Unfortunately one of the most remarkable sights when travelling across cities in Asia is the thick air pollution which covers these urban landscapes. Settled in Taiwan, our family had to decide on how to best maintain a positive environment and followed the recommendation of experts before choosing between one of the 3 best purifiers to clean air pollution from PM2.5.
Particulate Pollution PM2.5
There are several ways to classify particles according to the effects they induce on health, their physical and chemical characteristics, or according to the methods used to define them. They are most commonly classified according to their size. When talking about air pollution, two particle sizes are generally distinguished: PM10 and PM2.5. Between those, particles that are less than 2.5 microns are the most nocive because once inhaled into the lungs, these ultrafine particles can enter the blood vessels and lodge themselves into the body.
A large part of PM2.5 particles come from polluting activities such as diesel engines, coal burning facilities, and soot issued from combustion waste. PM2.5 is issued in large quantities by diesel vehicles (these particles are between 0.1 to 0.3 micrometer in size. But they also consists of organic compounds such as PAHs, mutagens and carcinogens.
3 of the Best Air Purifiers
In fact and contrary to common sense, indoor air is much more stale and dirty than the air we breathe in the streets, even at the peak of traffic congestion! At home or in the office you will find multiple pollutants from multiple sources, including particles PM2.5.
We stayed in Beijing for a few days where the air quality is dreadful. One look at the photo of this pretty typical sunset which I took from our hotel window will make you want to reach for a gas mask. When we discussed the issue of air pollution in this massive city with our friend Aimée, she explained to us that her boss had done some extensive research on air purifiers which could combat particule pollution.
Purifying air is very simple with air cleaners that remove a vast majority of the larger allergenic particles. It is however much more difficult to find an air purifier which is proven to reduce pollutants in the air at home and at the office.
Her research all pointed to the unique brand which claims to remove PM2.5 from the air. This claimed was backed up by scientific study and now many users in Asia and across the world.
Here are the models she recommended to us together with the special type of filter to combat air pollutants (you may need to disable your AdBlocker for this site in order to see the recommended models below):
Filters to Clean Air Pollution From PM2.5
If like us you are convinced by the quality of Blueair’s air purifier, you should note that they have two categories of air filters. The Blueair StopSmoke filters offer a certified efficiency to remove 99.97% of particles up to 0.1 micron such as dust pollen, bacteria, virus, pet dander, mold spores and other airborne particles. Additional sheets of this filter are coated with activated carbon and specifically geared to remove gaseous pollutants.
Do you have a way to fight air pollution in your home or office? Let us know below!