The rising air pollution levels are making daily life harder for people with asthma everywhere. Metropolitan cities are especially guilty of spiralling down in terms of air quality in recent times. Driven by factors like never-seen-before levels of particulate matter in the air, conventional methods of staying protected from air pollution are failing everyone.
But fortunately, there’s a way technology can ease your burden indoors. Air purifiers have gained in popularity for this very reason, more so in the worst-off urban areas. These air purifiers use an entire tech arsenal to tackle the harmful pollutants in the air around you. Most modern air purifiers are highly capable and can assure you a roomful of fresh air to breathe. However, to ensure that you get the best air purifier suited for your needs and your house, there’s something specific you need to look for.
Look out for HEPA filters in air purifiers
Air purifiers use different technologies that depend on where they’re meant to be used and which specific pollutants they’re made to remove. Picking the right one is very important, especially if you are dealing with asthma, since certain filter types can actually make the condition worse. In such a situation, air purifiers with HEPA filters are highly recommended.
HEPA filters are considered to be the best for removing particulate matter. They’re able to capture particles as small as 0.3 microns too! They force stale & dusty air through a fine mesh that traps harmful particles such as pollen, smoke, dust mites and even human & pet dander. This reduces the amount of particulate matter in the air making it much easier for asthmatics to breathe.
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- Before you buy an air purifier, make sure that it has an efficient fan that is capable of spreading the purified air throughout the room you’ll place it in.
- Pay heed to Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) numbers and the size of the room you’ll place the air purifier in. As a rule of thumb, the CADR (measured in metre cubes per hour) should be at least 50% of the size of the room (measured in square feet).
You should also consider investing in a vacuum cleaner
While air purifiers do a wonderful job of cleaning allergens and dust from the air, they don’t prove to be as effective when it comes to pollutants in your beds, carpet and other surfaces. Particulate matter remains on these surfaces until it is disturbed.
Hence, it is also recommended to get a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter that cleans dust and particulate matter from such surfaces. If the vacuum cleaner isn’t too effective at pulling all the allergen in, the brush of the vacuum cleaner will stimulate the dust particles and throw them in the air. This can now be taken care of by the air purifier.
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