Believe it or not, your indoor air can be even more polluted than the air outside of your house. Hard to believe, I know, but it’s true. And since we spend most of our time indoors these days, we breathe this all in and it can affect our health adversely. It leaves us susceptible to many ailments, including allergies, asthma, and other respiratory issues.
However, if you use an air purifier to create cleaner, healthier air in your home, you can improve your health. But how do you choose the best air purifier for your home? We have some tips to help you make the right choice for your situation. First, let's talk about why air purifiers are important for your living space.
Why You Need An Air Purifier
Clean air equals better health. Does your pet fish swim in dirty water? No, of course not. That would kill it. Well, your home is your aquarium and your air affects you in a similar way. This is why you need an air purifier. Put simply, when your air is full of nasty things, so are you. When choosing an air purifier, you need to consider your indoor air quality needs. For instance, do you have allergies? If so, you want an air purifier designed to remove allergens from the air. These models usually have HEPA filters (High-Efficiency Particulate Air filters). These eliminate 99.97% of common airborne allergens that are 0.3 microns and larger. Things like pollen, dust, dust mites, mould spores, ragweed, and pet dander to name a few.
In the same way, if you suffer from asthma, you'll want an asthma air purifier or an odour and chemical air purifier if that is what triggers your symptoms. These models have odour and chemical filtration along with HEPA filters. Other models remove smoke, fireplace soot, and other fumes that irritate you.
As you can see, with many types available, it is important to choose the right kind of air purifier for your situation.
What Size Is Right?
To choose the right size air purifier for you, you simply need to know the square footage of the room you want to purify. A good way to do this is to measure the length and width of the area in feet and multiply the 2 numbers together. Then buy an air purifier with a recommended square foot coverage that matches. Also, keep in mind that these machines are designed to be clean one room only. If you have multiple rooms that you want to purify, you will need more than one air purifier.
What Features Should It Have?
Air purifiers come with many features these days. These features can include wheels and handles for portability, digital controls, filter change indicators, various fan speeds, remote controls, programmable timers, air quality sensors, and much more. Take a good look at the features and choose the right model based on your needs.
Where Should You Put It?
Different needs will dictate different placement areas for your air purifier, but the best place is generally in your bedroom because we spend so much time there. Air purifiers are designed to purify the air in one room only, so it's a good idea to use one for each room that you want the air cleaned in. One in your bedroom and one in your living room is a good idea.
How Hard Is It to Care For An Air Purifier?
Air purifiers are very easy to care for and maintain. If you are using one that has a filter, you should replace the filters when the manufacturer suggests. Some require a filter change once a year, others every two months. It varies by model. Some even have filters that you can clean yourself and put back. Others have no filter, instead using heat or ultraviolet light to purify your air and kill germs.
With these tips it should be a breeze to choose the right air purifier for you so that you can breathe easy.
By Connor Flynn