- Did you know that air purifiers can help rid your environment of toxic chemicals and free radicals?
- They’ve only been around for household use for about 60 years, but the technology behind them is incredible.
- An air purifier should absolutely be your next health-driven purchase. Here’s why.
According to research by the World Health Organization (WHO), around 4 million heart disease and lung cancer deaths each year are attributed to household air pollution. If you’re looking to invest in your health and the health of the people around you, an air purifier just might be your next necessary purchase. These devices were created to help sanitize the air, to help cut down on the pollutants, allergens, and toxins breathed in by humans on a daily basis. While they were developed and utilized commercially as early as the 18th century, the precursor to today’s home units was introduced in 1963. It set the standard for convenient home units.
Now – with almost 6 decades of home air sanitation under our belts – the technology has improved tenfold. Air purifiers are an efficient, sometimes beautiful, tech option to help optimize the air you breathe. No wonder the global air purifier market has a projected annual growth rate of 10% or higher through 2028. Here are some fun reasons to look into one for your living environment.
Air purifiers can help reduce allergic reactions
Because air purifiers are strategically designed to rid the air of airborne allergens, they can be a wonder in any household. As you walk into your home, you bring with you particles that can trigger reactions with you, such as pollen, various bugs and vegetation, etc. Dust mites, house dust, mold spores, and fabrics are also allergy triggers for many people. Air filtration has proven its contribution to success with improved lung function in patients with allergic respiratory disease and asthma.
Pet-friendly homes get the added benefit of extra allergens floating around in cat and dog dander and other forms. Those who have been spending more time at home may have noticed a greater sensitivity to pet dander. Try a new air purifier or filtration system to relieve any reactions you may regularly encounter regularly.
Air purifiers can improve lung function
As is to be expected, ridding the air of certain toxins and other microscopic threats can greatly impact your circulatory system. Breathing in cleaner air reduces pain and inflammation in the lungs from particles scraping them and interfering with the circulatory landscape. Because of this, having an air purifier around can help reduce symptoms of respiratory illnesses, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and cystic fibrosis (CF). A high-quality air purifier with an activated carbon filter and medical-grade HEPA filter is a great investment, as it can make a huge impact on quality of life.
Air purifiers almost guarantee better skin
Free radicals are atoms that contain an unpaired electron. Because of this, they seek stabilization by searching for another electron. Free radicals rush to attach to any electrons they can find, which is where it gets tricky. The air is full of these little particles that – when given the opportunity – will attach to cells in the body. But the attachment does not benefit your body, and could eventually lead to the damage of DNA and other cells. When they attach to your skin, they can break down collagen and are responsible for advanced aging.
When you eliminate those harmful microscopic building blocks from the air, your chances for experiencing symptoms from their attachment decrease exponentially. With time, less factors contributing to aging will help re-develop elasticity and slow the development of fine lines and wrinkles., among other things.
Air purifiers can also drastically improve your quality of sleep, which will lend itself to the healing and regeneration of your skin. Enhance these effects by taking care of it with a natural skincare routine.
Air purifiers can help reduce your chances of contracting COVID-19
COVID-19 has been a living nightmare. Not only for all of the obvious reasons, but now – as well as any time an airborne illness has found its way into our cultural sphere – the safety and cleanliness of the air around us is being called into question. While people debated over how severe the virus was, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a statement claiming that it was airborne. Then there were debates about what “airborne” meant, and how far it could travel. How long could it stay airborne? How long would it live on surfaces?
Over a year into a global pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) still doesn’t have clarification entirely around how COVID-19 is spread. The SARS-CoV-2 and Potential Airborne Transmission information released by the CDC (updated in October 2020) indicates that smaller respiratory droplets are the culprit in high volume areas. It has also been proven that COVID can spread further and faster in cigarette smoke. With the emergence of new COVID-19 variants, it is important to keep following cleanliness protocols as advised by the CDC.
Our favorite air purifier is made by Enviroklenz. Promising to rid the air of chemical odors, allergens, and malodors, you can smell the difference in the air within minutes of turning it on. What we love about this machine is that it takes hospital-grade technology and applies it to a compacted system, with certified HEPA filtration guaranteeing the most finite clean. It’s also one of the most environmentally friendly systems overall, as the cartridge only needs to be replaced about twice a year. Those who struggle with allergies and asthma might benefit from looking into the Allergy Machine from Austin Air Systems as well.
Though it won’t have as much of an impact as the technology behind Enviroklenz and other air purifiers, a natural method of air purification you can engage with is decorating with organic eucalyptus leaves. Hanging eucalyptus from a shower head allows the steam to enact the purification properties of the plant at a more efficient rate, and makes your shower feel like an oasis escape. Other living options include plants that naturally purify the air, like spider plants, ivy and dracaenas.