|three basic types of air purifiers: mechanical, electronic, and hybrid models|
|three basic types of air purifiers: mechanical, electronic, and hybrid models
There are three basic types of air purifiers: mechanical, electronic, and hybrid models. Each of these types uses different processes in order to purify the air to the best of its ability.
Mechanical air purifiers, which utilize fans to pull air through a series of filters, are the most common type of air cleaner. Typically they employ a pre-filter to catch large particles and a HEPA filter to trap particles down to 0.3 microns and remove them from the air. These air purifiers, while effective removing particles, have very little effect on odors.
Electronic air purifiers electrify pollutants and capture them in different ways. Electrostatic models use an electronic field to trap charged particles. These particles are captured on a series of flat plates which require repeated cleaning. Ionizing air purifiers change the electric polarity of the airborne particles. This type purifier charges the particles in a room so that they are attracted to walls, floors, tabletops, draperies, occupants, etc. While ionizing air purifiers do take the particles out of the air, they will not remove them from the living space, thus making them ineffective at reducing allergens. Newer models use a hybrid of the above mentioned technologies, combining two or more of the particle removal devices.
PlasmaPure combines the mechanical filtration of its HEPA filters with the PLASMA deodorization. This combination results in the elimination of 99.97% of the particles down to 0.3 microns with the added benefit of reducing the odors in the air rapidly.