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Blueair SmokeStopTM filters are enhanced with activated carbon to adsorb gaseous pollutants from the indoor air.
AHAM, or Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, is an organization that oversees standards, testing and verifications for air purifiers and other appliances. The organization has developed the AHAM Verified program for air purifiers. AHAM is an independent organization which ensures that the testing results are accurate and impartial.
Air is our most important provision, which we consume 10 kg a day of, while we only eat 1/2 kg food and drink 2 kg water.
Air Changes per Hour (ACH)
Air changes per hour (ACH) is a measure of how many times the air volume in a room is replaced. Dirt and dust are continuously introduced into the room environment. In order to keep the air clean, the air purifier must filter the air frequently. The frequent, the better. Depending on the room size and unit, Blueair air purifiers changes the air from less than 5 up to over 21 times an hour.
Is one of three methods recommended by US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) used for reducing pollutants in indoor air. However, air cleaning alone cannot adequately remove all pollutants typically found in indoor air. It should be an adjunct to removal or control of air pollution sources and good ventilation.
Is the volume of air handled by the device per time unit. As the air constantly is bombarded with air pollution, high filter efficiency may not be enough if only small amounts of air are processed at a time, especially if pollutants are generated quicker than they are removed. The more air that passes the unit, the faster is the air cleaned in the room.
The inlet where the dirty air in the room is drawn into the air purifier.
The outlet where cleaned air is discharged from the air purifier.
Are substances in the air that are harmful to humans and the environment when inhaled.They can either be of particle or gaseous matter and they are the elements in air pollution.Examples of air pollutants are pollen, dust, mold spores, bacteria, virus, smoke and exhaust. The environment does not inhale
The air we breathe is contaminated with air pollution. Air pollution can be both of particle matter or gaseous matter. Particle matter include dust, pollen, pet dander, allergens, dust mites and their feces, bacteria, virus, fungus and mold spores and other lung damaging particles. Gaseous matter includes e.g. traffic exhaust smoke, VOCs, odors, formaldehyde and ammonia. Air pollution is implicated in a wide range of illnesses from irritating to severely debilitating and even fatal.
The defined volume of the air to be cleaned. If a single portable unit used in a room within a large building in which the air flows, for example between several apartments or several offices, would be of little or no value.
Allergens are substances that can cause allergies. Dust mites, pollen and pet dander are common allergens in the air, as well as volatile chemical compounds such as perfume, detergents and solvents.
A common chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways. Symptoms of asthma are recurring periods of whistling sound when you breathe, chest tightness, shortness of breath and coughing. Air pollution can trigger asthma attacks.
Are microorganisms. Bacteria of concern are those that are pathogenic and cause infectious diseases. Infections of respiratory pathogenic bacteria could be pneumonia, tuberculosis and cholera.
Stands for Clean Air Delivery Rate. It measures the performance of an air purifier and is an important feature consumers can use worldwide to compare different brands of air purifiers. The CADR is determined by AHAM and reflects how fast a unit removes airborne pollutants such as dust, pollen and tobacco smoke from a room by indicating how much 100% clean air is delivered. The higher the CADR, the faster is the unit able to
filter the air in a particular room.
Short for cubic feet per minute and is a unit for volume flow. CFM indicates the airflow through an air purifier.
Particles captured in the filter of an air purifier will in time restrict airflow and in turn decrease the air purifier’s performance. Blueair’s three-stage filter design prevents the filters from clogging up prematurely, and allows all Blueair air purifiers to perform longer at their peak performance.
Is material shed from animals that may contain scales of dried skin and hair or feathers.Dander is a common allergen.
Stands for decibel, which measures sound levels.
Dust is accumulation of particles. It could be small amounts of pollen, human and animal hairs, textile fibers, paper fibers, and skin cells.
Dust allergy cause runny and stuffy nose, itchy watery eyes and sneezing especially at high exposure such as when vacuuming, sweeping and dusting. Common allergy triggers are animals, dust mites and mold.
Dust mite feed on dander from humans and animals. It is not the mites themselves that cause allergies, but their feces that can be introduced into the air.
ENERGY STAR is a program that certifies products for low energy consumption and running cost. When ENERGY STAR measures the energy efficiency of an air purifier, not only wattage is taken into account but also the performance in comparison to the energy consumption.
US Environmental Protection Agency is an agency of the federal government of the United States with the purpose of protecting human health and the environment.
FDA, or Federal Food and Drug Administration
The Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) certifies safety for food, drugs and medical devices. Blueair was certified as a medical device until the administration determined to not list air purifiers in the medical device category. FDA has an ozone threshold for air purifiers of 0.05 ppm, the most stringent ozone safety, which Blueair units meet by far.
Filter fibers are like threads woven together to form a filter. Blueair filters contain millions of ultra-thin fi- bers in different sizes. The gradient and progressive structure of Blueair filter fibres allow Blueair units to achieve both high efficiency and high airflow.
Some manual units come with a separate indicator device, while others, such as the Classic E-series, have a built-in indicator.
Efficiently collect large particles, but remove only a small percentage of respirable size particles.
Is a volatile organic compound with a characteristic pungent odor, that is highly toxic for humans and animals. Health effects are irritation or damage of eyes and respiratory. It can also be allergenic and carcinogenic. Formaldehyde is used in e.g. pesticides, disinfectants and preservatives.
Gas or vapor with strong smell or that is dangerous to inhale.
Include e.g. traffic exhaust, releases from factories, ground level ozone and much more. Main indoor pollution includes tobacco smoke, VOCs, ozone, radon, ammonia and all gas that produce odor.
High efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter has an efficiency of 99.97% in filtering particles down to 0.3 microns. The high efficiency is achieved by very densely packed filter fibres. HEPA filters are commonly used in vacuum cleaners. There are two types, one that is washable and one that is not.
Blueair’s patented technology, HEPASilentTM, use a special filter material and an ozone- free electro-static ionizer that charges particles so they are electrostatically attracted to the filter material. The technology achieves high efficiency while allowing high airflow, low noise and low energy consumption.
Indoor air quality
The concentration of indoor air pollutants, air humidity and temperature.
Mechanical filtration such as high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters captures particles from the air by size exclusion using a fan to move the air through the filter. Mechanical filtration uses four different forces to capture particles: straining, inertia, interception and diffusion. Mechanical filters are very efficient in removing particles such as pollen, dust, molds and other airborne pollutants. High filtration efficiency for a mechanical filter media is achieved by packing fibres densely.
One micron is 1/1000th of a millimeter. Human hairs are between 30 and 120 microns. The eye can see to around 40 microns.
Mold are results from mold spores in the air that land on damp surface. Mold can grow on any organic substance such as wood, paper, carpets and food. Mold produce allergens that cause irritation and some types are toxic.
Certain volatile chemical compounds emit odors which make the air feel unpleasant. The SmokeStopTM filters are enhanced with active carbon to absorb all gaseous pollutants including odors.
Ozone can decrease lung function and cause health effects such as chest pain, shortness of breath, throat irritation and aggravation or higher susceptibility to respiratory health problems. Ozone from electronic air cleaners is created when air pass through electrically charged ionize fields. All Blueair units have been tested and certified by ARB for complying with the U.S. government’s most stringent ozone safety.
Particles or Particulate Matters are very small objects that are part of indoor air pollution. They include pollen, dust, mold, bacteria, virus and pet dander.
Blueair Particle filter is for airborne pollutant removal of such as mold, dust, pollen,bacteria, viruses and pet dander. Mild odor control. This filter allows maximum filter efficiency and airflow.
Pollen is the most common cause of allergies. Pollen is spread in the air for plants to reproduce. Allergy reactions could be eye and nose itching and nasal congestion. Pollen allergies can also cause asthma.
For heavy-duty odor control and airborne gaseous removal of such as VOCs,formaldehyde, tobacco smoke, ammonia and ozone. The SmokeStopTM filters are enhanced with activated carbon and have maximum odor and gas reduction.
Volatile organic compounds. Many VOCs are dangerous to human health or cause harm to the environment. Concentrations of many VOCs are higher in the indoor air than outdoors. This is because sources include many household products such as paints, and other solvents, aerosol sprays, cleansers and disinfectants, air fresheners, stored fuels and automotive products and hobby supplies.