Dust can be a plague on our homes and offices - making them look dirty as well as posing a health risk from bacteria and allergens.
It can be difficult to stay on top of dust, even with regular cleaning, as it is generated passively and continuously. Even if you don’t see any large gatherings of dust (dust bunnies) it is almost always present in the air.
But what is dust and how can an air purifier help?
How can an air purifier help with dust?
A Hoover air purifier won’t be able to sweep up or use a feather duster (which actually makes things worse!) but it can actively draw in and trap dust particles from the air before the dust gets a chance to settle on your surfaces or floors.
A HEPA(H13) filter is installed in every Hoover air purifier as part of the H-TRIFILTER three layer filtration system which captures and removes particles sized up to 0.1 microns and removes up to 99.97% of allergens up to 0.3 micron in the air, which not only includes dust but pollens and pollution as well.
Hoover air purifiers can purify a room in just 10 minutes* and will continue to monitor the air while it’s on. The multi-sensor monitors the air quality of the indoor air and accelerates the air purification if there’s a moderate or high level of particles in the air to bring it down to safer levels.
In summary, our H-PURIFIER range is the ultimate tool, along with a HEPA vacuum cleaner, for staying on top of domestic dust to give everyone who lives in the house clean air to breathe which can lead to fewer allergens, better quality of life and a sounder sleep.
Which H-PURIFIER is best for dust?
All of our air purifiers have dust capturing and HEPA filters as standard. All three are capable of drawing in and trapping household dust.
How to use an air purifier for dust effectively
An air purifier alone won’t tackle all of the dust in a home - so here are some tips to reduce it as much as possible
- Keep the air purifier working in the room with the most amount of traffic
- Regularly clean and groom pets, outside if possible
- Vacuum clean regularly with a Hoover that has a HEPA H13 filter
- Clean surfaces with a hygienic spray and a microfibre cloth
- Regularly clean hard to reach places such as behind sofas, computers, cabinets, skirting boards and behind the TV
- Move the air purifier periodically to new rooms
What is dust?
Dust is a term to describe small solid particles which can get released into the air where it can then settle on surfaces, or stay in the air and be inhaled. Dust can contain pollen, hair, dander (pet hair), textile fibres, soil and some pollution. Dust isn’t a term that describes one thing but a collection of materials.
The dust which is found in homes or offices is typically made of dead skin cells and pet dander, the latter making it a common allergen. These types of dust particles are not life threatening but they are a nuisance.
For asthmatics or people who are sensitive to allergies it can really bring down your quality of life.
Dead skin cells come off people rather easily, even with a simple stroke. Pets shed dander just as easily and pollen is an almost ever present problem - this makes dust a constant presence in the home even with regular cleaning.
The most harmful types of dust are nano-materials and toxic chemicals which can be released into the air such as mercury, lead, chromium and fentanyl. This type of dust is rare and commonly present in industrial zones but nonetheless worth mentioning. Wind can easily blow pollution around large distances.
Dust particles are small but are clearly visible when exposed to sunlight, they vary from 1 micron to 10 microns, more than large enough to be picked up by a Hoover air purifier.
Lastly, (dust) mites are attracted by dust as they consume dead skin cells - the dust mites themselves pose just as much, if not more, of a problem to those living in the house.
Is dust harmful?
Inhaling dust regularly makes people cough or sneeze as it gets in the airways and it can trigger allergic reactions.
Regular exposure to large levels of dust can make breathing a chore which can impact your day to day quality of life and sleep. This can be exaggerated in homes which are lived in more often than usual such as those who are housebound through disability, work from home, streaming or gaming for very long periods or in a home with large numbers of occupants.
Toxic and nano-materials are not only irritating but can damage the lungs quickly and lead to long-term health issues.
For people with breathing problems such as asthma, bronchitis or long covid dust can be a real nightmare. Those who are not typically allergic to dust can over time develop allergies through regular exposure.
*Considering an average UK living room of 20m2 (with a height of 2.4m), based on LABC UK data and a CADR of 330.