How to tell if you need an air purifier

We clean our homes but what about our air? Here's a few guidelines for deciding if you need an air purifier.

Allergies are bothersome business. Not only do they sometimes leave you sickly and tired but you can end up feeling as though the symptoms will never go away. Some sufferers find a little relief by staying indoors on a particularly pollen-filled day but inside your home is usually where the most allergens are found. Mold, mildew, dust, dust mites and pet dander are behind the misery of many allergy suffers. No matter how clean your home allergens can still remain floating in the air and hiding in inconspicuous places.

Initially many sufferers don't realize that allergies are the reason behind their symptoms. For years the condition can go undiscovered while the person not only experiences the endless cycle of ailments but an endless cycle of medical bills as well. Modern technology has introduced air purifiers and air filters which reduce the amount of allergens in the air. The purifiers are designed to pull air in, clean it up and send it back out into the home. Many allergy suffers have finally found some relief because of these useful machines.

Only a physician can tell you if you are definitely suffering from allergies but certain conditions point to the possibility. Itchy or watery eyes are one sign that suggest allergens could be involved. An allergy to pet dander in particular can agitate the eyes and cause skin to itch. If the condition persists over periods of time and recurs frequently it's entirely possible that allergens in the air are the cause.

Cold-like symptoms which are seemingly endless point towards an allergic reaction especially in young children. Sore throats, sneezing and coughing are some of the symptoms which suggest that the person isn't suffering from many colds but allergies instead.

Coughing is one way the body has of getting rid of foreign matter in the throat or lungs. When allergies are the culprit the coughing can go on month after month.

If you or other family members have had ill health, breathing problems, skin irritations, eye or throat infections it might be a wise idea to invest in an air purifier. Although other medical conditions can cause some of the same symptoms that are triggered by allergies the improvement of air quality offered by purifiers reduces the health problems of many families.

Not all air purifiers and filters are the same. Some require filters that have to be changed every so often and others simply have a grid that is wiped off and put back in the machine. Some of the filters are inexpensive whereas others are much cheaper. Some have indicators to tell you when the filter needs cleaned - a big plus for some people who have trouble remembering to change it. Some of the purifiers are loud whereas others run quietly. And if you have a particular concern, like mold, some purifiers offer the benefits of ultraviolet light, known to kill allergens such as mold spores. Take some time to investigate the purifiers and their benefits or downfalls before making a final purchase.

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