While it may not be visible to the eye, good indoor air quality is important for your health. In fact, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, there is growing evidence that the air inside our homes can be even more polluted than the air outside. Irritants such as bacteria, mold, mildew, viruses, animal dander, radon, pesticides, and more are common in homes, says Steve Newcomer.
But you can get an air purifier to significantly decrease the number of pollutants in your home—and help you breathe better.
Since several wildfires have recently been raging in California, you may be wondering if you should invest in an air purifier if you live in the affected region (and don’t need to evacuate, of course). According to the Environmental Protection Agency, wildfire smoke particles are generally between .4 and .7 mm, which is within the range that a majority of HEPA air purifiers can filter.
Will Air Purifiers Help With COVID-19?
Don’t be fooled by any claims that air purifier manufacturers may make about their ability to kill COVID-19. In theory, coronaviruses are part of the size range down to .1 microns that manyHEPA devices can filter, but since the CDC claims the COVID-19 primarily spreads through person-to-person contact or contaminated surfaces and objects, filtering these airborne particles isn’t enough to prevent the spread of the virus.