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Air Purifiers

If you have someone who smokes cigars at home, you may very well want to have some type of air purifier. The best way for cigar aficionados to maintain the freshness of their cigars is by storing the cigars in a humidor, that is designed to store and age cigars within the optimal humidity range of 68 % to 72% at room temperature. Humidors come in all sizes. It can be an attractive box that sits on a desk. There are also larger cabinet humidors either commercially made or custom hand built, as well as walk in humidor closets or rooms. Dedicated cigar aficionados often have more than one humidor. Perhaps a large one that stays at home, and a smaller, more portable one that holds a day’s or two’s supply. The humidor is necessary to keep cigars in a prime state to smoke. In a properly maintained humidor cigars can be kept for years. But unless the cigar aficionado only smokes outside, the issue of cigar smoke remains a real problem. I remember when I visited my aunt, who is well known within the real estate business in Australia where she is a real estate icon, and in Arcadia, a town just outside of Sydney, for her lush gardens which are available twice a year to the public for viewing. Her husband at the time, loved his cigars, yet the house didn’t reeked of stale cigar smoke. I asked her how she was able to keep a smoke free house. Enter the air purifier…..

What’s the Best Air Purifier for You?

There are some very good air purifiers on the market by such companies as Oreck®, Honeywell®, Austin®, Friedrich®, Hunter®, Kenmore®, IQAir®, Blueair®, Electrolux®, Panasonic®, Airfree®, Holmes®, Prozone®, Alpine®, EcoQuest®, Biozone®, Bionaire®, Whirlpool®, Sharper Image®, Sila®, Hamilton Beach®, GE®, Lumipure®, Amcor®, Lifewise®, Bell & Howell®, Delonghi®, Aranizer® and Surround Air®, but you must understand the technical differences among these purifiers before you can find one that’s right for you (Top Air Purifier Sites) .

HEPA Filter air purifiers

HEPA filters employ a cloth type filter that can trap 99.9% of particles 0.3 microns or larger in size, and a fan to move air through the machine.

HEPA filters can be very effective in clearing out almost any harmful particles from the air in a room. These devices usually have a replaceable filter that can last several years depending on how filthy the air is in your home. Although some don’t like the noise level of a HEPA machine, it can usually remove more pollutants than a ionic machine.
Advantages: allergens (Allergy Treatments) are captured; not being released into the air once trapped. Disadvantages: Does not eliminate chemical fumes, gases, cigarette smoke, or odors

Ozone air purifiers
Ozone is a highly reactive oxidant that destroys certain bacteria, chemicals, bacteria and chemicals. Although ozone is very effective against strong odors, there is a caution you should consider.
When ozone reacts with substances in the air, the substances are broken down into other materials that are also pollutants. This is where the controversy lies with ozone machines. You can run ozone machines on low (if they are adjustable), which manufacturers often advise. However, if you are clearing a room from smoke or odors you can run it on high while keeping people out of the environment altogether. Later, turn the machine off and open windows to clear out the ozone.
Advantages: Extremely effective against odors. Disadvantages: Not effective on allergens and most chemicals.

Carbon air purifiers
Activated carbon air filters consist of a system of pores that are tiny in size. These pores are highly adsorbent, chemically reacting to particles that pass through them and the particles and odors actually bond with the carbon.
This is the most absorbent filter on the market today, so it is extremely effective in capturing certain types of particles (see the chart below for more information). Note that most carbon activated devices also incorporate HEPA technology, thereby combining the advantages of both types of technology.
Advantages: Highly effective with chemicals, gases, smoke, and odors. Disadvantages: Not effective with allergens and micro-organisms.

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