Air quality is taken for granted by some healthy people but ask anyone with allergies (is your dog scratching a lot?), asthma or other breathing challenges and they’ll explain how the quality can make or break their lives. It’s that dramatic. In fact, air quality is one of the big issues under consideration for brain health as well. Newer studies point to mold spores contributing to cognitive decline.
Good air purifiers are expensive, but not nearly as costly as medical/veterinary care needed to combat some of the diseases poor air quality can be responsible for. We may think the air in our homes is fine because we feel great, but there’s a wake-up call when a higher end air cleaner monitors the air and can show the readings for mold, bacteria, VOC and the ultra fine particles rather than dust alone. Ratings of air purifiers are iffy in my opinion because we’ve had different ones that were supposedly equal, but that’s not what we found in real life.
We chose the Dyson Pure Cool, DP-04-HEPA Air Purifier And Fan for several reasons. Honestly, if you’d told me I’d be writing accolades about this product I’d have laughed – but in my opinion it’s that good.
Dyson says “The sealed HEPA filter captures 99. 97 percent of allergens as small as 0. 3 microns makes this an ideal air purifier for allergies, pets, dust, pollen and mold spores.” True! I was experiencing odd sneezing ‘attacks’ in the late evenings even though I’ve never been diagnosed with allergies. They stopped cold. Morley’s ‘stuffed sinuses’ magically unstuffed themselves 😊This house is less dusty. The Dyson cleans a fairly large space rather than one room. We don’t have an open concept space here, yet the purifier does a great job of keeping the air clean in all rooms on one floor.
The fact that it reports humidity is a plus because 40-60% humidity lowers flu transmission. It also automatically senses & reports air quality on its LCD display, including ultrafine particles (PM 2.5), allergens (PM10), VOCs & NO2.
A major benefit in my world is the oscillating fan that moves almost 350 degrees. As a woman of a certain age (ahem) with sensitivity to heat, being able to keep the room cooler is perfect! The house can stay warmer while my area has the option of cooling without it affecting others.
Smart-phone compatible and Alexa enabled (not something I care about, but you might!), night-mode with a dimmed screen so as not to disturb our sleep.