The Second Wind Air Purifier - Designed as a Whole House Solution

The Second Wind Air Purifier is a leader in ultraviolet air cleaning technology for both residential and commercial uses.

This company was first to introduce dual wave length technology which increased the performance of UV air purification. Most recently, this manufacturer has added photo-catalytic advances to its production process.

Second Wind Air Purifier

The Second Wind line has been produced since 1990. The company focuses on exhaustive testing and features its reputation for reliability and for high performance. While many air purifier manufacturers seem to produce the same models year after year, Second Wind Air Purifier is quick to add new technological advances to its product line.

The advertising focus of the company is placed on the quality claims for its products. There are no comparisons with other brands as the company claims the Second Wind Air Purifier products stand on their own merits.

Indoor Air Pollution

Indoor air pollution is a fairly recent concern for consumers. Our parents and grandparents didn't worry about the air quality in their homes. If the air indoors was stale or permeated with cooking odors, it was easy to open the windows and let in fresh air.

For apartment and condo dwellers living in city high rises today, there may be fixed windows that can't be opened. Single family residences have been solidly insulated to reduce the costs of heating and cooling.

Our insistence on comfort has led us to create a bubble of indoor air that is recycled constantly as it is heated and cooled, humidified and de-humidified. We now control the air in our homes - and we created new problems along the way.

Without an exchange of air between indoor and outdoor spaces, the particulates added to the air indoors gradually reduce the quality of the air we are breathing. The bacteria or virus spread by a sneeze, pet dander, dust mites, chemical fumes from treated upholstery and carpet and the fibers released by fabrics - add particles that we breathe into our lungs indoors.

We may not notice bad air indoors until we notice odors of cooking, dampness or chemicals that make the air smell old and stale. People with allergies may notice they have more sneezing and congestion at home than any other place. The odor and allergens are the two most common reasons given for buying an air purifier. Second Wind air purifier units address both of these concerns.

How It Works

Ultraviolet light is germicidal and kills mold, bacteria and viruses. It is known as UV-C and has been in use since the 1930's for water treatment and in hospitals and laboratories. UV-C is used to treat aquariums and provide safety in meat packing plants and dairy operations.

Photo-catalytic oxidation creates high energy UV light and provides a catalyst. When the UV light reaches the catalyst the resulting reaction releases a molecule composed of oxygen and hydrogen. The end result is hydroxyl radicals that reduce and eliminate odors, chemical fumes and gases in the air.

The Second Wind air purifier focuses on removing health hazards from the air in your home. Filtration systems in other air purifiers will reduce particles floating in the air but do little to fight bacteria and other organisms that can cause health problems for your family.

You can add a Second Wind air purifier to a room where an air purifier with a filtration system is already in place to further improve the room air by killing micro-organisms and neutralizing gases.

If you prefer, you can choose a Second Wind unit that will provide a stand alone solution for all of the concerns of indoor air quality. The model 9000 manages particulates, bacteria and viruses and also VOCs (volatile organic compounds).

Safety and Maintenance

The Second Wind air purifier is a Class II medical device that is registered with the EPA and is UL listed. The products have been tested in university settings and by private testing facilities to document both effectiveness and safety.

Though the units are essentially maintenance free in daily use, the consumer will need to replace the high intensity ultraviolet lamps every two years. This is not a do it yourself project but requires an HVAC professional for installation.

The air purifier is inexpensive to operate and uses the energy of a 75 watt light bulb. Commercial models have higher energy usage depend on size of the unit. The fan should run continuously to maintain air quality.

Some air purifiers can be set to run on high when rooms are not occupied and then turned off to decrease background noise when a room is in use. Second Wind advises consumers to run the unit 24/7 so that clean air is a constant in the home.

The whole house Second Wind air purifier is not as expensive as you might think. The 2000 series starts at less than $400 but will not address the problem of particulates in the air. Even the high end 9000 model which includes a particulate filter system can be purchased for $550. Replacement bulbs are about $45 each so maintenance costs are not a major factor.

Summary

The Second Wind air cleaner is designed as a whole house solution to combat the dangerous gases and biohazards that are present today in trapped air indoors. Reasonably priced, these products are excellent for improving the safety of the air we breathe in our homes.

If dust, pet dander and other particulates are a problem in the air throughout your house, the best method may be to use the whole house air purifier in conjunction with a high quality room air purifier with a true HEPA filter or a multiple particulate filtration system.

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