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The Benefits of an Air Purifier in a Child's Room

Jun 29, 2008
"We have a ten month old daughter who has slept very well from an early age," says P. Cade McDonald, founder and CEO of achooallergy.com. "One of the factors I attribute to this is the air purifier we placed in her room."

Air purifiers not only eliminate allergens, odors, and toxic chemicals, but they also produce white noise (because of their internal fans). This white noise drowns out other disturbing background noises and creates a calming, soothing environment.

"Not to mention, the changing table across the room brings up bad memories for me," says McDonald. "I recall the unpleasant smells from friends and other family members' nurseries. Yuck! Not in our nursery. We have chemical free odor control, which is pleasant for everyone, and the white noise helps the little one sleep."

Many companies sell white noise generators to help people to fall aseep and to stay asleep. Air purifiers offer white noise as a bonus feature.

McDonald remembers, "When I was a little boy, over thirty years ago, I don't think they made sleep machines. My sleep machine was the bathroom fan across the hall from my room. I still remember when I was five or six years old, I'd remind my parents to turn the bathroom fan back on when they walked by and accidentally turned it off. To this day, I sleep much better and wake up better rested when I have white noise in the background. My wife and I have an air purifier in our bedroom too."

"Having a baby that sleeps through the night is an incredible positive for us. We're lucky, but we are also prepared and we know the benefits of white noise and air purification."

Since children's lungs are smaller and they take more breaths throughout the day, they are more susceptible to the health risks associated with indoor air pollution. Air pollution can trigger allergies, asthma, and other respiratory problems. It can also interfere with the development of the immune system. Moreover, exposure to toxic chemicals in the air can affect the development of the respiratory, nervous, and endocrine systems and increase the risk of cancer later in life.

"Since my allergies are so horrible, we know that our kids are at-risk because it's a genetic condition," explains McDonald. "So we do everything we can to create a healthy home environment. All of our mattresses and pillows are covered with Allergy Armor bedding. We vacuum frequently with a Miele vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA filter, and we have HEPA air purifiers in all bedrooms and a couple of other rooms throughout the house."

HEPA air purifiers, like the Austin Air Baby's Breath air purifiers (made especially for nurseries and children's rooms), remove 99.97% of airborne pollutants. They're easy to clean and maintain; the HEPA filter needs to be replaced once every five years. Austin Air Baby's Breath air purifiers also contain an activated carbon filter to trap odors and chemical fumes.

To learn more and browse top brands, visit http://www.achooallergy.com/airpurifiers.asp
About the Author
Scott Smith is an expert on indoor air quality and air purifiers at achooallergy.com.
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