Let’s face it, the air that we breathe isn’t pristine anymore.

The downside to living in urban centers is the constant pollution from construction, everyday vehicles, and industrial areas. For urban dwellers living and breathing gets difficult even within closed windows and doors when the PM levels hit 2.5 microns. Constant exposure to these microparticles leads to a detrimental impact on an individual's respiratory system. 


High levels of air pollution are considered equal to slow poison. Diseases such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pneumonia, cardiovascular issues, and weakened lung function are some of the illnesses that develop over time. 


Yes, you cannot change the air around you, but it doesn't mean that you cannot control what you take in. When you are in a public space, use a mask. While at home, you can use an air purifier. Air purifiers are a wonder of science. It's an assembly of simple moving parts. When assembled, they help clean the air in your sanctum. 


When you close your doors and windows, it doesn't mean that you're keeping out all the pollutants and chemicals. The air is saturated with particles that give your life.  It is also full of chemicals and harmful entities that reduce your life expectancy. Chemicals such as carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide increase the risk of you contracting dementia and Alzheimer's disease. These chemicals are by-products of combustion engines. Simple things such as household cleaners release ammonia, chlorine and phthalates. These toxic chemicals in small doses are regarded as harmless.  But due to today's lifestyle, an individual is constantly exposed to them. 


The filters in an air purifier absorb these toxic chemicals and give out clean air. The carbon filter inside an air purifier recycles the air-trapping of all of these harmful particles and gives out fresh air. 


How to choose the right air purifier 

1. Size matters 

Big isn't always better. One must consider the size of the room while thinking of making the purchase. It works on electricity.  Purchasing a large purifier will increase your energy bills. They aren't a one-time purchase. In 6-12 months, the filters need to be changed. One must always be aware of the recurring cost. 

2. Noise Level 

            The most common filter used in air purifiers is HEPA filters. They generally produce noise ranging between 35 to 70 decibels. The device is audible. When used in boost mode- it is loud.  For your child's room, make sure to look for the noise level as it can disrupt their sleep. 


3. Look for HEPA Filters 

HEPA stands for High-Efficiency Particulate Air. On paper, they can remove 99.97% of dust, pollen, mold, bacteria and airborne particles up to 0.3 microns in size. The market is saturated with HEPA-like products. While making the purchase, make sure to look for pure HEPA certification.