Most people know that air purifiers can reduce allergy and asthma symptoms and even help lower illness transmission. But, that’s not all that air purifiers can do! Here are some of the most surprising ways that owning an air purifier can benefit you and your family.
Helps you sleep better
Air quality affects everything about your health, including the quality and length of your sleep. And a good night’s sleep is even more important than you may realize. Sleep can affect your mental health, your weight, and even your immune system. People with sleep disorders are more vulnerable to a myriad of health problems including heart disease, high blood pressure, strokes, diabetes, and obesity.
The good news is that a high-quality air purifier with a True HEPA filter and activated carbon filter will remove the pollutants and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that have been shown to disrupt sleep patterns.
Makes you look younger
Many of the things that make modern life more convenient also bring in pollutants that can damage your skin. Multiple studies have shown a link between pollutants and wrinkles, discoloration, inflammation, and premature aging. The right air purifier can remove pollutants and help keep your skin looking its best at any age.
Improves your mood
Mental health is a complicated issue involving many different factors. But recent studies have consistently been pointing to pollution as one of the most common culprits of poor mental health. A recent study showed that counties with the worst air quality had a 27 percent increase in bipolar disorder and a 6 percent increase in depression, compared to the national average.
The effects are even more noticeable in children and teenagers. A study published recently in Environmental Health Perspectives, examined the link between short-term exposure to pollution and health effects in children. Just days after breathing in dirty air, the children’s mental health became noticeably worse.
The bad news is that the only thing we can really do as individuals about outdoor pollution is to avoid it. But, since most of us spend around 90% of our time indoors, a high-quality air purifier can make a big difference in your mental health.
Allows for safer pregnancy
During pregnancy, both the mother and baby are at increased risk of complications from pollution. Exposure to particulate matter is known to cause heart and respiratory health issues, as well as an increased risk of low birth weight and infant mortality.
Fortunately, a new study from Simon Fraser University showed that pregnant women who used HEPA air purifiers inside their homes gave birth to babies that weighed 85 grams more on average at term than women without use air purifiers.
Makes your home office safer
Your office is a major source of indoor pollution. Because of the equipment, carpets, and cleaning products that are typically found in offices, there may be a higher amount of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) than in the rest of your home.
VOCs are a combination of gases and odors emitted from a variety of everyday products. Short-term exposure to VOCs can cause headaches, respiratory irritation, nausea, lack of coordination, and excessive fatigue. The longer-term effects of VOCs in humans has not yet been fully studied, but VOCs have been found to cause cancer in animals.
To remove VOCs from your office, use an air purifier with an activated carbon filter.
Helps keep you at a healthy weight
A recent study by the University of Colorado Boulder found that young adults exposed to higher levels of ozone show more of a certain species of microbe linked with obesity and less overall microbial diversity.
One of the ways that exposure to polluted air may affect weight is in food preferences. The study seems to show that exposure to traffic pollution during childhood makes adolescents 34 percent more likely to eat foods high in unhealthy trans fats, regardless of household income, parent education level, or proximity to fast-food restaurants.
Fortunately, an air purifier with an activated carbon filter will remove harmful gases from your indoor air and help you maintain a healthy weight.
Increases your life expectancy
Every time you take a breath, not only are you taking in life-sustaining oxygen, but you’re also pulling a lot of pollutants into your body that are doing real damage. Of all the dangerous pollutants in the air, the most hazardous to your health are PM 2.5 and ultrafine particles. PM2.5, along with the even tinier ultrafine particles, are composed of a mixture of solid and liquid particles that are suspended in the air. PM2.5 particles are easily inhaled and are able to penetrate deep into your respiratory system.
One recent study called PM 2.5 “the largest environmental risk factor worldwide,” responsible for many more deaths than alcohol use, physical inactivity or high sodium intake. Another study showed that air pollution reduces global life expectancy by more than a year.
Fortunately, a high quality air purifier with a True HEPA filter can eliminate PM2.5 from your indoor air, improving your health, and increasing your lifespan.