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Can air purifiers help stop the spread of viruses and bacteria?

Can air purifiers help stop the spread of viruses and bacteria?

There are a multitude of benefits to investing in an air purifier; the peace of mind and added health benefits of consistently breathing clean air are first to come to mind. While the term “health benefits” is rather broad, it’s fitting for all the ways in which purified air contributes to healthier, happier working and living spaces, which also includes preventing the spread of viruses and bacteria. 

According to an article published under the US National Library of Medicine, viral particulate matter outnumbers bacteria within indoor spaces by approximately 40 percent, though the Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention extensively lists many different airborne diseases caused by various bacteria. The list is long and the numbers are high for virtually any airborne transmitted virus or bacteria because of how easy it is for these tiny, harmful particles to attach themselves to the particles in the air that we breathe. While the importance of proper hygiene—such as washing your hands—is especially prevalent right now, it is also becoming extremely clear how important air quality is when avoiding airborne illness. Social distancing is much more than a limiting of contact with others; the concept is literally based on how frequently illness and disease is spread through the air, especially in close quarters.

The relationship between air quality and airborne illness

Generally, air in an indoor or enclosed space is much more prone to airborne contaminants including viruses and the transmission of airborne diseases largely due to a lack of proper filtration. Because air purifiers like Rensair capture even the most miniscule air particles, virtually any particles carrying viruses or bacteria will be trapped, with only clean air churned back out into an environment. Air circulation without any sort of purification or filtration method simply recycles stale, harmful air throughout a space, keeping the risk of transmission at the same level  if not actually increasing the likelihood altogether.

Though particle sizes vary widely, Rensair’s technology (or a hepa filter, generally) is built to trap even the tiniest bits of particulate matter floating throughout an enclosed air space. The concept is essentially that air is drawn in through one end of the filter, harmful particulate matter—including airborne viruses and bacteria—is then trapped within the apparatus, leaving only clean, filtered air to be circulated back into the environment. This particle removal significantly reduces the spread of viruses and bacteria by physically eliminating them from the air. It’s why the purchase of an air purifier is so highly recommended for flu season especially.

Asking the important questions

Of course, there are certain factors that help determine just how much your air purifier will reduce the spread of viruses and bacteria, including room size, the type of purifier you select for your space, and how well you maintain your machine (luckily, Rensair is extremely efficient while simultaneously being extremely low-maintenance). It’s also equally as important for individuals in their homes as it is for business owners to consider the benefits of implementing an air purifier. Do you value the health and safety of your staff and colleagues? Have you considered what cleaner air might mean for morale and productivity? These are pivotal questions to ask when you’re weighing the pros and cons (but mostly pros) of investing in an air purifier—if you can help reduce the spread of viruses and bacteria in a matter of minutes, why not do it?