How do air purifiers work? Air purifiers are a very handy item to have in your house, and they can be good for client’s homes as well.
So how do they work? And what are the best kinds to get for yourself? Sometimes recommending products to clients can be a sticky situation. But air purifiers have been proven to work, so which ones are good enough to recommend?
How Do Air Purifiers Work?
To put it in the simplest terms, air purifiers suck the air out of a room, run it through a series of filters, then blow it back out. Presto, clean air. Sucking and blowing are straightforward functions that are easy to understand.
The magic happens in the filtration systems built into air purifiers. The best air purifiers pass air through many filters before returning it. The first layer of filtration removes gross particles.
Some air purifiers feature a built-in UV-C light to disinfect the air. UV-C light is effective in killing airborne microbial germs like influenza and tuberculosis. It’s used in hospitals and other public settings to control the spread of disease.
Who Needs Air Purifiers?
According to the World Health Organization, indoor air pollution causes more than 3 million deaths a year. While most of these people live in developing countries, Americans also suffer health problems.
These problems range from acute to chronic conditions like COPD. Children, the elderly, and people suffering from existing conditions are, particularly at risk.
But anyone who is serious about reducing indoor pollution should consider using an air purifier.
What Makes a Good Air Purifier?
Honestly? Using it! Many people buy air purifiers then neglect to turn them on. There they sit in a corner gathering dust!
But there are ways to judge the quality of an air purifier. Depending on the model, its filters may be constructed of charcoal, fiberglass, or other synthetic materials.
You can find out how effective a filter is by checking its MERV rating. High MERV ratings are one indicator of a high-quality air purifier.
Check the Air Purifier’s Clean Air Delivery Rate
Another measure of an air purifier’s effectiveness is its Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR). How much-polluted air does the model take in and how quickly does it return clean air to the environment?
Anyone purchasing an air purifier should comparison shop. Most product labels will include CARD information. It’s also important to right-size the air purifier to the environment where it will operate.
Larger rooms need larger capacity machines. Moving an air purifier from room to room can also help clients enjoy clean air throughout their homes.
Should I Recommend Air Purifiers to My Clients?
In some ways, it depends on the client. Those who have allergies and other respiratory ailments often see an immediate increase in comfort with an air purifier. Smokers and pet owners will see a distinct, pleasurable reduction in airborne odors. Those are the benefits of air purifiers.
The same goes for people who have wood-burning fireplaces in their homes. But pretty much all clients will be attracted by the simple promise of a cleaner home.
Becoming well-versed in the benefits or air purifiers can help you position yourself as a true cleaning expert. It will also earn you greater respect from your clients.
Which Air Purifier Should I Recommend?
It’s a good idea to stay away from recommending specific products to your clients. Nobody wants to be responsible for client dissatisfaction in any form.
Instead, you can point clients toward retailers who feature a wide product assortment. As well as websites that research and review many models. Encourage them to comparison shop. Let them make their own choices but help educate them along the way.
Do Air Purifiers Kill the Coronavirus?
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is on everyone’s mind these days. So it’s a fair question to ask. Since air purifiers are so effective, can they help protect me and my family from infection?
Since the coronavirus pandemic is so recent, there isn’t a lot of research that answers that question one way or another. But science and industry are exploring how using UV light can help control the spread of the disease.
You’re probably familiar with the old saying, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” New technology to address the threat of coronavirus is likely on the horizon.
What Benefits Will I Get When My Clients Install Air Purifiers?
You spend hours every day indoors cleaning your clients’ homes. Your clients’ home environments become your own environment. When your clients’ homes are free of pollutants and pathogens, you’re more likely to stay healthy, too.
You’ll also find air-purified homes quicker and easier to clean. You (or your staff) will become more efficient and profitable.
How Much Do Air Purifiers Cost?
Like every product you can name, air purifiers vary in cost. You can find a portable one for under $200. Though sophisticated whole-home purifying systems can cost in the thousands.
Besides the initial cost of purchasing a home purifier, clients should be prepared for the cost of maintaining their machines. You have to replace filters according to manufacturer recommendations.
But if you decide to discuss air purifiers with your clients, steer the conversation towards value. Ask, “How much is better health and a cleaner home worth to you and your family?”
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