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Men, Throw Away Those Boxes of Tissues
on August 15, 2014
As a single bachelor, I'm always self conscious about the box of tissues sitting next to my bed on my nightstand—on both sides—whenever guests or "guests" find themselves in my bedroom.
Any man (or woman) with morning allergies knows my distress: without fail, every morning between 6:30a and 7:30a, my nose randomly starts running; no matter if I'm awake or asleep. If I'm lucky, a series of sneezing fits are thwarted by my countless purging of nasal juice into these tiny square tissues, strategically placed within arms reach. Usually, I'm not so lucky.
(I should note that I already have an air purifier in my bedroom that runs non-stop utilizing Filtrete filters. Even so, my ailments persist.)
A coworker informed me that adding a HEPA filter to her bedroom helped eradicate her very similar morning affliction. Without hesitation, I purchased this filter as a last ditch effort to help me not only sleep better, but breathe better. So far, the results have been promising.
Filtration: Because I am unable to actually see with the naked a 0.3 micron particle of dust (which, by the way is 1/25,000 of an inch—for reference, the human eye can generally see dust particles at approximately 25 microns in size), I cannot say for certain that the filter works, but I can definitely feel it. Within the first day I found myself breathing easier and freer. This feeling lasted well into the night, without any stuffiness or congestion that typically occurs during the middle of the night. The ease of breathing as very noticeable, so obviously, the machine is picking something up from the air that my non-HEPA filter isn't.
Re-usable/Washable: I have not had to wash the filter yet, but the biggest draw to this machine was that the HEPA filters (there are two in the 30" unit) are washable. Additionally, you can add carbon filters (not washable) to remove any odors from the room. These have to be replaced every few months. According to the instructions, you clean the HEPA filter with a vacuum the first three months, then the next three months you wash it and continue so forth. This feature will surely help people save money from buying new filters every few months, or every year. By comparison, I'm spending roughly $120 a year on filters for my non-HEPA.
Functions: I love that it has several speeds and an additional ionizer (it positively or negatively charges the air to help attract dust particles or some-such). There's even a button with a tornado icon above, which is perfect for hardcore purifying–such as during cleaning or vacuuming the house. Additionally, as I mentioned above, you can add carbon filters to reduce odors (perfect if you have cats, because dogs don't stink quite like a litter box).
Look: Functions aside, the filter looks great. I have the large one, which can look a bit bulky, truthfully, but what I love most about this filter is the ability to stand it horizontally or vertically. When placed vertically, it looks like a normal tower fan, or space heater, or even a speaker. When placed horizontally, it really looks like a bass speaker. It's very nicely designed and doesn't look god awful against modern household stylings.
Sound: Some people might say this is unit is loud, but honestly, I don't notice that much of a difference from the sound of a ceiling fan or a box fan. It's white, ambient noise, that can actually hum you to sleep. The higher the speed, the louder the sound, so I generally keep mind at low or medium, and I'm able to sleep through the low hum.
Overall, an excellent, and stylish investment. Functions, Appearance and Sound aside, what I appreciate most about this air purifier is now I can remove those pesky boxes of tissues from my night stands and avoid judgmental, ridiculing eyes.