Air Purifier and Humidifier

Can we use Air Purifier and Humidifiers together in India?

Air purifier and humidifier use have been on the upswing with the alarming level of pollution across the globe. Most of the consumers have used either air purifiers or humidifiers at some point in time. For a novice person, the purpose of both the device seems the same; however, the difference is quite stark. While the air purifier uses filtration technology to eliminate pollutants from inside the living space, the humidifier helps in maintaining an optimal level of humidity in the winter season when the air gets dry leading to a range of allergies (Nasal irritation, Cough, sneezing, etc.) and respiratory issues.  The moisture released in the air by the humidifier helps in settling the particulate matters onto the ground alleviating the risk of developing allergy symptoms. When the moisture is added to the particulate matter the final volume or the weight of the PM 2.5 increases leading to gravitational settling.  

Can I use Air Purifier and Humidifier Together in my Room?

The use of an air purifier and humidifier together in a room is perfectly fine. Neither one will affect the other if placed at some distance. Most of the modern air purifiers are built to work in a wide humidity range ensuring that surplus or insufficient moisture does not affect the filter functionality. Apart from that, the air purifier does not filter out the moisture from the indoor air meaning it is not working against the humidifier by drying the air out. For an effective operation, both the air purifier and humidifier need to be placed at some distance. When placed too close, the moisture from the humidifier could clog the filters and limit the effectiveness of the air purifier. For instance, if a HEPA filter is continuously damp because the output of the humidifier is directed into it, it could promote the growth of bacteria or mould on the filter. The perfect solution is to place both the device on the opposite sides of the room.

Care should also be taken to properly maintain both air purifiers and humidifiers.  A Humidifier should also be cleaned regularly to avoid formation of fungus, mould, bacteria in the machine. For ultrasonic humidifiers, distilled water should be used for avoiding the addition of mineral particles to the air that can be harmful to the lungs particularly those of young children.

When you should use them together?         

  • For Winter Season- Using an air purifier and humidifier together is not recommended for every situation. Both of them together can be put into operation during the winter or dry months. Cold air is inherently dry in nature and low on the relative humidity. Relative humidity can be defined as the amount of water vapour present in the air expressed as a percentage of the amount needed for saturation at the same temperature. Relative humidity in coastal areas can be as high as 98% while in cold brittle condition it can slide down to as low as 20-30%.  Moreover, with the furnace, heater, and blower in operations, moisture from the incoming air is further sucked out. A Humidifier helps in maintaining the optimal level of moisture inside the living spaces. Air purifier on the other hand eliminates the air pollutant from inside the indoor spaces.
  • For Spring Season: Allergens including pollen increases drastically during the spring season. Pollens cause a range of allergy including nasal irritation, triggering asthma symptoms, etc. The dry air problem can be solved with the use of humidifiers and air pollutants by the use of Air Purifiers.
  • Covid-19 Times: Using an advanced or a hybrid of air purifier with humidifiers can reduce the transmission of Coronavirus inside our homes and offices. HEPA filter technology can capture particles as small as coronavirus while the humidifiers could slow down the virus transmission by maintaining an optimal level of moisture content in the air

Can Humidifier Slow Down Virus Transmission?

With the progress of Covid-19, a lot of advanced studies have been going on to find the factors accelerating or decelerating it. Recently, a Japanese supercomputer model has found out humidity is one of the factors for varying levels of transmission. The results of the study revolted some interesting insights:

  • Dry air enables faster transmission of the virus in the air than the humid air indicating winter or dry season is particularly exposed.
  • A 30% relative humidity will contain more than double the no. of airborne virus-sized particles at 60%.
  • As the relative humidity is lower in the winter season, the probability of increased virus count increases drastically.

The use of a humidifier is recommended to increase the level of moisture (optimal level) in the room and reduce the transmission of viruses across the living spaces.

In areas with high or low humidity environment (20% or 80%) the concentration of virus is dramatically higher. A relative humidity level between 40% and 60% is perfect to reduce the concentration of virus.

Can we use Air Purifier and Humidifiers together in India?
Humidity Level – Graph

Air Purifier with Humidifier Unit in the Market:

1. O2Cure Elixir Air Purifier

O2Cure Elixir Air Purifier come fitted with an in-built humidifier inside it.

Can we use Air Purifier and Humidifiers together in India?
Elixir Air Purifier with Humidifier – Front
Can we use Air Purifier and Humidifiers together in India?
Elixir Air Purifier with Humidifier – Back
Can we use Air Purifier and Humidifiers together in India?

Benefits of using Elixir Air Purifier:

  • Priced at INR 17,999.
  • The six-stage filtration ensures that even the finest allergens like pet dander, pollen, PM 2.5,10 are trapped and removed from the internal environment. The six stage filter includes Cold catalyst filter, cellular activated carbon filter, anti-bacterial filter, High-efficiency particulate matter filter, Ultraviolet sterilize light and anion purification. The HEPA + UV capture and neutralize the virus.
  • Air humidifier provides the added advantage of maintaining an optimal level of moisture inside the living spaces.
  • The advanced 6-stage filtration also ensures that the living space is free of allergen- inducing pollutants.
  • The advanced filtration technology helps in removing up to 99.99% of allergens.

Smart Features:

  • Filter replacement alerts.
  • Safety Controls- Auto mode, sleep mode

2. Dyson Pure Humidify + Cool™ Air Purifier with Humidifier.

The Air Purifier comes with an in-built humidifier that project purified humidified air.

  • Priced at INR 55,900.
  • The HEPA and activated carbon filtration capture gases and 99.95% of particle pollution. The ultraviolet technology of the air purifier hygienically removes 99.99% of the bacteria in the air. 
  • Scientifically tested to capture pollutants as small as PM 0.1 including bacteria and viruses.
  • Senses and displays Pm 2.5, 10, VOCs and NO2 in real time.
  • Vacuum sealed H-13 glass HEPA and activated carbon filters.

Smart Features-

  • The air purifier is compatible with Alexa.
  • Monitors and purifies using the quietest settings with a dimmed display.
  • A curved and magnetized remote control to store neatly on the top of the machine.
Can we use Air Purifier and Humidifiers together in India?
Dyson Pure Humidify + Cool™ Air Purifier with Humidifier.

3. O2Cure Hulk Air Purifier

O2Cure Hulk Air Purifier come fitted with an in-built humidifier inside it.

Can we use Air Purifier and Humidifiers together in India?

Benefits of using Hulk Air Purifier:

  • Priced at INR 28,499.
  • The six-stage filtration ensures that even the finest allergens like pet dander, pollen, PM 2.5,10 are trapped and removed from the internal environment. The six stage filter includes Cold catalyst filter, cellular activated carbon filter, anti-bacterial filter, High-efficiency particulate matter filter, Ultraviolet sterilize light and anion purification. The HEPA + UV capture and neutralize the virus.
  • Air humidifier provides the added advantage of maintaining an optimal level of moisture inside the living spaces.
  • The advanced 6-stage filtration also ensures that the living space is free of allergen- inducing pollutants.
  • The advanced filtration technology helps in removing up to 99.99% of allergens.

Smart Features:

  • Filter replacement alerts.
  • Wi-Fi and app-enabled.
  • Safety Controls- Auto mode, sleep mode

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