The United States EPA warns of the effects indoor pollution has on our health, from short term issues like dizziness to long term disease development. Because of habits such as smoking along with car exhaust fume particles and allergens, the air we breathe in our homes can negatively impact our health. Air purifiers work by drawing old and polluted air through a filter to purify it and remove toxins.
By installing an air purifier, you can actually reduce toxin buildup by circulating clean air. Here at Enlighten, we’ve compiled a succinct list of the ways in which an air purifier can improve your quality of life at home.
1. They clean the air of households containing smokers or open fire.
Whether you’re a smoker, you live with one, or you own an open fireplace, you can expect to inhale various levels of carbon monoxide —— or in the case of cigarettes, harmful chemicals. Tobacco smoke can cause serious health side effects such as bronchitis and asthma. Secondhand smoke can also be damaging to children whose lungs are more vulnerable as they develop.
The beauty of the air purifier is that it helps to remove the harmful parts of the smoke. A HEPA filter can remove more than half of the damaging particles produced by cigarette smoke which get trapped in the filter. This also helps remove the risk factor of secondhand smoke, which you can inhale if you live with a smoker.
2. They reduce symptoms of asthma by removing dust from the air.
Asthma is characterized by the tightening of the chest which can make breathing difficult. Asthma is prone to get worse when agitated by certain allergies due to animals, dust mites, and mold spores. These harmful irritants can be removed with an air purifier, relieving you of asthma flare-ups around the home.
Because air purifiers work by filtering particles in the air, they prevent a build-up of dust by removing it before it settles. This then encourages better respiratory health which is crucial for those with asthma. And as a bonus, it helps to keep your home fresh and clean.
3. They tackle natural gasses in the home which build up when not aired out.
We’re constantly surrounded by natural gasses produced by organic materials, whether it’s carbon monoxide from our own breath or radon emitted from our environment (such as from soil, rocks, and water). However, a buildup of some of these natural gasses can have harmful effects, such as radon.
Radon enters the home and workspace through gaps in the floor and cracks in the bricks and plaster which can be a problem if you are living in an area rich with radon. With an air purifier, the toxins are unable to build up within your home thanks to continuously circulating clean, filtered air which means you’ll be exposed less to these high levels of radon.
4. They decrease the external pollution of diesel exhaust fumes within the home.
Despite airing out our homes by opening the windows for fresh air, we’re still vulnerable to pollutants. This is especially true when you breathe in air through your window from a nearby street that can contain car exhaust fume particles and other “nasties.”
Particles created by diesel car engines have been shown to have significant health consequences, as warned by WHO (World Health Organisation). In order to lower the impact of this pollutant within the home, an air purifier works to filter the particles out of the air to avoid inhalation.
5. They protect those vulnerable to catching viruses and illnesses.
Owning an air purifier helps to keep those vulnerable to diseases and illnesses safe from the spreading of bacteria within the home. It can protect the elderly, the weak, and those susceptible to viruses and illnesses by cleaning airborne bacteria from around the house.
Because viruses typically spread through the air, especially when sneezing and coughing, an air purifier will diminish the bacteria within the air we breathe. While it can’t eliminate the risk of transmission and contamination through surface bacteria, it will significantly lower the risk.
6. They help to reduce allergic reactions by ridding the air of irritants.
We’re constantly surrounded by potential allergens both outside and inside our own homes. By removing potential agitation caused by things such as pets, pollen, dust mites, and mold spores, you can lower the level of allergens in your home.
By removing particles from the air emitted by animals and other allergens, an air purifier ensures less annoying symptoms. Allergic reactions can diminish thanks to the circulation of clean air that has been filtered of potential irritants.
7. They help to lower the carbon dioxide levels in the home.
Our homes contain levels of carbon dioxide produced from our breath (as well as our pets’ breath). If you don’t air your house out, these levels build up. This leads to feelings of drowsiness and lightheadedness as the body doesn’t receive enough oxygen.
With the air filter, fresh air will be constantly circulating through the house, meaning that the oxygen content will be higher. This will effectively lower the level of carbon monoxide and improve your life quality and health while at home.
8. They’re great at reducing odors around the home by keeping the air fresh.
There are some smells and odors we can do without, whether they be from cooking or our pets. If you are unable to easily ventilate your home, then an air purifier can help to remove these unwanted odors.
Whether these odors are simply unpleasant or they pose more serious health threats, causing allergies and asthma, filtering the air of unwanted particles will improve the air you breathe.
9. They help to safely remove pesky bugs from around the home.
Air purifiers can get rid of insects and bugs that can be hard to remove such as dust mites and mosquitos. Both can be irritating to live with, but mosquitos carry an extra risk of disease transmission and are great at disturbing a good night’s sleep.
You can remove bugs more effectively with an air purifier than you can by using a toxic bug killer that will invite new toxins into your home.
10. They improve mood levels by providing you with fresh air.
It’s been proven that using an air purifier can lead to a more positive mood as you become less agitated while breathing clean air. Many of us experience seasonal depression or seasonal affective disorders (SAD), however, using an air filter can elevate your mood.
Using “ionizing” air filters that produce “negative ions” is advised because they’re responsible for improving our mood. Clearly, for the best results, an ionizing filter is the way to go!
Do you have an air purifier? If so, how has it improved your quality of life at home? We’d love to hear how it has positively affected your life, whether you’re living with allergies, asthma, or simply like to keep the air you breathe fresh.