As I’m sure you gathered from my last post, I am interested in trying to stay fit and healthy, and my relatively tiny abode doesn’t necessarily make that very easy.
Besides exploring fitness equipment possibilities, I’ve also been thinking about the air quality in my apartment. With only a couple of windows on the same side of the building, it’s proven difficult to create effective air flow, and of course, I’m not too keen on opening them when it’s 100 degrees outside!
With this in mind, I’ve been thinking about buying an air purifying machine. I’m hoping to find a small one that will I can squeeze into a space in my home, yet will still do the job.
As soon as I started doing some research, I immediately came across HEPA filters. Here’s a video that explains what they are and why they’re worthwhile:
If you want to really want to dig deeper on what makes HEPA so effective, check out this story on the CNET site. I thought it explained the science behind the technology very effectively, and help persuade me that they are the way to go.
In addition, I a nice little article on Good Housekeeping that provides many tips on selecting an air purifier. The author’s recommendation to stay clear of ozone-generating devices (the ones that use an electrostatic charge to extract dust from the air) was a genuine revelation to me. Apparently, the ozone these machines produce is actually a lung irritant! Kind of defeats the purpose, doesn’t it?
Finally, I landed on the Consumer Reports website, which went into even greater detail on what I should consider when picking out an air purifier. Additional points they cover are operating costs, maintenance requirements (i.e., changing filters), and noise. That last one is a biggie for me, as I don’t want this thing making a racket when I’m trying to relax.
At this stage, I believe I’m ready to head over to that online mega-retailer (the one that has an “A” and a “Z” in its name!), check out some actual customer reviews and pricing, and make a decision. In the meantime, if you’re considering buying an air purifier, as well, check out some of the resources I listed here. Thanks for reading!