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Match your allergy to your air purifier

It’s been a while since filters were just that – filters. With the advancement in technology, filters have evolved into various air purifying jargon, such as HEPA filters, SEFF filters, Pre-filters, Charcoal filters. Why all the different filters? What do they do and why is it important to match the filter with what you want to achieve?

Not only is it important to match an air purifier to the room size, but it’s also important to take into consideration as to what you want your air purifier to achieve. If you don’t match your choice of unit up with these factors, you would more than likely waste your money, buy the wrong unit and then not gain the benefit that can come with owning the right air purifier.

What do you want to achieve?

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you want it to remove a smell from the air?
  • Do you want it to deal with pollen?
  • Is your concern centered around VOCs?
  • Are you looking to kill germs, bacteria or bugs like MRSA?

The key is to understand what you are looking to achieve and then make sure that your air purifier can actually remove those allergens from the air.

As a guide the filters in the Solenco Air Purifiers range remove from the air:

Pre-filter – large airborne particles.

HEPA filter – captures particles larger than 0.3 microns in size which is most of the particles that are in the air.  If you think that a human hair is 40+ microns in size it gives you an idea of just how small 0.3 microns is.

A HEPA filter will capture particles like:

  • Pollen
  • Mould Spores
  • Pet Dander
  • Dust Mites
  • Some Bacteria

Enhanced Activated Charcoal filter – the next line of defence and removes those things that you can smell:

  • Smoke
  • Chemical fumes
  • VOCs
  • Numerous random smells

Ultra Violet Filter (UVC) – on its own ultra violet will have little or no effect because it does not have enough contact time with the air to achieve anything.  But combine it with an agent like our Photocatalytic Oxidation Enhanced Titanium Dioxide (PCO for short) combination and the reaction process is speeded up so that ultraviolet can take effect and kill:

  • Germs
  • Viruses
  • Bacteria
  • Mould

Ioniser – the last element in the air purification process is the ioniser.  Now not all ionisers are born equal and their effectiveness is often overstated.   What it will do for you is to make dust in the immediately vicinity of the air purifier heavier so that it either gets sucked into the air purifier or falls to ground to be vacuumed up or captured when you polish.

So now you know what the various types of filters do you can start to match your filter up to your allergy. 

For most people the combined approach of the multi-layered air purifier like the Solenco CF8500 and Solenco CF8608 Air Purifier is the best solution as they cover a broad range of allergens and can target the main issue (say pollen) whilst also having the added benefit of dealing with other issues like unpleasant smells.

Here is an interesting demonstration video as to what an air purifier can do:

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Sarah Stanford - February 1, 2021

Hi there,

A family member was recently diagnosed with emphysema and we would like to invest in a purifier to assist her. would you recommend your products for this?


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