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Why you must have an air purifier in your bedroom!

Nandini Muralidharan
Pregnancy

Created by Nandini Muralidharan
Updated on Dec 11, 2017

Why you must have an air purifier in your bedroom

It’s that time of the year when every news channel airs alarming stories about rising levels of air pollution in major cities. I have watched these stories year after year. However, for the first time, I realized that the air inside my home itself wasn’t really safe for me and my child! I have had bouts of wheezing throughout nights, waking up poorly rested and worrying constantly about my daughter (Mirra, 2.5-years-old today) who is breathing these harmful pollutants every day and night. When my mom, who lives in another city, where pollution levels have reached sky-rocketing numbers, suggested an air purifier, I decided to give it a go. 

 

What Does An Air Purifier Do?

 

An air purifier uses various filters to remove pollutants and contaminants from the air and improves the air quality indoors. A HEPA filter air purifier has a fan that will pull the air through HEPA filters, which removes particulate matter. Here are some sources of indoor air pollution: 

 

  1. Dust: Dust sitting on the coffee tables and bookshelves contribute to the poor air quality.
  2. Tobacco smoke: We’ve had frequent visitors who smoke, and the smell lingers on for hours and even days after. Passive smoke has considerably lowered the air quality at our home. 
  3. Cooking smells: While the smell of onions frying is immensely satisfying, it is hard to get rid of it soon enough. 
  4. Pet hair: Our golden retriever has no qualms about making every surface in the house his personal hair salon. 

 

Why Is An Air Purifier Important For Your Home?

 

When I realized how these little things grossly affected the air quality inside my bedroom, it was time to buy an air purifier. Once I started using it regularly, here are some benefits I observed over a few weeks:

 

Fewer colds: Thanks to the air purifier, the air was much cleaner; my allergic colds seemed to have reduced noticeably. My daughter slept better. We have a lot of pollen that comes in, resulting in my having a runny nose 9 days out of 10. Also, Mirra would often fall prey to coughing and sore throat. So, it was a huge relief when that number went down considerably! Also, harmful viruses that cause flu and other illnesses keep circulating in the house when someone falls sick. Filters designed specifically to tackle these can help control illnesses from spreading.  

 

No lingering smells: We’ve told our guests to smoke outside, but despite that, we haven’t been able to cut out tobacco smell completely. But our air purifier has noticeably cut down the odour of cigarette smoke from the house. Additionally, cooking smells are eliminated quite effectively, without turning into pungent, foul whiffs. 

 

How To Choose An Air Purifier?

 

Consider these things before you buy an air purifier:

 

  1. Purpose: Different types of filters work effectively against different contaminants. So, figure out your main culprit (is it dust, or pet hair, or something else?) before you choose the air purifier. A HEPA air purifier is quite effective if your child has breathing problems or asthma. 
  2. Size: Depending on the size of the bedroom where you will use the air purifier, choose an air purifier with the appropriate coverage. Choose one with a little more coverage, so that it will work well even on the lower settings, which means reduced energy consumption and noise.  
  3. Features: Consider what features are important – lower noise output, indicators that show how clean the air is, how easy it is to get replacement filters, and so on.  

Using an air purifier at home is one of the best decisions I’ve made for my child. This has only meant fewer illnesses and happier times! 

Disclaimer: A message sponsored by Philips to help you breathe easy. Opinions expressed above are independent opinions of the author.

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| Jan 12, 2018

Would have been really great if a video of the same could have been put instead of the blog.

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| Jan 12, 2018

thanks

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| Jan 12, 2018

I have a kitchen which is inside the house and live in joint family... air purifier could be useful fr me

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| Jan 11, 2018

It becomes difficult to close the doors during the day but its good in evenings and nights

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| Jan 11, 2018

good blog

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| Jan 11, 2018

I didnt know tobacco smoke could be so bad for kids. Thankyou for apprising us

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| Jan 06, 2018

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| Dec 25, 2017

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| Dec 13, 2017

Great one

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| Dec 11, 2017

correct... but how we will protect child when we are outside the house? They may inhale polluted air outside also.

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| Dec 11, 2017

amazing blog with useful inputs. thanks so much for sharing it!

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| Dec 11, 2017

very helpful. thank you so much

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| Dec 11, 2017

atleast for metro cities I think its good to have.

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| Dec 11, 2017

good to share.

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| Dec 11, 2017

HEPA air cleaner is what we need atleast. shouuld ellaborate more on this. these are really effective for kids having allergies

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| Dec 11, 2017

Since it controls odour it brings some additinal value along. Shall list it to be budgeted in next few monthns along with other purchasing for house

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