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Air Purifiers: Help Your Kids Breathe Better at Home

Air pollution is known to contribute to many breathing problems, such as asthma in children. Because kids are still growing, they are more directly impacted by contaminants in the air they breathe. These sensitivities are due to the size and structure of their developing lungs and immune systems. To help keep the little ones you love safe it’s important to minimize pollutants and actively manage the air quality in your home.

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Children Are More Sensitive to Air Pollution

Kids have tiny bodies and growing organs that require more oxygen. They also have smaller airways than adults; this is what makes them more sensitive to air pollutants. It’s tough to know exactly how different people will react to various allergens and pollution levels. However, it’s important to recognize that a mildly irritating pollutant for an adult could be a severe problem for a child.

When you’re sensitive to air quality, you know exactly how it feels when your chest tightens and swells. These breathing problems are amplified by pollutants such as ground-level ozone and particulate matter (both PM2.5 & PM10). For children, the impact of pollution is both serious and sever. Clean air is essential to the development of healthy children.

Impure Air & Asthma

A child’s immune system rapidly grows and changes until age six. While this development is taking place, air pollution tends to impact children and infants significantly more than adults. When kids are growing, their respiratory tracts are more permeable than those with more developed bodies. Essentially, they can’t filter pollution like an adult can. When pollutants, such as particulates, enter your child's lungs, they can do a lot of damage. The permeable cell membranes that line their lungs is what makes them more susceptible to asthma and other respiratory diseases.

The Solution To Air Pollution: Air Purification

It’s clear that air quality will impact your child’s ability to grow and thrive. Controlling pollution levels in your home is an essential part of that equation. If you are a new parent, you might find yourself wondering if buying an air purifier is worth it.

Every parent wants the best for their kids, and an air purifier will help you achieve that. Maintaining strong air quality ensures that your babies’ lungs stay safe. Air purifiers allow your kids to grow up in a healthy environment that supports their developing lungs. When you can control pollution, pollution doesn’t control you.

Do You Own An Air Purifier Already? 

The filters in an air purifier have a limited lifespan. If you already own an air purifier and are curious to know if it's working as intended, check out these simple tests you can perform to know if your purifier is cleaning the air properly: 

Air Purifier Test Instructions


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