The Air Purifier We Use

A few people have asked me if I use an air purifier to help with my eczema and allergies. The answer is “Yes”.

I have been using this AeraMax 100/DX5 True HEPA Air Purifier since 2017. I have two, one for my bedroom and another I used to leave it in the office which I used to work in (very dusty).

Truthfully, back then I had a sudden trigger of very bad allergies (asthma and eczema), and along with my fast paced life style, I wasn’t able to do a thorough analysis of which is the best air purifier for my needs. I ended up getting this one.

Things to Consider When Shopping for an Air Purifier:

  • square footage of your space
    //we use ours for an approx. 200 square feet space
  • type of air purifier
    //There are many types of air purifiers, so first you have to determine your purpose of getting one. My purpose for getting an air purifier is to remove allergens, dust, dander etc. from the air. In particular, I have a severe dustmite allergy. Hence, I picked a TRUE-HEPA air purifier for it is said to be able to remove up to 99.97% of airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns, including pollen, ragweed and other allergens, viruses, germs, dust mites, mold spores, pet dander and cigarette smoke.
  • cost of replacement carbon and HEPA Filters
    //something I wished I considered back then. If you are going with HEPA air purifiers, you will definitely need to replace your filters. Carbon filters – once every 3 months. HEPA filter – once a year. And this can be quite costly.
  • The cost of NOT replacing your carbon/HEPA filters
    Initially I tried to save money by prolonging the use of filters – however what ended up happening is after a long time, the stuff built up over the filters, and one day I broke out in to hives (dust mite allergy) in the middle of the night, and I realized. It was the air purifier causing it. This is confirmed after I replaced the HEPA filters and carbon filters – the hives subsided. For days I didn’t turn on the air purifier until the replacement filters arrived.
  • Height of the Air Purifier
    I am pretty pleased with this AeraMax 100/DX5 HEPA Air Purifier over the years. However, in my opinion, there is a design flaw – its height and stature. I once had 2 of these air purifiers, the first one broke, because I accidentally knocked it over, and it cracked. It wasn’t salvageable as the unit started dispensing the allergens through the cracked hole. The remaining one that I still use now, has once almost got knocked down as well.

    Hence, if our air purifier breaks, I probably will do an indepth research to find one that best suits my needs.

What about you? If you have some experience with air purifiers and allergies, please share in the comments below. Always on a look out for a good air purifier.

Cheers,
Catherine

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