How to Achieve a Better Home Indoor Air Quality During Quarantine

How to Achieve a Better Home Indoor Air Quality During Quarantine

Throughout the world, people are doing everything within their power and reach to help protect themselves and family members from COVID-19 (previously known as “2019 novel coronavirus”). With families being confined to their homes, it’s more than just COVID-19 that should be taken into consideration when trying to stay healthy.

Most people get exposure to the fresh air outside at least a couple of times a day, whether en route to and from work or school, sports activities, or running errands. During this unprecedented period, families are being asked to stay home and only venture outside for a walk, to go to the grocery store or pharmacy and keep social distancing in mind.

As many people shelter-in-place in their homes, we explore how True HEPA air purifiers can help keep your home environment healthier.

The Importance of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) in Homes—Especially While Sheltered-in-Place

According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), the average person spends nearly 90 percent of his or her time indoors; and that’s before “shelter-in-place.”

Are HEPA Air Purifiers Worth the Money?

The short answer is yes, and here’s why. The EPA estimates that indoor air pollutants may be present at levels two to five times higher, and occasionally more than 100 times higher than outdoor levels.

Are HEPA Air Purifiers Worth the Money?

An in-room air purifier with a True HEPA filter (HEPA Class H14) captures up to 99.975% of airborne particles measuring as small as 0.3 micrometers. The EPA states that ensuring healthy IAQ by minimizing indoor air pollutants is essential.

Poor IAQ can have severe repercussions on an individual’s health. Children, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems are particularly susceptible to pollutant exposure. Health effects include respiratory problems (including asthma), chronic fatigue, headaches, and cancer.

Some common home air pollutants measuring 0.3 micrometers or higher that can be captured by a True HEPA filter are pollen, dust mites, mold spores, pet dander, and bacteria.

Beyond HEPA

HEPA air purifiers are passive, meaning that the particulate matter (PM) in the air must be pulled into the HEPA filter to be effective. In-room air purification systems have a fan built-into the machine to help circulate the air in the room to remove particulates into the filter. Alone, this cannot capture all of the pollutants in a room.

Sharp’s Plasmacluster ion (PCI) technology reduces pollutants in the air

Sharp’s Plasmacluster ion (PCI) technology reduces even more pollutants in the air in a three-step process: 1- Ions are dispersed into the air. Positive and negative ions are created using water vapor in the air. 2- Ions actively attach to and break down pollutants. The ions neutralize their charge by pulling apart airborne pollutants, thereby reducing the pollutants in the air. 3- Ions return to the air as invisible water vapor.

Sharp’s Plasmacluster ion (PCI) technology reduces even more pollutants in the air in a three-step process: 1- Ions are dispersed into the air. Positive and negative ions are created using water vapor in the air. 2- Ions actively attach to and break down pollutants. The ions neutralize their charge by pulling apart airborne pollutants, thereby reducing the pollutants in the air. 3- Ions return to the air as invisible water vapor.

Since 2000, Sharp’s PCI technology engine has been deployed in top-brand refrigerators, cars, trucks, hospitals, office buildings, and more to remove airborne mold and dust allergens, suppress the activity of airborne viruses and help with clinging odors. Sharp has sold 70 million Plasmacluster Ion technology engines worldwide since 2001.

An added benefit of the PCI technology is that it helps to eliminate odors from cooking, pets, furniture carpets, and more. As we’re all a bit closer these days, any little bit can help!

I wish you and your family good health during this trying period.

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FPA80UW
SHARP HEPA AIR PURIFIER WITH PLASMACLUSTER® ION TECHNOLOGY

The Sharp FP-A80UW Plasmacluster Ion Air Purifier with True HEPA Filtration is ideal for large and extra-large rooms in your home. This air purifier model effectively reduces pollen, dust, pet dander, smoke, germs, bacteria, viruses, odors, mold, and fungus in your living space. There is a dual stage filter system including an activated carbon filter and long-life True HEPA filter, which captures 99.97% of particles as small as 0.3 microns from the air that passes through it. Patented Plasmacluster Ion Technology disperses positively and negatively charged ions throughout the room to safely break down microorganisms and odors (even those trapped in fabric, carpeting, and drapery!). It is an ideal solution for allergy sufferers, asthmatics, pet owners, and smokers, and best used in a bedroom, living room, study, or exercise room. There are 3 manual fan speeds. The air purifier unit has LibraryQuietTM operation (as quiet as 29 decibels, or the sound of rustling leaves) and is ENERGY STAR(R) rated, so you can run the unit continuously while saving money and energy.

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FPF50UW
SHARP HEPA AIR PURIFIER WITH PLASMACLUSTER® ION TECHNOLOGY

The Sharp FP-F50UW Plasmacluster Ion Air Purifier with True HEPA Filtration is ideal for small rooms in your home. This air purifier model effectively reduces pollen, dust, pet dander, smoke, germs, bacteria, viruses, odors, mold, and fungus in your living space. There is a dual stage filter system including an activated carbon filter and long-life True HEPA filter, which captures 99.97% of particles as small as 0.3 microns from the air that passes through it. Patented Plasmacluster Ion Technology disperses positively and negatively charged ions throughout the room to safely break down microorganisms and odors (even those trapped in fabric, carpeting, and drapery!). It is an ideal solution for allergy sufferers, asthmatics, pet owners, and smokers, and best used in a bedroom, living room, study, or exercise room. There are 3 manual fan speeds. The air purifier unit has LibraryQuietTM operation (as quiet as 29 decibels, or the sound of rustling leaves) and is ENERGY STAR(R) rated, so you can run the unit continuously while saving money and energy.

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About Sharp Home Electronics Company of America (SHCA)

SHCA is the U.S. Consumer Products Group of Sharp Electronics Corporation, the U.S. sales subsidiary of Sharp Corporation, a worldwide developer and manufacturer of one-of-a-kind premium technology products. SHCA includes the manufacturing of certain Home Appliances in Memphis, TN, together with the sales & marketing and servicing of Home Electronics in the United States.  Leading products include Sharp Carousel(R), Microwave DrawerTM, SuperSteam+TM ovens, and Plasmacluster(R) Ion air purifiers. Sharp Corporation was named one of the 20 Most Loved Companies globally, received a 2018 Thomson Reuters TOP 100 Global Technology Leader Award, and appears on the Forbes America’s Best Employers 2017 list.1

Sharp, Carousel, Microwave Drawer, SuperSteam+, Plasmacluster, Healsio, and all related trademarks are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sharp Corporation and/or its affiliated companies. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

1 Sources: Buyology Inc., 2012; APCO Worldwide, 2013; Forbes, 2017; thomsonreuters.com

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