‘Tis the season for pesky indoor allergies.
When colder weather draws us back inside and the heat is turned on for the first time in a while, new particles are released into the air. It could be dust from your HVAC system that has built up over the summer, dander and hair from a pet that you’re spending more time indoors with, or irritation from secondhand or thirdhand cigarette smoke. These extra particles can lead to runny noses, sneezing, coughing, postnasal drip, a scratchy throat and itchy eyes. These symptoms, on top of the everyday colds and viruses, can make surviving the long Midwestern winter a total drag.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), air purifiers in your office or home are one of the most effective ways to improve indoor air quality.
How do they work?
Air purifiers suck air into the unit using an internal fan system. The air is passed through an air filter that traps larger particles, like dust-mites or pet dander. Not all air filters are built the same and each one addresses different air quality issues.
The Clean Air Station HealthWay Deluxe, offered by Wolverine Water, has a nine-stage filter that is 40x more effective than the average HEPA filter at removing ultrafine particles. After the air is filtered, it is released back out into the room, providing you with fresher, cleaner air.
What exactly do air purifiers filter out?
Most common air filters can grab airborne particles, down to 0.3 microns. Picture pet hair, dust build-up, pollen, mold and visible smoke. It’s important to tackle these common indoor allergens since they are huge culprits in indoor allergies.
But there are smaller particles in your home that may be causing uncomfortable symptoms, but can’t be removed using traditional air filtration methods. These include:
- Bacteria and viruses
- Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
- Smelly off-gassing from paint, new carpet, or new furniture
- Stale Odors
- Propane, Gasoline and Diesel Fumes
The Clean Air Station HealthWay Deluxe has a unique filter that provides additional protection from harmful airborne microorganisms, chemicals, gasses, and smoke. This system can purify air in up to 1,200 square feet of space.
What are the health benefits of cleaner air?
Purifying your indoor air can help alleviate uncomfortable indoor allergies and help prevent asthma flare-ups. Air purifiers can even help reduce airborne viruses, like COVID-19 (though air purifiers alone are not enough to completely protect you from COVID).
While taking care of short-term irritants is helpful, purifying the air in your home or office can also help you prevent long-term illnesses. Long-term exposure to molds, VOCs and tobacco smoke can lead to chronic breathing issues and in some cases, cancer.
Purifying the air you breathe is one step you can take towards protecting your health today and in the future.
At Wolverine Water, our No. 1 priority is our customers. If you have any questions about whether an air purifier is right for your home or office, give us a call today.