Managing Difficult To Treat Asthma: How My Allergist And HEPA Air Cleaners Enabled Me To Handle A Life-Long Illness
We try to get several medium capacity ones as opposed to just a couple of big ones. We feel the smaller ones in capacity give us the opportunity to put air cleaners close to spots that we tend to be located in a great deal. The other advantage is that it gives us enough to have one for each bedroom. We spend more time in our bedrooms than any other spot; spots where we spend much of our lives are a must for particulate, dust, and pollen/pollutant control. More means you can arrange them as needed. It also means that the failure of one machine of two does not leave us with inadequate filtration for several days as we hunt for a new one. You're welcome. I enjoy writing this type of thing and helping. It puts my curiosity to good use. Ha.... :- ))
P.S. I've read recently that the washable kind aren't tending to be as cleanable as was once thought. So, we vacuum our charcoal pre-filters several times before replacing them. Basically that vacuums up all the cat hair and helps that filter work for a while longer for larger things in the air. When we vacuum the pre-filter, we also vacuum the front side and back side of the HEPA filter too with our round brushes about the size of a fist. We always use a HEPA vacuum cleaner when we do this or most of that dust goes right back into the air you breath with many vacuum cleaners. We do that every two weeks. We're not compulsive, but almost always do it. Sometimes when life is very hectic, it goes for three or four weeks, but not often. You'll find that the Honeywell's circular air cleaners are quite a bit less expensive than the towers and are much more frequently on sale. We always buy ones with at least 3 speeds to help us to control noise. On high-setting they can get irritating at times, but we've adjusted gradually to the rushing air noise they make. Yes, you will get used to the noise. It takes patience and ear-plugs sometimes, but you'll sleep well in the end. Hope this helps you. I had all kinds of serious allergic issues too including hives, severe itching, and contact dermatitis, since age 2 1/2. Thankfully new medicines like Xolair, a biologic, inhaled steroids, improved allergy desensitization, and better and better air-cleaning equipment have totally turned my life around again in the last 8 years.