Here’s what you need to know about air purifier systems for reducing mold in indoor spaces.
While indoor transmission of the COVID-19 virus has captured public attention for much of the last two years, other airborne biological pathogens can potentially pose a risk to our health. Molds, which are a common fungal growth, are often present in indoor spaces.
Mold spores in indoor air are linked to allergic reactions, serious illness, and lower quality of life. The good news is that air purifiers can help mitigate the risks and reduce the presence of mold indoors. Here’s what you need to know about air purifier systems for reducing mold in indoor spaces.
Indoor air and mold – what’s the risk?
Molds are organic fungal growth. They thrive in damp, moist spaces, meaning that they’re commonly found in bathrooms, areas in a structure where pipes may be leaking, and even within HVAC systems.
When mold spores are present in high levels in indoor air, they can cause unpleasant allergic reactions ranging from mild to severe. According to the CDC, people may experience nose and throat irritation, dizziness, headaches, and other symptoms when in an indoor space with a heavy mold presence.
Although the connection hasn’t been definitively scientifically proven yet, some people living in mold-heavy environments report experiencing symptoms including fatigue and “brain fog,” meaning increased difficulty in focusing and memory.
For people with preexisting chronic health conditions and compromised immune systems, mold can be deadly. At Seattle Children’s Hospital, infections caused by mold spores were linked to the deaths of six patients. Tragically, a 7-year-old boy recently died after exposure to mold in the apartment with his family. While deaths related to mold are rare, they do occur.
Reducing levels of mold in your home, office, classroom, or business is critical in order to protect your health and the well-being of everyone who comes into your space.
Do air purifiers work for mold?
Yes, there are purification systems for indoor air that are effective against mold, but you must select the right system. Not every air purifier will be able to remove mold from the air you breathe – the efficacy of an air purifying device against mold is dependent upon its technology.
Hydrogen peroxide, a common chemical compound found in cleaning products, toothpaste, and even hair treatments, is super powerful against mold. It’s safe to breathe in small amounts and highly effective at removing mold from indoor air.
Air purifier for mold vs air purifier for other pollutants
Filter-based air purifiers, which use filters with tiny holes that catch airborne contaminants much like a net, are typically ineffective against molds. Mold spores are tiny, and it’s unlikely that they will get caught within the filter due to their microscopic size. While air filters can snag larger airborne particles, like pet hair and dust, they can’t stop viruses and other biological pathogens from circulating in your indoor air.
Ultraviolet light, also known as UV-C light, does have the ability to kill mold. However, air purification systems that use UV light utilize fussy, expensive bulbs, which need frequent upkeep and replacing. Naturally, these bulbs also use plenty of electricity, which can potentially drive up utility bills at your site.
The ideal air purifier to remove mold
The best air purifier for mold uses advanced technology to not just reduce the presence of mold but actively stop and neutralize it in its tracks.
In a unique field experiment, Tadiran’s hydrogen peroxide-based air purifier TADIRAN AIROW™ was used to clean the air in a movie theater that had been shuttered during the pandemic. After so long without regular maintenance, the air inside the cinema was heavily polluted with mold.
After three days of running TADIRAN AIROW, researchers found an average reduction of almost 88% in molds. During the first sampling of the theater’s air, 338 varieties of mold were found. But after three days of operating AIROW, just 42 remained.
Notably, one week after the experiment ended and TADIRAN AIROW was no longer activated, researchers tested the air once again and discovered that the number of molds had plunged to just 13. That means that TADIRAN AIROW’s mold-eradicating power continued to actively cleanse the air, even after the device was turned off.
In additional FDA-cleared lab tests, TADIRAN AIROW was proven to dramatically reduce levels of biological contaminants including molds, viruses, and bacteria by up to 99.998%. The device works via unique proprietary technology that transforms water molecules already present in the air into pathogen-eradicating hydrogen peroxide.
If you’d like to learn more about how hydrogen peroxide can help you ensure that your space is virtually mold-free, get in touch with us. We’d love to show you how TADIRAN AIROW can help reduce the risks of mold in your indoor space.