3 Things to Know about Water Based Air Purifiers

Posted on: 23 February 2016

Finding the right air purifier for a small space in your home, like a bedroom or nursery, can be confusing. There are so many sizes and styles to choose from including traditional air purifiers, oil diffusers and purifiers, and water-based options. You may choose the water-based purifier because it traps the dust in the water, ensuring that it doesn't re-enter the air when you clean the purifier bowl. There are some things you need to know, though, before you settle on what appears to be an ideal option for you and your family.

Using Oil

There are some water-based air purifiers that allow you to use scented oils to enhance the air in the room. The misconception is that these oils are the same as essential or perfumed oils found in most home stores.  The oils used in water-based air purifiers are much thinner so they can move freely in the water without clogging the purifier or fan in the purifier. If you use regular essential oils or home fragrance oils, you can damage the unit and clog the fan or other components of the purifier.

Humidity Issues

One of the things you may notice is that a water-based air purifier will add to the humidity in the room or house.  This is due to the release of water vapour into the air and circulating to help remove dust and clean the air in the room. This can be a problem if you already have mould and mildew issues or issues keeping down the humidity during climate changes.  If you still feel that using a water-based air purifier is the right option, you can avoid the many issues with humidity, mould, and mildew by using a moisture reducing system such as a moisture capturing device or bin.

Energy Costs

One of the things you should consider are the energy costs related to the water-based systems.   There have been reports that the water-based air purifiers will use more energy because they must pull the water and the air into the filter instead of just the air. This means they are exerting more energy than the motor in a traditional air purifier that is only pulling air through the HEPA filter. This is something to consider if you are trying to clean the air in the room while reducing your energy usage.

For more information, contact Air Cleaners Australia or a similar company.