Are Air Purifiers Safe for Babies?


Parenting is the most difficult yet beautiful phase in everyone’s life. This phase includes many responsibilities, supporting, taking care…etc.

Babies are very sensitive to disease as they have less immunity system. Even a small airborne particle will lead to many dangerous problems.

In order to protect them, there are many ways to do that job perfectly like removing all airborne particles from the air, like an air purifier. But the question is “Are Air purifiers safe for babies?”

Yes, air purifiers are absolutely safe for babies/infants. As babies are very new to the world and still in the stage of developing organs like lungs they have a very weak breathing process. So, even nanoparticles of dust will cause danger to them. But, this problem can be eliminated who air purifiers at baby surroundings.

It’s still like a doubtful question if you have a baby because they never take a risk in their babies’ care, nothing wrong!!! It’s the common nature of parents who are mean to take the utmost care for their baby. 

So, to get a clear view of this topic by referring to the below article.

Let’s begin the article with how actually air purifiers work.

are air purifiers safe to baby

How Does Air Purifier work?

The main principle of Air Purifier is to circulate the air in the room by filtration and the components involved in working of air purifier are

Filters

As the whole process of purification is done by filters, this component plays a key role in air purification. 

Housing

It is a type of coverage that covers all the components, nothing but an outer surface of an air purifier.

Fan Motor

It is also one of the important components in an air purifier as this is responsible to make the air pass through the filters.

When it comes to the working of an air purifier, it involves 4 stages.

Intaking Air:

Firstly, by switching on the air purifier, the fan inside the filter will let the purifier to suck all the dust filled the air into it. As the process of purification is going on, the intaking of air inside the room will run parallel.

Pre-filter:

This is the first stage of filtering the air which has large dust particles like dust mites, pet air..etc. The filter used in this stage is very less effective in filtering the dust, so only the large dust particle will trape in this area which reduced the strain of filtering involves in the next filtration.

Specified Filter:

The main process of filtration is done here as the filters are arranged according to the specific filtration. There are many numbers of filters are in the market to be used in this place. Some of them like HEPA, Electrostatic, Ozone, activated carbon, UV…etc. Whatever the type the main use of this stage is to filter the dust from the air completely.

In the case of maximum filtration of air, a True HEPA filter is used in this place for filtration and even a series of filters are also used for better filtration. 

Releasing Clean Air:

Right after passing through a maximum number of filters, the cleaned air is then released out forcibly with the help of fan motor fixed at the end of the air purifier working process. 

This is all about the working involved in an air purifier.

Check this video for air purifier working,

Now, as per our topic, let’s figure what type of filters are safe and what are not for babies in an air purifier

Types of filters in an air purifier –  suitable for babies

There are many types of filter in air purifiers. But we cannot conclude that all the filters are suitable for babies are not. 

But, here is the list of filters that suites for babies. By the way, these filters are used in the specified filter stage(as shown above in working)

UV Filters:

If your baby is very sensitive to bacteria and germs, then this type of filter is very useful. However, the working of this filter involves killing the germs and bacteria in the air which are passed through it. But this filter cannot remove the smoke and odor from the air and also this filter needs to be replaced with the blub whenever it got damaged.

Carbon Activated Filters:

As we discussed earlier, the above filter can’t filter the smoke and odor from the gas, this Carbon activated filter will filter the smoke and bad odor from the gas. The porous filter in it has the capacity to trap the odor-causing particles and make the air as odorless.

HEPA Filter:

We may hear about this filter whenever the topic of filter arises, isn’t it? because it has the capability to trap the maximum dust particles in the air which are micro in size. This filter will overcome the drawbacks of UV and Carbon Activated filters. 

It is called High-Efficiency particulate air filter, which is the abbreviation for HEPA filter. In this, we can see, HEPA type filter and True HEPA filter variations, where the HEPA type will filter micro size particulates and true HEPA filter will filter nano-size particles too.

However, there are some air purifiers that are in combo type like having the above 3 types of filters for better filtration of air. 

Conclusion:

I can hereby conclude that the air purifier is really safe for babies, which have the baby safe filters. If you are really chosen about the best purifier, it is better to check for the maximum amount of filters in it. Take care of your baby….(I know, you do, but just saying) 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q) Is it good to sleep with an air purifier? Yes Of course. Sleeping in the presence of air purifiers is the way to get the qualified air which makes us sleep happily and fast.

Q) Can air purifiers be harmful? Probably, yes. There are some purifiers that actually cause harm to us because of releasing the by-product from it like ozone generators. So, try to choose the best purifier while purchasing.

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