Do You REALLY Need an Air Purifier?

Should You Be Buying An Air Purifier?

Are you wondering if an air purifier is for you? Unsure if you should buy one for your home? Read more about buying an air purifier now!
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Do You REALLY Need an Air Purifier in Your Life?

Here’s a shocking fact: according to research from MIT, air pollution causes about 200,000 early deaths a year in the U.S alone.

Scarily, it’s even been linked to adverse health effects on unborn babies, such as pre-term births and life-long conditions like asthma and autism.

These, plus other health hazards, are connected to breathing in everything from household cleaning products to dust, and purchasing a reliable air purifier seems like a no-brainer. Indeed, experts say that some of the newly released air purifier models can be very helpful to your health.

Still, you might be asking yourself…

Are air purifiers really worthwhile, and should I actually bother getting one?

In my personal opinion,

The answer is yes. Here are some of the reasons why air purifiers are an asset in your home.

The Basics

Air Purifiers—the Basics

Air purifiers are devices used to get rid of any contaminants1  in the air—like smoke, dust, odours, VOCs, pollen, and pet dander—by using various modes of air purification.

That said, there are five main types of air purifiers:

#1. Air Filters

These use a paper, fibre, or mesh filter to trap unwanted particles like dust and dander. You have to replace and clean the filters regularly if you want them to work correctly. These filters also include the High-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters. So, if you’re looking to get rid of the dust in your home, be sure to check these out.

#2. Electrostatic Air Filters

Electrostatic air filters use electrically charged panels or screens to trap particulates. They work similarly to the ionizers or the ion-generating air cleaners by attaching electrically charged ions to debris, dust, and other pollutants, making the particles bulkier and causing them to drop from the air.

#3. Activated Carbon Filters

These types of filters get rid of gases and odours with activated carbon or a similar product. You can’t find them in most home air purifiers, and they often have a short lifespan. They also may not get rid of specific gases like carbon monoxide. Nevertheless, they do help to give you a fresh, crisp indoor environment.  

#4. UV Light

The UV light in these purifiers destroys biological impurities like mould spores and bacteria. Still, there’s no guarantee it can make your indoor haven completely germ-free.

The light can’t get rid of particles such as dust and dander, so you should use it in conjunction with a filtering device.

#5. Ozone Generators 

These either use the UV light or an electrical discharge to generate ozone, which is effective at eliminating mould spores, mildew, and other air impurities. However, ozone is a gas that can lead to or aggravate serious health issues, including lung damage and asthma, so you should only use these generators professionally in exceptional cases where other options won’t do the job.

Why are Air Purifier Essential

Why Are Air Purifiers Essential Assets?

You won’t find a single air purifier that’s right for everyone. All you need to do is get one that will help solve problems in your home’s specific environment. If you’re prone to allergies, look for one that can get rid of all the allergens invading your space. Read about this allergy machine air purification system.

Let me tell you more:

Most air purifier models feature a fan that sucks air through a filter (or combination of filtering options) to clean it. You’ll want to look for one with a clean-air delivery rate (the measurement of its cleaning speed), or CADR, of at least 300. Because I’ll be honest with you, any air purifier with a frequency below 100 is an overpriced fan. 

The higher the CADR, the more particles the purifier can eliminate, and the more space it will be able to clean. According to tests conducted by Consumer Reports, some purifiers are excellent at cleansing the air of particulates like dust, pollen, mould spores, and smoke. Other units can get rid of all the gaseous pollutants from indoor air, including the notorious volatile organic compounds (VOCs2 ).

Simply put,

A high-quality purifier might help those with allergies or other respiratory problems, although there’sn’t sufficient medical evidence to connect all air purifiers with 100% improvement of your health.

In addition to the CADR, it’s imperative to look into the room size guidelines. Typically, the more affordable air purifiers can only clean one room at a time—sometimes your bedroom. What makes these systems worthwhile is that you can effortlessly move them from room to room for the best purification services. However, to filter the air in a more open area, you’ll probably have to look at the bigger, more expensive units or a household-wide system.

Moreover…

You have to ensure that you clean and replace the filters often, or the system’s purifying power will be significantly diminished. If your model doesn’t come with a washable filter, you’ll have to factor in the extra costs of replacements over the life of your unit—some of which can cost $100 or more per filter.

Some units also work under high fan speeds, which are both noisy and energy-consuming. Consumer Reports recommends that you get a more extensive air purification system and run it at a lower speed to minimise noise without sacrificing efficiency (check out this small HEPA filter). Buying one that’s Energy-Star certified can also save you a couple of bucks.  

Other Vital Factors

Other Ways to Clean the Air in Your Home

As indicated above, air purifiers are an essential asset, but you can’t rely on them alone. According to the EPA, the most practical way to improve your indoor air quality is by minimising pollutants and ventilating your home with outdoor air. Read about indoor air pollution in this article.

You can also try:

  • Using a vacuum with a HEPA filter to clean your home often and thoroughly.
  • Maintaining your HVAC3  system and replacing or cleaning filters consistently.
  • Keeping your furry friends well-groomed to minimise shedding and dander.
  • Avoiding smoking indoors and limiting the use of wood-burning fireplaces and candles.
  • Using exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathroom.
  • Removing your shoes at the door to avoid tracking in pollen, bacteria, and other contaminants.
  • Avoiding household items with VOCs like cleaners, paints, and furniture.
  • Investing in household plants like the English Ivy, Snake plant, or the Peace Lily to help you deal with all the pollutants in your home.

Common Questions

Do Air Purifiers Really Work?

Are Home Air Purifiers Worth It?

Why Do People Buy Air Purifiers?

How Long Does It Take An Air Purifier To Clean A Room?

In Conclusion

Before you go and shop for an air purifier, you might want to consider other economical ways to clean the air in your home. If having an air unit is still the best solution, you should buy one that will offer you the best filtration for common pollutants in your home, is the right size for your space, and is easy on your wallet. So, consider everything before deciding on one, it’ll be beneficial to you and your family as well!

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Mark-Johnson

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Mark Johnson
Cleaner Living Expert

Mark has discovered how a clean environment can help in preventing certain air born diseases, allergies and asthma. These days, Mark’s mission is to help businesses, individuals, and families find easy solutions for creating a healthy and safe work and living space, no matter your health condition.