In the places we live, learn, and play, we often overlook something as basic as the air quality that we breathe in. Air purifiers are sometimes pitched as the best way to improve the air quality in your home as it can reduce the airborne pollutants (such as smoke, dust, pet dander and pollen) by as much as 99.7% depending on the filters used.
Here are three situations in which an air purifier could probably help you out.
1. Air purifiers can alleviate respiratory issues, allergies or asthma
Allergies suck. Period. For those who suffer from allergies, it is a debilitating condition that is triggered by the slightest exposure to dust or impurities in the air, especially if the allergens are airborne. Allergens such as pollen can cause a lot of discomfort particularly to those who are susceptible.
Many have noticed a reduction in symptoms when using an air purifier with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter designed to catch 99.7% of particles larger than 0.3 micrometers.
2. You have Pets
We love our pets, but they can be a handful. In addition, there's no such thing as a truly hypoallergenic pet. Even dogs that don't shed will release skin and dander into the air — and animals collect pollen and dust in their coats. You may not be allergic to your pets specifically, but that doesn't mean their fur won't cause problems.
High-quality air purifiers worth purchasing come with pre-filters that catch the big stuff, like pet hair, before it even gets to the main HEPA filter. Machines with carbon or charcoal filters that trap odor compounds may also be able to reduce pet smells.
3. Your house smells funny
Whether the smell is from smokers, dusty area, or kids being kids, the last thing you want is to be walking around pinching your nose.
Smells and odors can come from a variety of places due to various reasons. The effects of the smell can range from benign to nausea inducing variety. It is a problem mostly in houses that are old and neglected for a long time or those that have suffered damage like fires and flooding.
In such cases, the smell of smoke and wood rot is usually present in the air inside the building. An air purifier in your home has the ability to filter the air and get rid of nauseating odours allowing you to live a comfortable and fulfilling life.
While Air Purifiers can help improve your home's air quality, don't rely on them without taking additional steps. And definitely don't expect them to do more than they're designed for. They may be able to filter out dander, dust, smoke and pollen — but they can't clean your carpets, do your dishes or cook your meals.