Clean air in the apartment: what to choose

Clean air in the apartment: what to choose


    No shortage of home “dust generators” modern apartment does not feel his “feasible” contribution is the set of household items, from plush toys to books. Besides the “generators”, the house is also always plenty of devices and things that attract the dust. Desktop computer, for example, in the short term accumulates inside a monstrous amount of dust, and even clean it once a month – this is not enough.

    Как работает типичный фотокаталитический очиститель воздуха на примере модели производства Aircomfort/AIC

    How does a typical photocatalytic air purifier on the model Aircomfort / AIC

    To reduce the amount of dust came up with a variety of electronic devices that draw the dust in itself one way or another. Then, the dust can be washed off, clean off, throw together a filter … In general, we will focus on today baghouses, they – air purifiers. Let’s go!

    Electrostatic cleaners

    The most common option in terms of the ratio of “price / quality” are electrostatic air purifiers. They lack the supplies, and the principle of operation is based on Coulomb’s law: the ionized air in the appliance starts to move and capture dust particles, which thus receive an electrical charge definite sign. Plates having opposite potential, attract dust particles and gases, thereby purifying the air.

    Типичный вертикальный электростатический воздухоочиститель AIC

    A typical vertical electrostatic air cleaner AIC

    Such devices with high efficiency purified air from the fine dust, the soot and smoke (particulate size of less than 1 micron) giving a bonus comfort and freshness smell of ozone in the case of built-ozonizer. This additional device only benefit, as in low concentrations, ozone performs bactericidal function, destroying harmful viruses, bacteria and toxins. Ozone also oxidizes phenolics, pesticides and unpleasant aromatic compounds.

    Эта тумбочка, похожая на компьютерный корпус, тоже является электростатическим очистителем воздуха The Design Air

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    Significant advantage of such devices can be called silent (ie full – due to no moving parts) and low power (28-40 W). If the first parameter is crucial for you, it makes sense to think of the acquisition is electrostatic cleaners.

    Returning to the device ionizer, we can say that by itself it is useful and without options, because the air is initially charged ions. But passed through any filter loses its natural charge and becomes “dead”. This air to humans and animals to be quite unpleasant and generally safe as it can provoke a variety of diseases. Built-in or separate ionizer fixes this annoying drawback.

    Вертикальный очиститель воздуха от Maxion довольно прост, но обладает и ионизатором, и озонатором

    Vertical Air Purifier Maxion simple but possesses ionizer, and ozone treatment

    Now manufacturers such cleaners quite a lot of Korean and Japanese Daikin Maxion to English “Super Plus”, Fanline, AIC, Atmos and other semi-famous English-Chinese brands. Due to the simplicity of design, such devices can be easily disassembled for cleaning, and daily or clock work is recommended to do about once a week. The procedure is simple: the scraping with a damp sponge or cloth accumulated dust and fumes from the plates, and, optionally, purged open internal parts.


    With regard to management, all precipitators have a rather simple. Power button, power control, and a separate button on the UV lamp, if present. In case of a clever models, this may not be mechanical buttons and touch, also found behold LCD display, timer, remote control and management of filters.

    In general, when choosing a cleaner, electrostatic as well as any other, can hardly focus on the electronic bells and whistles. Importantly, repeat – is the type of filter (or filters) that you ultimately choose, as well as floor space, which is calculated on the device.

    Cleaners with replaceable filters

    Such precipitators offer clean air through the filter HEPA (yes, the same type as in a vacuum cleaner) whose advantage is primarily in the ability to effectively clean the air from particles with a size of 0.34 microns or less (see above figures for electrostatic cleaners). Therefore, they are recommended and shown with allergies and children.

    Очиститель воздуха от Hoover c HEPA-фильтрами и угольным

    Air purifier from Hoover with HEPA-filters and activated carbon

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    Due to the high cost of HEPA-cleaners are not particularly popular, but they are often used in conjunction with photocatalytic purifiers, and less electrostatic. They produce the same vendors that we represent all other types of cleaners. Precipitators exclusively with a HEPA filter to find surprising, is that the old, combined only with charcoal filters – like we know for humidifiers Boneco.

    Photocatalytic cleaners

    To date, this type of air purifiers is the most effective – but it is also the most expensive piece of electronics. Photocatalytic air purifiers clean and decontaminate the air due to the interaction of UV light and a catalyst. The UV light reaches the surface of the catalyst (typically titanium dioxide), the natural substances are formed with the high oxidation potential (ozone and higher oxides). They decompose all got on the catalyst surface contaminants, and the size of the particles is destroyed the order of 1 nm (a value comparable to the size of molecules) that allows them to talk about it as the most effective types of air purifiers.

    Photocatalytic purifier also decompose toxic chemical compounds (odors, smoke), into harmless substances (mainly water and carbon dioxide) and kill microorganisms. Cleavage occurs at the molecular level, so the photocatalytic purifier nothing anywhere accumulates: no need to change the filter and clean the air becomes quite naturally.

    Фотокаталитический очиститель воздуха Daikin считается премиум-классом и стоит соответственно

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    Another significant advantage of photocatalytic purifiers is the long life of the filter element eventually need to replace only the UV lamp, but the battery life may be a year or 3 years, it all depends on the model.

    Очистителем можно управлять как кондиционером: с помощью пульта ДУ

    Cleaner can be controlled air conditioning: with the remote control

    Very often this type of air purifiers, ozone generators and combined with electrostatic or carbon filter to delay the larger particles (recall from electrostatic precipitators this figure less than 1 micron). Clearly, all this increases the price, and the choice of photocatalytic purifiers makes sense to think about really necessary set of additional functions.

    Фотокаталитический фильтр от российского производителя Атмос комбинируется в том числе и с HEPA-фильтрами

    The photocatalytic filter from the English manufacturer Atmos combined with HEPA-filters

    The downside of photocatalytic purifiers can be a high noise level. This applies particularly to low-cost models cost about 4-6 thousand rubles, they can reach the noise level of 55 dB.

    Also minus photocatalytic purifiers is higher power consumption compared to the electrostatic models: it can reach 65-80 watts. Sell ​​in Russia photocatalytic air cleaners all and sundry: the same AIC, Daikin, NeoClima, Ballu, Panasonic, Timberk, Atmos, REDMOND, Zenet and others.

    Air cleaning

    We have already briefly mentioned the combination of cleaner and humidifier in the article about moisturizers, and now once again mention about these very expensive (an average of 15-20 thousand rubles), but space-saving device. They moisturize the air and purifies it: water is used as a filter.

    The principle of operation of such a system is simple and effective: dirty air blowing grounded water surface dirt particles “glued” to the surface by electrostatic forces, and then dissolve (settle) in water.

    Мойка воздуха производства Dantex

    Air cleaning production Dantex

    The disadvantage of such a system (in addition to high prices), it may be noted less quality cleaning compared to photocatalytic and HEPA-filters, as well as time-consuming: as part of the device is the humidifier, water must be periodically (every 1-2 day) to change and refill.

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    No matter what type of air purifier you choose, it is better to have such a device at home, than to not have at all. They clean the air is excellent (degree of superiority depends on the size of trapped particles, which is indicated for each type, and the amount you are willing to spend on them), so the cleaners – a clear and unequivocal category must have for smokers of all kinds, and for lovers of candles , and other aromatics. The practice’s website shows that the soot on the electrostatic plates after an evening with candles accumulates so much that they need to be cleaned the next day. And imagine if it all settles in your lungs, and you have to breathe it!

    Очиститель воздуха от Zenet: фильтры фотокаталитический, электростатический, HEPA и еще пять других

    Air Purifier from Zenet: photocatalytic filters, electrostatic, HEPA and five other

    Pro processor number zero – air conditioning with dust collector, we will tell you in one of the following materials about air conditioners in general, and split-system in particular. Especially because it is almost summer, and for residents of large cities such thing becomes more than relevant.

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