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The Future of Air Purifiers?

Written by Duncan under Air Purifiers, General, Humidifiers | No Comments ""

Air purifiers and humidifiers have demonstrable health benefits, especially for people with respiratory illnesses or children who are suffering from croup or any other infection of the upper trachea.  Many find relief from their symptoms by using humidifiers and air purifiers, but we’ve come across a recently launched unit that claims to bring the health benefits of the outdoors indoors.

The device is called the Cirrus 3, and while it does not appear to be an air purifier or an air filter,  it is said to eradicate up to 99.9999% of pathogenic airborne and surface bacteria and viruses.  It does this by replicating what its inventor calls “Open Air Factor” which is composed of naturally occurring ozone catalysed by UV light and combined with aromatic hydrocarbons given off by plant life.  This creates substances called hydroxyl radicals and it’s these apparently that are so lethal to pathogens.  The Cirrus 3 is in effect a ‘Fresh Air Machine’ combining three existing decontamination technologies to create an invisible defence cloud that kills germs before they can spread from person to person.

If it works as advertised, the technology could be readily adapted for a range of applications such as care homes, surgeries, and cruise ships – anywhere where there’s a large number of people and a risk of bacterial or viral transmission through the air of by surface contact.  Cirrus 3 devices could also be incorporated into HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) systems or integrated in next generation air purifiers and humidifiers.

In the meanwhile, recent studies  have suggested that maintaining an indoor Relative Humidity (RH) level between 40-60% can not only relieve cold and flu symptoms, it can actually help kill flu viruses on surfaces and in the air if used with other measures, like the Cirrus 3 maybe. Whether or not you recreate natural fresh air, maintaining the right amount of moisture in your home can help to soothe sore throats and allow you to breathe better and sleep more comfortably.


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