I don’t know about you, but during the winter months my allergies seem to knock me down hard. I wake up in the morning sneezing and congested, and sometimes those allergies turn into a full blown winter cold—YUCK! While many people don’t experience the same problem, the winter tends to be horrific for indoor allergies. Why? Our sealed winterized home lacks proper ventilation and without proper ventilation we are inhaling all of those nasty dust particles, smoke fumes, pet dander and other indoor pollutants, which can wreak havoc on our daily lives—unless we take the time to invest in an air purifier or humidifier.
After experiencing horrible allergies day in and day out last winter, I decided to research the many air purifier products on the market. One of my closest friends told me that their air purifier changed their life and while at first, I was a skeptic, it has never been easier to breathe. I’ve always had allergies, but as I grew older I realized that my allergies seemed to get worse during the winter, especially because of the dust in my house (even if minimal), regardless of how often I cleaned. I would sneeze, sneeze and sneeze again, my nose would run and then I’d become congested. Sure, Claritin worked every now and again, but that was only masking my problem, not solving it. I was still blowing my nose so much that I looked like Rudolph.
If you have found yourself doing the same thing, it’s quite likely that you also have indoor allergies. So, try to believe me when I tell you that an air purifier will help you feel better. What exactly do they do? Well, one of its main functions is to remove pollutants like cigarette smoke, dust, pollen, mold and pet dander from the air. They can also remove any unwanted, nasty odors, allowing you to breathe in fresh air day in and day out.
There are several types of air purifiers on the market today so it can be a little overwhelming when it comes to choosing the best one for your living space. There are also a few different filters that can be used in an air purifier including the ionizer, the HEPA filter and the combination ionizer/HEPA filter, the activated carbon filter and the antibacterial filter.
The ionizer is one of the most popular air purifiers, but unlike other purifiers on the market, the ionizer does not actually remove pollutants from your home. Instead, this purifier makes the pollutants so heavy that they fall from the air and drop to the floor. If you have allergies like I do, the ionizer might not be the best option because you will need to use a vacuum that has a HEPA filter to clean the floors in order to make the room allergen free.
Now, if you don’t want to deal with the hassle of vacuuming, a HEPA filter is a much better option. HEPA filters are used in medical facilities, automobiles and aircrafts—which basically tells you that these suckers can literally clean the air with high-efficiency. In fact, HEPA filters clean 99.97% of particles that have a size of 0.3 or larger. Any filter that is qualified as HEPA is also subject to interior classifications.
The price range of an air purifier with a HEPA filter can vary quite greatly—some can be purchased for under $200 while others can cost a couple thousand. This means that almost anyone can afford an air purifier and take a step in the right direction when it comes to your respiratory health. My budget was a little more flexible so I decided to purchase the Broan GSEH3K HEPA Fresh Air Filtration System—and I’ve never been happier. This efficient air purifier helps to eliminate microscopic particles, manage humidity and replaces the gaseous pollutants of stale air. It has truly been a life saver in my life, in more ways than one, and I don’t think I could live a day without it.
Even if you’re someone who doesn’t have allergies, an air purifier is a great addition to any home. Who knows, you might even find that your body decides to skip that nasty winter cold that seems to join you every year. Westside Wholesale has a large selection of air purifier products on sale at low affordable prices that you can count on.