All About Air Purifiers

Morgan Polson
June 8, 2023
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An air filter with visible dust, dirt, and dog hair is held up prior to being cleaned.

In today's fast-paced world, maintaining a healthy living environment has become increasingly important. With concerns over air pollution, allergens, and airborne illnesses, it's crucial to find effective solutions to improve indoor air quality. Enter the unsung heroes of the clean air revolution: air purifiers. The older I get, the more passionate about creating a clean and healthy living space I become. Call it maturity, or maybe just becoming more well informed, but either way, I can personally attest to the effectiveness of my air purifier. In this blog post, we'll explore the numerous benefits of air purifiers, and how they can significantly improve your overall well-being.

  1. Breathe Easier, Live Better:

The primary function of an air purifier is to remove harmful particles and pollutants from the air we breathe. Whether it's dust, pollen, pet dander, mold spores, or volatile organic compounds (VOCs), air purifiers efficiently capture and trap these irritants, reducing their presence in your living space. By breathing cleaner air, you can alleviate allergies, respiratory issues, and even mitigate the risk of asthma attacks‍. My husband and I started preparing our home for foster care last year, and that’s when I took my knowledge up a notch. I had NO idea what VOCs were, how harmful they are, and (unfortunately) how PREVALENT they are. We were so excited to have a brand-new home, but little did we know, new builds come with harmful off gassing of the materials they are built with.

  1. Shield Against Outdoor Pollution:

Even if you reside in an area plagued by outdoor air pollution, your home can be transformed into a safe haven with the help of air purifiers. These devices act as a protective shield, filtering out pollutants from vehicle emissions, industrial fumes, and other outdoor contaminants that manage to seep indoors. With an air purifier, such as my beloved Germ Guardian, you can create a sanctuary of fresh air within your own four walls.

  1. Combat Unpleasant Odors:

Do lingering cooking smells, pet odors, or tobacco smoke make your home less inviting? Air purifiers equipped with activated carbon filters are adept at tackling these unpleasant odors. The carbon filter traps odor-causing molecules, leaving your living space smelling clean and fresh.

  1. Enhance Sleep and Productivity:

Ever wondered why a good night's sleep feels so rejuvenating? Part of the answer lies in the quality of the air you breathe while you sleep. Air purifiers remove airborne irritants, providing cleaner air for your respiratory system to inhale as you rest. This can result in improved sleep quality, reduced snoring, and decreased nasal congestion. (Please consult a doctor about getting a sleep study done if your sleep is a mess still, getting a CPAP was life changing for me!) Moreover, with cleaner air, your cognitive function and productivity levels can soar during the day.

  1. Asthma and Allergy Relief:

For individuals suffering from asthma or allergies, air purifiers can be a game-changer. By eliminating common triggers like pollen, dust mites, and pet dander, air purifiers create an environment that minimizes the risk of allergic reactions or asthma flare-ups. With regular use, many people find their symptoms significantly reduced, leading to a better quality of life. Greg and I knew it wasn’t a placebo when we started sneezing the moment we left the bedroom, and stopped sneezing when we walked back into the room with the purifier. We now move it around the house depending on where we are! Eventually I’d love to have more of them.

As a wife (and hopefully someday, a mom) who cherishes a clean and healthy living environment for my family (fur baby included!), I have found my air purifier to be an invaluable companion. I put one on our wedding registry after seeing it on a random list of recommended registry items, (and then researching what seemed to be the most efficient, including a HEPA filter, for a reasonable price I went with the Germ Guardian), but didn’t really see getting one as an urgent priority. It seemed like a good idea, given the amount of dirt in the West Texas air (where we had recently relocated to), but it wasn’t something we’d go out of our way to buy for ourselves. It seemed like the money could always be spent elsewhere (I know, I know, health should always be a priority, you live and you learn!) when we received our Germ Guardian off the registry, I was really excited to bust it out! By efficiently filtering out pollutants, these devices provide numerous benefits, from improved respiratory health to allergy relief and enhanced sleep quality. With an air purifier silently working in the background, you can breathe easier, knowing that you are safeguarding your well-being and creating a haven of fresh, purified air within your home. As you can see from the picture, our filter VISIBLY catches all kinds of particles and yucky stuff in our air, so it's important to follow manufcactuer guidelines for cleaning and filter replacement.

We vacuum our filter (and clean the whole unit) about once a month! It always blows my mind to see how much more it has collected in just 30 days.

So, join the clean air revolution and let air purifiers unleash their full potential in your quest for a healthier lifestyle.

Transparency is important to us, and so I’d like to share that as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Rest assured, it’s far from my full time gig, so I have no reason to be posting random products that I wouldn’t vouch for. If you see a specific product on this blog, it’s because I love it! This Germ Guardian Air Purifier is the one we use and love, and if you purchase through this link I will earn a small commission which I'd appreciate! I haven’t had personal experience with other purifiers, so it’s totally possible you’ll love another one even more! Have one you’d like to share? Please shoot me an email, I’d love to learn more about it!

Morgan Polson
June 8, 2023