Air Purifiers For The Nursery
Babies spend a lot of time indoors, where air can sometimes be polluted. It's not just smoke, pollen pet, dander, dust and dust mites, but it's microscopic pollutants like mold gaseous chemicals, bacteria and viruses that cause us the most harm these pollutants get trapped in the baby's room.
What types of air purifiers are there?
There are three types of portable air purifier technologies
a) HEPA air purifiers or high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter, which captures ultrafine particles. Note that HEPA filters will need replacing which can be an additional cost. Some Hepa filtration devices come with activated carbon filter that also absorb common household odors. True HEPA filter can trap up to 99.97% of airborne pollutants as small as 0.3 microns.
b) Electrostatic precipitators - removes pollutants by creating or inducing an electrostatic charge that traps particles. More information on the technical details of how they work can be found here .
c) Air ionizer uses a electrical surfaces that is charged to generate electrically charged air or gas ions. These ions electrostatically attach to the airborne particles which are then collected in collector plate.
While they do reduce pollutants, one negative side effect is that both electrostatic precipitators and air ionizers produce ozone which can cause lung irritation. The state of California has banned the sale of these types of air purifiers that discharge more than 50 parts per billion of ozone. These types of filters are not recommended.
What features should I look for in a filter for a baby's room
There are several features you should consider when picking a filter for a nursery.
a) Select an air purifier with a True HEPA filter
b) Look for products with activated carbon pre-filters that are washable to save on filter costs.
c) Look for products with a silent or whisper noise mode to prevent you baby from waking up.
d) Cords and nobs should be child proof
e) The air purifier should be placed on a stable surface away from a child's reach to prevent it falling on them.
f) Indicator lights to let you know when the filters need replacing or needs servicing
How often should the HEPA air purifier filter be replaced.
It is recommended to change the filters every 3-6 months depending on the device to maintain indoor air quality. Check and replace when the indicator lights suggest you need to change them.
What kind of warranties do they have?
Our research between 1 to 5 year warranties. Check manufacturer for details.