Find the Right Home Air Purifier


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Step 1: Air Quality Concerns

Select your most important air quality concerns (you may select up to 3)

Airborne allergens

40 to 50 million Americans suffer from allergies to airborne particulates. The most common airborne allergens are pollens, mold spores, pet dander, and dust mite excrements.

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Asthma

Asthma is a chronic disease that affects your airways, which are the tubes that carry air in and out of your lungs. Asthma can be triggered by airborne substances that cause irritation to the lung lining and mucous membranes of an asthmatic.

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Babies and children

Babies and small children are particularly vulnerable to airborne pollution because air pollution concentrations are found to be more concentrated closer to the floor.

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Bacteria / viruses

Bacteria and viruses become aerosolized and spread through the air when we cough, sneeze, or simply breathe. These infectious particles spread diseases, such as common colds, influenza and other diseases as serious as SARS, MRSA, and tuberculosis.

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

COPD is a term referring to two lung diseases, chronic bronchitis and emphysema. The condition is characterized by obstruction to airflow that interferes with normal breathing.

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Construction / paint odors

Odors and chemicals from construction or new paing can off-gas into the air you are breathing. Exposure to these airborne chemicals can cause itchy or watery eyes, sore throat, headache and nausea.

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Cooking odors

Cooking odors are caused by gases. Spices and different foods give off gases in our homes when they are exposed to heat as part of the cooking process.

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Household chemicals (cleaners)

Every day in our homes we are exposed to chemicals used to manufacture thousands of products that we use every day. Common household chemicals have been linked to more than 200 health problems.

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Fumigation / pesticides

Laboratory studies show that many chemicals used in pesticides can cause health problems, such as birth defects, nerve damage, cancer, and other health effects that might occur over a long period of time. Some pesticides also pose unique health risks to children.

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Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS)

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) is an unusually severe sensitivity or allergic-like reaction to very low levels of many different types of chemicals. MCS symptoms commonly include difficulty in breathing, sleeping, concentration difficulties, nausea, chronic fatigue, aching joints, and irritation to eyes, nose, ears, and throat.

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Musty smells / basement

Virtually all odors are caused by gases. Activated carbon media is ideal for absorbing the gases that cause musty smells.

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New carpet / new furniture / offgassing

Odors and chemicals from new carpet or new furniture can off-gas into the air you are breathing. Exposure to these airborne chemicals can cause itchy or watery eyes, sore throat, headache and nausea.

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Radon

Radon is a naturally forming, radioactive, colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas. As radon is inhaled, it can alter the cells in the lungs. These alterations can increase the potential for getting lung cancer. In fact, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer behind smoking. Radon is emitted from the ground and can enter the home through cracks in the foundation floor and walls, drains, and other openings. Note: Air cleaning is not a replacement for radon mitigation.

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Tobacco smoke

Tobacco smoke contains over 4,000 different chemicals, 60 of which are known carcinogens. Exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS), also know as secondhand smoke, significantly increases the risk of lung cancer and heart disease in non-smokers, as well as contributing to respiratory illnesses. Note: IQAir does not endorse smoking indoors. IQAir views air cleaning as a means in reducing the effects of second hand smoke only when smoking is unavoidable. In an environment where smoking indoors in unavoidable, smoking should be confined to only one room.

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Ultrafine particles

Ultra-fine particles are defined as those particles below 0.1 microns in size. Research has proven that these small particles can damage human cells by altering the shape of mitochondria, causing them to stop producing the cellular fuel and start producing other chemicals, which lead to more inflammation and human cell damage.

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Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. VOCs include a wide variety of chemicals. According to the EPA, concentrations of many VOCs are consistently higher indoors (up to ten times higher) than outdoors.

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Live near highway or busy street

Car exhausts contain a wide range of toxic substances that can have a serious impact on health. Potentially dangerous vehicle emissions include: ozone, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide, benzene, formaldehyde, polycyclic hydrocarbons, and lead.

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Volcanic smog (vog)

Vog is air pollution from an erupting volcano and includes particles and gases. Close to the volcano (for example, within 6o miles of Kilauea in Hawaii) vog can potentially damage the lungs and trigger a variety of respiratory and other illnesses.

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Wood-burning fires

Wood smoke is generated by the process of combustion. A single fireplace operating for an hour and burning ten pounds of wood during that time will generate 4,300 times more carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons than thirty cigarettes.

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Step 2: Environment

Do you want clean air in a specific area(s) or in your entire home?




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