Air Purifier vs Dehumidifier- What are the Differences?

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Both air purifiers and dehumidifiers can help you improve the air quality of your home or office, but they achieve their tasks via different methods. Which one will be of more help to you depends on the exact needs of your location in addition to personal preferences.

For in-home use, air purifiers are relatively small and lightweight, while dehumidifiers tend to be larger and more heavy-duty. This difference is due to their unique methods of helping to make your space healthier.

Dehumidifiers work on the principle of removing moisture (i.e. water vapor) from the air and thus removing the breeding ground for certain microorganisms and allergens.

Air purifiers, on the other hand, tackle potential irritants in different ways. Some purifiers employ slightly different methods than others, including ionizers, UV-C light, HEPA filters, and electrostatic precipitation, but the general idea is that they work to remove or zap airborne particles that could prove irritating to sensitive people. They are not designed to remove excess moisture.

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Of Air Purifiers; Do They Work?

We already know that BETAs are air purifiers, but some people might not know that they are also natural air humidifiers. But what exactly does it mean?

Air humidifiers and air purifiers have the same goal: securing comfortable breathing for humans, but contrary to popular belief, they do not have to be separate, contradictory appliances.

Air purifiers are capable of humidifying the air up to 35% and beyond that, a humidifier will work to maintain that level. So, there is no point in separating the two appliances, keeping in mind that some air purifiers are capable of humidifying the air in addition to cleaning it.

One of these high-quality purifiers is the Fluval Spec V, one of your best bets. This contemporary model takes the features of the best air purifiers on the market and adds a few new ones that are very useful to those looking for a quality, yet affordable, air purifier.

Fluval Spec V has a convenient auto-dry feature that automatically shuts down the air purifier when the humidity level is satisfactory, allowing you to receive all the bonuses of the humidifier and purifier in one device.

The air purifier works by combining charcoal and clean air technology in a single engine. The charcoal draws in impurities, while the air purifier and fan work in conjunction to give the air a clean smell.

Health Hazards

Air purifiers are designed to remove harmful chemicals and particles from the air and improve the quality of the air that we breathe. So it seems natural that people might think that an air purifier is going to remove the chemicals and particles from the air and make the air in the house healthier. But the reality is that many of the chemicals coming out of the air into the house are essential to our health.

Carbon dioxide, for example, is vital to our well-being and the carbon filters in the air purifiers actually remove this from the air. As a result, it leaves the air stale and less healthy to breath. This is why air purifiers need to be used in conjunction with a dehumidifier and not as a replacement.

For example, if you are trying to reduce the humidity in the air you can turn on the dehumidifier. But if you are trying to purify the air, you don’t want to dehumidify the air first because this removes oxygen that you need. So you have to combine both of these functions to ensure that the air remains at healthy levels.