Because children are still developing, good indoor air quality at home is even more important for them than for adults. A child’s lungs and immune system are more susceptible to the negative effects of allergens and pollutants. Some toxins can even compromise brain development.
To protect your children, and your whole family, choose an air purifier that is most effective at removing the pollutants that are most harmful to kids.
Pollutants that cause problems for kids
Indoor air quality is impacted by a number of pollutants that come into our homes. They can be in the form of particles or in gaseous form. Many air purifiers can successfully remove both types, but if one is a particular problem, be sure the purifier you choose can handle that. Some common types of indoor pollutants include:
- Pet dander
- Dust mites
- Volatile organic compound (VOCs)
- Tobacco smoke
Why you should install an air purifier
An air purifier provides many health benefits for your family.
- Ensures your family is breathing clean air.
The EPA estimates that indoor air is two to five times dirtier than outdoor air.
- Removes unpleasant odors.
Odors from cooking or other sources can overtake your home.
- Traps airborne allergens.
Airborne allergens, such as pet dander, contribute to a number of unpleasant symptoms.
- Neutralizes smoke.
Smoke from tobacco or a fireplace can linger and make your home smell unpleasant.
- Traps dust.
Air purifiers keep your home cleaner.
- Removes 99% of airborne bacteria.
Today, we are all more conscious of the spread of airborne illnesses. Air purifiers can keep you healthier at home by removing bacteria.
- Combats seasonal allergies.
Seasonal allergies are uncomfortable and annoying. Eliminating the source from inside your home contributes significantly to your family’s wellbeing.
- Protects lung health.
Contaminants in the air can compromise respiratory health.
Best air purifier for kids
Choose an air purifier that can handle both particles and gaseous pollutants. Here is a look at some popular types.
HEPA (high-efficiency particulate arrest ace) filters remove 99.97% of particles 0.3 microns or larger from the air. They are the gold standard for allergen and airborne particle removal.
Activated carbon captures pollutants as they pass through the filter’s small, absorbent pores. They remove odors, chemicals and smoke, but not dust and allergens.
Ionizing air purifiers, UV air purifiers and other ozone emitters
A side effect of these types of air purifiers is the release of ozone, a toxin that can cause damage and development problems to the lungs of young children. Ionizers and electrostatic precipitators create ozone due to their high-voltage charge. UV air purifiers also emit ozone.
PECO (photo electrochemical oxidation)
PECO technology can destroy allergens and harmful airborne chemicals at the molecular level, rather than simply trapping them on the filter surface.