The COVID-19 crisis has turned our lives upside down and radically changed many old habits, leading us to rethink our way of living. With many people now spending up to 90% of their time within the home, this new way of life has brought about a more pronounced sensitivity to the air we breathe, making us increasingly aware of the importance of improving indoor air quality.
This is an easy goal to achieve with an air purifier capable of permanently eliminating polluting particles such as viruses and bacteria, providing uncontaminated air and a healthier environment where you can wake up, work, cook, enjoy yourself and rest.
But how do you choose the right air purifier for your specific needs among the countless models on the market?
We will look at the different types of purification systems later. For now, let’s focus on the main features that can help us assess an air purifier’s performance and improve our wellbeing.
Every air purifier has a different flow rate, i.e., a different operating capacity in terms of the surface area it can cover. To establish the optimal flow rate, the main thing to take into account are the square metres of the coverage area, in order to select a purifier capable of handling the entire surface and performing effectively in the environment we wish to filter. While some devices can only cover fairly small areas (20/30 m2), others can operate in a coverage area of 70m2.
Along with its fans, filters are an air purifier’s beating heart. On top of eliminating bad odours, filters can effectively trap allergens and bacteria. That’s why the best purifiers on the market generally combine a number of filters, each with a specific function.
An important feature of indoor air purification systems, the germicidal action of ultraviolet C-waves (UV-C) can permanently eliminate mould and viruses without producing ozone: once the organic molecules have been separated from the oxygen, the filters collect what remains of the decomposed particles.
As your air purifier will be operating in your home for several hours, or even throughout the night, our first tip is to optimise energy consumption through efficient use to avoid seeing your energy bills skyrocket. While they are generally low-energy devices, with an absorption of around 30/40 W, when buying an air purifier, it is always preferable to select a model that falls into a competitive energy class.
Generally varying between 25 and 75 dB, an air purifier’s noise output is not a detail to be overlooked when making your choice: a good-quality device should in no way hinder the performance of your daily activities, nor disrupt a good night’s sleep. A 50 dB air purifier could cause annoyance at night, which is why recent models, with noise levels above 40 dB, come with an automatic night programme allowing complete disinfection with minimal noise.
A number of seemingly minor accessory features can actually prove very useful in narrowing down your choice for an air purifier. While the timer enables you to programme your air purifier to turn on or off, another very valuable optional feature is the air quality sensor, which monitors the air in your home around the clock. The sensor can be used to regulate the purifier’s performance by detecting the presence of fine powders and VOCs and assessing the improvement of your indoor air.
Does finding an air purifier that meets all these requirements seem impossible? With Air Hub Faber, it’s easier than you think.
Designed to destroy up to 99.99% of viruses and bacteria without ozone emission, Faber’s range of air purifiers – composed of the Air Hub and Air Hub Glass hoods and the brand new Air Hub Portable – brings together the features of the best air purifiers, offering cutting-edge solutions to ensure high-quality air inside your home. Air Hub Portable achieves this through our exclusive 4×4 Tech technology, combining 4- filtration stages and four UV-C lamps, capable of effectively and ecologically removing bacteria, moulds and viruses. Easily operated through its remote control function, Faber’s portable air purifier is also equipped with a state-of-the-art, double sensor that monitors air quality, 24 hours a day. A complete purification experience, made all the more practical, comfortable and discreet by the auto function, the intensive disinfection programme and the night cycle.