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Air Purifiers-Yea or Nay?

So many companies are selling air purifiers for "better health". Those with asthma and outdoor pollen allergies look for better ways to manage their breathing health. Many companies that sell air purifiers claim to remove 99% of bacteria and mold. Bacteria is not usually airborne unless you have a lot of sick people sneezing in the space. Bacteria can be eliminated by using good hand washing practices and clean surfaces where food is being prepared.


Elevated levels of mold should never be in your home or commercial building and, if discovered, should be removed at the source. So, to answer the question, "Do I need an air purifier in my home to remove mold and bacteria?" - the answer is NO. Mold management is not an option but mold removal or prevention is. Mold in your foundation crawlspace can create problems for your indoor air, possibly not as much as some would lead you to believe but it should also be checked.


Dust, dander and skin cells (dust mites) should be handled with routine and regular dusting, wiping down of surfaces and vacuuming. Vacuuming should be done with HEPA filtered air movement to allow as much dust as possible to be trapped inside the filter. HEPA vacuum cleaners are also very helpful.


Fresh outdoor air is critical for clean indoor air. We recommend filtering the air coming into your home to reduce extra dust and pollen. Activated charcoal filters on HVAC systems can help reduce odors as well. We can help you analyze and determine specific recommendations for your home.


Minimizing the off-gassing of cleansers, soaps and shampoos is also critical for clean indoor air quality. Switching to organic chemical free products is easy to do.

We sell Norwex cleaning cloths and other chemical free products that allow you to clean most things with JUST water since the cloths and mop fibers are wrapped in silver, a natural anti-microbial.


Radon gas is odorless and colorless and can only be discovered by testing. Radon gas is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer. Only fresh air or a professionally installed radon remediation system can reduce the levels of radon in your home or office space.

Before you consider adding air purification to your home or workplace consult with an experienced Indoor Air Quality Professional- Indoor AirQualityMatters.Com 850.556.8888. My passion is to better help people understand their environment and their options. Thank you for reading this article. Cindy

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