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On average, people spend more than 90% of their time indoors. There are many studies that have found that the air inside is often more polluted than the air outdoors. Small children, the elderly, and the chronically ill are more susceptible to the effects of contaminants in the air. Air purifiers are now used to help make our air healthier to breathe.
Air purifiers are rated on a variety of factors such as the amount of particles removed from the air and their energy usage. The highest quality air purifiers use HEPA filters with the added power of UVC light. There are established requirements for testing air cleaners and they are used worldwide by independent laboratories to verify air purifier performance ratings. To see how well these machines purify the air, third party laboratories employ a variety of tests to measure the decrease of high concentrations of the airborne particles over time. These tests detect particles of all sizes. They test for the destruction of bacteria, viruses, and other hazardous particles. Air purifiers are tested using particles as small as 0.1 micrometer and up to 1 micrometer, a range that includes much of the harmful particulates that can linger in the air. Usually air purifiers have different speeds or cleaning cycles and are tested on those different settings to ensure they work efficiently. Also, it is important to measure noise levels at every speed a machine has.
Now that we know how air purifiers are tested, let's find out why third-party testing and certification is so important. For starters, it’s completely independent. One of the main benefits of third-party testing is that it’s carried out by a completely independent body, rather than by the manufacturer or the customer. These labs have no interest in the product, financial or otherwise and aren't subject to time restraints or pressure. They are also experts in their field and understand what makes a high quality air purifier, backwards and front. There is zero bias, making the findings of the tests accurate and credible.
Allowing a third-party to thoroughly test the air purifier leads to a better-quality item and more consistency in each product produced. Even though the manufacturers carry out their own tests, this impartial third party lab is able to find defects or other issues that may have been missed by the team in house. This gives the manufacturer a chance to fix the problems before the units are sold to the public. This ensures that every customer receives the highest quality item. It also makes each air purifier reliable for safety. These rigorous tests are designed to meet industry standards.
These third party tests are not always necessary. Clean-tech made the choice to subject their air purifiers to this process to maintain a higher level of safety and reliability for customers. When purchasing an air purifier consumers want to have the confidence in a product they will be using 24 hours a day. Getting a third party lab test is the seal of approval to show that the necessary quality standards and claims have been met. In today’s market for air purifiers it can be difficult to stand out from other brands and offer something that they can’t. By undergoing the most thorough examination possible through third-party certification, Clean-tech is serious about delivering a quality item that they aren’t afraid to put to the test.
A great air purifier can really improve your life. But to qualify as great, it needs to pass a couple main points. It needs to be designed well to fit in any room, quiet enough to not keep you up at night, third party tested, and efficient enough to not cost an arm and a leg. With so many air purifiers flooding the market it can be difficult to find just the one that fits all of these criteria.
Air purifiers should be designed to be almost unnoticeable. You don’t want your bedroom, living room, or business to feel centered around a bulky, industrial style machine. Luckily, there are modern looking air purifiers that are sleek and compact, making it easy to tuck away. Air purifiers should also be designed with the user in mind. Making it easy for people to operate the unit with just a couple buttons is essential.
When purchasing an air purifier it is important to not only buy the unit that performs the best, but also the one you will be able to live with. Air purifiers should be kept running at all times in order to be efficient, so it should also be quiet. The decibels the purifier runs at should be listed in the product description. The Clean-tech air purifier has two primary modes. The first is the Quick Clean Mode which turns the device to max speed for 2 hours. In this max speed setting, the decibel level is 58 which is just below normal conversation volumes. The second mode is a Whisper Quiet Mode that's designed to operate 24/7. It has a decibel level of 45, equivalent to the ambient noise in a library. The best way to run the unit is to turn on the Quick Clean Mode while you are not in the room.
If you run a Clean-tech air purifier 24/7, it is considered very efficient. Based on the calculations, Clean-tech is rated 38 watts on average. This means it consumes 27.4 kWh of electrical energy in a month based on a daily 24 hours of usage, which will cost $3.3 at 12 cents/kWh energy rate. Assuming you are running it for 365 days this puts you at a usage of 328.80 kWh for the entire year, which will cost you about $40 at the same energy rates.
Medical Grade UVC Air Purifier
The maintenance of an air purifier is very simple. The HEPA 11 pre-filter in Clean-tech air purifiers is designed to last between 6 to 12 months depending on the environment and usage. To extend the life of the filters, you can use a dry method like vacuuming to loosen particles captured on the filter. The purpose of the HEPA pre-filter is to remove the larger particulates from entering the UVC chamber, but allow smaller particles through for purification. The Clean-tech UVC lamp is rated for 16,000 hours or about 24 months depending on the usage.
UVC light has been used for decades in hospitals to sanitize. It has the same effect on our breathable air. After the air moves through the HEPA filter, some smaller particles can find their way through the maze. Those particles are then introduced into the UVC chamber. The longer the air is exposed to UV-C light, the more cleaning power. That’s why Clean-tech engineers created a vertical chamber to slow down the air and increase dosage time.
Quality air purifiers go through rigorous testing at an accredited facility that specializes in air quality measurements for all kinds of hazardous particles, gases and vapors. Their technology allows them to measure the concentrations of specific compounds from pollen to viruses. These results are then given to the company and they share them with their customers. Because these are third party labs, the tests cannot be altered or swayed in any way. Clean-tech’s most recent third party lab tests resulted in a removal rate of microorganisms in the air that was as high as 99.99%. Comparatively, most HEPA style filters today can only remove 99.97% because there are airborne particles that cannot be trapped and must be inactivated with a technology like UVC.
When used properly, air purifiers can help reduce airborne contaminants including viruses in a small space. Although, air purifiers alone are not enough alone to protect people from COVID-19. When used with other CDC recommended best practices such as social distancing and mask wearing, air filtration can be the missing puzzle piece to keep everyone protected from airborne transmission of COVID-19 indoors. Air purifiers are specifically designed to filter out pollutants and contaminants from the air that passes through them. They help to reduce the possibly hazardous airborne particles, even viruses. In order for an air purifier to be effective in removing viruses from the air, it must be able to remove very small airborne particles. Clean-tech ensures this by the use of their two step system that has a HEPA filter to trap bigger particles and an extra large UVC chamber to destroy the smaller virus particles that would otherwise make it back out into our breathable air.
The third party testing that Clean-tech has performed specifically targeted the Influenza A virus. According to the CDC, Influenza A viruses are the only influenza viruses known to cause flu pandemics, i.e., global epidemics of flu disease. A pandemic can occur when a new and very different influenza A virus emerges that both infects people and has the ability to spread efficiently between people. Clean-tech air purifiers are certified to remove 99.99% of all airborne contaminants, including viruses, from our breathable air.