Air purifiers aid in protections against a dirty reality
Every homeowner is susceptible to indoor toxins like dust, smoke, odors, pollen, and smoke. Once these tiny particles are floating in the air, they can stay there for hours. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air quality can be five times as polluted as outdoor air. That’s a dirty reality, but investing in an air purifier could benefit your health and improve your indoor air quality.
Air purifiers usually consist of a filter or multiple filters and a fan that sucks in and circulates air. As air moves through the filter, pollutants and particles are captured, and the clean air is pushed back out into the living space.
Most household air purifiers contain high-efficiency particulate air HEPA filters. These filters meet the Department of Energy’s standard and can theoretically remove at least 99.97% of dust, pollen, mold, bacteria, and any airborne particles circulating in your home environment.
Removing these pollutants can lead to several immediate and long-term benefits. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 12 people has asthma. Air purifiers aid in relieving symptoms of asthma. Other benefits include eliminating harmful chemicals, neutralizing
unpleasant odors, improving sleep.
One of the most asked questions is if it helps with reducing the common cold. The short answer is yes. Airborne diseases such as the common cold and flu are spread through tiny pathogens floating around. When one family member catches the flu, it’s not uncommon for the rest of the family to get sick as well. This happens because everyone is breathing the same air that’s infected with bacteria and viruses.
Air purifiers with HEPA filters capture these bacteria and viruses. When you remove the cause of airborne diseases, you safeguard yourself and your family from them.
Whether you have a pet, a weakened immune system, or allergies, an air purifier might be worth the investment. Do your research and find what type of air purifier would fit your needs, and remember they are not an “end-all” solution.
ENERGY STAR certified room air purifiers are 40% more energy efficient than standard models, saving consumers about 225 kWh/year and $30 annually on utility bills. These savings could add up to $235 the purifier’s lifetime!
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