Pff, air — that is so overrated (Day 352)…

February 15, 2008

hepa filter

I love Apartment Therapy, mostly because they love me. No, just kidding, I actually love them because they’re like this friend who’s earthy and stylish without being annoying and using stupid terms like “eco-chic” all time.

Anyway, their Re-Nest team recently posted about air purifiers, and it’s a subject I’m pretty torn about. On one hand, as an allergy sufferer, I understand the desire for clean air and nostrils that don’t itch all the time; but on the other hand, it just seems like yet another big plastic thing that sucks up electricity and claims to clean something you can’t actually see.

As well, I’ve noticed that while doing this green challenge, my allergies have improved significantly. I’m not sure if it’s the houseplants I bought, the beeswax candles I’m using, the various all-natural, fragrance-free products or what — but it’s become very clear to me that there are ways to purify indoor air that are preventative rather than… er… reactionary? Is that the right word? My brain’s asleep today.

Anyway, if I were to wager a guess, I’d say it’s the fragrances moreso than the dust or dander or whatever that gets to me most because my nose starts going crazy now whenever I use someone else’s lavender-scented soap (and I mean fake purple lavender, not the essential oil) or “Spring breeze” scented laundry detergent or whatever.

So while I’m tempted to plug my humidifier back in and invest in a big HEPA-filtered air purifier, I’ll be going the more environmentally friendly route instead and simply making my indoor air clean by opening a window every now and then and opting for products that are fragrance-free or hypoallergenic whenever possible.

Image from AT