Do you have any family members that smoke in your home? I understand how it can be hard to approach them about it, especially when it is your spouse or a parent. Going outside every time you want to smoke isn’t always convenient. So how exactly are you supposed to bring this up with someone so close?
I am in no way saying all smokers have to quit the habit immediately, but you also have to think about the effects second-hand smoke has on indoor air quality, especially when children are involved. Respiratory infections like pneumonia and bronchitis, more recurrent and serious asthma attacks, and chronic ear infections and coughing are all known to connect to second-hand smoke exposure in children and teens. Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is another common effect of second-hand smoke.
Besides being a health risk, the odor from the smoke itself can be bothersome to many people. Some smokers themselves don’t even like the smell and typically want to keep their houses smoke-free. Whether or not you’re a smoker and want to have a smoke-free home, an air purifier could be the solution to your problems.
Now, the important thing to keep in mind is that many air purifiers are not specifically meant to eliminate smoke or its smell. Most are made to kill particles that make allergens, pet dander and dust. So before you go online or into a store and buy some high-tech expensive air purifier that isn’t helping at all, be sure to carefully look into their specs and features.
The two things an air purifier has to do to combat tobacco smoke is; get rid of airborne particles that make the visible smoke and microscopic particles that make the smell.
Two of the best products out there for improving the air quality of your home if you or someone else smokes inside frequently are True HEPA filtering systems, which remove 99.97% of particles .3 microns and larger, including visible smoke. And an Activated Carbon Filter, which is what absorbs the smoke’s odor.
When searching for an air purifier, it’s important to stress that many of them will include a True HEPA filter, but most of them are not all that efficient at eliminating the smoke because they don’t have an activated carbon filter as well. The only kind of air purifier that will work is one that can soak up all the pollutants and chemicals from smoke. Money spent on any other will most likely just be a waste. There are some cost-efficient options out there for you. Be sure to compare prices and see if any special deals or offers circulating online.
At the end of the day, if buying an air filter is something you are seriously considering, I say take the plunge if you can. Even if no one in your household smokes, an air purifier might still be a worthwhile purchase. They get rid of offensive smells, and clean and filter the air, so you’ll definitely be breathing easier in no time.Read More