Air Purification Explained: How It Works

Utilizing an air purifier in your home or workspace is an efficient way to help clear the air of certain allergens, smoke, and dust. These high-tech appliances can improve overall wellness by providing relief to those suffering from seasonal allergies or those concerned about inhaling airborne viruses and bacteria. But before purchasing an air purifier, it’s important to understand how they work to ensure you are choosing a reliable and effective model.

How HEPA Filtration and Plasmacluster® Ion Technology Clear the Air You Breathe

The first thing to make sure the air purifier has is a HEPA filter, which is a passive cleaning method that treats the air that passes through the filter. The United States Department of Energy (DOE) requires that a HEPA Filter has at least 99.97% efficiency with an aerosol of 0.3-micrometer diameter, which means that small particles including dust, pollen, animal dander, smoke and more are captured resulting in a high clear air delivery rate (CADR).

For maximum air filtration results, opt for a model that utilizes HEPA filtration combined with emerging technology—Plasmacluster® Ion Technology. This active purification technology produces positive and negative ions created from water vapor and releases them into the air. These ions then attach themselves to unwanted airborne particles and remove the hydrogen, causing pollutants to fall apart. This technology has been proven effective in reducing certain viruses, bacteria mold, fungus, and most odors that conventional filters don’t reach.

An optional yet beneficial add-on is a built-in humidifier. Sensors monitor air quality and adjust humidity levels, which can combat sinus issues, relieve discomfort from illnesses, and help to combat dry skin. This is especially helpful in the colder months when indoor heating systems are heavily used.

Having an air purifier present in your space is one of the most straightforward steps you can take to provide a wealth of benefits for your overall health and wellbeing. Consider adding one into your home, office space, or classroom to ensure that each breath you take is as clean as possible.

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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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FPF60UW
SHARP HEPA AIR PURIFIER WITH PLASMACLUSTER® ION TECHNOLOGY

A breath of fresh air in any medium-sized room, the Sharp FP-F60UW Plasmacluster Ion Air Purifier with True HEPA Filtration 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(R) 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!). The FP-F60UW air purifier 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 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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KC850U
SHARP PLASMACLUSTER® AIR PURIFIER WITH HUMIDIFYING FUNCTION

The Sharp KC-850U Plasmacluster Ion Air Purifier with True HEPA Filtration and Humidification offers a unique combination of air treatment technologies and a one-touch automatic air quality control system to make you and your family more comfortable all year round. The automatic air quality control system of this medium-sized room humidifying air purifier uses sensors to constantly monitor the air quality in your room, adjusting for air purity and optimum humidity level, and will also indicate when filters should be cleaned.

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FPK50UW
Sharp HEPA Air Purifier with Plasmacluster® Ion Technology for Medium Rooms (FPK50UW)

A breath of fresh air in any medium-sized room, the Sharp FPK50UW Plasmacluster Ion Air Purifier with True HEPA Filtration effectively reduces pollen, dust, pet dander, smoke, germs, bacteria, viruses, odors, mold, and fungus in your living space. There is a three-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. The micro screen pre-filter for larger particles is washable and helps to extend the life of your filters.

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!) The FPK50UW air purifier is an ideal solution for allergy sufferers, asthmatics, pet owners, and smokers, and best used in a bedroom, living room, study, or exercise room.

“Plasmacluster Express Clean” gives you sixty minutes of high-density Plasmacluster Ion production and high-fan speed for an extra boost of clean when you need it, and a hands-free return to the prior mode when complete. The unit has LibraryQuiet™ operation (as quiet as 22 decibels, or the sound of rustling leaves) and is ENERGY STAR® 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

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

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