Some health benefits, achieved from using air purifiers, are reduction of allergies and asthma symptoms, cleaner air, and less indoor air pollution. The Environmental Protection Agency reports that air purifiers do not cure respiratory disease; they just remove the pollutants in the air. The purifiers do not cure the diseases themselves.
Air purifiers clean the air. They remove indoor pollution in even the cleanest home. The main job of air purifiers is the removal of small particles from the air. Mold particles are another problem that air purifiers can control well.
Air purifiers remove tobacco smoke from the room. However, not smoking at all keeps those inside the home safer than when people smoke there. Smoking is the leading cause to indoor air pollution. The purifiers help a little bit, but they do not remove all tobacco particles. People with asthma and other respiratory diseases will feel irritation even if air purifiers are in the home.
Air purifiers are excellent at removing respirable and biological particles that come from wood stoves, kerosene heaters or fireplaces. These particles can cause bronchitis or cancer. Gas from indoor cooking contributes to the need for removing those particles.
Air purifiers may help to reduce the formaldehyde found in some insulation, in homes built in the 1970s. Some manufacturers made drapes and plywood with it. Formaldehyde causes many symptoms like irritation to the nose, eyes, throat, rashes, coughing and tiredness.
Air purifiers mainly work on removing organic gases. The owner must set the purifier and check to see if the device does indeed remove VOCs, organic gases like paint, glues, and inks.
Air purifiers do not remove irritants for the majority of the problems with air in the home. The best way to purify the home is to clean it and remove the problems. Relying, on the purifier, to do it can lead to health problems rather than provide benefits to the buyer.
The World Health Organization reports that 2.7% of global disease comes from indoor air pollution. Some sources that cause indoor air pollution are wet carpet, cleaning and grooming products, heaters, air conditioners, and humidifiers. Home owners need to change the filters regularly. Cockroaches and dust mites and also sources of allergens that people overlook. Dander from pets can also cause symptoms of allergy and asthma. Air purifiers can remove pollen and some airborne bacteria.
For better health, the Consumer Safety Board suggests that people provide the proper ventilation, careful and thorough cleaning and using air purification where the other two fail.