Salt Lamps and How They Contribute to Air Purification 

Salt Lamps and How They Contribute to Air PurificationWith all the contaminants that thrive in Martin County’s warm, humid climate, any extra air purification you can get is helpful. Himalayan salt lamps look like a good way to add a touch of style to your home and clean your air, but these lamps don’t necessarily work as advertised.

How Salt Lamps Affect Your Air

The proposed science behind salt lamps seems plausible. In theory, because salt attracts moisture, salt lamps should attract water molecules in the air. These water molecules could hold air pollutants such as pollen, mold spores, and bacteria. So as heat from the salt lamp evaporates the water, the pollutants are left clinging to the lamp. Although salt lamps might remove some contaminants this way, the effect on your air quality will be negligible.

The other suggested benefit of these lamps is the negative ions they produce. Negative ions create that fresh smelling air after a storm and they’re known to relieve symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). The amount of negative ions salt lamps produce, however, is almost too small to measure.

More Efficient Air Purification

To more effectively clean your home’s air, your first step should be upgrading your A/C’s air filter. Look for a filter with a MERV between 5 and 11. Change the filters according to the manufacturer’s recommendations to keep them working efficiently.

For additional air cleaning, consider having a whole-house air purification system installed. These systems combine purification methods such as an electronic precipitator to trap tiny particles filters miss, a carbon filter to remove odor-causing gases and harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and UV light to neutralize bacteria and viruses.

Controlling your indoor humidity also reduces the amount of microorganisms in your air. If your home has moisture problems, a whole-house dehumidifier can help.

If your decor needs a boost, air-cleaning house plants, such as the peace lily and florist’s chrysanthemum, will do more for your home’s air than a salt lamp.

For efficient air purification in your home, contact us at NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating in the Martin County and Indian River County area.

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