How You Can Help Your Air Purifier / Dehumidifiers
Air purification has rapidly become a multi-billion dollar industry. Three distinct types, each with many variations, are promising to return the new air of Eden into your home. How do you choose one for you and your particular environment? Read, read, read.
Owning an air purifier is just the start. If the air in your home is dry, a humidifier can raise the moisture level. In arid climates, humidity levels are often very low all year round. Drier climates lead to more dust, and dust is one of the many allergens that can make allergies worse. Humidifier systems can save the day in this situation, but there can still be other issues. Humidifier systems only add moisture, which can help control dust. However, humidifier systems do nothing about allergens.
In some areas, it rains all the time. The moisture levels inside a home can rise dramatically without a dehumidifier in place. Mold grows anywhere that moisture is prominent. Mold is just about as bad as dust for someone with extreme allergies. For this reason, a dehumidifier can be essential. Home Dehumidifier units remove moisture from the air by means of condensation, and drain it into a tank that you can remove from the dehumidifier and pour outside. Better yet, you can save the water to give to your plants!
The Air Purifier
Once you have these issues with your whole house dehumidifier and home humidifier under control, you are ready to start clearing the air of contaminants with an air purifier. An air purifier will help control the rest of the issues. Dust, pollen, mold, mildew, and pet fluff or dander-they are all troublesome to those with allergies and asthma. Your air purifier will work efficiently for a long time.
But there are, however, things you can do to help it along!
Do not allow excess dust to build up in your home. And keep clutter to a minimum. Otherwise as the air flows through your house, air purifier systems will be unable to remove all particles from the air. Dust on furniture will remain behind. Dusting regularly with a slightly damp cloth will ensure that excess dust cannot be reintroduced into the air.
Vacuum your carpet regularly. You really should invest in a canister vacuum with a HEPA air purifier filter (HEPA=High Efficiency Particulate Air filter). After just one days hoovering, you will be shocked with the amount of dust that can be found in your carpet. Even better, you can skip carpeting altogether and put in laminate or tile floors. Dust mites will not stand a chance against tile or laminate. They'll move on. And pet hair becomes obvious to see and simple to clean up.
If your furnace uses air purifier filters, replace the filters once a year. This is beneficial to your environment for two reasons. First, you don't want the air ducts becoming blocked. Carbon Monoxide build-up occurs without warning. Unless you have a working carbon monoxide alarm, the carbon monoxide will can go undetected and it can poison or even kill.
Keeping your furnace's air purifier filters clean also is critical. If you are using an old air purifier filter, eventually the dust is reintroduced into your home. The furnace is putting as much dust into the air as it is trying to take out.
One of the most important rules to keeping your air purifier working efficiently is to check the filters regularly. A dirty filter cannot take out contaminants if there is no more room, and the more blocked it becomes, the less efficient it will be. Despite what the air purifier manufacturer's instructions say, check filters monthly.
In the ever-increasing battle to separate not only the good air from the bad, but also the good customer from the bad money, it all comes down to one thing. Either do your homework or pay the price.