Thursday, November 22, 2012

Need to Remove Cooking Odors From Your Home? Think Carbon!

Ah, the great smell of cooking–onions, peppers, fish, Indian cooking, Asian cooking—all the stuff we love to eat…and smell! But for people who get headaches or have other reactions to cooking odors, sometimes these lingering cooking smells are really offensive. So how do you get rid of cooking smells in your house? Well, there are several good techniques, but to effectively remove cooking odors, we need to look at what these smells are made of, and why they tend to linger.

Just about every kind of food has a combination of water, organic compounds, oils, and structural components like protein/fibers. When food is cooked, the structural components, the fiber, the cells, etc break down through heat and chemical reactions to release molecules into the air that are composed of gases, vapors, and tiny particles—some just oily gas/vapor molecules, and others that have a combination of particles/vapors. The biggest reasons why cooking odors tend to linger is the overall oily or ‘sticky’ nature of most of them—which makes them to stick to surfaces like walls, countertops, furniture, and their tendency to stay airborne for a long time.

If you’re cooking with oil, butter, or spices, all of these tend to increase the amount airborne oily ‘smell’ molecules that are released. This is why Indian cooking, Asian cooking, stir fry, fish, or any other oily foods with lots of spices tends to leave stronger, longer lasting odors in the air. If the food itself is oily like fish, seafood, or foods that have a high fat content (pork, etc), this will increase the amount of oily molecules floating around, too.

As we said earlier, these cooking odors are composed of both particles and organic compounds in gas / vapor form. To remove organic compounds like these from the air, you really need an odor absorber air cleaner with activated carbon, the right type of carbon, and enough of it to remove cooking smells for a long time (a carbon filter will absorb cooking odors but does ‘fill up’ after a while and needs to be replaced). The particles that are floating around are easily absorbed by a true HEPA filter that traps particles down to 0.1-0.3 microns in size. Having both HEPA and activated carbon filters can go a long way toward solid cooking odor control. And you will probably need to clean floors, wipe down cabinets, kitchen walls, etc., periodically as well to keep cooking odors to a minimum.

So far, the best recommendations we have found for eliminating cooking smells are: 1) open windows, 2) turn the house A/C system on high during and for a couple of hours after cooking and make sure it’s on ‘cool’ as this actually pulls moisture (removes odors better) out of the air, 3) use a quality portable air purifier such as the Austin HealthMate Plus or Aller Air 4000 Vocarb, with activated carbon and a HEPA filter in the kitchen and / or in the area where you are most of the time and keep them on HIGH while cooking and for a couple of hours after you finish. 4) if you really need to change the smell, we’ve found that Febreze and Glade Hawaiian Breeze sprays do help—but don’t overspray or you may make the problem worse.

At Air Purifiers and, we specialize in helping people breathe cleaner air, and we sell the very best odor remover air purifiers, filters, air testing equipment and more, at discount prices with free shipping. We have experts on staff to handle any home or commercial air purification or odor-removal situations you may be experiencing. Call us toll-free at 1-800-701-2513!

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Pet Air Purifiers: A Way to Save Money?

Actually, using pet air purifiers can save you money in lots of ways. Many people who have indoor pets (cats, dogs, birds, reptiles, etc.) purchase air fresheners and cleaners to help get rid of pet odors, special brooms and other cleaning tools to pick up hair, and allergy medications to help reduce sneezing, coughing, and other respiratory problems. Amazingly, there is one thing you can do that will take care of all of those problems and save you time and money: buy an air purifier that is designed for use with pets.

Quality cat and dog air cleaners have pre-filters that trap animal hair and larger particles, dander, etc, HEPA filters that trap and filter the smaller dander and particles (such as bird dust), and a good amount of specially activated carbon that removes general pet odors, even cat urine odors and dog smell. Just think of how much you’re spending monthly on those extra allergy medications, cleaning tools/products, air fresheners, etc. Add it up for yourself and see. Chances are, in just a few months, you’ve spent more than it would cost for a good pet air purifier.

Some excellent brands to consider are Winix, Blueair, and Austin Air. The Winix air purifiers are some of the best value on the market as they feature pre filters, HEPA filters, activated carbon, and healthy negative ions that further clean the air and destroy bacteria / viruses, all for under $300. Blueair is a little more powerful with specially activated carbon, which is better for removing pet odors and an extra strength HEPA filter that removes particles down to 0.1 micron, plus the healthy negative ions. Blueair is a little more expensive but you have a minimum 5 year warranty, longer lasting filters, and heavier duty Swedish construction.

The Austin Air Pet Machine has much of the same features, but has a full 15 lbs of carbon / zeolite for odor removal, a powerful HEPA filter, and a good pre-filter. The Austin Pet Machine is probably the most effective, best value pet air purifier available as it has the best air filtration / odor / dander removal ability and it is about $100 less than say, the Blueair 450E. So, if you do have indoor pets, do yourself a favor and get a quality pet air purifier. It will save you money in the long run and you’ll probably feel and sleep better knowing you are breathing clean air.

Air Purifiers and is proud to be an authorized distributor for Winix, Blueair, and Austin Air air purifiers.  And since we are an online store, we don’t have the overhead of traditional stores and we pass those savings on to you with cheap discount prices and free shipping every day. And, we have air quality expert on hand to answer any questions you may have. Give us a call! 1-800-701-2513

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Portable Home Air Purifiers: More Important Than Ever?

Let’s face it—everyone is getting older…if you’re still alive, you have to be! As a result, our immune systems just aren’t as strong. And air pollution outside the home tends to weaken our immune systems further, which when added to indoor air pollution, over time the result is that our bodies are put into an increasingly ‘reactive’ state. This is largely because of a buildup effect of toxins / pollution that, over time, leaves our bodies increasingly dealing with / reacting to foreign particles / substance—things the body does not recognize and reacts to in the form of allergies, asthma, and other ailments. This is why you find yourself saying ‘I never used to be this way’ or ‘I never used to have allergies/asthma this bad’ or other conditions now just seem to be a little worse than even 2-3 years ago. Our bodies become less and less able to deal with or get rid of pollutants as we get older—that plus a more ‘reactive’ overall state makes it more important than ever keep as many pollutants out of the air as possible.
That’s where quality portable home air purifiers can make a huge difference in the number and severity of allergic, asthma, or other physical reactions / problems. What we eat, what we drink, and what we breathe are the three big things that often determine the quality of our health. Your best quality portable home air purifiers / cleaners have true HEPA filters and high-grade activated carbon that can easily remove the dust, mold spores, bacteria, viruses, chemicals, pet dander, and other pollutants from the indoor air so that the body does not have to deal with / react to more pollutants. Then, since the source of allergens /irritants has been removed, the body can begin to better get rid of the pollutants that are stored in tissues. Our systems are kind of like a bucket of polluted water with an ‘elimination hole’ in the side that is letting out polluted water. If we stop pouring in more polluted water at the top, then the overall level of polluted water in the bucket can go down, leaving the body with less and less to react to. Make sense?
And since these air cleaners are portable, they can be moved from room to room, to the office, or wherever there is a need for air purification. What you don’t want is a cheap air cleaner that doesn’t have true HEPA / carbon filters, and breaks down in a year or so. If you spend a little more and get a quality portable air purifier with a good warranty the first time, it will do the job well for years to come, and keep you from having to replace a cheap air purifier every year.
Keep in mind, too, that our homes / offices are constantly breaking down, as well, releasing more and more dust / debris. That is why you can’t just dust one time and be done with it. The walls, structural materials, etc. are in a constant state of slow breakdown, which releases particles and chemical vapors. Plus, believe it or not, vapors from cleaning products, solvents, paints, etc. are also constantly being released into the air, which actually stick to walls in our rooms, ceilings, etc, and when air blows across, they become airborne again and we breathe more of that in, as well—unless of course you have a portable room air cleaner  in place removing the dust / toxins before they can be inhaled. This is all related to body cleansing, which has all been clinically documented for years, with many people’s health / allergic /asthma / other conditions improving greatly when the offending pollution is been removed. Again, now that we are older, have accumulated more pollution in our tissues, we’re more reactive in general than before, and we’re less able to get rid of pollutants, it makes sense that portable home air purifiers could now be one of the best home remedies and more important than ever to living and feeling better.
Air Purifiers and is proud to offer only the very best quality portable home air purifier , at cheap, affordable prices with free shipping. We also sell replacement HEPA and activated carbon filters, pre filters, etc., for many brands of portable home air purifiers / cleaners. If you have any questions about home air purification, testing or anything related to indoor air quality, call us toll-free at 1-800-701-2513. Our air quality experts are standing by to help!
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