You buy an air purifier to keep the air in your home, offices, and rooms clean, so that you can breathe easier. But then one day it seems like the air purifier isn’t doing its job. In fact, it seems like everyone is coughing and sneezing a little more than when you didn’t have the air cleaner. What is going on? Is there a problem with the air purifier?
Not likely. Usually, when allergies, sinus or breathing problems seem to ‘flare up’ again, it’s a sign that the HEPA filter is full and needs to be changed. A HEPA filter, like any other filter, eventually gets clogged or fills up with pollutants—if it’s doing its job. And the reason it seems like allergy and sinus symptoms seem to get worse than before you installed the room air purifier is because a clogged HEPA filter will not let very much air pass through so some of the polluted air is being forced out the air purifier backwards, out of the seams, around the filter, etc, which blows polluted air up to our noses where we can breathe it in even more. And as a result, the air purifier continuing to blow around polluted air actually ends up lowering indoor air quality, and increasing allergies.
And what we want is quite the opposite: high indoor air quality, and low or zero allergy and sinus symptoms. The simple way to fix this is to make sure to replace the HEPA filters in your air cleaner as recommended by the manufacturer. This will ensure that you and your family continue to breathe clean air, and may even help keep you or family members from being sick, as true, certified HEPA filters can trap up to 99.97% or more of the dust and other particles that carry bacteria and viruses. And, when a HEPA filter is clean, that also helps keep the air cleaner quiet so you can sleep better.
There are a few things to remember when you buy HEPA air filters: make sure to get the replacement HEPA filters from the air purifier manufacturer, not some cheap after-market filter. Cheap, imitation filters are often not made of the same materials, will not clean the air as well, and may even void your machine’s warranty. Changing the filters on time will help reduce your electric bill, too, since an air purifier has to work harder to push the air through when the HEPA filter is clogged. And before going to the allergy doctor or buying more medications, change the HEPA filter and turn the unit on high for a couple of hours in the room where you spend most of your time, then let the unit run on low or medium for a day and see if your allergy or sinus symptoms are better.
At Air Purifiers and Cleaners.com, we sell the best replacement HEPA purifier filters for some of the best air purifier brands—Aller Air, Austin Air, Blueair, Winix, Tiger, Vapor Eze, and Electrocorp, for both home and commercial use. And since we are an online store, we don’t have the overhead of traditional stores so we pass those savings on to you with low prices and free shipping every day. We also have air quality experts available to answer any questions you may have. Give us a call toll-free at 1-800-701-2513! We’re standing by to help!
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