Purifying the Air in Your Home

After spending 3 nights in a hypo-allergenic hotel room at The Hyatt, I was miserable at my house. Re-adjusting proved to NOT be easy due to the inevitable dust and our cat, whom I love very much. My sinuses were stuffed up, I had a headache, was groggy and generally didn't feel well. When I woke up on my first morning back, it was bad. On the second morning, I cried 60 seconds after waking up because it was worse and I was truly seeing how the house affects my breathing. I love being at home - the last thing I want is to not be able to breathe in my "comfort zone".

My hunny jumped on the issue as soon as he saw how miserable I was on morning number two and we began researching air purifiers online! :-)

We found a couple that were available "in-store" at Target, so he sent me off to the store to buy one for upstairs and one for downstairs.

I picked up this Honeywell one:


It's got a True HEPA filter (instead of HEPA Type), which is supposed to be the best of the best. I got it set up in the office, sat down at the computer and started working on some blog stuff. An hour later, the pressure in my head was gone, my nose was cleared up and my headache started to subside!

I was SO happy.

I also picked up this Holmes one which is about half the cost:


It was supposedly a very quiet one, according to the reviews, but it's actually the louder of the two. It definitely does a good job at keeping the air fresh. Both of them do, actually.

One thing: it doesn't come with a True HEPA filter, just the HEPA Type. You can buy the HEPA filter for it, though. It's the green one below.

One feature about this Holmes purifier is that it has several different levels of filters available. It comes with the most basic meant for dust and their highest level of filter gets rid of pollen, tobacco smoke, mold spores, pet dander, and household dust.

It's only been two days and I don't have a favorite yet, but I'm SO happy to say that it's much easier to breathe in my house (UPDATE: My fav is the Holmes purifier - it pushes more air through). My sinuses are actually 100% clear! I'm going to have to pick up one of these for my cubicle at work.


We found the best price at filtersfast.com:


We also visited DiscountFilters.com and ordered some much needed allergen reducing filters for our central air system.


They're much cheaper than the ones at Target!

Do you have an air purifier? Which brand is your personal favorite?