The One Invisible Thing You Didn’t Even Think to Clean

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Don’t be so busy polishing those baseboards and scrubbing the tub that you forget to clean and replace the one thing that really needs your attention: your air purifier filter. 

“Most people forget to replace their filters because if the machine is out of sight, it’s out of mind,” says Vinny Lobdell, an indoor quality air expert and the former president of Healthway. “Also if the pollution concern or odor is not present any more consumers don’t feel the need to continue to maintain their unit or machines.”

Even if you don’t smoke or have pets, your air quality isn’t necessarily clean; pollen, mold, dust, dust mites, viruses, and bacteria can still linger in your home. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that all air cleaners require regular cleaning and filter replacement. But how often should you replace your filters? “Everything is also based on how often you’re running the system and what the baseline pollution level is,” explains Lobdell. “Most manufacturers have a recommended run time before a filter needs to be changed.”

With the flu still going around and spring on the horizon, now is the best time to see if your filter needs to be cleaned or replaced. If you don’t already have an air purifier, consider investing in a system that’ll allow you to breathe easier, knowing that you’re keeping airborne viruses, odors, and bacteria away from you and your loved ones.

Here are a few air purifiers to consider.

For parents looking for peace of mind in their nursery, the Vornadobaby Purio Nursery Air Purifier was specially designed and built with little ones in mind. The Purio cleans the air and traps dirty diaper odors with the True HEPA filtration, removing 99.97 percent of the airborne contaminants and allergens from the nursery. 

For smaller spaces, offices, and bedrooms up to 200 square feet, Clorox Smart Air Purifier is ideal. With its smart filter, you can ask Alexa “What’s my indoor air quality?” and get an immediate reading. 

A home with one or two pets would benefit from the TruSens Smart Wi-Fi Air Purifier — which has a filter option that eliminates up to 99.97 percent of pet dander captured and helps eliminate common pet odors. It comes with a mobile app and is Alexa compatible, so you can know your air quality index in real-time. Additionally, the app notifies you when to change your filter and the UV light that kills germs and bacteria.