As I’ve gotten older, my issues with allergies have become more severe. No matter the time of year, there’s something floating around in the air to aggravate my symptoms. I’m bothered by pet dander, dust, pollen, perfume, mold, mildew, overly dry air, excessive humidity, and every type of bug, pesticide, or cleaning agent. Frequent headaches, sore throat, itchy eyes, sneezing and even nausea have forced me to miss work. By necessity, I spend the majority of my time inside, and I’ve taken every precaution to create an especially clean and healthy home. I keep all of the windows shut tight and run either the heating or cooling system at all times. I change the air filters in the furnace and central cooling system every month and have enrolled in a professional maintenance plan. A licensed technician thoroughly cleans and disinfects the inner workings of the HVAC system every year. Every couple of years, I hire the HVAC contractor to vacuum and scrub the inside of the duct system. These strategies have made a significant difference in the air quality of my home, but aren’t enough. I recently invested in a whole-home air purifier, which has made a huge improvement in the health of my indoor environment. The air purifier cleans the air approximately eight times every hour, trapping allergens down to .30 micron in size. That means it captures particulate that is smaller than a grain of salt. The air purifier also eliminates fumes, smoke and bad smells, and kills microorganisms such as mold spores, bacteria and dust mites. The air purifier runs quietly, needs hardly any maintenance and has greatly improved my quality of life.