Should I Put an Air Purifier in the Baby’s Room?

As a new mother or a not so new mother we are always looking for the best way to keep our baby’s room safe from the things that would keep our little ones from sleeping well and being susceptible to colds and viruses.

The typical “go to” device for the baby’s room is the humidifier. And it is true that keeping the relative humidity between 30 and 50% is very important especially considering the effects the dry air can have on a baby.

But what about the other parts of the year where humidity is not an issue or when it is an issue, but not the lack of it.

Should I put an air purifier in the baby’s room?

Yes an air purifier should be part of the defense against the airborne germs and viruses that can make your babies, as well as your own life miserable.

Air purifiers, unlike humidifiers, are useful for reducing airborne contaminants that can get into your baby’s lungs and nasal passages all year long. Not just during the dry winter months.

What kind of air purifier do I need for my baby room?

1. HEPA filter

 The primary thing to look for in an air purifier for the baby’s room is that it uses a HEPA filter.

H13 HEPA filters which have rapidly become the norm for baby air purifiers can filter out contaminants as small as .01 microns.

Which makes them very good as a defense against the common cold.

2. Carbon filter

Carbon filters are sponge like filters that are very good at filtering out VOCs, gases, and odors.

This type of filter is important because it is able to absorb the type of airborne contaminants that can come from chemicals. Things like paints and adhesives that are underneath the carpet as well as aerosols.

   They are also useful for absorbing chemicals from cigarette smoke if the baby is being exposed to a smoker.

Other air purifier considerations

1. Filter price

HEPA and Carbon air purifiers require replacement filters every 3 to 6 months.

The price of the filter or filters is a big consideration when purchasing an air purifier.

Some air purifiers may cost a little less up front but the price of the filter more than makes up for it on the back end.

And there are a lot of air purifier companies that only sell combination hepa and carbon filters.

Which from a convenience stance is great, but considering that carbon filters can last much longer than HEPA filters depending on your needs,

You could be buying twice the amount of filters by choosing an air purifier that has a combination filter.

2.  Ionic technologies

You can also purchase air purifiers that use ionic technologies like Plasmacluster.

The main thing to think about with ionic technologies is that they can create a bit of ozone. Which can be a long irritant.

But at the same time, a technology like plasma cluster can completely kill airborne viruses and bacteria, whereas a HEPA filter will only capture them.

Air purifiers like the Winx Plasmacluster feature the bipolar ionic technology as a completely independent feature on their air purifier that can be turned on when you are out of the house.

That gives you the option of using the technology to reduce the chance of airborne viruses and yet not have to ever use the feature when your baby is sleeping in the same room.

Summary

Should I put an air purifier in the baby’s room?

An air purifier in the baby’s room is one of the best ways you can help defend your baby against airborne germs and viruses.

And unlike humidifiers which are excellent during the dry months, air purifiers are useful all year long to help keep your baby breathing clean air.

The type of air purifier that is best for a baby is the Hepa H13 and carbon air purifier .

But remember, a HEPA filter and a carbon filter do not necessarily have the same lifespan, so it is useful to do your research before you get into purchasing an air purifier that requires a combination filter that is not necessarily useful and costs much more.

Plug In Air Purifiers-The Grey Area?

Plug-in air purifiers are small hand sized devices that plug directly into your wall and stay there via the plug.

Similar to how a night light works.

The thing about plug-in air purifiers is they are really not air purifiers in the traditional sense.

If you were to do a search on Amazon right now for air purifiers, you would come across a variety of different brands and different sizes of air purifiers.

But they would all have one thing in common.

They all use filtration to clean the air.

The standard air purifier is a HEPA filter, a carbon filter and a pre-filter to capture the big stuff.

But when you get into the plug-in air purifier area, you find the day also have something in common, they are all ionizers.

Ionizers do not filter the air. They clean the air through ionization.

 

How does ionization work?

The basic premise is that the ionizer emits negative ions into the airstream.

The negative ions attach themselves to the contaminants in the air, which causes them to be too heavy to float and they fall to the surface.

Welcome to the grey area.

What is the grey area?

Ozone.

Ionizers create ozone as a byproduct. And ozone is a lung irritant.

But the thing is, these small plug-in air purifiers / ionizers do not emit enough ozone to be dangerous. Do they?

That’s where the grey area begins.

Most of the plug-in air purifiers that you find listed on the internet do not say a single word about their products creating ozone.

And why would they?

As an analogy,

The grocery store is stocked full of processed foods that contain 10 types of sugars hidden behind all kinds of jargon and are labeled as fat free on the packaging.

It’s all semantics.

Most people don’t care about that stuff anyway. But at least the ingredients are listed if you cared enough to look them up.

It seems that a lot of ionizer air purifier products are leaving some of the ingredients off of the packaging.

Or they are hiding behind clever jargon.

For instance,

They can technically say that they clean air with oxygen because ozone is oxygen with an extra molecule.

Remember it’s just semantics.

Interesting dilemma.

Should they be required to say that they have a chance of creating ozone even if it is a safe level in most circumstances?

Is leaving it out actually hiding it? 

After all, ozone is a scary word, and why mention it if you don’t have to?

And there is the point that ozone is a naturally occurring part of the atmosphere. Cleaning the air without any of my input. And maybe we aren’t owed an explanation for it anyway.

There are a couple of companies that are completely up front with their advertising. And I appreciate it.

Guardian technologies offer full disclosure in the literature. As well as EdenPURE

Eden pure even says in their description of how they’re air purifier works that it uses ozone molecules to clean the air.

Not to mention that they are also using the “Thunderstorm” moniker in the title of one of their air purifiers.

“After a thunderstorm freshness” used to be a big advertising slogan in the days when ozone machines were sold as air purifiers.

So EdenPURE is not trying to hide it.
It’s almost like they’re using reverse psychology or something.

Are Outlet Air Purifiers Worth It?

Sometimes called plug-in air purifiers, outlet air purifiers are small air cleaning devices that plug directly into an outlet and hang on the wall by being connected to the outlet.

  Most of the outlet air purifiers on the market are actually air ionizers.

An air purifier is usually what you call a machine that uses filtration as a means of cleaning the air.

If you look at the top Air purifiers on Amazon, you’ll see that they all use a HEPA filter and a carbon filter.

Outlet air purifiers are not big enough to have a large enough filter to make a difference in the air quality.

  There are some outlet air purifiers using ultraviolet light with a catalyst.

And even one brand that is strictly  a miniature ozone machine.

But the majority of outlet air purifiers are negative ion generators, for ionizers for short.

Ionizers work by emitting negative ions into the airstream.

Through polarity, the emitted ions attach themselves to the particles already in the air.

Which makes them too heavy to float so they fall to the surface. Leaving your ambient air clean to breathe.

Are outlet air purifiers worth it?

Outlet air purifiers may be worth it in certain situations. I can envision a scenario where they help keep the air quality good in a cubicle or small office.( Although you want to keep a microfiber cloth handy to keep your computer screen wiped off. More on that later.)

But for things like kitchen odors or cat litter odors, I would say don’t waste your money.

One thing they don’t tell you about ionizers is that they tend to get very dusty.

The ions that are supposed to float and clean the air throughout the room tend not get very far and end up as dust all over the device itself.

The ions are also infamous for collecting on TV and computer screens because of the magnetic pull.

If you have your heart set on buying one, then I would definitely pick the one that uses a ultraviolet light with a catalyst.

This is a technology that is used in large air sanitizers that has the ability to oxidize germs and viruses leaving them inactive.

There are some very effective air purifiers that use this technology like Air Oasis and Guardian Tech.

I believe that you could get a better result with one of these and you than just a simple ionizer.

But the bottom line is these are very small air purifiers, that will only work in a very small space.

If you keep that in mind and don’t get your hopes up too much, you’ll probably like the results.

But since most of the literature on these small outlet air purifiers tend to boast their ability to work in larger square  foot areas,

You might be disappointed.

Are outlet air purifiers worth it?

Personally I would rather have a smaller purifier that I can move around and actually have a HEPA filter and carbon filter.

The ionizer is a good extra feature if it has it, but it’s the first thing I would go without.

Thunderstorm Air Purifier – What Does That Mean??

It’s interesting that so many of the air purifiers from the ’80s and ’90s used the “after a thunderstorm freshness” to describe what their air purifiers were supposed to do. And now that advertising has become popular again.

The air purifiers that use the thunderstorm jargon were responsible for the measures to prevent devices that produced ozone from being sold as home air cleaners.

The after a thunderstorm effect that the advertising alludes to is the fact that lightning creates ozone and it oxidizes all the contaminants in the air, leaving the air clean and fresh.

All very true.

But the problem with using ozone as an air purifier is that it does not only oxidize the contaminants in the air, it can also oxidize your lung tissue when you breathe it.

That’s why they say that ozone can be a lung irritant.

  And ozone has a nasty habit of building up inside of a closed room.
What makes it unsafe to use as a domestic air purifier.

There are not too many companies selling ozone machines as air purifiers anymore.

No one wants to be associated with something that actually could cause harm. Especially if you’re claiming the opposite.

And there is the problem with not being able to sell to California at all because of their specific ozone laws.

But just when you thought it was safe to come out of the water,

There’s a company selling a…

“Thunderstorm” plug in air purifier.

The air purifier in question is the EdenPURE® OxiLeaf® II Thunderstorm™ Air Purifier.

The literature for this air purifier specifically says that it uses ozone molecules to clean the air and that it is not available in California.

There is no one trying to hide anything here.

The device is a miniature ozone machine that you plug directly into an outlet.

And the reason they can get away with selling it is that it does not create enough ozone to be considered a breathing hazard.

And to be fair, any air purifier that has an ionizer, whether it be a negative ion generator, a ultraviolet light, photocatalyst, or plasma,

All create a small amount of ozone that is considered to be negligible because it is not enough to be dangerous to breathe.

  And though these plug-in air purifiers are made to simply place them into an outlet and leave them, there is nothing saying that that is the way it has to be done.

If you don’t want the chance of breathing in ozone, even at a very low level, but you do like the ideal of what ozone can accomplish as far as killing germs and viruses,

Turning the air purifier on when you are not in the house and turning it off when you are is always an option.

Thunderstorm Air Purifier- Are they effective?

Plug-in air purifiers are very small air purifiers that will clean a very small space. They do what they say they do but on a very small level.

  Odors are one of the hardest things for an air purifier to remove, even a large air purifier with a large weight of carbon does not remove kitchen odors at a rate that makes them worth purchasing for that specific reason.

Personally, I don’t think the effectiveness of a small plug-in air purifier is worth the money that they are asking for them.

And I don’t really have an outlet that I am ready to completely devote to one of these contraptions.

But that being said, if I’m going to spend the large amount of money on a full sized air purifier, I would want something that has the optional ionizer when I need it.

Can a Air Purifier be Plugged into a Power Strip?

One issue that pops up when you purchase a plug-in air purifier is that it is made to plug directly into an outlet and just stay there.

But the configuration of the actual plug-in pins that stick into the outlet, make the air purifier take up the whole space of a standard two plug outlet.

  And like most of us, we have a limited supply of outlets. And that’s why we use power strips in the first place.

Can an air purifier be plugged into a power strip?

An air purifier can be plugged into a power strip. Most air purifiers are between the 50 and 200 w range.
And the typical power strip handles 1800 watts, the same is the outlet it’s plugged into.

So with a little basic math, you can see that an air purifier will run fine on a power strip.

But should you?

Power strip safety

Though an air purifier by itself is not enough to overload a power strip,  since the air purifier is made to stay on constantly, it does reduce the amount of power that can be continually used on the power strip.

And plugging too many things into a power strip that stay on all the time can overload a power strip.

Power strip danger

If you ever have seen a power strip that is burnt, you were probably thinking that the whole point of the power strip was to shut off if it were overloaded.

That is wrong.

Power strips do not have a surge protection function.

They are simply a way for you to get more outlets out of a single electrical plug.

Which means that a power strip can be inherently dangerous and if it can get so hot that it burns and melts the power strip, it can get hot enough to start a fire in the house or office.

An easy solution, though a bit more costly, is to use surge protectors instead of power strips.

Surge protectors are designed specifically to shut down if they are overloaded.

They are a safety device first, that will not allow you to plug too many things into it that will catch it on fire.

The little extra you spend on a surge detector is well worth the investment to protect your appliances and more so your home or office from catching fire.

Summary

Can an air purifier be plugged into a power strip?

Air purifiers do not use enough Watts to overpower a power strip.

Especially the small outlet plug-in air purifiers, which are basically a UV light.

But since they are designed to stay on continuously, they take away from the amount of Watts that you can safely use on the power strip.

And against popular opinion, power strips are not made to shut off if they are overloaded. You may have seen a power strip that is burnt and wonder why it didn’t shut off before it got burnt.

The answer is that it was not made to be an overload protection device. A power strip is simply a way to multiply the amount of items that you can plug into a single outlet.

A better solution is to bypass the power strip all together and to use a surge protector instead of a power strip.

Surge protectors look very similar to a power strip and they do the same job of multiplying the amount of things that you can plug into a single outlet,

But they have an important difference in that they are actually made to prevent a surge of electricity that would cause a fire.

If you are short on wall outlets, instead of picking up the 2-pack cheap power strip package,

Consider spending the little extra for a surge protector that can not only protect your devices, but ultimately can protect you from harm.

Which is Better? Ionizer or Air purifier?

What is an Air Purifier?


If you do a search for air purifier on Amazon,  you’ll come up with brands like 
Levoit and BlueAir that appear at the top of the results.

There are a few other big brand names but they all have the same thing in common.

They all use a combination of a HEPA filter, a carbon filter, and a pre-filter to clean the air.

So when you mention air purifier, what you’re talking about is a air filtering machine.

This is what the industry has said that is the best way to clean air. Who am I to argue?

But if you go down into the results of Amazon a few pages, you start to find air purifiers that use other types of technologies besides the standard HEPA and Carbon.

The Sharp Plasmacluster is one of the first ones you come across that does anything to stray from the straight and narrow.

Plasma cluster is an ionizer that releases both positive and negative ions simultaneously.

Ionizer?

A little further into the search results and you find other companies like Guardian Technologies and Air Oasis that are also doing something different.

Ultraviolet light with photo catalyst and  Bipolar are terms that you see associated with these air purifiers that are at the core; Ionizers.

Interesting.

What is an Ionizer?

A simple ionizer is a machine that emits negative ions into the airstream.

The ions because of polarity, combine with the contaminants in the air.

After which they become too heavy to float and fall to the surface.

That’s the simple version.

Other versions of ionizers combine ultraviolet light and titanium to create  super ions that actually kill the contaminants in the air before causing them to be too heavy to float.

Bipolar ionizers like the plasma cluster technology, release negative and positive ions at the same time.

As soon as the ions are emitted from the machine, they begin snapping together, trapping and oxidizing all the contaminants in the air in the process.

Wow.. 

As you can see, Modern ionizers are pretty sophisticated.

Which is better? Ionizer or air purifier?

So you may ask yourself, if these ionizers can actually neutralize and kill contaminants like viruses and bacteria in the air?

Why would I want an air purifier that just filters them?

Get ready for the Big “O”.

The answer is ozone.

Even if it’s a negligible amount, and most companies claim that it is of course,

There is one thing that they can’t get away from and that is that Ionizers manufacture ozone as a byproduct.

Ozone is a lung irritant if you breathe too much of it.
Which is kind of the opposite of what you want out of a air purifier.

But if you’re willing to go down that rabbit hole, you may find that the benefits outweigh the risk with these ionizers.

Which is better? Ionizer or air purifier?

The standard air purifier with the HEPA and carbon filter combination is a easy answer.

There is no risk involved in simply filtering out contaminants from the air.

Not to mention, that HEPA filters these days are insanely effective.

And ionizers do have a chance of manufacturing some ozone as a byproduct.

Even if it’s a safe amount, it’s understandable if you don’t want to mess with it.

But personally, I like the ideal of having an air purifier that has both HEPA filter and ionizer technologies available to me.

For instance the Sharp plasma cluster that we talked about a little earlier,

The plasma cluster ionizer is a extra feature that you can turn on when you want it, or leave off when you don’t.

I like the ideal of having the option of turning it on if I want to.

I also like the ideal of the science behind the plasma cluster technology.

So which is better?  Both is better.

Air Purifier Plug In- What is it? What does it do?

Plug in air purifiers are small cordless air purifiers that plug directly into a  wall outlet.

They reduce indoor air pollution like pollen, allergens, airborne bacteria and viruses, as well as odors and VOCs (environmental pollutants like aerosols for instance)

They are designed to work in small areas 150 square feet and under.

This makes them very convenient as travel air purifiers and office cubicles.

  They’re also very handy for keeping plugged in near you while you are sleeping so that you can breathe and rest easier.

Plug in air purifiers work just like any air purifier except for on a small scale.

As long as it is understood that they are only effective in small areas, then the result you get from a plug-in air purifier should be satisfactory.

The problem that most get themselves into when it comes to plug-in air purifiers is that they believe that they will clean the air in a much bigger room or area then they are intended to.

How long do plug-in air purifiers last? 

Plug in air purifiers use a variety of different technologies to clean the air.

Some rely on ionization, others contain HEPA and carbon filters, while others use ultraviolet lamps with titanium oxide coatings.(photo catalytic oxidation)

Each type of technology lasts for a different duration.

A plug-in air purifier that has a HEPA and carbon filter generally will last about 3 months before the filters have to be changed.

A UV lamp can last up to 6 months before having to change it out.

An ionizer alone can last 1 to 3 years.

Since these small plug-in air purifiers are generally priced somewhat cheap, they can be bought in packs so that they can be placed around the house or they can simply be replaced every 6 months or so.

But if they are properly cleaned they should last you much longer than that.

Here are some of the best plug-in air purifiers on the block.

Clarifion

The Clarifion is the most popular one.
This air purifier uses negative ions generated by electricity and disperses them from the unit.

Because ions attract and are heavier than the dust particles including allergens and pollens, when the ions combine with the airborne pollutants, the newly formed particles become too heavy to float and fall to the surface.

This keeps the air that you breathe (the ambient air) free from pollutants.

This air purifier does not contain any type of filter to collect dust. The surfaces around the plug-in air cleaner will have to be wiped down often for the air purifier to work efficiently.

Clarifion DSTx

Clarfion DSTx is also a negative ionizer but it does have a HEPA filter with a carbon layer included.

HEPA filters are known for their ability to filter contaminants as small as 03 microns and carbon filters are known for their ability to trap gases and odors.

The replacement filters are meant to be replaced every 3 to 6 months for the unit to work efficiently.

Clarifion ODRx

This unit uses a UV light to eliminate airborne germs and neutralize odors.

The lifespan of the UV light is around 8 months.

Germ guardian GG 1100 w 7 “

The germ guardian pluggable air purifier uses ultraviolet light with a titanium oxide coating.

The technology is called photo catalytic oxidation and it is very effective at reducing VOCs, airborne mold, germs and bacteria, as well as light odors.

There are no filters to replace but there is a UVC lamp that needs to be swapped out once every 10 to 12 months.

Gideon plug in ionizer

Gideon plug-in air purifiers offer a 3 in 1 solution that includes an ionizer, ultraviolet light, and a fan.

Unlike most of the other plug in air purifiers documentation, this air purifiers flyer says that it uses active ozone.

That’s because ultraviolet light creates a small amount of ozone and so does negative ions.

Albeit it’s not enough to be concerned about or even measurable enough to be labeled as an ozone generator,

It’s still there.

And personally I believe that it’s a very honest way of approaching this technology.

Because all ionizers or UV light air purifiers create a little bit of ozone.

And for most products, especially a small plug-in ionizer, the level of ozone is well under the federal limit of .05 parts per million.

But most air purifier companies, at the least, will not bring it up.
And there are a few that I know of that outright lie and say that they don’t generate ozone at all.

So good on you, Gideon..

GreenTech pure air 50

This is a plug-in air purifier that covers up to 325 ft. That’s the most square feet covered that I have seen in an air purifier that size.

This air purifier also lists ozone as a technology that they use to clean air..
Along with HEPA and carbon filtration and ionization.

Interestingly enough, even though the air cleaner uses HEPA and carbon filtration, there are no filters to replace.

Apparently it’s a wipeable filter.

This is a good option for you if you are looking for a plug-in ionizer that is a little more powerful and can clean a little bit larger of an area.

And they are completely honest about the ozone. Which like the Gideon ionizer, is not enough for them to even have to mention it.

I’m buying for honesty.

Plug in air purifier as seen on TV

There is a as seen on tv plug-in air purifier that is called the “breathe pure portable plug-in”

It looks identical to the Green tech pure air 50.

My guess is that they are identical air purifiers branded under two different names.

Is there an ozone free plug-in air purifier?

Plug in air purifiers are primarily negative ionizers and UV light sterilizers.

There are a few that have Hepa and carbon filters, but these are usually a side note on this kind of air purifier because of the size of the filters.

  Negative ionizers and UV light sterilizers both create a small amount of ozone.

The amount of ozone that an air cleaner as small as a plug-in air purifier creates is very minimal and does not exceed the federal limits for ozone.

I have yet to come across a plug-in air purifier that relies 100% on filters.

And to have an ozone free plug-in air purifier, that’s what you would have to have.

Do plug-in air purifiers work?

The fact that plug-in air purifiers are so small that they plug directly into the wall without the use of a cord leads some people to believe that they must be gimmicky and not really do anything.

But plug in air purifiers are genuine air purifiers that use real proven air purifier technologies to rid the air of pollen, germs and allergens, etc.

But they do so on a very small level.

Most plug-in air purifiers are rated for 150 square feet and under.

And just like full size air purifiers they have changeable filters and UV lights that can be replaced to make the plug-in air purifier last a very long time.

But on the other hand, they are priced at a low enough point that you may want to simply throw it away and pull out a new one after a few months.

Plug-in air purifiers make a great travel bag air purifier to plug in when you get to your hotel or use in the car as you are traveling there.

They also make a great companion to keep in your office cubicle or next to you while you are trying to get some rest at night.

How to clean a plug-in air purifier

The majority of the plug-in air purifiers use negative ion technology to keep the air surrounding the air purifier clean and allergen free.

Negative air ionizers work by creating negative ions and emitting them into the air.

Because of polarization, the negative ions bind with the positive ions in the air, which are considered the air pollution.

The newly formed particle becomes too heavy to float and falls to the surface.

But the surface can also be the plug-in air purifier itself and the surrounding wall.

  To clean a plug-in air purifier ionizer

“Never use compressed air or a can of air to blow into the purifier. Many of these devices have a titanium oxide coating that can come off if air pressure is applied.”

Same goes with any type of vacuum that has high suction power.

The best practice is to just:

a. Unplug the device
b. Wipe the dust off with a microfiber cloth. (Including the wall and outlet plate)
c. Use a Q-tip with rubbing alcohol on it to get into any stubborn spots that you can’t get the dust out of.

The plug in air purifier will last much longer if this is done a couple of times a week.

It will also be much more effective because an ionizer that is covered in dust does not allow for the ions to be emitted away from the device.

These small plug-in air purifiers and ionizers typically do not have a way of taking them apart so there is no need to be concerned about cleaning any of the internal parts.

Even if there is a way to get it apart, the internal parts will not need cleaning.

How to Stop a Home Gym from Smelling

How to Stop a Home Gym from Smelling

Working out at home can be a great way to save money and get in shape, but it can quickly become a deterrent if your home gym starts to smell bad. In this blog post, I will discuss tips on stopping a home gym from smelling. We will also cover some common causes of gym odor and how to prevent them. Let’s get started.

Why Do Home Gyms Smell Bad?

There are several reasons why home gyms can start to smell bad. They include:

Poor ventilation

Ventilation is among the most critical factors in keeping a home gym smelling fresh. If your gym is located in an enclosed space with little or no ventilation, the sweat and body odor from your workouts will quickly build up, leading to a nasty smell.

Dirty equipment

Another common cause of foul odor in home gyms is dirty equipment. If you don’t regularly clean your gym equipment, it can start to harbor bacteria and dirt, which can lead to an unpleasant smell.

Stale air

If your home gym is located in a basement or other area that doesn’t get much fresh air, the air can start to feel stale and stuffy. This can also contribute to an unpleasant odor.

Moisture

Another common cause of bad odor in home gyms is moisture. When you sweat during your workout, the moisture can collect on surfaces and start to grow mold or mildew. This can lead to a musty or unpleasant smell.

Bacterial Buildup

This is one of the most common causes of bad odor in home gyms. When you sweat during your workout, the bacteria on your skin can transfer to surfaces in your gym. Over time, this can lead to a buildup of bacteria, which can cause an unpleasant smell.

Using scented body oils

Another unlikely factor causing your home gym to smell is the scented body oils you might be using. These oils can interact with the sweat and bacteria on your skin to create an unpleasant odor.

Rust or rubber odors

Rubber can sometimes give off an unpleasant odor, especially when it’s old or worn. If your gym equipment is made of rubber, the bad smell could be the source. Rust can also cause an unpleasant odor, especially if it’s left to build up on surfaces.

Leaving dirty gym clothes in your gym bag

If you leave your gym clothes in your gym bag after your workout, they can start to harbor bacteria and sweat, which can lead to an unpleasant smell. Be sure to wash your gym clothes as soon as possible after each workout.

How to Stop a Home Gym from Smelling

Now that we’ve covered some common causes of bad odor in home gyms, let’s discuss tips on how to stop a home gym from smelling.

Here are a few tips:

Make sure your gym is well-ventilated If your space is not well-ventilated, the sweat and body odor from your workouts will quickly build up, leading to a bad smell. Be sure to open windows or use a fan to circulate fresh air during and after your workout.

Even after your workout sessions, you want to make sure you are airing out your space. This will help to prevent the smells from becoming trapped and intensifying.

  1. Invest in a quality air purifier

Air purifiers are among the best ways to remove bad odors from your home gym. They work by circulating and filtering the air, which helps to remove bacteria, dirt, and other contaminants that can cause an unpleasant smell.

If you choose an air purifier for your home gym, you must pick one with a HEPA filter. This will help remove any bad smells and pollutants from your gym.

  1. Clean your equipment regularly

Another important tip for preventing bad odor in your home gym is to clean your equipment regularly. This includes wiping down surfaces after each use and deep cleaning them weekly.

Deep cleaning can be done by using a disinfectant or sanitizing surface wipes. You can also use a vinegar solution to deep clean your gym equipment. Just be sure to rinse the surfaces well after cleaning them with vinegar.

  1. Wash your gym clothes regularly

Another important tip for preventing bad odor in your home gym is to wash your gym clothes regularly. Gym clothes can harbor bacteria and sweat, leading to an unpleasant smell. Be sure to wash your gym clothes as soon as possible after each workout.

  1. Use a time-release air freshener

Time-release air fresheners are a great way to keep your home gym smelling fresh and clean. These air fresheners slowly release fragrance over time, which helps to mask any foul odors that might be present.

Be sure to choose an air freshener that is designed for small spaces such as home gyms. You also want to choose a fragrance you enjoy, as you’ll be smelling it for a while.

  1. Use a dehumidifier

Since moisture is among the most significant contributors to bad odor in home gyms, using a dehumidifier can be extremely helpful. Dehumidifiers work by removing moisture from the air, which helps prevent bacteria and mold growth.

Choose a dehumidifier that is big enough for your space and has an automatic shut-off feature. You also want to empty the dehumidifier regularly, as the collected water can become stagnant and lead to a bad odor.

  1. Check for mold and mildew

Mold and mildew can also cause an unpleasant smell in your home gym. These growths thrive in moist and humid environments, so be sure to check for them regularly.

If you do find mold or mildew, be sure to clean it up immediately. You can use a commercial mold and mildew cleaner or make your own by mixing equal parts of water and vinegar.

  1. Wear clean clothes

This may sound like a no-brainer, but it’s essential to make sure you are wearing clean clothes when working out. Sweat and body odor will quickly build up on dirty clothes, creating an unpleasant smell.

  1. Use charcoal filters

Charcoal filters are another great way to remove bad odors from your home gym. These filters work by absorbing odor-causing particles from the air, which helps to keep your gym smelling fresh and clean.

Activated charcoal filters are the most effective type of charcoal filter. However, there are so many out there to choose from that it can be challenging to know which one to get. Do your research and read reviews to find the best charcoal filter for your needs.

  1. Use essential oils

Essential oils can also be used to freshen up your home gym. These oils are known for their ability to mask bad odors and create a pleasant scent in your space.

You can either diffuse essential oils throughout your gym or make your own DIY air freshener using a few drops of oil and water. Be sure to choose an essential oil that you enjoy the smell of, as you’ll be smelling it for a while.

  1. Use clean towels

Make sure the towels you use in your home gym are clean. Towels can harbor bacteria and sweat, which can lead to an unpleasant smell. Be sure to wash your towels regularly and store them in a dry place when not in use.

You may also want to consider using paper towels for wiping down surfaces after each use. This will help to prevent the spread of bacteria and keep your gym smelling fresh.

  1. Avoid carpets

Carpets are a breeding ground for bacteria and can quickly become smelly. If possible, avoid using carpets in your home gym. If you must use a carpet, be sure to clean it regularly and vacuum it often.

Consider using a yoga mat or exercise mat instead of a carpet. These mats are easy to clean and won’t harbor as much bacteria. Plus, they provide a comfortable surface to work out on.

  1. Hire professional cleaners

For all-around deep cleaning and freshness, hire professional cleaners to clean your home gym regularly. They will be able to get rid of any bad odors that might be present and leave your gym smelling fresh and clean.

Be sure to ask about their cleaning methods and products before hiring a company. You want to ensure they use safe and effective products that won’t damage your gym equipment.

Following these tips can keep your home gym smelling fresh and clean.

Final Thoughts

Taking simple precautions is easy to prevent your home gym from smelling bad. Be sure to use a dehumidifier, wear clean clothes, and use charcoal filters to keep your gym smelling fresh and clean. You can also use essential oils or hire professional cleaners for an all-around deep clean.

Hopefully, this article has given you some helpful tips for stopping a home gym from smelling. If you have any other suggestions or questions, share them in the comments below.

Air Purifier vs a Humidifier for Your Baby?

There’s nothing like having a new baby in the house. And as parents we want to do everything possible to ensure that babies and children get the best protection from airborne transmitted illnesses.

The air we breathe has much more of an effect on the state of our health than many people realize.

And quality of your air including how clean it is and the relative humidity can affect a baby even more so because of their delicate immune systems.

So how do you know what is the best way to keep the air quality healthy so that your baby is breathing healthy air?

Do you need an air purifier or a humidifier for a baby?

Air quality is a combination of the proper relative humidity and the cleanliness of the air. It’s hard to separate the two.

Humidifiers and air purifiers are both needed to keep the air in your baby’s room both hydrated and clean to ensure protection against airborne viruses and allergens.

During the winter months, a humidifier edges out the air purifier when it comes to keeping your baby healthy and comfortable.

  During the dry winter months, a humidifier will not only moisturize the air, it will help keep the air clean as well.

Is a humidifier the same as an air purifier?

Not too many people talk about this point, but a humidifier is actually a type of air purifier all on its own.

How so?

Humidity droplets way more than dust particles including viruses, bacteria, pollen, mold spores, and other allergens.

When there is a lack of humidity in the air these particles are allowed to float and travel further and longer.

When the proper humidity has been added back into the air through the use of a humidifier, the particulates floating through the air become too heavy to float and fall to the surface.

That means that viruses and allergens cannot transmit through the air as easily.

Another aspect that makes a humidifier a type of air purifier is that moisture washes the air when it is emitted.

That is one of the main reasons the air seems so fresh after a good rain.

is a humidifier the same as an air purifierBut….

Humidifiers are not needed all year long. And though there are plenty of exceptions, humidifiers are usually used primarily during the winter months then stored away for the rest of the year.

Air purifiers, on the other hand, are beneficial all year long.

An air purifier will filter the airborne particulates that can get into your baby’s lungs and interrupt their sleep as well as cause sneezing and coughing fits.

But air purifiers do nothing to humidify the air.

A vicious circle.

A Better Way

A better way to judge whether or not you need a humidifier or an air purifier for your baby is to buy the right equipment to actually measure the moisture level and the allergen content of the air.

Hygrometer is a humidity gauge/meter that will let you know if the humidity has dip below the 40% mark that indicates that your humidity is too low and could be causing adverse health effects in your baby and everyone in your family.

An air quality tester, test the air quality to ensure that the air in your home is not full of mold spores, and other bacteria.

So fortunately there is a way to measure your air quality other than your hair is frizzy or you’re sneezing a lot in certain rooms in the house.

A hygrometer and an air quality tester are the only scientific way to know whether or not you need an air purifier or a humidifier for your baby.

Air purifier /Humidifier Combination units.

Product manufacturers realize that air quality is not humidity versus Air cleanliness. It requires both to maintain the health of your air and family.

There are many air purifiers/humidifiers on the market.

Some better than others and some much better than others.

1.Air Washer

When you first start looking for a humidifier-air purifier combination device, you quickly discover an appliance called an air washer.

Air washers use water as a type of filter to clean the air. The air is drawn into a big basin of water where it goes through a cleaning process and then is released back into the atmosphere.

Air washers make very good humidifiers.

And if you are just looking for a humidifier and air purifier that you will use during the winter, air washers are very efficient and do a great job.

But… They have the same problem as any other humidifier in that the air is not dry all year long and there is a huge portion of the year where you do not want to have a humidifier running and adding extra humidity to the air.

 

2. Another type of humidifier / air purifier combination device is simply an air purifier that has a humidifier setting.

 

 

This is more of a conventional HEPA air purifier that has a humidifier with it all in the same box.

So you can get away with one device to use as a humidifier when you need it to moisturize the air and an air purifier when you want to filter the air.

  This is a pretty good idea as far as convenience goes and if you have a lack of space.

But because these units have to have room in them for the HEPA filters and the water basin, the water basin tends to be smaller. Which means you will fill it up more often. And the humidifier is the most basic version you can purchase.

And for the price of one combination of humidifier and air purifier, you could get a much better humidifier and still get an air purifier that functions as well..

Humidifiers and air purifiers these days come with the proper measuring equipment installed.

You can get a humidifier with a hygrometer / humidistat that can be used as a cool mist / warm mist humidifier that can be controlled with your smartphone and filled from the top and still be able to afford a decent sized baby air purifier.

Do you need an air purifier or humidifier for your baby


Do you need an air purifier or humidifier for your baby?

The truth is both. Air quality is a combination of the proper relative humidity and the cleanliness of the air.

During the winter, a humidifier will get you through and do a better job than an air purifier.

But they are not useful all year long because the humidity does not stay dry all year long.

So an air purifier is needed and is beneficial throughout the year.

There are some combination air purifier/ humidifier devices available.

But they either have the problem of being a humidifier all year long or being equipped with a water basin that is much too small anyways to provide the most basic of humidifier functions.

My opinion is that if you have the space, you can get a much better humidifier and still be able to purchase a baby room size air purifier that is equipped with a HEPA filter and do a better job than one of the combination devices.

How Long Should You Run Your Air Purifier?

An air purifier is an essential device that helps to get rid of indoor pollutants such as dust and mold. Some people are concerned about running air purifiers all day, citing energy use.
 
That’s why people are wondering how long an air purifier should run a day. In general, it depends on numerous things such as filters, CADR, room size, air displacement, and air circulation.

In general, most air purifiers take half an hour to two hours to purify the entire room completely. You can also run the air purifier for at least a few hours with full throttle and then return at a lower speed to maintain indoor air quality.

how long should you run an air purifierWhat Does an Air Purifier Do?

An air purifier uses filters and advanced air cleaning technology to clean indoor air. It helps to remove contaminants like allergens, bacteria, dust, toxins, and odors so that you can breathe easily. Removing particles mainly depends on the filter you use on the air purifier. 

Most AC-powered air purifiers use a fan and a set of filters to capture dust mites, while others neutralize airborne particles without filtering. Besides, you will find Battery Operated Air Purifiers that use advanced technology to destroy germs and pathogens that are harmful to your health.

How Do Air Purifiers Work?

Air purifiers work in four principal ways: capture solid particles through HEPA filter, neutralize contaminants with ionizer, trap odor molecules using activated carbon filters, and break pollutants through UV light. Below we have briefly discussed how an air purifier works.

HEPA Filters

This type of filter works by pulling air into a dense, woven filter to trap contaminants, so they do not float in the air. The HEPA filter of an air purifier can capture up to 99.97% particles of 0.3 microns size. It traps microscopic particles that can cause asthma symptoms.

Activated Carbon Filter

An activated carbon filter captures molecules that generate odors inside the room. This filter can easily remove volatile organic compounds ( VOCs) such as gaseous pollutants and chemicals. Besides, an activated carbon filter helps to absorb chemical vapors.

Ionizer

The air purifier uses an electric charge called the ionizer to neutralize the contaminant. This technology creates negative charges on dust particles to fall into subsequent filters that usually have a positive charge surface.

Ultraviolet Light

UV light is kept at the end of purification, which helps to reduce bacteria, viruses from polluted air passing through the system. It breaks down the molecular structure of germs and pathogens so that they don’t harm your health.

How Long Should You Run Your Air Purifier?

As we have said before, the run time of an air purifier mainly depends on several factors such as the quality of the filter, CADR rating, room size, air displacement, and air circulation capacity. 

Basically, an air purifier needs an average of thirty minutes to two hours to clean the air in a room. If you have an air purifier in a room of 300 square feet, then it requires an accurate, (CADR) of 195, and an average Air Changes per Hour (ACH) of 4 that need 15 minutes to purify the air in the room.

So, it’s best to run the purifier longer strictly than required, especially when you have pets or allergies. In addition, you need to keep your air purifier constantly running to maintain fresh air in your room.

What Does an Air Purifier DoThings That Influence the Run Time of an Air Purifier

Here we have explained what factors influence the time you need to run your air purifiers. Let’s see what these are:

Air Changes Per Hour (ACH)

This is one of the essential factors of an air purifier that helps to determine how much time the air purifier needs to run to clean all the air in a room through its filters.
Basically, ACH means the speed of an air purifier. For example, 1 ACH of an air purifier means it will take 1 hour to clean all the air. Also, 4 ACH means the purifier will be required in 15 minutes to clean the entire room.

Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR)

CADR determines how much air will be cleaned by your air purifier at a time. This parameter mainly depends on the room size. For a 100 square feet room, the minimum required CADR is 65, according to the EPA. However, a higher ceiling room will need an air purifier with a larger Clean Air Delivery Rating.

Types of Filters

Nowadays, most air purifiers come with HEPA filters, but some have activated carbon filters. If the number of filters is much, the airflow on the air purifier will be much more resistant. As a result, the air purifier will require more time to clean all the air in a room. In general, air purifiers with various filters may need 2 hours extra to clean the air. 

Is it Safe to Run an Air Purifier All the Time?

Running your air purifier all the time will be safe as the device is built to serve nonstop without any damage. You can even leave your air purifier on all night without having any concerns.

HEPA filters of the air purifiers do not get hot or damaged when the purifier runs for a long time. Besides, some air purifiers have a self-adjusting feature that can sense the air quality and turn on only when it’s required.

When the air quality becomes standard, the purifier returns to a super low-power or in standby mode. This type of air purifier is the most cost-effective to get clean air.

Conclusion

Most people have a misconception that running an air purifier all day is enough to get clean air. But leaving the purifier running continuously will increase utility bills, and the filters will be worn out quicker. 

So, you should run the purifier for a certain period that could be best for your room to remove the indoor pollutants. However, through this article, we have provided adequate information on how long you should run your air purifier.

Basically, most air purifiers require 30 minutes to two hours to completely improve the air quality in your room. The run time of an air purifier can be varied according to the factors that we discussed above.