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Most homes today have poor indoor air quality because of the large amount of airborne contaminants floating around. There are many sources of harmful and unpleasant air particles including humans, pets, plants, machines, natural and man made chemicals. No matter what the source is, the goal is to eliminate and prevent the particles from collecting inside the house.

Some of the most common types of undesirable air particles include dust, pollen, pet dander, smoke, mold spores, bacteria, and viruses. Most of these particles are invisible to the naked human eye. In fact, they can only be detected with special tests kits that use advanced optics and chemical solutions. However, the effects of these airborne contaminants are felt, without the need to actually see them.

These particles can irritate existing respiratory problems such as allergies, asthma, and hayfever. Additionally, toddlers and young children are very vulnerable to the slightest presence of such air pollutants. In fact, even healthy adults may start to develop some respiratory and other health problems such as with the skin.

The most viable solution to clean the air inside the home is to use an air purifier. Bionaire is a top brand in air purification as well as other indoor air quality control. In fact, the company also offers fans, humidifiers, and heaters.

Before selecting a Bionaire air purifier, it is important to understand some basics about air purification technology as well as some technical details about air quality. For example, homeowners need to be aware of terms such as micron size, HEPA filters, CADR, and ionization. These important technical features shall be discussed in the following section.

A micron is the unit that is often used to indicate the size of some common harmful air particles. For example, a human hair has an average diameter of about 100 microns. Pollen can range between 5 to 10 microns. Smoke fumes may be less than 5 microns. Bacteria can be as small as 1 micron, and even less.

HEPA stands for high efficiency particulate air. A HEPA filter is used by air purifiers to remove more than 99 percent of the harmful air particles. This is known as the most effective type of technology in air purification, and it is also used in other air control systems such as air conditioners and forced air heating. In filtration technology, a true HEPA filter is classified as having the ability to remove particles as small as 0.3 microns in size. A HEPA-type filter does not have the same filtration capabilities. Therefore, it is very important to distinguish between the two types. Most air purifiers should have a label indicating the type of filter being used (if any), along with the micron rating.

CADR, which stands for Clean Air Deliver Rate, is used to rate how well an air purifier removes pollutants. An air purifier will actually receive three CADR ratings for major air pollutants of dust, pollen, and tobacco smoke. A large CADR number indicates that the air purifier removes the contaminants very well. The CADR is also used to reflect the size of the room that can be effectively filtered. For example, a small room that measures 10 × 12 feet would require a CADR rating of more than 80. A 20 × 20 ft room needs an air purifier with a CADR of more than 200.

Ionization technology is used by air purifiers to neutralize air pollutants. The purifier releases charged ions which attach to harmful particles such as dust. Then, the attached particles are easily drawn into the air purifier by a fan and electrostatic plates. There, the harmful particles are easily collected and removed later on.

Bionaire offers several models of air purifiers such as PERMAtech Mini Tower Air Cleaner, PERMAtech Tower Air Cleaner, PERMAtech Mini Tower Air Purifier, HEPA-type Dual Position Air Cleaner, and HEPA-Type Tower Air Cleaner with Remo. Each type of air purifier is designed for specific room sizes and applications.

For example, the Bionaire PERMAtech Mini Tower Air Cleaner features HEPA-type filter, ionizer, smoke CADR rating of 52, weighs 7.5 pounds, and measures about 17 inches high. This would be a great choice for small rooms up to about 80 square feet.

For comparison purposes, the Bionaire PERMAtech Tower Air Cleaner uses HEPA-type filter, has three fan speeds, programmable timing option, air quality sensor, ionizer, filter maintenance reminder, and a CADR rating of 110 for smoke. This air purifier is designed for much larger rooms ranging between 100 and 170 square feet. The unit weighs about 15 pounds and measures 30 inches in height.

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