If you suffer from asthma or have allergies, air purifiers can work well to alleviate the symptoms. Below, you can learn about the top 5 ways to keep your home clean and prevent illnesses

Avoid Ozone Emitting Air Purifiers

There are some air purifiers that emit large amounts of ozone gases. The ozone emissions may be used as a way to clear chemicals and odors in the air. Sometimes, ozone gases are released as a byproduct of the air purifier’s functions.

Ozone gases can lead to problems in the respiratory tract and lungs. This is because it’s toxic and inflammatory. Therefore, it can cause coughing and breathing problems.

If you’ve installed an air purifier and you’re noticing these negative effects, it may be because it’s producing too much ozone. 

Many air purifiers release small quantities of ozone. Although, these amounts of harmless to most people. If you’re more prone to coughing or have asthma, you’ll want to avoid ozone air purifiers. 

Air Purifiers Run Time

To experience the most beneficial effects of an air purifier, it’s best to have it running all day and night. 

We also recommend that you use the most powerful setting when you first install the air purifier in your home. Depending on the size of the room you have it set up in, you may need to have it running from between 30 minutes and 2 hours. 

This is because the air in your home is likely to be full of pollutants. So, you’ll want to flush them out completely to get harmful particles expelled for cleaner air. 

Some people make the mistake of turning their air purifier on and off too much. As a result, the pollutant particles are able to gather and can cause health problems again. 

Once you’ve set the air purifier at the highest setting for a while, you can lower it back down. It can then work to keep the air in your home consistently clean.

CADR Ratings

The ratings of an air purifier are a crucial aspect to consider to ensure that the machine you use will be effective and not make you ill. 

We recommend that you look out for the CADR rating. This is because it lets you know how effective the machine is at filtering dust, pollen, smoke, and pet dander.

If you’re looking at a CADR rating that’s under 100, it could actually worsen the quality of the air in your home. The machine may not be powerful enough to effectively filter the pollutant particles. Instead, they may just be moved around the air to spread more than before. 

You can learn more about CADR ratings here (opens in a new tab).

Filters

The filters in air purifiers require replacing on a regular basis. If you’ve been getting sick and you haven’t changed the filters in the machine, that’s likely the reason for your illness. 

Changing the filters in HEPA air purifiers is especially important. These filters can become obstructed and cause the air purifier to become less effective. 

One of the things that can cause the filters to become clogged includes bacteria. The bacteria can then be moved around the air in your home and cause illnesses. 

Cleaning Your Home

Just because you’ve installed an air purifier, it doesn’t mean that it will take care of the cleanliness of your entire home.

Some people make the mistake of becoming less consistent with how often they clean their home. Air purifiers should be used as an additional tool that helps to keep the air in your home clean. 

However, you’ll still need to vacuum and clean your home as usual. This will prevent any leftover pollutant particles that are on the ground or surfaces to linger. 

This is especially the case if you’re using an ionic air purifier. These machines cause pollutant particles to be dragged down where they can end up becoming attached to the ground. 

If you don’t regularly vacuum, these particles will end up back in the air where they can cause health problems. 

You can use the information above to have a better understanding of how to keep the air in your home clean and how air purifiers can be helpful. If you wanted to feel more confident about how to pick an air purifier, you may want to check out this article.