Noise pollution adversely affects the lives of millions of people. Multiple studies have shown the direct links between noise and health.
According to one study, around 50,000 people in just the European Union die prematurely each year from heart attacks caused by traffic noise. Another study showed that people living in streets with average noise levels above 65-70dB, the average risk of heart disease is 20% higher than for people living in quieter streets.
Other problems that have been proven to be related to noise include stress related illnesses, high blood pressure, speech interference, hearing loss, sleep disruption, and lost productivity.
Traditional filter-based air purifiers
Most air purifiers on the market use HEPA or Electrostatic filters, and these air purifiers typically create a noise of over 70dB at their most effective (highest) fan speed. Indeed, manufacturers tacitly recognise that this noise level is unbearably high in the home, so most have a ‘sleep’ / ‘quiet’ mode which makes them a little quieter but effectively cripples their effectiveness!
In other words, to use a traditional air purifier at its most effective fan speed, exposes people to a noise level similar to street traffic inside their home.
In fact, according to the World Health Organisation’s Night Noise Guidelines, above 40db (rainfall, a refrigerator or an air conditioner at 100 feet, a quiet suburb) of noise can have adverse health effects and noise at this level may well affect most people’s sleep.
So-called ‘silent’ air purifiers
You may have come across ‘silent’ air purifiers, these are air purifiers without a fan.
There are basically two types of ‘silent’ air purifier:
And then there is Airora …
This means that hydroxyls can reach every nook and cranny of a room within seconds, acting on all of the air and all exposed surfaces.
Dr Wyatt blogs on his lifetime's experience of Indoor Air Quality Issues.