Who "Nose" About Air Purifier Science?
In the previous blog on Noses vs Air Purifiers, we claimed temporary victory for the nose with a promise to visit the science in a future blog. So, here we are. Our intent is not to knock any all-natural solutions nor to oversell the case for air purifiers. Like anything else, technology is continuously changing. We prefer to stay grounded in the science and allow the data and findings to speak so that we can make the most informed decision at any given time. If you are like me, one of the first questions I asked is “What constrains the claims being made by air purifier manufacturers?”
To answer, enter ahamverified.org into the discussion. What is the mission of this organization?
“AHAM is the single voice providing the home appliance industry and consumers with leadership, advocacy and a forum for action in public policy, standards and business decisions. AHAM helps manufacturers bring efficient, high-performing home appliances into the homes of consumers in the United States, Canada and around the world. AHAM Verification Programs have been an important part of AHAM services since the Association’s inception. The programs provide a uniform and practical verification of energy, volume and certain performance criteria for each product, with an independent laboratory performing the verification testing. AHAM is recognized by the EPA as an Administrative Body and approved to administer verification testing for purposes of the ENERGY STAR program. Products may be selected at any time for verification testing, ensuring the product’s energy consumption rating is consistent with the measured energy consumption. Since 1967, we’ve used outside labs to test products, and today, manufacturers use AHAM ratings on a variety of appliances. This makes comparing products easier for consumers and gives them a consistent product standard they can trust.”
Now to press on. What about the science? Given we are but a mere blog and not a science journal, our goal is to give you our take on the “CliffsNotes” as well as the resources and references to enable you to dig deeper if you are the type that enjoys doing research on your own. For the science nerds in the family, hopefully this weblink will keep you busy for a while: https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq/introduction-indoor-air-quality.
For everyone else, the big take-away is that studies indicate that the air you breathe in your home can be spreading allergens, particulates, bacteria, and even viruses. And…here is the kicker. According to the EPA, the air in your home can be far more polluted than the air outside your home. So, perhaps it is time you start to take your home environment more seriously and consider what air purifier technology can do to improve the health of everyone in your family.