Is buying an air purifier worth it?
Want proof? Go over to your TV and look at all the dust that is sitting on it. Wipe that dust off with your finger. Look closely at it and realize that the nasty dust on your finger was once in your air. Would you want that in your body?
If that doesn’t make you want to buy an air purifier, then sit tight because we have more reasons why it is worth it to get an air purifier.
Allergies – No Duh
This may not blow your mind, but a huge reason to get an air purifier is if you have allergies or asthma, but there’s more to it.
If you have dust mite allergies, then the first thing you do is not get an air purifier but instead a Mattress Encasement (***ad). The bedding is where your most prominent issue is and not the air, but that doesn’t mean you should not get an air purifier too.
Pollen, pet dander, particles of bugs like roaches, and even feces can float around in the air and make you sick. These things can trigger people to have runny noses, watery eyes, and all the other joys of allergies.
These allergies can be helped with an air purifier that has a HEPA Filter. Keep in mind that if you do get an air purifier, it won’t always be a magic bullet to cure your allergies, but it does help.
Bad Odors – The Biggest Reason
It’s worth it if your home always has a bad odor in it.
I’m looking at you litter box!
The trick with bad odors is getting an air purifier that has a carbon filter as HEPA Filters are meant for pollen and other allergens.
I like using mine in the kitchen as I’m known to burn food; also, the trash can lives there too. I have the trash can with the lid on it along with that I buy the scented trash bags to cut down on the stink. After doing all of that, my trash can still smell, which pushed me to get the air purifier in the first place.
I recommend checking out the GermGuardian AC4825 3-in-1 Air Purifier as it has a Carbon Prefilter to help with odors.
The Bad News
I say air purifiers are worth it, but you must understand it won’t be this magical thing that cures it all for you.
Another bit of bad news is that the air purifier will only clean what’s in the air, so all that stuff that has landed won’t be cleaned. So you’ll still need to dust, but not as much if you run the air purifier more often. You will even need to vacuum and use a vacuum with a HEPA filter on it too.
What To Buy
Let me start with what not to buy. Don’t buy those Ionizer Air Purifiers.
While ionizers do clean the air, they produce ozone, which is harmful to breathe. These ionizers are mostly Ozone Generators, which you’ll find professional detail shops use to clean inside of cars. This stuff is deadly to breathe in, and left alone can make someone who suffers from breathing issues sicker.
You want to stick to good old mechanical air purifiers that use a HEPA Filter. A HEPA filter is a must, but be careful of clever advertising and make sure it’s a right HEPA Filter and not a “like a HEPA Filter.”
I recommend checking out the Honeywell 50250-S True HEPA Air Purifier.
If the odor is a concern, then a carbon filter will be needed. You can often find models with both a HEPA filter and a carbon filter, which is ideal.
- Try to get the bigger air purifiers so that you can run them on the lowest setting while still getting the most out of it. These things can get noisy and its often best to run them near the highest setting. The faster you have the fan moving, the more air it can clean and keep dust from settling.
- For the best results, you should run the air purifier all the time and change the filters when the manufacturer recommends it. Since you have to run them all the time, look for models that are energy star certified.
- The filters need to be changed regularly. Not only the filter in the air purifier but also your home’s filter. If you’re going to be getting an air purifier, you might as well invest in a HEPA filter for your central air unit in your home.
- If you can ban smoking in the home, it will help greatly. An air purifier will help to cut down the smoke smell if you get one with a carbon filter, but it’s not perfect. The tar in cigarettes can get into many places and stick around for a long time.
- One great thing I found out about using my air purifier was when I got a new memory foam mattress. My new mattress smelled so bad, but using my air purifier, I was able to sleep through the smell and was not an issue a week later for me. I didn’t want to get rid of it as it slept so good! This is another thing; I’m finding many of the products we get today have a smell to it that I can’t get used to, and the air purifier helps with this.
- Since the air purifier can’t get all the dust, pollen, and pet dander that has fallen to the floor, I have picked up a robot vacuum to help me clean the floor. I can program it to run every day and combine with the air purifier makes the home feel so much cleaner. This might be too much for others, but it’s been great for me.
- I have a model that has a built-in UV light to kill germs in the air. It has a button to press to turn on the UV light, which I often do if someone in the home is sick. Even if it’s not perfect for killing the germs in the air, I still feel every little bit helps when you can’t miss days of work or other important events.
The Office – Your Co-Workers Are Smelly
I consider it a no-brainer that every office break room have an air purifier. Let’s be honest and say the people we work with often smell and the food they cook smell too.
Just pick up an air purifier for the office to keep everyone from going crazy. You can even get some models that have a UV light to kill the germs in the air. No point of everyone is getting sick, and since everyone goes to the break room might as well put it there to stop the nasty.