A Reminder to Clean/Replace Your Air Purifier Filters

Itchy eyes, runny noses and regular headaches have been increasingly ailing our household. Emily is sensitive to pollen and other allergens, but normally I don't suffer noticeably unless there are fires around. But this tail end of summer has been annoyingly unpleasant for both of us, despite having the best home air purifying machine scrubbing our indoor air of allergens. Until only recently, the IQAir was a purifying messiah in a box...after 15-20 minutes on, Emily's allergies would completely disappear. But not lately. We cracked open the IQAIr and upon first glance it was obviously dirty, but not to an extent where one would register it as abnormal. Then we pulled out the pre-filter housing and discovered these perfectly padded and formed layers of dust mixed with cat fur underneath...

It's been a dry and dusty season here in LA, and even though we vacuum with regularity, the IQAir picked up more than a fair share of cat hair that clogged the pre-filter from creating enough air flow to efficiently filter the air. $60 later and a new air filter installed, we can already tell the air purifier is operating as we remember, hopefully resulting in less achy eyes and achoos around here. So if you've got an air purifier or two, now is a good time to replace the filters and charcoal screens inside. Take a peek inside...you might be surprised what the sum of the minuscule matter in your home has added up to create (maybe we can knit together a dust and cat hair FLOR-style rug for a reader giveaway).

Originally posted by Los Angeles/Gregory Han