According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), small-sized particles (10 micron [micrometers]) or smaller have the greatest potential to cause health problems as these are most likely to get lodged in the lungs. Quality air purifiers filter or absorb even miniscule pollutants --to include bacteria, chemicals, dust, dust mites, mold spores, odors, pollen, pet dander and smoke.
A quality air purifier is a great way to invest in your health and are highly recommended for people with asthma and other immune-deficiency problems.
An air purifier can effectively clear pollutants from the air you breathe, but you need one that goes beyond the standard specifications.
- Purchase an air purifier that covers more square footage than the volume of the space in which you intend to use it . Overall, it isn't much more expensive to upgrade one level and buying smaller units is a false economy since they offer less protection.
- It's best if an air purifier delivers about six air changes hourly, with a high Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) per pollutant based on room size.
- Do not use any air filtration system with ionizers and/or deodorizers. Please refer to the following websites for information: Ozone Generators. and "Ozonators - Helpful or Harmful?"
- If you have central air, a house-wide filtration system can service the entire house. Otherwise, you'll need a separate unit for each room.
- Other environmental changes that help allergy sufferers:
- Dehumidifiers and Shower Filters can minimize the growth of pathogens and chemicals in your environment and help those with respiratory problems. They are especially helpful for people or animals suffering from allergies.