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Benefits of an Air Purifier

How clean is the air in your home?  Scientists are now saying that there are more pollutants in a person’s home than there are outside; that a confined space like an office or a house is many times more likely to make a person sick than spending the same amount of time outside. I totally agree.  Although sometimes it’s hard during the cold winter months, I always try to get out of the house every single day to get some fresh air.Air-Purifiers-A-Buying-Guide

Problems Related to Being Indoors

The major problems people encounter from their indoor environments are asthma and allergies. Sometimes these problems present themselves as hives or eczema instead of wheezing, or chronic colds. There are also chemicals in the home that can contribute to cancer.

Where Do These Pollutants Come From?

The chemicals come typically from appliances that do not work properly and leak gases, from cleaning supplies, and from smoke (tobacco or wood smoke). Mold is another culprit, while craft paint and construction materials can also contribute to the problem.

Why Buy an Air Purifier?

Air purification is not just a gimmick. Some people would argue that it is better to just go outside, stop smoking, and stop using bleach in the home. These things, plus opening windows, do help, but they are not enough.

Do Air Purifiers Work?

I totally believe in them. Indoor air quality can be measured. Having collected the data, scientists can say that a good quality air cleaner does improve indoor conditions. The key though is that the unit has to be efficient. I mentioned last year that we purchased two of them for our home.  They have been very helpful and we still use them every single day.

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What are the Qualities of a Good Air Purifier

You want to look for a HEPA filter in your air purifier. This will remove just about all of the particles from the air. You may also want to look for one that isn’t very noisy. A lot of them on the market today are pretty quiet, especially the high end ones.

There are different models for different situations.  For example, there are models for people with severe respiratory illness. Also, some are best for small rooms, while others do a fine job in a big, open living area of many square feet.  So be sure to do your research when you are ready to buy one.

In fact, Best buy is running a great special right now on air purifiers.  Save 20% on all air purifiers until 4/15/2013.

You can see a list of all their purifiers here.

Do you use an air purifier in your home?

Disclosure:  I have been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.  All opinions are 100% my own.

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Diane Nassy

Diane is a New Jersey-based writer and blogger. She is a wife and the mom of a 9-year-old little boy. Through her blog, she wants to inspire moms to find Zen in their lives while offering practical tips and other valuable information to help families deal with everyday issues. Check out Diane's Google+ profile "