Air. It is pretty much well – everywhere. We spend our entire lives breathing in air, so why don’t we make sure we are breathing the best air possible.
One way to do this is to use an air purifier. Let’s take a look at what an air purifier is, and why it benefits you and everyone else breathing purified air.
What Makes Indoor Air Dirty?
Besides the fact that we are breathing out germs all of the time, there are also other things that can make indoor air dirty.
According to the World Health Organization, the very simple act of cooking adds pollution to the air in our homes and we don’t even realize it!
Next, think about opening and closing doors or windows. This allows the outside “dirty” air inside our homes. We often think of the air inside our homes as clean, but this is simply not the case.
What is an Air Purifier?
An air purifier purifies, filters, and cleans the air we are breathing. It does this by taking the bad things out of the air. All air purifiers perform the same function.
First they intake dirty air. Next they clean it, and output nice clean air that is pleasant to breathe.
Types of Air Purifiers
There are a several different types of air purifiers, and while they all serve the same function, there are some slight differences in features.
- Filters. We hear a lot about HEPA filters, which are supposed to be the gold standard of air filtration. HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate air, which means it takes particles out of the air in a very efficient manner. There are many different types of filters you can find in a air purifier.
- Ionic. Remember The Sharper Image? Their Ionic Breeze air purifier started the home air purifier rage. They use electrical charge to basically attract the particles in the air.
- UV. Ultraviolet air purifiers rid the air of germs and viruses – they are best when used in conjunction or added on to another type of air purifier.
To read more about different types of air purifiers be sure to check out this article. While there are other types, filters and ionic based air purifiers are a great balance between cost and function.
Remember, an air purifier needs to be cleaned or maintained like any other device in your home. If you have a very bad dust allergy, you may want to ask someone else to do the cleaning for you. If not, be sure to wear a mask and gloves, and wash your hands right after you finish cleaning your air purifier.
If you choose an air purifier with filters, the filters will need to be washed or changed. Ionic air purifiers will have to be cleaned with a soft cloth.
Benefits of Air Purifiers
We talked a little bit about what air purifiers do – they remove things we don’t want from the air. We also know we have to take care of them, so why would we want to add that extra maintenance burden to our lives?
Air purifiers and air filters help us in a number of main ways.
Air purifiers remove household allergens like pet dander, dust, and pollen that comes in from open windows and doors.
Air purifiers are great for people with allergies.
Air purifiers remove particles in the air from indoor air pollution sources like cooking.
Air purifiers can remove cooking smells from the air!
When equipped with a UV light, air purifiers will kill things like germs and viruses.
This helps us stay healthy, and not get sick!
Of course, air purifiers can be an investment depending on what your requirements are. Now that we have talked about these benefits, let’s take a look at how they translate to particular rooms.
Benefits of Air Purifier in Bedroom
We spend so much time sleeping. If you are an allergy sufferer, an air purifier in your bedroom is a must have, since we spend so much of our lives sleeping.
Have a dust mite allergy? Check out our guide to allergy friendly bedding to help you sleep better.
They are also great to make sure your bedroom stays smelling nice and fresh, no matter what is going on in your house from pets to cooking.
Benefits of Air Purifier in Office
Next to our bedroom, we spent a lot of time in the office. Once again, if you suffer from environmental allergies like dust, this will help you feel much better.
Dust can be a major factor depending on how often your office is cleaned, and of course doors and windows let pollen in.
It also helps when someone burns popcorn!
Benefits of Air Purifiers in the Home
Besides your bedroom, the benefits of air purifiers can be seen wherever you spend a good amount of time. Think about putting an air purifier in your living room or family room if you are trying to decide where to make the investment.
There are many benefits to a room air purifier, no matter where you place it. If you suffer from seasonal or environmental allergies, the benefits of an air purifier will be seen immediately when you add one to your home or office.