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Fresh Air Machines

The demand for fresh air machines increases as indoor air quality gets worse. The reduction of air quality happens as buildings are built tighter, slowing the intake of fresh air, and as building materials that emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are used more. That reduction of fresh creates an indoor air pollution problem that's making us sick. What can you do to improve your health and well being? Buy a fresh air machine?

How much do you know about fresh air machines? If you are like most people, you do not know much at all about these machines, but they do sound appealing. What doesn't sound good about fresh air, especially with all of the news reports on air pollution and its impact upon our health. Even inside of our homes and businesses we are in danger due to air pollution. This is scary, because we think that we are safe inside our homes and offices, but we could not be more wrong. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that the inside air could be two to ten times more polluted than outside air. That fact alone is quite alarming, which is why many business and homeowners are turning to fresh air machines.

What can fresh air machines do for you? One company claims that their new system can remove 99.999% of the viruses from the air, an amazing fact, if it's true. It was tested at their laboratory and removed the test virus from the air in approximately five minutes of usage. Reading results from independent labs would be a better resource of information and facts. But if any of the fresh air machine companys' facts are true, they can make a big impact upon indoor pollution in homes and businesses.

One machine manufactures fresh air by using photosynthesis and natural charge particle technologies. It uses a photocatalyst that simulates the same process that occurs in plants and nature during photosynthesis. It converts the pollutants into oxygen, which makes your air cleaner and fresher. Their natural charge particle technology "makes the pollutants heavy", causing them drop out of the air and onto surfaces where you can get rid of them by dusting, vacuuming, or cleaning.

Others remove mold, mildew, dust, dander and pollen, as well as other pollutants. Generally various technologies are combined to do a more thorough job of improving air quality.

Something that you need to consider is that the filter for many fresh air machines have an extremely small surface area in cartridge-like filters. This means that they cannot trap as many pollutants from the air. The various fresh air machine manufacturers cite this difference as minor, due to the fact that the fresh air machines use various technologies to clean air that does not come into contact with the machine. Assessing your needs will help you determine whether a fresh air machine is the right choice for you and your home.

Some fresh air machines combine many technologies, including a HEPA filter, photosynthesis, natural charge particle technology, ionization, gas/vapor absorption, and ultraviolet technology. This is a wonderful way to get many different technological methods to get the maximum pollution-reducing affect. Since fresh air machines are not all made the same, it is important to make your choice and decision carefully.

If you have been looking for a way to make the air healthier in your home, but you don't have any health problems, then a fresh air machine may be just right for you. There is just not enough studies that have been done on the ability of the fresh air machines to clean the air for people who really have severe respiratory conditions, including allergies and asthma, and without factual information, it is best to stick with air purifiers in these homes until there is more information. On the other hand, if fresh air machines are using proven air purifier technology along with their proprietary technology, maybe you will be ahead of the fresh air game by using this machine. The jury is still out, so keep doing your research to make a well-informed decision.

Keeping yourself as healthy as possible is the main goal if you suffer from allergies or asthma. But don't stop there. Cleaning the air you breathe is important for general good health. And removing bacteria and viruses from your air is increasingly important as airborne illnesses become more prevalent (see the pandemic articles at The Emergency Lady to get a better idea of how important clean air is to your health.