Modern homes and buildings are more than just shelter against the environment; they have become mini ecosystems in themselves, ones we can control if we have the right tools. Enter: the air purifier. This device has become as important as any other home appliance, optimizing the air we breathe, the indoor environment’s most vital component.
When shopping for a portable air purifier, be sure to get one that is ENERGY STAR® certified. They are 25% more energy-efficient than standard models, saving about 120 kWh/year. And you’ll want to make sure that you understand Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR), which is based upon the square footage of your room or area. Check out ENERGY STAR’s guide for matching a purifier’s CADR with room size . The higher the CADR, the more quickly the purifier can deliver clean air and the larger area it can serve.
And it will serve your air and your health well! Here’s how:
It Reduces Respiratory Symptoms
Untether yourself from the tissue box with an air purifier, which can filter out allergens, viruses, and bacteria, some of the biggest causes of respiratory problems. Look for purifiers like the Simply Conserve Tabletop Air Purifier that feature “True” HEPA H13 filters, not just “HEPA-like.” True HEPA filters are can trap airborne contaminants down to 0.3 microns in size, which is narrower than the width of a human hair (about 70 microns). These particles are too small to be caught by the hairs lining the nostrils and are difficult to exhale or sneeze out.
It Evicts Uninvited Guests
Our pets are loved and welcome members of the family, but their hair and dander are definitely not. And as all pet parents know, no matter how many times you vacuum or dust, fur will find its way into everything. Using a pre-filter, air purifiers can catch the fibers that cleaning might miss or that get kicked up into the air by the act of cleaning itself. Purifiers can also catch dust mites. These tiny, sightless orthopods hang out on dust and love feasting on dead skin cells. They can also cause rashes, sniffling, and other allergic reactions. Luckily, a pre-filter and a True HEPA H13 filter can evict these uninvited guests so you can breathe easier while enjoying the company of your furry, four-legged friends.
It Eliminates Odors
Sometimes, your house just smells bad. Maybe you burnt popcorn. Maybe a rodent got caught in between the walls and never found its way out. Or maybe you haven’t been able to attack the source of a mold problem. No matter the cause, an air purifier can neutralize nasty smells to keep spaces smelling fresh. Most purifiers trap volatile organic compounds like smoke, cleaning chemicals, and paint via a super absorbent carbon filter. And on top of just helping rooms smell better, ridding the air of these irritants can also reduce asthma symptoms.
Learn how AM Conservation can help make an air purifier part of your indoor ecosystem.