About a month ago our six year old stopped taking her asthma inhaler. This was, of course, under the guidance of our paediatrician and after a slow process of gradually reducing how many puffs she took a day. It appears that she has finally “outgrown” her asthma. That’s not uncommon in very young children but we know how fortunate we are that asthma seems to be something we don’t have to worry about anymore. I can’t tell you how much I wish that I could “outgrow” my allergies! The fact is I never had allergies as a kid, they came on quite suddenly in my 20s and I’ve been plagued with them ever since. My daughter does seem to have a few allergies herself (seasonal) but so far they don’t seem nearly as bad as mine and hopefully they never are.
There are a lot of things a person can do to help keep allergy symptoms at bay – stay indoors, use an air conditioner, if you’ve been out wash your clothes and hair, and of course you can take medication. I do all of these things. But one thing I never did until I had a little one with asthma, was really consider the air inside of my home. Other than the obvious things like keeping windows closed and dusting on a regular basis I didn’t do much for the air inside my home. When we think of air pollution we usually think about outdoor air. And it’s true that outdoor air at times, when it’s full of pollens and smog, can be pretty dangerous for people with allergies and/or asthma. But when you consider that the average person spends 90% of their time indoors it just makes sense that we also pay attention to indoor air quality as well.
So what can you do to make the air in your home cleaner? Obviously you need to keep dust under control by frequently wiping down surfaces where dust lingers, and keeping floors (especially carpets if you have them) vacuumed. But that’s not always enough, and cleaning can actually temporarily make the air worse in your home while you move all that dust around. In our house we use air purifiers and the difference it has made to our health (especially with asthma and allergies) has been significant. We have one on the main level and two upstairs (one in each bedroom) to keep the air in our bedrooms clean.
How do you know which air purifier is right for you? Well the most important thing to look for in a purifier, is that it uses a HEPA filter. Only HEPA filters capture tiny particles and impurities in the air like mold, spores, pollen, dust mites, smoke and other airborne microbes. The next thing you need to consider is how big of an area you need to clean. We have one large purifier on our main floor but a room, like my daughter’s bedroom, doesn’t need one that large.
The Oreck® Airvantage™ Air Purifier is perfect for a bedroom or office. It’s big enough to give you the air cleaning power you need yet it’s small enough to not take up valuable space. It’s also pretty quiet compared to some other purifiers I’ve used. In fact the lowest setting is 37 decibels which is barely more than a whisper. What else do you need to know about the Oreck Airvantage?
Remember we talked about HEPA filters earlier? Well the Oreck® Airvantage™ utilizes a 2 stage filter process to capture pollen, pet dander, smoke, mold and dust from the air that passes through its filters. The first stage involves the elimination of odours via the carbon filter. The second stage involves the capture of air particulates by the HEPA media filter filtering 99.97% of particles down to 0.3 microns. The HEPA filter lasts 6 months and the carbon odour filter lasts 3 months. Included in your Airvantage™ is (1) HEPA filter and (2) carbon filters.
The controls on the Oreck Airvantage are clear and easy to use. You can choose between three different fan levels and even set a timer. And there is an indicator light that comes on if the filters need to be cleaned/changed.
We already talked about the compact size of the machine, and I also love the convenient carrying handle built into the back. You can literally pick it up and move it with one hand.
Adding air purifiers to our home has really had a positive impact on our air quality. I’ve used quite a few air purifiers over the years and so far the Oreck Airvantage honestly is stacking up well, especially for a small area purifier. I have often found the small ones to be ineffective so I cram a larger one in the room to try and keep the air clean. But the Oreck is really managing to do the job with no problem (it will effectively keep the air clean in a room up to 118 square feet). Now we can have that space back without sacrificing the air quality and that makes me happy!
I received a complimentary Airvantage in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are completely my own.