30 Jul Living Tiny – Do you need an Air Purifier?
If it feels like you’re hearing more and more about Air Purifiers these days, that’s because they are becoming more and more popular. Ask any of your friends and chances are, at least one of them will swear by theirs. There are several good reasons to purchase one for your small living space – but is it a smart purchase for you? For many, an air purifier can provide peace of mind, ease allergy suffering, and may even decrease the probability of an asthma attack.
Air purifiers are designed to capture particles like dust, pollen, mold, pet dander, and other allergens that can affect a person’s breathing airways. An air purifier works by pulling the polluted air in, filtering the air by capturing the particles then pushing the clean air back out.
Companies started making air purifiers as a way to minimize the pollutants in the air – the ones that can’t be seen by the naked eye and can’t be cleaned by just wiping them off the surface of your table.
You might want to consider purchasing one if...
You have pets
Your fur babies are adorable and you love them dearly, but that doesn’t mean you have to love and live with all the dander and fur they seem to leave everywhere. With regular household movement both your pet’s dander and fur can get kicked up and travel all around. Air filters are designed to help clean and filter out the dander in the air so that you and any guests you have, can breathe easy.
– You have children or are planning to have children
Did you know that children are more susceptible to the effects of air pollution? A child’s allergies and/or asthma can be intensified or even activated by your home’s air particles. Whether you have children, are planning to have children, or you’re the fun aunt or uncle that children like to spend time with, an air purifier is a great investment for your home.
– You live with a smoker
Exposure to secondhand smoke can cause numerous risks to your health, so if you can’t get your significant other or roommate to stop smoking (or at least to consider smoking outside) grab yourself an air purifier that has a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter. HEPA filters are designed to filter out very fine particles, especially efficient for protecting against smoke.
– You’re a Senior
Just like children are more susceptible to the air particles, so are older folks. As our bodies get older, they just can’t process and filter things out like they used to. You can help maintain your quality of breathing by adding an air purifier to your small space.
– Pollen Season is on the way
Allergies as a whole are never pleasant, but especially during the changing of seasons when pollen seems to be in the air at a higher rate. It doesn’t matter if you keep your windows closed or are fast at closing your door to keep the pollen out. Pollen from flowers, trees, and grasses can attach itself to your shoes and clothes, along with your pets, and still end up inside your home.
You have respiratory problems
If you have respiratory problems like asthma or COPD, an air purifier can help remove the common triggers such as dry skin cells, dust, perfumes, dirt or cleaners, and give yourself a better chance at keeping attacks from happening in your home.
– You live in a small apartment space
If you’re currently living in a small space that has shared walls with other residents, you can do everything you can to keep your air as clean as possible, but odors and other air pollutants can seep through walls or waft up under door seams. Adding an air purifier can help keep your neighbors’ habits from affecting you.
Quick tips for choosing an air purifier
- Figure out where you want to place your air purifier so you can choose the right size for your space.
- Look for an air purifier that’s good at filtering out pollutants specific to your home or health needs (removing pet dander or cigarette smoke, for example).
- Compare CADR (Clean Air Delivery Rate) ratings, which show how effectively an air purifier filters specific pollutants.
- Choose a device that uses a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter,the gold standard for indoor air purifiers.
- Look at noise levels (listed in decibels) in product specs. Depending on where you’re using your air purifier, you may want a quieter device.
- Calculate the air purifier’s ongoing maintenance and electricity costsso you can budget beyond your initial purchase.
- Skip the bonus features, such as app integration, unless money is no object.
Air purifiers come in a variety of sizes and are able to cover different sized areas. If you’re looking for an air purifier for your small space, a personal and portable air purifier is a great option to cover small areas.
To wrap it up, air purifiers are worthy investments for your health in the long run. Mine has helped me breathe easier and sleep better – I hope this helps you decide if you need one for your Tiny Home and pick the right air purifier for your needs!
Thank you and until next time, Keep Living Tiny & Dreaming Big!!