Austin-Air air purifiers can be an effective temporary solution to a toxic black mold problem in your home, until you can fix the problem.
Here is something to think about. We eat and drink 4 to 5 or more times a day. But we breath air in and out every second of the day So in a way what we are breathing in is more important than what we are eating or drinking! If you are breathing in bad air, it is much more likely to have a negative impact on your health.
I call my Austin-Air air purifier my peripheral lung. It filters out all the things I do not want to be filtering out. Better the air filter than my lungs. My Austin-air helps me tolerate mold in buildings.
Why chose Austin-Air air purifiers? They are a reputable company that has been around for a long time. They are reasonably priced. You know exactly what you are getting both HEPA and carbon filters and in addition filters that even remove VOCs which can cause the many horrible mold symptoms. I like Austin-Air purifiers because they have the following features:
HEPA filters: These filters are very effective in removing mold spores from the air as long as the filter says that it filters particles as small as .3 microns. Most mold spores are 1 micron or larger. So a filter that catches particles as small as .3 microns would catch all mold spores. Some HEPA filters are more efficient than others in that all the air that goes in the unit passes through the filter. Some less expensive units might not be as efficient. So HEPA filters are very effective in removing mold spores as long as it is a good unit that has a good seal that pushes all the air that goes through the unit through the HEPA filter. This is what separates the less expensive units from the more expensive units. You want to look for units that say that there is a good seal to make the HEPA filter more efficient.
CFM . Another thing to look for in air purification units is called CFM which stands for cubic feet per minute. This tells how many cubic feet of air is purified per minute. The higher the number the more it changes the air per minute. Good units will deliver anywhere from 250 to 560 CFMs.
CARBON FILTERS. Carbon filters are very important for helping with a mold problem because the carbon will filter out the VOCs (ie mycotoxins) that the mold spores emmit very efficiently. The carbon filters need to have at least 11 lbs of loose activated carbon. Some units contain zeolite in addition to the carbon which is very effective at removing VOCs (mycotoxins) and chemicals from the air. This is very important for people with a mold problem because the VOC's (mycotoxins) are what is making people sick. By lessening the amount of mycotoxins you are breathing in, you will greatly be improving your condition. Mold remediation is still the best answer, but for those that are unable to remediate due to financial constraints, this may be the best temporary solution to ease symptoms of toxic mold exposure.
Steel construction. This is another thing to look for in a quality unit because steel is sturdier and there is no plastic off gassing.
Austin Air, uses all of the above technologies in their units and are reasonably priced. Also their filters have a 5 year life which is really great!