People suffering from asthma and allergies can hardly allow air in their home while preventing pollen from entering their homes. Faced with this dilemma, air purifiers are a great help. Despite their great promise, these devices are not all very effective. Here are some criteria to should be evaluated before proceeding to checkout.
Pollution in Your Home? Symptoms to Watch!
Less than an hour after arriving at home, you start to feel unwell. It may be because you are affected by poor air quality environment. Watch for these symptoms:
- Irritation of the throat, eyes or skin
- Sinus congestion
- Chronic fatigue
- Shortness of breath
- Recurring Headaches
Several devices on their packaging have a sign of the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM). This American organization conducts annual testing of efficacy. It advises consumers according to the size of the room. It assesses the emission rate of air purified through the three values of CADR (Clean Air Delivery Rate).
Choose appliances with a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air Filter). This device keeps the harmful particles within the purifier and does not eject them in the air.
Avoid air cleaners that produce ozone. We do not recommend their use. You might recall that ozone is a component of urban smog. This irritant can cause respiratory problems. If in doubt, check whether the device is certified or not.
Smaller models are not effective enough. You might need to spend a hundred dollars to find a device that worthwhile. Do not be afraid to invest because the cheap purifiers will only filter the larger particles. The finest particles infiltrate the room and that can lead to infection in the lungs.
The most sophisticated devices offer interesting advantages. The best models are the ones which filter the air and produce negative ions. Sharp company offers the Plasmacluster, equipped with a HEPA filter, an activated charcoal filter and an antibacterial filter. In addition to cleaner air, the device delivers positive and negative ions.
Be sure to position the device in a strategic manner. Do not block the entrance and exit of air. The purifiers are less effective if placed in an open room.
You invested in a unit? Cherish it as required by changing the filter regularly. If it is too heavy, the air is dirty and it will emit noise. Some manufacturers install a light, which measures the level of air pollution and warns the user when the filter change is necessary.
Remember that the purifiers are not sufficient alone. Above all, it is necessary to aerate. Bring in fresh air from outside and push the pollutants contained in the house out. The air purifier is just a complementary solution.
Plants to Attack Pollution!
Plants are the most powerful cleaners on the planet. The most successful ones are those that grow quickly, such as spider plants, ferns and the Dracaena. However, regardless of the chosen plant, the more plants in the house, the more humid is the air and there are less toxic substances.
The idea is not new: in 1989 a researcher at NASA referred to the ability to filter out pollutants from indoor air by plants. It has been seen that part room destitute of plants contain about 60% more spores and bacteria than in a room filled with plants. In addition, plants absorb toxic substances from the air and perfume your home.