Unless you have a money tree growing in your backyard, you need to be smart in spending money and make sure the stuff you buy is really worth it. If the thing you’re planning to buy an air purifier, you need to weigh its pros and cons and buy it only if the pros outweigh the cons.
So, is an air purifier really worth it?
First, let’s talk about all the good things you can have when you have an air purifier or air cleaner in the house. You get fewer allergy reactions, less dust, bad odor, airborne bacteria, and viruses.
Fewer Allergy Reactions
When you or any of your family members have allergy, you’ll appreciate what an air cleaner can do to improve the air quality in your home and everyone’s overall well-being.
Most air purifier for home use has High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter that can trap 99.97% of airborne allergens such as pollen, dust, mold spores, and pet dander. Many people with allergy have reported that they get fewer allergy reactions. They also sleep better at night after running an air cleaner overnight in their bedroom.
People living in the city especially those living next to a busy road will find air purifiers indispensable. You know how much dust gets blown off the road by cars zooming here and there? Add brake dust and exhaust fumes to that and you’ll understand just how much filth your lungs are being bombarded with on daily basis.
Many people have bought air cleaners for the sole reason that they significantly cut the amount of airborne dust. You will breathe easier and as a bonus, the furniture needs less frequent cleaning too.
Less Bad Odor
It’s not just about allergens and dust, an air purifier is also excellent in removing bad odor. You’re not just breathing cleaner air but also better smelling air too. The odor-eliminating part comes from the use of activated carbon (activated charcoal) filter. The super porous nature of activated carbon makes it very effective in adsorbing odor.
Imagine you’re cooking fish. When you’re done, you turn the unit on full blast. Minutes later, there isn’t a single hint of fish in the air. How cool is that?
Less airborne Bacteria And Viruses
Air purifiers often come with multiple stage filtrations, which include UV-C light or high-temperature ceramic core to kill airborne germs, bacteria, and viruses. To understand the effects of UV light on bacteria, just watch the following video.
The fact that an air cleaner can also kill airborne bacteria makes it a treasure for people with Cystic Fibrosis (CF). CF causes abnormally thick mucosal secretions. The mucus builds up in the airway making breathing harder and traps bacteria that may lead to chronic lung infection. Less airborne bacteria leads to less probability of infection. This means CF sufferers have one less thing to worry about when they breathe.
“But, I don’t have Cystic Fibrosis!”
Even those who do not suffer from a meddlesome disease such as Cystic Fibrosis will still benefit from breathing air will less airborne bacteria. Preventing a bacterial infection is hugely more preferable than treating it with antibiotics.
If you have kids or babies in the house, less airborne viruses is a huge plus. Your children will have less chance of catching the flu even during flu season. Healthy kids are happy kids, right? And since we all know a visit to a pediatrician can be costly, having an air purifier will make your wallet happy too.
Now, let’s talk about the bad things you need to account for when you have an air purifier. We can list many but there is one thing that stands out more than the other… filter replacement.
Most air purifiers use replaceable filters and you need to replace them about once every six months. Many people consider this as a major inconvenience since it will add to the air cleaner’s total cost.
As an illustration let’s assume an air purifier can last five years, which equals to ten filter replacement cycle. If a replacement filter costs fifty dollars then you will need to spend five hundred bucks on replacement filter alone… on a unit that only cost you a quarter of that.
“That seems a bit much”
It is, but calculate the portions of your paycheck that will go to hospital bills and medications when you get respiratory ailments due to allergens, dust, germ, or viruses. Now, compare which one costs more.
So, Is An Air Purifier Worth It?
After weighing the major pros and cons, we can say with great certainty that an air purifier is certainly worth it. The pros outweigh the cons by miles. Whether you put on in your home or office, it’s still going to make a positive difference to your overall health. Just being able to breathe easily is a sound justification for an air purifier’s worth.
So, if you have an allergy, any kind of respiratory problem, or simply fed up with inhaling dirty and putrid air, you should definitely get an air purifier.
Our final advice is to let the machine run 24/7 instead of turning it on when you think you need it. That way, you will have a home filled with fresh air.