Why You Need an Air Purifier for Your Home

Air quality has been an important health issue for decades. While most news stories and headlines only focus on the breathing quality and pollution in major cities, they overlook the space with the greatest impact on your personal health: your home.

The air in your home can be up to 5 times more polluted than outdoor air and have a significant impact on your long-term health and happiness. With everyone spending more time indoors to avoid bacteria and viruses, keeping the air you breathe free from airborne germs has become a top priority.

Kudos to you for taking action. However, the sheer number of product choices out there can be almost paralyzing. Here are our helpful suggestions on how to determine if an air purifier, a humidifier, or a combination of the 2 is right for your home.

You simply want to stay healthy.

Sometimes the biggest threats to our health are the ones we can’t see. This is extra true when it comes to airborne bacteria, viruses, and allergens since they’re always lurking in our living spaces —or being coughed or sneezed into the air by the people around us.

Solution: An air purifier with True HEPA filtration. We can’t say it enough: True HEPA filtration is the way to go, reducing airborne contaminants. In the case of the TotalClean®5-in-1UV Large Room Air Purifier, the helpful differentiator is the tower design, which provides 360-degree purification is rooms up to 246 square feet, which is great for a family room or large bedroom. Plus, our TotalClean series features 5 stages of filtration —one of which is a UV-C light that reduce airborne germs. With the amount of time we’re spending indoors these days, it’s simply a must-have.

You have a 4-legged friend (or a few).

Have you ever petted your dog or cat, only to look down at your fingertips afterward and notice a thin layer of what looks like dirt? That’s actually pet dander, the microscopic skin cells shed by your dog, cat, or other pet. These flecks of your pet’s skin don’t just trigger irritation for people with animal allergies or asthma; they’re also generally not ideal for you to be breathing. Even if you aren’t an allergy sufferer or don’t have a pet allergy, allergies can develop over time from overexposure to pet dander. Plus, who wants a layer of dead pet skin making its way into their lungs?

Solution: An air purifier with True HEPA filtration. Homedics offers a wide range of purifier sizes —choose yours based on the size of the space you want to clean. (Note: It’s better to buy “too much” purifier than one that’s too small for the job.) Our TotalClean® PetPlus 5-in-1 Air Purifier features a True HEPA filter that reduces airborne allergens as small as 0.3 microns. The pre filter captures hair, fur, and larger particles. The PetPlus odor filtration reduces litter box odor, wet dog smell, and other household odors.

You have a smoker in your family.

As unhealthy as smoking has been shown to be, there are plenty of people who still indulge. If there’s a smoker under your roof, it’s next to impossible to avoid the carbon odor or the smoke itself, even if they step outside for their cigarette breaks. And, even if the carbon odor is physically undetectable, the resulting smoke on their clothing and possessions makes it tough to keep a fresh-smelling house.


One of our TotalClean®5-in-1 air purifiers that are designed for any room in your home. They feature a pre filter to capture larger particles, a HEPA-type or True HEPA filter (depending on the model), carbon odor filtration, UV-C light that reduces germs, and an ionizer. Additionally, they have a night-light, an auto-off timer up to 12 hours, and a check filter reminder. The AP-T40and AP-T45 are our top-of-the line models, featuring a smart particle sensor that adjusts its speed based on indoor air quality. What’s more, they display indoor air quality as good (green), elevated (yellow), and poor (red) so you know your family is breathing clean, fresh, indoor air.

Child plays in a large, brightly lit room near a Homedics TotalClean 5-in-1 UV-C Deluxe Large Room Air Purifier.

You or your family member(s) are prone to dry skin.

Are you and your family constantly getting chapped lips or cracked skin —long after the snow has melted and your winter gear has been stowed away? This may be directly related to the lack of moisture (or a low humidity level) in your home causing dry air. While heavy use of lotion and lip balm may treat these symptoms, improving the air in your home addresses the root cause. Adding humidity to your home is a must in the winter and could be right for you during other times of the year as well.

Solution: A portable humidifier with ultrasonic warm or cool mist capabilities. Our DeluxeWarm & Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier lets you choose between adding warm or cool microfine mist to the air in your home, depending on the season and current climate. This won’t just soothe your skin, but will make your entire environment more comfortable and pleasant. The unit is also portable enough to move easily from room to room, depending on where you’re working or relaxing.

You or a family member have a respiratory condition.

Unless monitored properly, the air in your home can often lead to a lingering dry cough or other respiratory issues —or worse, further agitate existing conditions, like asthma. This direct health issue is too pressing to let linger, and it’s most often due to the humidity levels (or lack thereof) in your household.

Solution: A humidifier circulates moisture throughout the air in your home to restore comfort and combat dryness.

Whatever type of air quality enhancer you decide to bring into your home, make sure it specifically addresses your needs. Even if your easier breathing and better health don’t make national headlines, it could be the best news you and your family experience all year.

Medical Disclaimer: This content is provided for informational purposes only and not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. 

The Well Club