So, air purification is an important topic.
Depending on where you live, it might even be important to your longevity. However, can air purifiers cause a sore throat?
The answer is, “That depends”.Read more
So, air purification is an important topic.
Depending on where you live, it might even be important to your longevity. However, can air purifiers cause a sore throat?
The answer is, “That depends”.Read more
Nearly all air purifiers on the market feature a HEPA filter as part of the filtration system.
And unlike UV air purifiers, those with a HEPA filter must be cleaned regularly to function properly.
When I first bought my air purifier, I had no idea what a HEPA filter even was, never mind that I needed to clean it.
So, if you’re wondering how to clean the HEPA filter in your air purifier, you are in the right place.Read more
Levoit is one of the top brands of air purification appliances on the market today.
The brand is so reliable and creates excellent air purifiers that I needed a little convincing to get one myself (I own the Levoit 300s).
I immediately put it to use the door the second I got my unit through the door.
Within hours, it made a massive difference to my quality of life by cleaning the air from all irritants that typically trigger my asthma.
After some weeks, I knew it was time to clean it, but I had yet to learn how.Read more
I bought my air purifier because I was suffering from severe allergies and wanted all irritants in the air gone.
And while my air purifier did a fantastic job, not long after, I noticed that my air purifier was releasing white dust, or at least that’s what I thoughtRead more
I’ve owned the Levoit 300S for over 4+ years, and I’ve never had any problems with it.
It made a difference in my life as I no longer suffer from seasonal allergies as I did before owning it.
However, about 10 months into owning it, a red light started to flash, quickly worrying me.
The last thing I wanted was for my air purifier to have broken or not to operate properly.Read more
When I decided to buy myself an air purifier, I was surprised at the sheer number of different air purifiers available on the market.
But one type of air purifier that stood out from the pack when I was shopping was the UV air purifier.
I was familiar with using UV light to disinfect and cleanse the air.
Still, I had no idea that the technology was also being added to everyday air purifiers.
That said, I was concerned about the safety of these air purifiers.
I was already familiar with the fact that some ionic air purifiers can produce ozone, which is why it’s best to stay away from them.
So, I wondered if UV air purifiers had a similar effect and if I was better off not spending any money on such an appliance.
That’s when I researched and found out a fair amount about UV air purifiers.
And in this article, I’ll go over everything I know about the safety of using UV air purifiers in your home.
As the name suggests, UV air purifiers are air purifiers that also use UV light to clean the air.
Some air purifiers rely solely on UV lights for purification, like in-duct models.
In contrast, others use UV light as an additional cleanser on top of their existing filtration system.
Regardless of which one you go for, they all work the same.
These air purifiers use UV lights to clean the air, which is excellent for disinfecting and removing harmful particles from the air.
These air purifiers are popular because they target particles that other air purifiers might miss.
For example, most portable air purifiers that don’t have UV lights only use HEPA or carbon filtration to clean the air.
The filters on most air purifiers are great for capturing small particles like dust and pollen while absorbing harmful VOCs and other gaseous particles in the air.
While this is great and makes a huge difference in air quality, these air purifiers don’t target or eliminate viruses and bacteria.
So, UV air purifiers are ideal for people who want to breathe in safer air at home that doesn’t contain viruses and bacteria that can cause disease.
But how do UV lights eliminate bacteria in the first place?
Well, I’ll explain that in full detail in the next section so you can wrap your head around how these air purifiers work.
UV lights clean the air in the same way sunlight does.
If you’ve ever sunned your pillows to clean them, you’re already familiar with how UV lights.
When you use UV-light air purifiers, the device emits a UV-C light, which doesn’t naturally enter our atmosphere.
Since these lights aren’t naturally present on Earth, most organisms have no natural defenses against them.
As a result, exposure to UV light can successfully eliminate many viruses and bacteria in the air.
UV-C lights are such effective cleansers that we aren’t just using them for the air.
In fact, people use UVC lights to clean water and even eliminate harmful pathogens from specific surfaces that have been exposed.
There are different types of UV-C air purifiers on the market, and each works slightly differently when cleaning the air.
To start, let’s look at the in-duct UV air purifiers.
These air purifiers are installed into an HVAC system and emit a UV light that the air has to pass through before being released back into your room.
This causes airborne pathogens and bacteria to die before they float around the air and enter our lungs.
Portable UV-C air purifiers work in a very similar fashion.
However, instead of shining the light inside the vents, these air purifiers shine a UV-C light in the room.
Typically, these air purifiers have multiple filtration systems working simultaneously.
For example, while the HEPA and carbon filter deal with solid and gaseous particles, UV-C light takes care of viruses and bacteria in the air.
I wrongfully equated UV air purifiers as the same thing as ionizer air purifiers, which I recommend staying away from at all costs.
This is because ionizers, while they are excellent at eliminating particles from the air, create ozone as a by-product of the cleansing process.
This can be very dangerous as ozone can cause many problems if you breathe in too much.
And even if ionizers produce small amounts of ozone, it’s best to stay on the safe side and avoid them in general.
But can I say the same about UV air purifiers?
Luckily, UV air purifiers don’t produce as much ozone as ionizers, which makes them inherently safer than ionizers right away.
However, consider that UV lights can still produce ozone when reacting with particles.
That said, you don’t have to worry about exposure to the light itself doing any harm.
Humans usually don’t react negatively to UV light, though I don’t recommend looking directly at the light.
But since these air purifiers produce small amounts of ozone, you might want to turn off the UV light occasionally, especially when in the room.
That said, UV air purifiers are generally very safe appliances for people looking to cleanse the air at home.
You can use these air purifiers to effectively clean the air in an indoor space, keeping your respiratory system safe from harmful viruses and bacteria.
As I mentioned earlier, shopping for UV air purifiers can be difficult because there are many types to pick from.
And while it might seem complicated at first, I quickly learned that most UV air purifiers fall into one of two categories.
So, let’s look at these different categories to better understand which UV air purifier would be the best option for your needs.
The first type of UV air purifier is an in-duct system.
As you might guess, you have to hire professionals to install these air purifiers in your HVAC system.
These air purifiers emit a UVC light in the vents of your HVAC system, so all the air that comes out of the vents is clean and free of harmful pathogens.
On top of that, these air purifiers are built into your HVAC system, so it cleanses all the indoor air right away.
While these air purifiers might be more expensive, remember that you’ll only need one air purifier for the entire house.
This can be way more convenient than portable air purifiers that you have to move from room to room.
So, these air purifiers may offer significantly more value than your typical portable air purifier.
That said, portable air purifiers with UV lights can still be helpful and could be just what you need.
But to give you a better idea if they’re for you, I’ll discuss these air purifiers in more detail in the next section.
As the name suggests, these are air purifiers that you’re supposed to move around the house on demand.
When you think of modern air purifiers, these are probably the ones that come to mind, as they are way more common than an HVAC air purifier.
These air purifiers use both filtration and UVC lights to cleanse the air.
So, aside from emitting a UVC light to eliminate specific pathogens and viruses, the machine uses various filters to capture different particles floating around the air.
This is why portable air purifiers might be the more practical option for many people.
The downside to portable air purifiers is that they are designed for smaller spaces.
You won’t be able to find a portable air purifier that can handle an entire home.
Instead, you’ll have to move the air purifier around or buy multiple models to clean the air at home.
Even if you get a bit more protection from portable air purifiers, they can only protect you in the room where they are in.
With that said, both types of UV air purifiers can significantly protect your respiratory system.
However, deciding on an air purifier that best fits your needs is essential before going on the market and checking out the different options available to you.
The first thing you need to do when considering a UV air purifier is to determine if you want an in-duct system or a portable air purifier.
Each comes with its own benefits, and it’s up to you to figure out which one better suits your needs.
But even if you choose a specific type of UV air purifier, you’ll still be faced with many options when shopping.
So, here are other things to keep in mind when buying a UV air purifier to make the entire shopping process much more manageable.
When buying an air purifier, it’s essential to consider the CADR or clean air delivery rate.
This basically refers to the air purifier’s ability to clean the air.
Ideally, you want an air purifier with a CADR that’s at least 2/3s of the total room size.
For example, if you have a room that’s 300 square feet, you will need an air purifier with a CADR of at least 200.
If you buy an in-duct purifier, you won’t have to worry about CADR.
Still, it’s essential when buying a portable air purifier.
With that in mind, you should measure the area of the room where you plan on placing the air purifier before buying one.
That way, finding the right air purifier for your needs will be much easier.
The next thing to consider is the filtration system.
As I mentioned earlier, most portable UV air purifiers have a filtration system that works with UVC light.
For the best results, I recommend getting an air purifier with a carbon filter and HEPA filter.
These air purifiers use HEPA filters to capture solid particles in the air, like dust, pollen, and similarly-sized pollutants.
On the other hand, the carbon filter absorbs harmful gases like smoke, VOCs, and even strong odors that may be annoying to deal with.
If you want to make the most out of your air purifier, keep it on as much as possible.
Ideally, your air purifier should be on 24/7.
But if you want to always leave your air purifier on, you need to get an energy-efficient model.
So, check out the air purifier’s power consumption and ensure the machine doesn’t use more power than it needs to clean the air.
If you’re considering buying a UV air purifier, I wouldn’t tell you not to because they’re great.
Despite a widespread belief that UV air purifiers can be dangerous, they aren’t.
I’ve owned mine for over 5+ years and have had zero complaints.
However, there is one concern you would want to keep in mind, and that’s the fact that UV air purifiers produce small amounts of ozone.
But besides that, you can’t go wrong with either if you buy a unit with only a UV light or one that uses UV on top of an existing filtration system.
One of the ways I made sure that my house was ready for winter was by buying a space heater.
That way, I won’t have to worry about feeling cold and uncomfortable in my home.
But when I went on the market to buy a space heater, I was quickly confused by all the options available.
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Until my late teens, I lived in a tropical climate that provided warm weather year-round.
So when I moved up north for work, you can imagine how uncomfortable I was when temperatures dropped below 50, especially in the winter.
Aside from adjusting to the new city’s culture, I also had to find an appliance that I had never used before: a heater.
I had two options for heating my flat, and I had to decide between a space heater and a gas furnace.
Since I had just moved in, I didn’t want an appliance that would rack up my bills and cost me a lot of money to run.
So, I tried to find out which heating appliance would work better for me while also costing me less in the long run.
I asked experts, hopped on message boards, and explored forums to find the answer.
And while there was definitely one appliance that used less power, I discovered that it may not be the best option for some people.
If you’re looking to figure out which appliance is cheaper to run and which one is the better pick for your home, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I’ll be explaining how both of these appliances work and which one would cost less to keep your indoors warm and comfortable.
I’ll also go over some of the pros and cons of each appliance so you can determine the better fit for your home.
A gas furnace is a central heating system.
This means you can use one gas furnace to heat all of the rooms in your home on demand.
Gas furnaces can produce heat consistently by safely burning gas via their built-in burner.
Then, the heat from the burner travels to a heat exchanger, which gets very hot.
After that, the furnace blows air through the heat exchanger, warming the air before it gets released and mixed with the air indoors.
When the hot air is released, the room temperature goes up.
On top of that, you can put vents in every room so that the gas furnace heats up the entire home.
This is why gas furnaces can be a cost-effective and convenient option for larger homes.
Installing and maintaining a central heating system at home can be a huge hassle, especially if it breaks down.
So, if you’re looking for a more scaled-down approach to heating your space at home, you might want to take a look at getting yourself a space heater.
Space heaters accomplish the same goals as a central heating system but on a smaller scale.
As the name suggests, these heaters are designed for smaller spaces, such as a single room in an apartment.
Now, suppose you have a large home with many rooms.
In that case, I don’t recommend getting space heaters, as you’ll need multiple appliances to keep everyone warm.
But suppose you live in a small apartment alone like me.
In that case, a space heater is an excellent option if you don’t want to go through the hassle of installing a central heating system.
Space heaters work similarly to gas furnaces by blowing hot air through a vent to raise the temperature.
One difference is that these heaters don’t burn gas to generate heat.
Instead, they use electricity to heat the exchanger before blowing air over it.
I own a space heater with an air purifier for my apartment, and it’s excellent for several reasons.
For one, I can point it towards me if I’m super cold and want to warm up fast.
Space heaters are also much simpler to operate, are generally safer to use, and are portable, meaning you can move them from room to room.
It can be hard to determine which type of heating appliance will cost more to run.
This is because you must consider the type of heater you have, the size of your home, how you plan on powering the heater, and several different factors.
With space heaters, one of your primary considerations is the size of your heater.
Generally, a smaller space heater will consume less electricity than a larger space heater.
So, if you have a larger space heater, you must prepare to pay a higher fee to keep it running.
Additionally, if you put your space heater in the hottest settings, you will consume more electricity.
But on average, experts say that an average-sized space heater costs around $60 per month to run.
However, remember that this also depends on how much your electricity costs per kWh in your area.
On top of that, the cost of running a gas furnace will also vary depending on several factors.
To start, you have to consider the cost of gas in your area.
Another thing you need to consider is how often you run the furnace and what temperature you set it to.
Again, the higher the temperature and the more often it is on, the more you will have to pay.
Generally, a gas furnace costs between $150-$200 a month.
And while that may be significantly more than a space heater, keep in mind that a gas furnace can heat your whole home rather than a single room.
With a space heater, you will be paying around $60 monthly to heat one zone or room in the home.
If you’re looking to heat the whole house, you need multiple space heaters, so the costs can add up fairly quickly.
With gas furnaces, you heat multiple rooms in the home, so it might be the more economical choice.
That said, some people would benefit more from a space heater, while others might benefit more from a gas furnace.
So, when choosing which appliance to heat your home with, consider your needs and go from there.
So, which heater would be the best option for your home?
Well, that depends on several factors.
Here’s a breakdown of the costs and benefits of each heater to help you figure out which type of heater would work best for you.
That way, it will be much easier for you to decide which one is the best fit for your home.
When it comes to upfront costs, you will be spending much less for a space heater, especially if you’re only buying one.
Some space heaters are as cheap as $20, so they’re easily affordable if you’re not someone looking to heat up your home with DIY methods.
However, you will have to splurge more if you’re looking for a high-quality model.
Generally, space heaters in the $100-$200 range would be decent and serve you well, but you can spend as much as $300 for a top-quality option.
It’s worth mentioning that, in some cases, you might even be better off purchasing an all-in-one heater with a humidifier and an air purifier.
So if you have a bit extra money, don’t hesitate to invest in an excellent and multi-functional appliance.
Conversely, a gas furnace will cost around $1,000-$4,000.
This includes the actual furnace and hiring a professional team to install it for you.
I highly suggest hiring a professional team to install your gas furnace to ensure it’s installed properly and heats your home safely.
You might think that gas furnaces are way more expensive than space heaters and aren’t worth it.
However, keep in mind that if you buy a $250 space heater, you’ll only be able to heat one room at a time.
And when you invest in a gas furnace, you buy an appliance that will be able to heat every room in your home.
So, getting a gas furnace might be cheaper in the long run.
However, that’s if you own your property.
You won’t need a gas furnace if you rent an apartment or a small home.
I personally rent my apartment, and if I one day decide to leave, I won’t have to leave behind a gas furnace worth thousands.
Instead, I’ll grab my $80 portable space heater and take it to my new place.
When it comes to operating costs, to get the most out of your money, you need to take a look at the space you’re looking to heat.
If you have a small room to heat, a space heater will be much better than a gas furnace.
This is even though electricity costs more than gas.
I pay around $100 in electricity during the winter and have my space heater on most of the time.
If you’re looking to heat a larger home with multiple rooms, using a space heater isn’t ideal, as the electricity bill will quickly rack up.
In that case, I’d recommend going for a gas furnace, which will cost you around $200-$300 per month.
This includes heating your entire average-sized home for hours every single day.
You could expect to pay double that if you heat up your average-sized home with multiple space heaters.
So, both appliances are great.
It just really depends on your current circumstances.
Regarding convenience, space heaters are the most convenient option to heat your home from two.
They don’t break often, and even if they do, you can easily replace them without calling a team to remove and re-install a new one.
Unplug the old model, recycle it, and replace it with a new one.
Space heaters will save you thousands of dollars in long-term maintenance fees, replacement parts, insurance, and other costs.
Aside from that, even if you have a larger home, you can take the space heater to another room if needed.
Most space heaters are very lightweight and easy to move around.
As someone who rents an apartment, moving in was easy, and moving out will be too.
I won’t have to leave behind a gas furnace worth thousands of dollars.
That said, keep in mind that you won’t be able to heat up a bigger space when you use a space heater.
So, when trying to find the more convenient option, consider your space and your needs, as the better heating appliance may vary for everyone.
No matter which appliance you end up going for, there are always things you can do to reduce your energy bills at the end of the month.
Below, I’ll share some of the little things I do to keep my home warm without it costing me a fortune.
This might sound counter-intuitive, but you should keep your gas furnace or space heater on all the time if you want to save money.
This will prevent the appliance from heating up a cold home or room entirely every time.
Instead, when the heater is on, it will only work when the temperature drops to maintain the set temperature.
Do note that this strategy will only work if you have an energy-efficient heater and don’t have a massive space to heat up.
If it’s cold outside, keeping your windows or doors in your home open will let in cold air, which will cool down your room.
This means that the heater will need to work extra hard to heat up the new cold air you let in, which will cost you money.
You can still open your windows daily. I do that, and it’s normal.
Keep it to a minimum, though, around 5-10 minutes twice daily.
Choosing between a space heater and a gas furnace can be challenging.
To make things easy, you should consider your needs first.
Between the two, a space heater will cost less to buy and is cheaper to run if you only want to heat a small room.
If you’re looking to heat a larger room or an entire home, a gas furnace will be cheaper to run in the long turn.
This is because gas is cheaper than electricity in most parts of the world.
If you’re renting, go for a space heater every time.
There’s no point investing thousands in a gas furnace if you don’t plan on living at the property for years in the future.
With the rising levels of air pollution, we’re already starting to see the impact of poor air quality on our skin.
The negative impact of polluted air on our skin is significant, from increased acne, rashes, and irritation to faster aging skin.
And although we can’t do much about the air quality outdoors, there’s a lot we can do about it inside our homes, thanks to air purifiers.
These appliances are becoming increasingly popular and for a good reason.
Using an air purifier has many benefits, many of which are for your skin.
But before I discuss the benefits of using an air purifier for your skin, it’s essential to understand how air purifiers work.
Though they might seem complex, air purifiers are straightforward machines.
Mostly, they feature a motor, a filtration system, and a fan, all enclosed in a nicely designed case.
When the air purifier is turned on, it will suck in air, push it through the filtration system, and release the air back into the room.
During that process, the polluted air remains within the air purifier.
In contrast, the clean air is released back into the room.
Each air purifier works slightly differently, but for simplicity’s sake, the above will explain how air purifiers work in most simple terms.
When using the correct type of air purifier, there are five benefits that your skin will experience the most.
I will go over each one in more detail below.
Everyone gets skin irritation sometimes, but people who suffer from skin irritation daily have the most trouble.
While having a dirty pillowcase or sleeping with make-up can cause skin irritation, so can the irritants and pollution in your indoor space.
That’s where an air purifier comes in handy.
Using an air purifier will effectively remove all irritants from the air that can cause skin irritation.
As you age, your skin will too.
It’s a part of life, and there isn’t much you can do about it.
However, the impact of age on your skin doesn’t have to be as significant as you think.
Thanks to using an air purifier, you’ll give your skin the perfect indoor environment to thrive.
This will ultimately slow down aging skin and make you look younger than you are.
If you’ve used an air conditioner at home, you’ll know how dry it can make the air feel.
When using an air purifier, you don’t have to worry about dry skin anymore.
This is because air purifiers not only purify the air but they also do it while maintaining all of the moisture in the air.
When it comes to acne, air purifiers can be particularly beneficial.
Regardless of the severity of your acne, keeping your face as clean as possible from any irritants is essential.
And while you might not be touching your face with your hands, it will always be in contact with the air inside your home.
If the air isn’t purified, all the dust and solid particles floating around will come in contact with your acne and worsen things.
Germs, and pollen, amongst other irritants present in the air, are the biggest trigger for skin rashes and diseases like Eczema, Angioedema, and Hives.
Using an air purifier to cleanse the air from all of these irritants is the best way to stop skin diseases and rashes in their track before they become problematic.
First, you must make sure you buy a quality air purifier.
While you can find some good budget-friendly options, most cheap air purifiers feature replica filtration systems, which are not that good.
To see the most significant benefits for your skin, you want an air purifier with a pre-filter, a carbon-activated filter, and a true HEPA filter.
These filtration systems are great at capturing both gaseous and solid particles that can irritate and negatively impact your skin.
When shopping around, ensure that the HEPA filter you buy is a “true HEPA filter” and is at least class H13.
This means it has passed the HEPA standards, which means it can purify the air from 99.97% of all solid particles.
As for the carbon-activated and pre-filter, those are pretty standard and cannot be faked, though practice your due diligence before buying.
Before you spend your hard-earned money on the first air purifier you come across, there are a few things I want you to consider.
The filtration system you opt for will make the most significant difference in whether or not you get the benefits you’ve read about today.
Since air quality impacts your skin, you want an air purifier with a filtration system that can effectively eliminate all irritants in the air.
So, you want to look for an air purifier with a multi-stage filtration system.
I recommend getting a unit with a pre-filter, a true HEPA filter, and a carbon-activated filter.
Such a unit will effectively remove pollen, dust, and other solid particles affecting your skin.
It will also eliminate gaseous particles such as VOCs and smoke from cigarettes and fire, amongst others.
Not all air purifiers are designed to perform the same.
Some air purifiers have a larger air purification capacity, making them more suitable for larger spaces.
Others have a smaller air purification capacity and are designed for smaller rooms.
So, before you go out shopping, measure the square footage of your room and look for a suitable air purifier.
That way, you will buy just the perfect-sized model for your indoors.
Aside from the direct benefits, your skin will experience when using an air purifier, the benefits don’t end there.
Using an air purifier 24/7 inside your home will bring many other health benefits, which I’ll discuss below.
Please note that the below benefits are the ones I have personally experienced over the last five years.
One of the most significant advantages of using an air purifier while sleeping is improved quality sleep at night.
I used to wake up tired, unmotivated, and fatigued quite often.
Since I bought an air purifier and have used it when sleeping, bad-quality sleep has been rare.
So, get an air purifier if you’re having trouble sleeping at night.
Breathing in fine-quality air before and during the night will help you feel refreshed and ready to take on the day.
Buy an air purifier with a multi-stage filtration system. It will effectively take care of most solid and non-solid particles.
As a result, you will get to breathe purified air free from potentially harmful particles.
This will significantly reduce your risk of breathing in viruses and bacteria that can irritate your respiratory system.
I have not had a cold in several years, despite being amongst the people most prone to catching viruses everywhere I go.
I’ve had asthma since I was young.
And over the years, the symptoms have gotten progressively worse.
This was partly to my moving to the bigger city, experiencing more stress from everyday life, and several different factors.
However, since buying an air purifier, my asthma symptoms have dramatically reduced.
Those seasonal allergies that used to bother me are now long-gone too.
When I lived in India, I had to buy an air purifier to purify the air in Delhi because the air quality was terrible.
My blood pressure was through the roof, and it made sense.
My body was trying to operate while breathing heavily polluted air, which it wasn’t used to.
Studies show that reducing your PM2.5 particle intake from 11 to 7 micrograms is enough to lower your blood pressure.
I’m not diabetic, but I came across a study that shows a strong link between the level of PM2.5 particles and an increased level of diabetes.
So, if you live in an environment polluted with PM2.5 particles, having an air purifier will reduce your chances of diabetes.
If you suffer from skin conditions, be it acne or rashes, or generally have dry skin, an air purifier can help.
Thanks to its advanced air purification system, the unit can eliminate all air particles irritating your skin and causing it to react.
And the beauty of air purifiers is that they don’t just help your skin.
They can also significantly improve your sleep quality, reduce your chances of catching a virus, and improve your respiratory health.
To reap all these benefits, you must buy the right air purifier with the appropriate filtration systems.
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