There are several benefits to purchasing and installing an air filtration device in your home or place of business. One of those benefits is the effect it will have on your health, most notably the stress it takes off of your lungs.
Everyone wants to breathe easy, and this may be difficult with thousands of allergens and other contaminants in the air. This article is going to explain some of the harmful effects of different contaminants, explain how filters may help your lungs and recommend some of the best filtration devices for your situation.
First, let’s talk about smoking. We’ve long known of the harmful effects that smoking has on your lungs, and it has become well established that second-hand smoke is nearly just as harmful as cigarette smoke.
Some air purifiers will be able to remove harmful volatile organic compounds, or VOCs that are released by cigarette smoke. These would be PECO filters. Typical filters, HEPA filters, will only trap the larger particles that cause some of the smell, but not VOCs.
How Air Purifiers Can Improve Your Health
There have been numerous studies done on the effect of air purifiers on our health. It’s no surprise that when there is less pollution in the air that you are breathing, your lungs are able to function better.
A 2018 study found that the use of air purifiers lowered the amount of contaminants in the homes of those who used them. The sample population, senior citizens, were found to have lower systolic blood pressures when they had air purifiers.
Other studies have shown that air purifiers, notably HEPA filters, have improved lung function in those who use them. The devices were particularly helpful in those who have asthma or are particularly sensitive to allergens like dust or pet dander.
Should I purchase an air purifier?
In an ideal world, we would all have perfect air to breathe, and no one would need an air purifier. Sadly, this is not the world we live in. For many, purchasing an air purifier is a worthy and sensible investment. For others, purchasing an air purifier may not be necessary.
Air purifiers are particularly needed in places with high levels of air pollution. Thankfully, this has been on the decline in recent years, but it is still quite high regardless. Look at this map to see how your area’s air is. Smokers should also consider purchasing a PECO air filter if they smoke inside their home and especially if they live with children.
Those with asthma or bad allergies will also benefit greatly from an air purifier. Purifiers will be able to trap dirt, dust and pollen which can cause allergies to flare up and may even trigger an asthma attack. Those who suffer from these things should consider purchasing an air purifier.
Be sure to balance your needs for an air purifier with the amount of money that you have. There are plenty of affordable options that will do the job that you need. Do you research before purchasing or speak with an air purification expert.