Why is it important that an Air Purifier is Certified?

Why is it important that an Air Purifier is Certified?
News | ClearAir Admin | 2023-04-03

 In order to ensure minimum health risks, it is important to buy an Air Purifier with appropriate certifications. 
The best Air Purifiers last for years, which makes it very important that the device has the highest available standards. 
Air Purifiers are only eligible for certifications after it has gone through extensive tests. 
These tests are all being performed in a secured environment with exposure to all types of hazardous particulates and all potential hazards are measured individually.

Most people consider buying a Winix Air Purifier with a HEPA filter for health reasons. 
Air purifiers can refresh stale air, greatly reducing the chances of health issues caused by indoor pollutants. 
These can trigger respiratory infections, neurological problems, and worsen asthma symptoms. 
The best Air Purifiers minimize and eliminate several indoor air pollutants, including house dust mites, pets dander, pollen, and mold.

The HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filter is proven to be the most effective filter out there and it is vital to be eligible for certifications. 
A certified Air Purifier with a HEPA filter should give you all the security you need that you are breathing the cleanest air possible.

People with underlying medical conditions can benefit greatly from buying a certified Air Purifier as it will improve their quality of life. That’s why the importance of certifications on Air Purifiers cannot be understated.

What certifications do WINIX Air Purifiers hold?
Winix Air Purifiers hold both ECARF and Allergy UK certifications, which are the most important in Europe for Air Purifiers. Winix Air Purifiers also have other certifications such as AHAM.

ECARF certification

ECARF stands for European Center for Allergy Research Foundation and it was founded in 2003 and based in Berlin, Germany. Their first seal of approval was granted in 2006. Their mission, as stated by their Chairman of the Board Prof. Dr. med. Dr. C. Torsten Zuberbier: “The mission of the non-profit European Center for Allergy Research Foundation (ECARF) is to ensure that people with allergies receive the best possible guidance in everyday matters and treatment options.”

ECARF does not only test Air Purifiers, but a range of other products such as cosmetics, food, hotels, leather products, vacuum cleaners, and many more. In order for a product to be eligible for an ECARF certification, it will have to be submitted to a series of tests designed by 15 leading international scientists and technicians. All of these tests are performed in an enclosed climate chamber. 
The criteria for ECARF testing:

Minimum Efficiency at the most penetrating particle size (> 0.1 – <0.3 μm):> 85%
Collection Efficiency at particle size 0.5 μm (Bacteria, fine dust):> 90%
Collection Efficiency at particle size> 3 μm (mold spores, pollen):> 95%
Ozone release: <7 ppb
Temperature difference (room temperature compared to exhaust air): <0.3 K
The exhaust air has a neutral odour
The device bears an instruction plate that gives information about the maximum room size for which 95% of all particles > 3 μm are filtered out within one hour.
Devices with less than 200 m³/hour performance have < 32 dB on the lowest setting.

Allergy UK certification

The British Allergy Foundation was formed in 1991 by a group of leading UK allergists who believed that those living with allergies have the right to good quality support, education, and advice about their condition throughout their lives. The UK health system only provides limited allergy services and the British Allergy Foundation, operating as Allergy UK since 2001, is the charitable organization established to fill the gap and provide this support. It also lobbies and advocates for improved recognition of the seriousness of allergy and its impact on the quality of life of those living with allergic disease.

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