An air purifier is a great way to clean the air in your room or home, they can help with allergies, unpleasant smells, snoring and more but how do you know if you need an air purifier?
It is worth noting that an air purifier is not a magic bullet and will not fix major issues with the quality of air in your home. You should also investigate the root cause of these issues and seek to fix these first. A good air purifier though will improve the quality of air by removing allergens and pollutants.
How do you know if you would benefit from an air purifier?
Signs you might need an air purifier
1. You can’t stop sneezing
Pet dander (shed skin particles), pollen, dust etc. are just some of the airborne pollutants that can be in the air around your house causing you to sneeze or causing you to have an allergic reaction
Good air purifiers with HEPA filters will help to filter out most of the airborne allergens in your home, giving you a measure of relief.
2. The air is stuffy or stale in your room
If the air in your room smells bad when you a breathing in that could be a sign of poor air quality in the room. Now, obviously, you will want to look into the reasons behind any smells to tackle the issue at the root cause, you can also look to open windows to improve ventilation in the room.
If you don’t want to or can’t ventilate the room then an air purifier can help to improve the quality of the air in the room by filtering out airborne smell particles.
4. You see dust mites everywhere
Have you noticed a build up of dust around your bedroom or other rooms? It may be that you have a dust mite issue.
An air purifier is not going to rid your room/home of dust mites you will need to clean the room, wash sheets, hoover etc. but an air purifier will help reduce the amount of dust in the air.
Dust mites and their waste can stay suspended in the air for long periods of time, operating an air purifier with a HEPA filter will help to filter out these microscopic particles so they are no longer airborne in your room.
5. You suffer from chest conditions like emphysema or COPD
Having a chest condition might mean that you benefit from having an air purifier in your home. Reducing the levels of pollutants in the air is a massive benefit for people suffering from chest conditions.
Always read the specifications of any air purifier you are looking into to see what filter it has in it and how well that filter removes things like dust, smoke and pollen from the air.
6. You have problems with snoring
Allergens and pollutants in the air like pollen and pet dander can cause your airways to be more congested which can contribute to you snoring. Having an air purifier in your bedroom and keeping the filter clean you should find that you will sleep better and snore less.
Obviously you will want to look for an air purifier that is quiet to run so id doesn’t disturb your sleep. One thing to consider is to buy an air purifier with a slightly higher capacity than is required for the size of your room so you can run it on a lower setting.
7. Your house smells of disinfectants or chemicals
If you have a room in your house that regularly or constantly smells of chemicals then be sure to look for an air purifier that can remove VOCs (volatile organic compounds) from the air.
Smells like this can originate from adhesives, carpeting, varnish or cleaning disinfectants, if you check the ingredient list of your household cleaning items and see Benzene or Formaldehyde then you are dealing with VOCs.
When choosing an air purifier for this specific issue you want to check into the specs and make sure they can filter out VOCs.