The EPA estimates that indoor air can be two to five times dirtier than outdoor air. While not a cure-all solution, one way to promote a cleaner indoor environment is by using an air purifier.
Air Purifier Vs Humidifier
First, let’s examine how an air purifier differs from a humidifier because many homeowners confuse the two. Humidifiers add water to the air, increasing humidity levels. This can prove to be helpful since the air tends to dry during the season.
An air purifier, on the other hand, removes harmful pollutants like pollen, dust mites, and pet dander. It does nothing to change the air’s humidity level.
Does an Air Purifier Work?
Fortunately, scientific studies are available and show that air purifiers may be effective for reducing allergies and improving cardiovascular health. Researchers, though, point out that any improvement in health is modest at best. Some of the existing research has also been disputed due to the disparity in methods.
We believe air purifiers definitely have a place in most residential households especially if an occupant is prone to allergies. However, an air purifier won’t solve all of your respiratory problems. The long-term solution requires regular air duct cleaning.
Even a dryer vent cleaning promotes cleaner indoor air indirectly. A clogged dryer vent increases the risk of mold growth inside the vent, which can induce respiratory illness. For the same reason, we also recommend an annual carpet cleaning. Carpet fibers are another source for trapped pollutants and can harbor mold beneath the surface.
We Promote Healthy Indoor Living
By no means should an air purifier be your sole means of removing air pollutants. The true way to clean home air requires a multi-pronged approach involving air duct, carpet, and dryer vent cleaning. Call Aurora Edmonds Furnace Cleaning to kickstart the process. An air purifier is only one part of a complex solution.
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