Do I Need an Air Purifier?
Grace Olivia Parry
If there were ever a time to flip the switch from health-conscious to health-obsessed, now would be it. We all know that a happy, healthy life bursting with vitality and longevity is the true definition of living the dream. But as much as your exercise routine and morning healthy eating might be working wonders for your mind and body, how healthy are your interior spaces?
When you spend months curating the perfect pieces to complement your chosen design theme, it’s hard to think of your space as anything less than lovely. But sprinkled from room to room can exist many pollutants. Airborne particulate matter like gases from chemical cleaning products and cooking, burning wood and building materials all can drastically reduce the quality of the air we breathe, which can have a lasting effect on the lungs.
So when you think to yourself, do I need an air purifier?–we have to be brazen enough to tell you, yes. Yes, you do.
Our healthy obsession begins right at home and extends to all your interior spaces. And as easy as it is to forget, this absolutely starts with the air we breathe. So in this guide, we’ll detail the risks we face with airborne pollutants and the fundamental reasons why an air purifier can help you. Let’s get into it.
The Airborne Risk
How familiar are you with the air we breathe? With what can actually be found in the air inside of your home, office or other space? Even after a fresh spring clean (or, arguably even more so, based on data), your interior spaces may not be as purified as you’d think.
And it’s not just dust mites and mold that are the main causes either. From your choice of cooking method to the oils you cook with, even making dinner at home can produce high levels of pollutants that lead to headaches, nausea and fatigue. Then, comes the cleaning up.
Choosing to work with chemical-based cleaning products, particularly those that smell good, can have the same effect on your airways as the pollutants on a busy urban road that sees 28,000 vehicles each day. Mind-blowing, we know.
Add to that pet dander, cigarette or fire smoke, and the airborne residue of any building work you may have going on, it’s a pretty confident and educated guess that an air purifier could help your space.
What Air Purifiers Do
Gone are the days when an air purifier could be seen and heard for all the wrong reasons. We now live in a world where our wellness tech is just as sleek as our statement interiors—all while doing an outstanding job at purifying the air. But even if an air purifier has found itself on your radar for all the right reasons, you may still be wondering, what exactly is it that one does?
When we start to think about the best ways of cleaning the air we live in, looking to cycle the air to bring in more clean air is the aim, right? But what happens when you’re not able to get a fresh stream of air throughout your space? This is where an air purifier comes in. Air purifiers clean the air within the room they are placed in by removing the pollutants and impurities that threaten to harm our health. Coway air purifiers can remove up to 99.99% of small particles in the air!
Who They Work Best For
If we’re going to look for an answer to the question, do I need an air purifier?, then we really have to look at who an air purifier works best for. And we can think about these in two main categories.
- The first is if you tend to have poor ventilation in your space. If you’re unable to bring in a lot more clean, fresh, outside air naturally, you may be at risk of consuming airborne pollutants. But even if you do have better ventilation than most, you may still find that the second class applies to you.
- Pet owners and people with allergies may notice the effects of airborne pollutants more than most. In fact, more than 24 million of us in the United States experience some form of asthma and allergic diseases. That means even with a properly vented space, those suffering from allergies can still be affected. So having a high-tech device that reduces the allergens in your air is quite literally what the doctor ordered.
How They Should Be Used
When you decide that you do, in fact, need an air purifier, it’s important to understand how exactly they should be used. An important first consideration: air purifiers work best on a per-room basis.
Your chosen air purifier, whether it’s the ever-popular and powerful Airmega 400 or the sleek and stylish Airmega 250, needs to sit in one room. It can be moved from room to room, of course, but it will work best to purify the air within that set room. Of course, it is encouraged to invest in multiple purifiers, especially for high-traffic areas in your interior spaces.
Choosing the 400 for your living area could work best to cover the larger space, but maybe the Airmega Icon would work perfectly in your office. It’s all about purifying in a way that works with your lifestyle.
The Benefits of Air Purifiers for Indoor Spaces
So when we start to think about the need for air purifiers and just how they add to your health and wellness goals, it’s important to look at what investing in this type of wellness tech can do for you. Going back to the facts, across a range of studies, the use of a True HEPA filter is proven to reduce particle matter by 50 percent. Not only that, but in a 2018 study, 130 households saw a 30 percent reduction in pollutants such as dust.
Whether you want the Airmega 230 to complement your office or an Airmega 150 to sit beside the crib, with a Coway air purifier in your interior space, you’ll be better able to breathe easily. So, the question is not: do I need an air purifier? but instead: which air purifier(s) should I choose for my space?
More information about Coway Airmega air purifiers
Unfiltered air is more prone to carrying dangerous contaminants. Coway Airmega HEPA air purifiers are designed to ensure your indoor air is cleaner, with fewer harmful particulates and unpleasant odors. With multi-stage filtration and a patented network of capture technologies, Airmega is able to filter out and remove up to 99.999%¹ of nano-sized particles down to 0.01 micrometers in size – that’s smaller than most allergens, bacteria, mold and viruses! For comparison, an average grain of pollen is 10–70 microns in diameter.
Airmega is perfect for improving air quality in living rooms, bedrooms, classrooms, studios and small offices. Coway’s HyperCaptive™ filtration system with Green True HEPA™ filter wraps any space in clean air, 24 hours a day. Learn more about Airmega at cowaymega.com.
¹Coway air purifiers have been proven to trap dust, pollen, dander, viruses and bacteria in the air based on KCL(Korea Conformity Laboratories) testing. They have been tested in a 30㎥ size chamber according to the Korea Air Cleaning Association standard (SPS-KACA 002-132:2018 Modified) to measure the 0.01㎛ size of particle removal rate. It was tested on maximum fan speed in normal room temperature and humidity conditions. The performance may vary in the actual living environment of customers. → Tested with 150, 160, AP-1216L, AP-1512HH, AP-1512HHS, 200M, Icon, IconS, 230, 240, 250, 250S, 300, 300S, 400, 400S
Grace Olivia Parry is a London-based writer with a penchant for Paris, good food, and fitness. When she’s not writing about the finer things in life, she’s cooking, practicing pilates, or planning her next trip.