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What do air purifiers do? Should every home have one?

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Many think an air purifier is only necessary for second-hand smoke or other airborne toxins. But an air purifier can remove dust, pollen and pet dander from the air circulating in your home. If you’re wondering whether to get one, this overview might help.

What are the benefits of an air purifier?

Is it worth buying an air purifier for the home? Introducing an air purifier into your living space can provide several benefits.

  • Continuous air quality management. As long as the machine is running, your air is constantly being cleaned and refreshed.
  • Reduction in asthma, allergy and respiratory problems. By removing irritants like microscopic particles shed by plants, animals and humans, an air purifier helps everyone in your home breathe easier.
  • Cleaner-smelling air. An air purifier is an invisible partner for keeping your home comfortable and inviting for family and friends.
  • Lower stress levels. Knowing you’re breathing fresh, clean air can reduce your anxiety. It’s one less thing you have to worry about.

If your indoor air quality makes you want to open a window in cold weather, an air purifier may lighten the load on your heating costs. When you remember that sanitized air can help you avoid severe – and often costly – health complications, its cost-effectiveness speaks for itself.

Should I leave my air purifier on all the time?

There’s no downside to keeping your air purifier running. If you run it intermittently, you give contaminants a chance to accumulate in your air again, leaving more work for the machine once it’s reactivated. For consistent, optimal indoor air quality, it’s best to keep it running.

Air purifier vs dehumidifier

An air purifier reduces airborne irritants and toxins, whereas a dehumidifier reduces your home’s humidity levels. An unpleasant odour may have multiple sources, including mildew caused by excess moisture. An air purifier will remove impurities from the air, while a dehumidifier may help you tackle an underlying cause.

It’s good to remember that an air purifier is one tool in your air sanitizing arsenal. In addition to a dehumidifier, consider upgrading your ventilation system and keeping your ducts clean. Don’t forget the power of plants: quite literally, they’re naturals at improving air quality.

Indoor air quality experts in Cambridge

Aire One Heating & Cooling is your source for air quality, plumbing, heating and cooling. Whether you need a new HVAC system, a contractor for annual duct cleaning or an emergency furnace repair, we’ve got you covered. We serve residential customers in Kitchener, Guelph, Woodstock and throughout the Tri-Cities area and surroundings. Contact us today to learn how we can help you breathe cleaner air.

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