It’s that time of the year again when the city we live in and the air we breathe has turned into apoisonous gas chamber. The Air Quality Index (AQI), which indicates how clean the air is has gone past the dangerous mark and touched severe levels in some areas, forcing people to stay indoors.
In fact, the last few weeks has seen the air quality in some parts of the national capital breach the mark of ‘999’, beyond which the air quality cannot be measured. disruption of air quality has led to people experiencing several breathing issues, such as headaches, nausea, cold & cough and more serious respiratory ailments. One of the best solutions remain to instal a device that purifies the air we breathe and remove toxins from it and delivers cleaner air.
When it comes to choosing, which one should be on your list? First up, both air purifiers as well as humidifiers do a great job in improving the quality of air but given that the levels of pollution are hazardous, it can be tough to make a pick. How they differ is the way they offer relief.
What does an air purifier do?
Ever since the pollution levels have been rising, we have seeing advertisements for air purifiers. In fact, doctors recommend that patients who are prone to severe respiratory ailments install an air purifier and wear a mask which offers them comfort. What an air purifier does is that it takes in the polluted air and cycles it a number of times, filtering out the pollutants, thereby improving the air quality drastically.
A purifier contains a number of filters, such as the HEPA filter specially created to trap even small particulate matters like PM 2.5 and let out fresh, breathable air. It also purifies air from all sorts of smoke and bacteria but doesn’t add back the moisture to the air.
What does an air humidifier do?
The humidifier also purifies air but at the same time, it also adds much-needed moisture to the air present inside which is lacking as the toxins stick to the air droplets and repel the moisture. This comes in extremely handy for people who suffer from nasal and chest infections, sinusitis, and other issues which are caused by dry air.
While it does remove allergens from the air, the basic aim of a humidifier is to remove dry air and relieve irritation. For it to function properly, one needs to add water to the machine on a regular basis. It is best suited for dry areas.
Can a purifier and humidifier be used at the same time?
Yes, it’s possible to use both an air humidifier as well as purifier at the same time for added protection. Although, given the pollution levels breaching the dangerous mark, installing an air purifier should be a priority. A humidifier can remove certain irritants and make the air more pleasant to breathe, while a purifier would filter all types of toxins from the air.
If you are experiencing symptoms of sneezing, coughing, runny or scratchy nose alongside a nagging headache, going for a purifier would be the safest bet. But, if you suffer from sinusitis, getting a humidifier could solve problems greatly.