For the respiratory puritan in each of us, air purification hits high on the list of home and office necessities when smoggy clutter riddles your breathing space. Since fighting the smokestack and tailpipe grime in the air is just one of the ways we like to perpetuate green-living, this week’s gander in the GreenerReview takes a look at what Airfree Air Purifiers does to make your breathing environment that much cleaner.
Removing spores and microorganisms from the air is one thing, but doing it in an environmentally savvy way is another. In contrast to conventional air filters, Airfree air purifiers subvert the need for replaceable filters by sterilizing air that passes through its patented heat modules (as a clarification: where air filters remove particulates, purifiers such as Airfree sterilize the air with heat, without increasing the room temperature). Airfree’s air purifier designs do away with replaceable filters, thereby eliminating excessive replacement waste. Since the components of Airfree air purifiers are recyclable, further waste potential is cut in half if the need to toss your purifier arises. While each purifier’s components are recyclable, the actual purification process reduces potentially harmful purification byproducts such as Ozone. Airfree air purifiers use a ceramic heating element which sterilizes the air that’s passed through it with temperatures of 400°F.
Studies conducted by the accredited EMSL laboratory show that Airfree purifiers can reduce up to 85% of airborne bacteria and 70% of airborne mold spores in a room. Several other studies conducted in real working conditions show an average reduction of airborne microorganisms of 85-95%. Free of cadmium, mercury and lead, Airfree constructs its purifiers with an energy efficient thermodynamic sterilization system which emits zero V.O.C.s (Volatile Organic Compounds), and is the only purification system which actually reduces indoor Ozone up to 26%.
As dapper as their air purifiers may be, we spoke to the folks at Airfree just to see if their greenery stops at air purification … and it doesn’t. Operating out of offices in Portugal and Brazil, Airfree not only takes pride in purifying air, but its environmental footprint as well. While employees in Brazil commute using ethanol fueled vehicles, bikes or public transport, their entire Portugal-based staff commute using public transport. Over the past 5 years, Airfree has actively reduced its gross paper waste production by 70% as a result of keeping 90% of yearly sales and marketing meetings paperless. And, despite the staggering leap across the Atlantic from one office to the other, video conferencing and online calls have greatly reduced the travel footprint made by the company each quarter. Working for the environment in-house and one breath at a time, Airfree gets our Green Thumbs way up.