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How Effective are Air Purifiers

Other Diseases By Varsha Vats , Onlymyhealth editorial team / Nov 01, 2018
How Effective are Air Purifiers

The air we breathe is bad and very harmful for our health. Air quality is decreasing day by day. It is taking a toll on your health in many ways. Air purifiers might seem like the best solution to this problem. Here are some truths about air purif

There is no doubt about it that the air we breathe is bad and very harmful for our health. Air quality is decreasing day by day. It is taking a toll on your health in many ways. Air pollution can increase the risk of various deadly diseases like lung cancer, reparatory disorders, severe problems for asthma patients etc. You might be trying your best to protect yourself like wearing a mask while walking through a dusty road. But it is a well-known fact that the quality of air indoors is as poor as the air outside. When it comes to purifying the air at your home, air purifiers might seem like the best solution to this problem. But are they really effective? You might be having a lot of such questions before buying one. Here are some common truths about air purifiers that you must know before installing one at your home.

It will not prevent dust completely

Most people think that air purifiers will stop the dust completely and your house would be dust free. But you will still find dust at your home at various places like on the surface of the furniture and even in the air as well. If you are allergic to dust then air purifiers are not the solution, you still have to depend on cleaning and a powerful vacuum cleaner to get rid of all the dust.

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Air purifiers will not safeguard you completely

There are several places in your home where pollutants can hide. Several activities throughout the day also contribute to the rise in indoor pollution. Sometimes non-purified air can simply escape from the purifier and stay in your house. There can be a slight difference in the quality of the air you breathe indoors but it cannot assure you that the air is completely healthy and pollution free.

HEPA filter will not much effective

Most air purifiers have HEPA filters, which are claimed to work more effectively to purify the air. But an air purifier with a HEPA filter will not keep all the pollutants away. So, before investing more into different filters you must think twice and study about their effectiveness.

Air purifiers will not remove viruses and germs

Air pollution brings various viruses and germs that can harm you in various ways and can lead to severe allergies. Air purifiers cannot convert the air virus and germs free. They can reduce the level of pollutants but you still can get affected by the viruses and germs littering around your house. You need to depend on other methods like intensive cleaning to completely make your home infection free.

Also read: Cloth mask provides less protection against air pollution

The placement of air purifiers matters

Most people think that placing the air purifier near to them will give better results. People often place air purifiers near to their sitting area, which is not appropriate. You must place the air purifier at such a place that is capable of covering the whole room. Purification of air around your sitting area is not enough. Place the purifier at such a place that the air of the whole room is getting purified. The speed of the air purifier also matters. Adjust the speed according to the conditions both outside and inside the house and check the filters of the purifier regularly.

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