Are Carbon Filters Effective Against Volatile Active Compounds In The Air?
The findings from recent researches are revealing that the indoor air quality might be of lesser quality compared to the air outside, this means that the air we are breathing in our homes, cars, and offices may be more polluted than the air we breathe outdoors. This is alarming because according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average American spends 93% of their lives indoors. Therefore, effective air filtration systems are the need of the moment.
A majority of air purifiers use HEPA “High-Efficiency Particulate Air” or “High-Efficiency Particulate Arrestance” filters to block out common air pollutants such as dust, dander, pollen, smoke, dead skin cell in the air and more. These types of fitters are extremely effective against High-Efficiency Particulates; however, they are incapable of removing Volatile Active Compounds such as formaldehyde present in the air.
What Causes Formaldehyde Pollution in Indoor Air?
Formaldehyde is a gas that is used in the production of common household items including carpets, insulation foam, and particleboards. These items release formaldehyde in the air and low levels of formaldehyde is common in indoor air, which is considered to be safe.
However, formaldehyde gas levels of 0.1 are safe and higher levels can lead to irritation of the skin, eyes, nose, and throat.
Carbon Filters for Volatile Active Compounds Removal
Carbon filters that use activated carbon are the most effective against Volatile Active Compounds including Formaldehyde, as well as odor. Activated Carbon Filtration for Air Quality is a form of chemical filtration that works by absorbing and trapping the gas in the extremely porous surface of the activated carbon. These types of filters also have High-Efficiency Particulate Arrestance ability, which makes them more effective at removing a wide range of pollutant from indoor air.
Carbon filters have carbon panels refillable with activated carbon, which make them easy to use and maintain.