Air purifiers are rock stars for helping reduce the number of microscopic particles floating around in the air. The fewer particles there are, the cleaner your indoor environment will be and the healthier you will be. The ultimate, and rather unknown, choice for creating a healthier indoor environment is the whole house air purifier.
For all of us home health warriors, this is a key tool for helping maintain a safe indoor space.
What Makes A Whole House Purifier Worth the Money?
The average person takes 20,000 breaths per day. That’s a lot of breathing and a lot of air! While it’s not a factor we often consider, the air is one of the main routes of exposure we face.
If that air is packed full of microscopic particles or other contaminants, that can (and probably will) negatively impact our health. Every time we inhale, those contaminants enter our bodies. The more time we spend surrounded by that toxic air, the more unhealthy stuff our bodies will be exposed to.
Now, picture a home. If your house has poor indoor air quality, every time you step into the building, you’re exposed to high levels of these pollutants. Your immune system will attempt to keep up and get rid of them, but it’s a tall order to fill. Over time, the immune system can get overwhelmed or malfunction from the constant bombardment of airborne contaminants, leading to a long list of chronic symptoms.
Important Detail to Remember:
There's very little airflow between indoor and outdoor environments thanks to modern building practices pushing for net-zero energy efficiency. That means that a majority of the particles and contaminants that make their way inside will remain indoors until action is taken to remove them.
A whole house air purifier helps to actively reduce the amount of contamination in the air, creating a safer environment that supports our immune system and our wellness. That is why they are such an important component of home health.
The key is picking ones that will actually eliminate contaminants from the air.
How Do Air Purifiers Work?
Air purifiers cleanse the air by pulling it into the unit’s system using an internal fan and running it through an interconnected series of filters. These will vary based on the specific machine and company.
The filters then capture small particles such as mold spores (as well as other indoor contaminants, depending on the air purifier brand) and recirculate the cleansed air back into the indoor space. There is a range of filter materials that the machine could utilize, including HEPA, activated carbon, media, spun glass, and pleated. Some machines also use a combination of these filters to cleanse the air further.
Particle Size Technology
What separates the good from the not-so-good purifiers is their ability to filter out super-small particles like mold spores. If the machine’s technology is not equipped to deal with these microscopic particles, they will filter back into the indoor air. That’s not good for anyone’s health and can lead to serious microbial growth problems.
So, how small is small when it comes to a purifier’s ability to filter out contaminants from the air?
We’re talking about specks so tiny they’re invisible to the naked eye and measured in units called microns. A single micron is one millionth of a meter. For a better visual, imagine 1,000 microns lined up in a row—that equals exactly one millimeter (the super small lines on rulers).
On average, the human eye can see particles as small as 40 microns. A strand of human hair, for instance, is around 70 microns. Not quite squint-worthy to help see, but pretty close! Moldy particles in the air are much smaller—so small that they can be inhaled. That makes them a serious no-no for our continued wellness.
That’s where the technology of an air purifier comes into play. These machines can help remove these tiny specks from the air, reducing the number of foreign particles making their way into our bodies. Many of these machines can also remove other contaminants, like gases. Exposure to toxic air opens the door for adverse health reactions and conditions like Aspergillosis to develop.
For more information on particle sizes, check out this page on our website.
How Does a Whole House Air Purifier Work?
This is why a whole house air purifier is your best bet for helping to cleanse your indoor air.
While it is on the more expensive side, this is a home health investment that will give you peace of mind knowing that your air is actually being cleansed.
What’s so great about whole house purifiers? These systems are installed at the home’s point of entry and filter out particles for the entire home, eliminating the space requirements that smaller units have.
Essentially, it turns the HVAC into a filtration system. That is why this option is the best recommendation. Not to mention, its unique placement results in a lower pressure drop and higher energy savings.
As an added bonus, they also offer a layer of protection for the HVAC by eliminating contaminants before they enter the system. Particles such as mold spores can make their way into your HVAC system if they’re not properly filtered out and can grow within the unit. As the lungs of the home, this can lead to contamination being spread throughout the entire indoor space.
Those who have preexisting conditions, mold sensitivities, developing or compromised immune systems, or major allergies are at the top of the list of individuals that would benefit most from this system. However, cleaner indoor air can benefit everyone’s ongoing wellness.
It’s also worth noting again that the more mold spores that are removed from a home, the less chance there is that they’ll get lucky and stumble upon a habitable environment.
Choosing a Whole Home Air Purifier That Works for You
Not all air purifiers are built the same. You want to go with a unit that removes the maximum number of contaminants possible the majority of the time.
That way, they don’t recirculate back into the environment and potentially make their way into the bodies of those spending time inside.
Air purifiers should at least meet HEPA status, meaning that they remove 99.97% of particles as small as 0.3 microns. If it can remove smaller particles and other contaminants, like gases, that’s even better.
Check out this article for even more information.
What is the Best Whole House Air Purifier?
Intellipure’s Super V Ultrafine Whole House Air Purifier is your best bet for air filtration success.
Their whole house air purifier uses Intellpure’s patented Disinfecting Filtration System (DFS) technology, which goes beyond normal HEPA standards to capture and remove 99.99% of particles as small as 0.007 microns in size. That’s better than the EPA’s qualifications for HEPA filters, which only have to remove 99.97% of airborne particles that are as small as 0.3 microns.
As mentioned above, this system is installed at the home’s point of entry and continuously filters out particles for the entire home, eliminating the space requirements that smaller units have.
Extra bonus points for this air purifier are:
- There’s a lock-tight filtration seal, so all air has to pass through the filter.
- The filters can last for up to three years.
- It offers medical-grade air cleaning.
- Installation occurs outside of the furnace blower, creating a pressure drop and higher energy savings.
At the end of the day, the most important thing is that our air is clean and free from as many airborne contaminants as possible. Our bodies are absolutely amazing, but they’re not impenetrable. Things like poor air quality can cause serious health problems, and no one should feel unwell because of their homes and indoor environments. Life’s hard enough as it is!
Nailing down the best whole house air purifiers is the trickiest part, but once you’ve got it hammered down, you can begin your journey to healthier living. You want a machine that actually does what it says, is the best of the best, and will be your air quality warrior. That way, you can rest assured that every breath you take is filled with important things like oxygen, not viruses, mycotoxins, or bacteria.
Are You Ready to Breathe Cleaner Air?
Invest in your whole house air purifier today.
Intellipure SuperV Whole House Air Cleaner$2,495.00
Turn your HVAC into a filtration system, removing 99% of ultrafine particles including airborne mold, bacteria, & viruses
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Intellipure Compact Air Purifier$195.00
Small in size, but delivers powerful results, reducing airborne microorganisms like mold, viruses, and bacteria.
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