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13 Air Purifiers That’ll Help You Breathe Better


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Be it pollen and pet dander or dust and mold spores, allergens are all around us — especially in our homes. And come the change of the seasons, it doesn’t matter how much you deep clean your rugs, wash your bedding, or dust your furniture: If you have allergies, shaking that runny nose and those itchy, watery eyes, can be a real problem, even without the threat of COVID-19 running rampant. One solution to keeping allergies at bay? Making sure the air quality in your home is at its best by investing in one of the best air purifiers on the market.

What is an air purifier?

An air purifier is an air filtration device that’s typically equipped with a high efficiency particle arresting (HEPA) that cleans the air around it by trapping and removing harmful particles, such as mold spores, dust, dust mites, pet dander, and other irritating allergens. That’s important, because according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, “a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities.”

With indoor air pollution becoming an increasingly bigger problem and Americans reportedly spending 90 percent of their time indoors, according to the EPA, improving the quality of the air you breathe inside your home is essential to living your best life.

The Benefits of Air Purifiers

Aside from providing allergy relief by removing common allergens from the air, it seems that air purifiers may also have psychological benefits. In one study, 100 air purifiers were introduced into homes that had at least one smoker present as a form of secondhand smoke intervention. At the end of the study, 70 percent of participants reported that smokers were less likely to smoke indoors with the purifier, thus helping cut down on the harmful effects of secondhand smoke within the home.

Best Air Purifiers for Allergies

Whether it’s for you or your baby, in a home or an apartment, there are dozens of air purifiers out there for every need and every budget. Keep scrolling for FIRST for Women’s picks for the 13 best air purifiers for allergies.

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