Air Purifiers for Healthy, Happy Homes

I’m a sucker for a good store demo!  As a result, about one year ago my husband and I purchased an air purifier for our house…actually, two air purifiers.  One for upstairs and one for downstairs.  Since my husband is allergic to our indoor cat, and at the time I had a toddler crawling around and was pregnant with my second child, I wanted to reduce the amount of pollutants and allergens in our home.  I keep a clean house, but I knew there was more I could do. 

Why I love my air purifier?

Since using the air purifier, I’ve actually had people walk into our house and tell me “it smells so clean” or “so fresh.”  Gotta love that!  I simply move the air purifier around the house depending on where I need it most.  If my 2-year-old’s room has a funky stench, I keep it there for a day.  If I use a bathroom cleaner that leaves a strong smell, I move it there and the smell disappears surprisingly quicker than you’d think—30 minutes max with my purifier.  I’ve even been known to take it with me when I travel to get rid of that stale air smell hotel rooms often have.  I literally keep the thing running 24/7. 

What is the air purifier actually doing? 

According to U.S. government standards, a HEPA (High-efficiency particulate air) air filter must remove (from the air that passes through) 99.97% of particles that have a size of 0.3 micrometers or larger.  Here’s an idea of what is 0.3 micrometers or larger—pet dander, mold, dust mite debris, pollen, skin flakes, bacteria, and most household dust, to name a few.

As the sun shines through my windows, I no longer see tiny dust particles floating in the air.  My husband’s allergies don’t seem to bother him anymore.  We don’t wake up with “sandman” in our eyes.  Our air purifier is extremely versatile and best of all—effective!  Turns out I wasn’t a sucker after all!  It feels good to know I’m reducing my family’s exposure to all the dust and germs that can cause colds, allergies, or asthma.

Air purifiers aren’t cheap, so it’s a purchase to research, but I’m very pleased with mine and feel it was well worth the money. 

In Health and Happiness,

Kelly Harrington, MS, RD

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

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