Poor-quality indoor air can cause a host of discomforts and health issues.  Fortunately, there are things you can do to improve the air in your home.  Plants, dehumidifiers, and increased ventilation are all helpful ways to keep your air fresh.  But, sometimes these measures are just not enough. Before you consider purchasing an air purifier,  ask yourself the following questions.

Do you live in a city?

Cities are notorious for having low-quality air. The combination of exhaust fumes, factory smoke, and heating and cooking fuels can result in air so dirty that it clouds the skyline.

And indoor air is no better. Not only does the pollution from the outside leak in, but multiple roommates or family members can make the indoor air even worse.  2 to 5 times worse, according to the CDC. Urban dwellers should look for a high-quality air purifier that is capable of removing toxic gases, bacteria, and viruses from the air.

Do you have pets?

As much as we love our furry friends, living with them can make us miserable. Up to 30% of the U.S. population has some type of pet allergy. Pet allergies can result in anything from a slight runny nose to serious breathing issues.

For people with severe allergies, owning a pet just may not be an option.  But, if you have more manageable allergies, the right air purifier can keep the air free of pet dander and allow you to comfortably coexist with your best pal.

Do you use scented products?

The fresh clean smell of many of our home care products hides an ugly truth.  Cleaning products, laundry detergents, and almost any other scented items in your home give off toxic gases known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Even furniture, plastic, and mattresses contribute to this indoor pollution.  While living without these conveniences is the only way to keep your home completely free of these toxic gases, that isn’t a realistic option for most people.  Fortunately, there are some air purifiers that have the capability to rid your home of almost all VOCs.

Do you have mold in your home?

Mold spores are found almost everywhere.  The problem is that they’re so small that there’s no way of knowing if they’re on you.  So, every time you enter your home or open a door or window, you’re potentially allowing those spores in.

All the spores need is a warm damp place to start growing in your home. As the mold grows, it releases spores, cells, fragments, and unstable organic compounds into the air… all of which can cause health problems.  While there’s no way of keeping spores from entering your home, a good air purifier can keep them from growing into mold.

Are you allergic to pollen? 

If so, you’re not alone. 10-30% of the world’s population is currently affected by seasonal allergies.  Mild allergies can make your nose run, your eyes water, and your throat scratchy, and more severe allergies can cause even worse respiratory difficulties.

Unfortunately, as the Earth gets warmer and carbon dioxide levels increase, pollen counts rise and pollen season gets increasingly longer. The good news is that an air filter with a true HEPA filter can remove up to 99.95% of the pollutants in your indoor air, giving you a respite from all the discomfort of allergy season.

Do you enjoy cooking? 

Making well-balanced meals for your family helps keep them healthy, right? Yes… but… cooking them in your home may actually hurt their health. As it turns out, cooking is perhaps one of the biggest causes of indoor air pollution.  In fact, it’s estimated that 60 percent of homes that cook at least once a week with a gas stove reach pollutant levels that would be illegal if they were outdoors.

To help rid your air of the dangerous toxins produced by cooking, consider an air purifier that specializes in removing gas.

Is someone in your home elderly or immunocompromised?

While we all know how important it is to keep surfaces clean, germy air can be just as dangerous, especially when you spend a lot of time indoors. People with compromised immune systems are extra vulnerable to the bacteria that can be harbored in stagnant, recycled air.

While most air purifiers don’t have the capability to rid your indoor air of bacteria and viruses, there are a few that do.

Is your home dusty? 

Older homes or houses that use wood or coal furnaces are almost impossible to keep free of dust. While keeping your furnace well-ventilated can help, it won’t completely rid your home of dust.  And, if you or someone in your home has asthma or any other respiratory issues, a dusty home will make symptoms a lot worse.  An air purifier with a true HEPA filter can keep your air cleaner and lighten your cleaning load.

Do you have asthma or other respiratory issues?

Even the cleanest homes can have dust, smoke, pollen, pet dander, mold spores, and chemical fumes in the air.

For people with respiratory issues, these pollutants can make life almost unbearable. If you or someone in your home suffers from a respiratory issue, a high-quality air purifier will remove 99.95 of the pollutants in your home, keeping breathing issues to a minimum.

Do you live with a smoker?

Not only is smoking extremely dangerous to the smoker, but also for everyone that they live with.  In fact, secondhand smoke results in more than 41,000 deaths per year.  Of course, the healthiest thing to do is to quit smoking. But, if that’s not an option, the right air purifier will eliminate the pollutants and absorb the odors from cigar, cigarette and pipe smoke.

Do you worry about bacteria and viruses? 

The COVID-19 pandemic has heightened our awareness of the dangers of illness transmission. Because some viruses and bacteria can linger in the air, a specialized air purifier can be a helpful tool in keeping your family healthy.  In fact, the CDC recommends that hospitals use HEPA filtration systems when dealing with patients with coronavirus.

Look for purifiers that have a true HEPA filter and hospital-grade air filtration to give your family the best possible protection at home.