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5 Great Tips on Getting the Most out of Your Air Purifier
Air purifiers are tremendously helpful when it comes to preventing allergy attacks and respiratory illnesses. Not only do they purify the air by eliminating mold, pet dander, dust mites, dirt, and other allergens, they also help keep your home free of odors of all kinds. Air purifiers keep the indoor air fresh and as such, are great even for people who don't have allergies and respiratory problems!
But not all air purifiers are right for everyone and you can't just purchase a purifier and sit back expecting it to work its magic! If you're willing to learn how to get the most out of your air purifiers, read on.
Purchase the Right Air Purifier
If you haven't already got an air purifier or are planning to buy another one, it will do you good to choose one that's just right. You need to consider how big the area you want to use the purifier in is - a small or medium sized air purifier will work in the kitchen or bedroom while a larger one will be required for a big living room.
Furthermore, consider if you want to install an air purifier to simply better the quality of the indoor air or if you're installing one for a family member who has an allergy. For example, you may specifically require an air cleaner for dog hair and dander, or if suffering from multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS); one that effectively reduces volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in your environment. All air purifiers come with different filters and you cannot expect a filter to serve a purpose it wasn't designed for.
To reduce asthma or allergy symptoms, go for air purifiers with true HEPA filters and multi-stage systems. Air purifiers with HEPA-like filters will work if you just want to keep the indoor air fresh. Also note that you'll have to choose a purifier fitted with a durable fan if you're going to leave it on all the time.
Place Air Purifiers Properly
Placing an air purifier too low or too high in a room can cause it to be ineffective in purifying the air. Further, the purifier needs to be placed in a way such that clean air flows towards you.
Do note that air purifiers need to breathe too, so never place yours up against walls. Also ensure that the purifier has a few feet of clearance on the front and sides, and at the top to let air circulate properly.
Use Air Purifiers Correctly
If you or someone in your household is prone to allergies or has asthma, it is advisable to leave air purifiers on at all times. Leave them on even when you're headed out- you certainly don't want to come back to polluted air!
People who aren't suffering from respiratory illnesses or allergies can choose to leave air purifiers on only while sleeping or keep them on for the whole day. Most of the new air purifiers don't consume a lot of electricity so you can keep yours on at all times without any worries.
Help Air Purifiers Function Effectively
To make your air purifiers work as best as possible, you'll have to keep a handful of things in mind.
- Remember to keep doors and windows closed so that the purified air doesn't escape. Do seal doors, windows, and leaks in the basement and roof- this prevents outdoor air laden with dirt, pollen, mold, and other allergens from seeping into your home. Sealing leaks also saves your air purifiers from doing extra work.
- Avoid placing air purifiers in rooms that are very hot or cold. That's because extreme temperatures can restrict air flow and cause a strain on the air purifiers.
- If you live in a humid climate, your home is bound to have mold or mildew. Reducing humidity inside the house can eliminate mold and mildew spores, thus allowing air purifiers to work to their full potential.
- Do away with carpets and upholstered furniture. Tiled or hardwood flooring and non-upholstered furniture won't hold germs and allergens and are easy to clean.
- If you have pets, keep them outside the house or restrict them to a particular area inside the house. Doing so will minimize exposure to allergens and help your air purifiers work well.
- Refrain from smoking indoors- this reduces the amount of allergens indoors and helps the air purifiers function as intended.
Maintain Air Purifiers as Needed
As your air purifiers collect more and more pollutants, they are bound to become ineffective. For maximum efficiency, you'll need to clean and maintain your air purifiers regularly.
Washable filters should be cleaned and washed at least once in ten days. If your air purifiers have HEPA or carbon filters, get them replaced every year. Don't postpone changing your filters to save some bucks; you'll just be reducing the purifier's effectiveness.
Do go through the manufacturer's guide on caring for your air purifier's filters so you know what's recommended.
With air purifiers inside your home, you can be sure that you and your loved ones are inhaling fresh air. Clean air that is free of germs and allergens helps you lead a stress-free life and also has long-term health benefits for your whole family.
So if you haven't got an air purifier for your home, get it now. And if you already have one, you now know all you need to do to get the most out of air purifier with the tips given here!