The air inside our homes is more polluted than we realize. The right home air purifier can help us sleep better and prevent sinus and breathing problems. A good room air purifier with a hepa filter will remove dust and allergens from the air and leave us breathing easier!
You may think your home is a haven from pollen and other irritants inherent to the great outdoors, but the truth is that your haven may be far more polluted than you think. It’s a wonder you get any sleep at all.
The Right Air Purifier Can Help You Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Do you have problems sleeping through the night? Do you wake up with a raw sore throat or blocked sinuses? Did you ever stop to think it may be because of poor indoor air quality?
Most people do not associate the fact that good sleep and good indoor air quality go hand in hand. These days our indoor spaces (office and home) and especially our bedrooms are havens for things like:
- Dust mites
- Particulate matter
- Pet dander
- Mold spores
- Construction materials
- Excess carbon dioxide
- Exotic gases
- Various industrial poisons
Every single one of these items, and many more besides, are lurking in the air that fills your home. You tell yourself, with some relief, that “no matter how bad the air is in here, it’s got to be much worse out there” — but you’d be wrong. When you think about it logically, bedrooms can have the worst quality of air in the entire home.
Where is the cat’s favorite place to sleep? (pet dander)
Where do you go when you are ill? (viruses, bacteria)
What’s really under the bed? (dust, dust mites)
In fact, indoor air quality tends to be two to ten times worse than outdoor air quality. Not only is the Great Outdoors much bigger than your indoors, thus allowing pollutants to be dispersed and diluted to a greater extent, but we humans have made a determined effort in recent decades to lessen the amount of pollutants released into the atmosphere. Less attention has been paid to interior spaces, where new construction materials, smoking, pets, bugs and a variety of other junk share the potential to turn the air we breathe into something a little less sweet than a summer breeze.
Jeez, what can I do?
While we may not live in the Golden Age of Indoor Air, we do have the great fortune to live in the Golden Age of High-Tech. This means that there are plenty of electronic air cleaners to choose from, from those that use ozone and electrostatic charges to eliminate pollution to others that employ nested high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters to suck up junk and odors. Most of these methods are very effective at removing all but a tiny fraction of invisible particulate matter from the air, but most air purifiers and filters are limited; they work best on a room-by-room basis.
The whole thing
Alternately, you can go the central air route, and use HEPA-quality filters in the heating/cooling system of your house. That way, the entire home is cleared of pollutants all at once. You can’t keep pollutants from entering from outside, but a good quality system will keep the pollutants to a tolerable level. Unfortunately, these methods won’t prevent noxious gases, like carbon monoxide and radon, from building up in your home; only good ventilation can help you there. If this is a concern, you may want to invest in the appropriate detector.
And to all a “good night”…
If you’re considering going the low-tech route and surrounding yourself with plants you may want to rethink that plan. Plants are excellent suppliers of oxygen and they also scrub the air of carbon dioxide. However, no plant on the planet works as well as one of those ionic air purifiers does. Having a good home air purifier may be just what the doctor forgot to order for your good nights sleep! Try one and see if it works for you.