How Air Conditioning Filters Work To Trap Bacteria and VirusesJason Siddall
Those of us who sit in a car on the highway every day and then spend the next 8 hours in an air-conditioned office often wish silently for “fresh air and sunshine.”
Interestingly, these two elements combine to offer some surprising health benefits. For example, the production of vitamin D is courtesy of the warming rays of the sun and improved blood pressure and a stronger immune system results from fresh air.
In fact, some studies have highlighted the multiple benefits of fresh air which include better digestion, higher serotonin levels, improved white blood cell activity, cleaner lungs and more energy.
Who doesn’t want that?
The problem is that our modern lives don’t allow us to spend as much time outdoors as we would like. Does that mean that we aren’t getting enough fresh air?
Air Conditioning Filters – New and Improved!
A few short years ago, an AC unit meant a blast of cold air, and that was pretty much it. However, technology has advanced to the point where we can rely on our air conditioners to keep us safe and healthy.
Consider the latest generation of motor vehicles. Air conditioning systems monitor the levels of carbon dioxide in your car while you’re driving and will open external air vents if the CO₂ levels rise to a level which could cause sleepiness.
What about in our homes and offices?
An excellent example of advanced filter systems in our home and office air conditioners is the Toshiba IAQ Filter.
“Toshiba new IAQ filter is the latest product of the Toshiba laboratories for improving the indoor air quality of the residential air conditioners. Toshiba IAQ technology is able to seriously inhibit the activity of harmful bacteria and viruses (including avian influenza).”
TOSHIBA new filter contains silver and Leuconostoc enzyme (One of the enzymes extracted from “Kimchi”)
- Anti-bacteria: destroys up to 99,9% of bacteria
- Deodorizing power: Absorbs and decomposes smoke, ammonia, volatile organics, food smells and bad odours
- Prevent mould formation: Inhibits the formation of mould and fungi formation
- Anti-virus: Avian influenza virus (H5N1)
Another exciting innovation is the Plasma Air Purifier which “absorbs and eliminates particles and pollutants such as dust, pollen, mould spores and viruses. It also deodorises air (removing tobacco odours, garbage smells etc.). It’s extremely effective: it can collect particles as small as 0.001 μm and is 10 times faster than standard filters.”
How does the Plasma Air Purifier remove a wide range of impurities?
An ionized circuit forces pollutants to adopt a positive electrical charge.
- STEP 1
Negative electrons in the collection board attract large positive pollutants.
- STEP 2
Any remaining particles are forced towards the second collection board by a positive charge.
The Argument For Air Quality
If we live in a city or in any built-up environment, then ‘fresh air’ may be at a premium. Traffic and other pollutants mean that we can’t just throw open our windows and breathe deeply. Yet, being closed in an office with recycled air due to an ageing HVAC system is probably not much better.
This is where anti-bacterial filters as mentioned above come into their own.
Whether you are recycling indoor air or sucking in outdoor air into the office, the advanced filter systems in place mean that you’re always breathing in pure, clean air – free from irritants, dust, many viruses and pollutants.
As you can imagine, the result of these incredibly efficient air conditioning filters includes better health for our families, less airborne illness in an office, lower respiratory infections in hospitals and schools, and a stream of healthy oxygenated air to allow us to function at our best.
If you are considering a new air conditioner at home, or your office aircon is not as efficient as it once was, we’d like to encourage you to chat with the Toshiba team. Let us assist you in choosing the best air conditioner with the most effective filters for your space.