there aren’t many disadvantages.
Similar to air condition units, old air purifier models used to generate ozone when they were functioning which is in general inconducive to our health – inhaling ozone regularly leads to headaches, coughing, shortness of breath, dry throat, or a heavy feeling in the chest. Higher levels of exposure, however, result in more serious symptoms including asthma.
Nowadays, manufacturers have developed technology to create ozone-free air purifiers. But if you’re concerned about the ozone air purifiers release, opt for a mechanical-based unit that doesn’t use any ionising or active filtration technologies.
Another aspect to consider as a downside is that air purifiers consume energy to function, so be prepared to pay more for electricity.
Are air purifiers really worth it?
It’s no surprise that air purifiers have become more popular over the last few years.
In fact, based on market analysis conducted by Grand View Research the market size of air purifiers stood at $10.67 billion in 2020, and it’s speculated to raise around 10% by 2028.
The pandemic has made us more health concerned about the air in our space. Plus, air purifiers have been as affordable as ever before.
But is it worth investing in an air purifier?
If you suffer from respiratory illnesses including asthma, it’s wise to have an air purifier at home.
And there’s no harm in purchasing one if you don’t necessarily have any illnesses, but you’re cautious about your overall health.
5 things to look for when buying an air purifier?
Here’s a list of 6 things you should look for before buying an air purifier:
1. Ensure that the air purifier has a HEPA filter attached
2. Avoid any air purifiers with HEPA-like filters (they’re not as effective)
3. Check the dimensions of the air purifier you’re planning to purchase, it’s no good opting for one that takes up too much of your space
4. Look for air purifiers certified by the AHAM (Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers) that confirms the safety of a unit for residential and commercial use
5. They come in different colours; pick one that matches your room’s aesthetics
Where to buy an air purifier?
You’re spoiled for choice when it comes to purchasing an air purifier.
You can order yours online from one of the stores on the internet.
Alternatively, visit a shop in Paphos with electronic devices where you can have all your questions answered by a member of customer support – they can also help you find the perfect air purifier for your specific needs.
Their price range is between €119 and €449; it depends on the specifications of each air purifier.
Review on WINIX air purifiers Cyprus
WINIX is one of the most popular air purifier brands.
WINIX air purifiers are certified by Allergy UK and ECARF (European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation). They are known for their quality (a 4-stage air filtration is applied); cutting-edge technology is used known as WINIX PlasmaWave that significantly reduces viruses, bacteria, allergens, pollen and dust.
These are 5 of the most popular WINIX air filtrations are:
- WINIX ZERO N: it is a high-performance air purifier that effectively removes fine dust (PM2.5), animal dander, cigarette smoke and mould spores and can operate in rooms up to 45m2.
- WINIX ZERO Compact: it is an efficient air purifier with a clean air delivery rate (CADR) of 250m3/h that is ideal for any home environment up to 50m2.
- WINIX ZERO: it is a high-performance air purifier that removes allergens, fine dust (PM2.5), pet dander, cigarette smoke, mould spores, VOCs, and household odours. The WINIX Zero Air Purifier has a maximum room capacity of about 99m2.
- WINIX ZERO S: it is a powerful air purifier that removes airborne allergens, viruses, and particles as small as 0.3 microns, such as dust mites, mould spores, and pet dander and can be used in any space over 100m2.
WINIX ZERO Pro: it is a fully automatic air purifier that removes particles as small as 0.3 microns. WINIX ZERO Pro can be used in any room up to 120m2.