Money is tight right now. Since the pandemic, a third of U.S. adults say they’re having difficulty covering everyday costs such as food, rent, or car payments. Even some households making above $200,000 are straining to pay basic expenses. Most of us can’t afford to throw away money on purchases that aren’t really worth it.
So… what about air purifiers? You already know that they can help make your air cleaner, but is that really worth the high price tag that often comes along with quality air purifiers? Here are five ways that air purifiers can actually save you money.
Allergy And Asthma Medication
While an air purifier won’t cure your asthma or allergies, it will make it a lot easier to breathe while you’re in your home, lessening your dependence on medication.
This relief is a big deal on both your lungs and your pocket! The total annual cost of asthma in the U.S., including medical care, absenteeism, and mortality, was $81.9 billion. The annual per-person medical cost of asthma was $3,266!
Allergy sufferers will also save money, which is significant because about one out of every five adults and children suffer from allergies in the United States. Allergies are responsible for 3.4 million lost U.S. work days each year, at a cost of $639 million. As a whole, consumers and employers spend as much as $2 billion per year on allergy treatment, including office visits, tests, medications, and immunotherapy (allergy shots).
Michael Palumbo, a physician and member of the Pennsylvania Allergy and Asthma Association’s board estimates that individuals often spend $60 or $70 in a week or two before they even come in to see a doctor.
True HEPA filters remove 99.95% of pollutants from your indoor air which can drastically reduce your need for asthma and allergy treatments, saving your money and your health.
Household dust is a mixture of sloughed-off skin cells, hair, clothing fibers, bacteria, bits of dead bugs, soil particles, pollen, dust mite residue, and microscopic specks of plastic. Older homes may even retain pollutants that have been banned, such as DDT.
Air purifiers will not remove dust from your home. But, they will eliminate it from your indoor air, causing less to fall on surfaces. While this doesn’t mean you can stop cleaning your home, it can make a difference in how often you clean it and how much you have to spend on cleaning products.
While the fresh smell of air fresheners may make you think your air is clean, the truth is that air fresheners are actually making your indoor air unhealthy.
The reason is that the “clean, fresh” smell that air fresheners emit contains a cocktail of potentially hazardous air pollutants that can lower your air quality. Even so-called green and organic air fresheners can release hazardous air pollutants. In fact, air fresheners are so toxic that their emissions can even affect outdoor air quality and contribute to photochemical smog.
Besides air fresheners being harmful to your health, they need to be replaced often… which can get expensive.
The good news is that air purifiers that use an activated carbon filter will get rid of bad odors from your home without the harmful effects of an air freshener.
Carbon filters work by using activated charcoal to remove gas and odors. Activated charcoal is charcoal that has been heated to a very high temperature. When the temperature of the charcoal is raised, the elements and compounds that were bound with the carbon atoms are removed and all the binding sites for carbon become “free” for binding with other molecules and atoms. This means that the gases and odors in your home get trapped in the carbon filter, leaving your home smelling fresh and eliminating the need to spend money on air fresheners.
This is the most important way that air purifiers can save both your wallet and your health. Poor air quality has been linked to lung disease, heart disease, obesity, cancer, and even dementia. Besides the obvious trauma and hardships that these illnesses can cause, the medical bills can be crushing.
Air pollution is made up of a complicated combination of suspended gases, solids, and liquid particles. There are numerous toxic ingredients in this mix, including ozone, sulfur dioxide, and carbon monoxide, all of which can cause serious health issues. But, the component that is most dangerous to your health is PM.
PM 2.5, also known as fine particulate matter, generally comes from smoke, dust, and exhaust. PM 2.5 is 30 times smaller than the width of the average human hair, so small that it can remain airborne for long periods of time, and infiltrate buildings and our bodies. Ultrafine particles are even smaller, less than .1 micrometer across. Their tiny size makes them almost impossible to monitor.
The problem with these tiny particles is that they are able to get around the body’s defenses against unwanted intruders, causing a whole range of health issues.
The good news is that an air purifier with a True HEPA filter can eliminate 99.5% of all the pollutants in your air, including these dangerous PM 2.5 particles. While investing in an air purifier may be difficult in the short run, the cost of your family’s health is priceless.