In the heat of summer and during the long winters in Fairbury, IL, it’s typical to spend more time inside with the windows closed and the HVAC system running. But the air that’s circulating through your home may be far dirtier than the air outside. Here are five ways that an air purifier can clean your home’s air and make you happy and healthy year-round.
1. Air Purifiers Remove Allergens
Every time you open your exterior doors, dust, pollen, and other debris are brought into your house. If you have a pet, that pet is shedding hair and skin cells, many of which float around in your air. All of these bits can aggravate any allergies you may have, causing you to have a runny nose, itchy eyes, or sore throat.
While your HVAC filter can remove some of these particles, it doesn’t get them all, especially if it’s been too long since you changed it. An indoor air purifier uses a combination of powerful filters and electrically charged plates to capture these particles, getting them out of your air for good.
2. Air Purifiers Reduce Bacteria and Viruses
Bacteria and viruses can also flourish in your home’s air. These pathogens are usually too small to be captured by an HVAC filter and can make you sick.
An indoor air purifier typically includes a powerful ultraviolet (UV) light that shines on the air as it passes through your ducts. This light is strong enough to kill most of the pathogens in the air as they pass by, making the air that is cycled through your home much healthier to breathe.
3. Air Purifiers Reduce Fine Particulate Matter
Fine Particulate Matter, or PM2.5, are tiny particles in the air that are invisible to the naked eye. But just because these particles are out of sight does not mean that they are safe. These are enough to get deep into your lungs, and prolonged exposure to this particulate matter has been blamed for lung disease, heart disease, and high blood pressure.
Over time, these particulates can build up in your home’s air, making it more unhealthy than outdoor air in heavy industrial areas. An HEPA air purifier’s filter is strong enough to nearly eliminate them from your home’s air.
4. Air Purifiers Reduce Chemical Pollutants
Particles aren’t the only things that can build up in your air. Formaldehyde, benzene, and other volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can be trapped inside from your wood floors, plywood furniture, paint, and even plastic children’s toys. Over time, these items release the VOCs in a process called “outgassing.”
If your home’s air isn’t cleaned, VOCs can linger in your home and cause health problems. Long-term exposure to VOCs has been shown to cause headaches, irritation to your throat and lungs, and even cancer. An air purifier can scrub the VOCs from your home’s air and leave you with clean air to breathe.
5. Air Purifiers Improve Your Mood, Stress Level, and Overall Health
Breathing clean air has been shown to improve your mood, reduce long-term stress, and improve your overall health. Some air purifiers emit negative ions into the air as part of the cleaning process. These have been shown to combat the effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a type of depression caused by the onset of winter.
Knowing that your air is clean can make you feel better just from knowing that you are avoiding the problems caused by dirty air. This reduces the amount of cortisol, a hormone produced as a result of long-term stress, that your body makes. Lower cortisol levels have been associated with better sleep, more productivity, and less heart disease.
If you are concerned that your home’s air isn’t as clean as it could be, call the experts at Popejoy Plumping, Heating, Electric and Geothermal for a whole-house air purifier. We can provide a solution that can clean your home’s air safely and efficiently all while remaining out of sight.
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