Air purifiers are extremely underrated. I’m starting to believe it’s because not enough people in the city actually know what their benefits are! The air quality in your home can have unimaginable effects on you. If you’re constantly living in a poor air quality environment, the affects will slowly start to creep up on you.
The littlest things can truly make a difference within your everyday life. If you find yourself struggling with asthma, difficulty sleeping or wanting to protect yourself from any airborne diseases, an air purifier might be your best purchase this summer!
What Is An Air Purifier & How does it work?
An air purifier is pretty self-explanatory. It purifies any air that is filled with harmful pollutions, residues, or toxins that result in poor air quality. The most common air purifiers contain HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filters that trap 99.97% of particles that are 0.3 microns (the most penetrating particle size according to scientists).
Firstly, the purifier draws the air from the room in to capture the particles. The air then passes through different filters that catch the various pollutants. Depending on the performance of your air purifier, it can treat different volumes of air (small or large bedrooms). For the best results over time, always have the air purifier on and purchase one for each living space!
Relieves Symptoms of Asthma
Pollen levels are through the roof this summer, and I know that many of us are suffering. Breathing in polluted air increases the chances of asthma attacks and investing in an air purifier that traps those particles might be the best thing you do!
If you’ve been struggling to get a good night’s rest lately, this might be your new best friend! Indoor allergens such as bacteria, fungi, and dust mites can trigger frequent sneezing, coughing, nose congestion, watery eyes, or sore throat that can disrupt your sleeping patterns. Eliminating these factors can contribute to an overall better sleep!
Removes Harmful Radon
Radon is a colourless and odourless gas that emits from building materials like rocks, soil, and granite. The carcinogenic radon gas leaks into your environment through cracks in the floors, walls or plasterwork, so make sure to look out for these things! Radon gas can damage the cell linings of the lungs and ultimately lead to cancer.
Reduces The Chances of Airborne Diseases
Air purifiers capture all the bacterias and viruses that live in the air and we all know very well by now that when one person in the family is sick, others get it too! This happens because you’re all breathing in the same infected air and having an air purifier can lessen the risk of infection!
Eliminates Harmful Chemicals From Indoor Environments
Harmful outdoor pollutants like nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide are everywhere in the city and even when we shut our door, they still come creeping in! In addition, if you still haven’t switched to all-natural cleaning products, the regular cleaning supplies have toxic chemicals such as ammonia, chlorine, and phthalates that the purifier can clear out!
Neutralizes Unpleasant Odours
If its not uncommon for you to be smelling unpleasant odours in your downtown condo, a purifier will take that all away! Also, everyday volatile organic compounds (VOCs) tend to have an odour and are commonly found in paints, aerosol sprays and upholstered furniture. VOCs can cause nausea, breathlessness, and even affect your cognitive functions! Not to mention, a purifier can take away the odours of cooking oil and spices too!
An Air Purifier Can Even Increase Your Life Expectancy!
A Couple Things To Consider…
Not only does a particular air purifier filter matter, but also:
- Size: you can chose from various tower sizes and models, but in the typical Toronto small living space, its best to go with an effective portable style!
- Noise Level: noise level is important, especially if you have the purifier running at night! Some people find the noise calming but, there are many that also prioritize sound levels too!
- Settings: More upper-scale purifiers offer a variety of different setting to cater to each room atmosphere. Some models can include different filters for different needs and different strength levels that can effect the noise level in the room!
The air filters should be changed every 3 months, averaging a total of $120-$150 per year (depending on the filter). In regards to your yearly energy spending, they say expect around $60-$70!