HEPA air purifiers are more important for your baby and children than anyone else. The reason? Kids and infants have smaller lungs. So they naturally breathe 50% more air per pound than adults. If that air is polluted with allergies like pollen, mold spores and dust mites, your children will feel the side effects twice as much as you. Therefore, air purifiers for children's rooms is a must in order to protect their indoor air quality.
To ensure the air in your home stays safe for those we care about most, browse our various Air Purifiers for Children and babies. Depending on the model, each air purifier will remove up between 98-99.99% of allergies, dust and mold from your living area. That's why Oransi air purifiers were ranked #1 in an independent study by Clemson University.
"Having a child with asthma has been very stressful for me and I bought this to help with her breathing. It's been really hard and this air cleaner has been great. I feel like I'm really helping her and have been amazed at how her mood has improved. It's helped more than just my daughter and am grateful that products like this are around that really help."
"I bought 3 air purifiers, 2 for myself and one for my daughter. They are very well made and work to perfection. I couldn't ask for better. Michele at customer service couldn't be more helpful. I'm completely satisfied with my purchases and the company. Thanks especially to Michele."
Air quality is an important health issue for all people. For children, however, it’s even vital. Because children are growing and developing, they are more vulnerable to the harmful effect of indoor and outdoor air pollution.
If you want to provide quality air for your children, you can start by giving them clean, healthy air in the home. And how can you do that?
It’s easier than you might think...
Clean air is important for everyone, but children are often more vulnerable to the consequences of air pollution.
The lungs of children, toddlers, and infants are proportionally-larger compared to their overall size. Because of the larger lungs (compared to overall size) they naturally breathe 50% more air per pound than adults. If that air is polluted with contaminants like pollen, mold spores, and dust mites, your children will, in many case, feel the side effects much harder than would a normal healthy adult.
Therefore, air purifiers for children's rooms are a must in order to protect them from indoor air pollution.
There is also an increased danger of asthma among smaller children. Asthma, which causes a constriction of the windpipes, can be much more severe in children due to the size of their windpipes. Naturally, a small child will have an already narrow windpipe between their mouth and their lungs, so a one millimeter reduction will block a large percentage of their airways.
The World Health Organization says that if an adult’s airway is blocked by a millimeter, it reduces the airway by 19%. However, if a child’s airway is restricted by a millimeter, it reduces the diameter by 56%!
A report from Unicef (see page 40) also discusses the lung-development process among children. They say that alveolar development continues until the age of six. The alveoli are tiny sacs in the lungs that hold air. To ensure healthy development, a child needs clean, healthy air, both outside and indoors.
All of this tells us that children need to be protected from airborne contaminants, especially if they suffer from respiratory conditions like asthma or allergies.
But to protect your child from indoor air pollution, you have to understand the types of pollutants found in bedrooms and homes.
To create clean air for your children, you first have to understand what you’re up against. In most cases, the airborne contaminants in a child’s bedroom will be the same as those found in the entire home. Unless you have an area that is not well ventilated, it’s unlikely that there will be a significant difference between the air in the living room, for example, and the air in a kid’s room.
Common indoor air contaminants vary depending on your particular lifestyle and the type of products you have in your home.
One of the most common, however, is biological sources, which can include pet dander, as well as particulate matter from mice, spiders, and cockroaches.
Mold and mildew are also common sources of airborne contamination. Although they are considered “biological,” they are different from animals and are dealt with differently as well, so they generally deserve their own category when it comes to air purification.
Air pollution in a child’s room can also come from air fresheners, which rarely “freshen” the air, and (in most cases) simply add harmful, although sweet-smelling, chemicals to the surrounding environment.
Is an air purifier needed in your child’s home?
While these appliances can be useful in virtually any setting, there are times when they may be especially needed.
One of the most obvious signs you should watch for is sneezing and coughing from your child. If you notice that they tend to sneeze more when inside, or they frequently cough when playing indoors, they may be breathing in dust, pet dander, or other contaminants.
Walk into your child’s room and take a deep breath through your nose. What do you smell?
While this isn’t a scientific analysis, it can give you an idea of what contaminants are present. If you smell varnish, paint, or the scent of plastics, the room may contain volatile organic compounds, which can be harmful to the lungs.
If the room smells stale or stuffy, it’s a sign that ventilation is poor and could be improved by a fan and the use of a purifier.
The best defense against poor air quality is active cleaning and preventative measures.
You can start by dusting on a regular basis to keep these contaminants from piling up.
Take the time to dust the shelves and dressers and you’ll eliminate a large portion of contaminants in one action. While you’re cleaning, you should also vacuum regularly to remove dust and particles from the carpet, which is often a safe-haven for particles that eventually become airborne.
To maintain clean air for your children, be sure to only use products that are safe for the home. Avoid using spray-can air fresheners, as these often use chemicals that can be harmful and irritating to a child’s lungs.
If you smoke, please do it outside. Secondhand smoke from cigarettes is harmful to a child’s lungs and can trigger an asthma attack.
Sometimes cleaning the air in a room can be as easy as increasing ventilation. By opening a window, you let fresh air into the room, which dilutes any pollutants that may be lingering in the home.
Outdoor air can contain pollution, but unless you live in a significantly-polluted area, it’s likely your home will benefit from open windows. Fans can also help ventilate to air in a home, which helps reduce the chances of concentrated contaminants in one area.
You should also change the air filter in your furnace and A/C units on a regular basis. These HVAC filters trap dust and other particle matter, helping to create more efficient air systems. However, changing them out frequently can also increase the quality of the air in your home.
To ensure the air in your home stays safe for those we care about most, we offer air purifiers that will remove up at least 98% of contaminants, and in some cases can remove 99.99% of dust and mold from your living area. That's why Oransi air purifiers were ranked #1 in an independent study by Clemson University.
Another important tool for fighting air contaminants in your child’s room for long-term health is air purification. For a kid’s room, you need a unit that is small, quiet, and removes most of the contaminants generally found in the home.
When assessing air purifiers, it’s best to use a product that has a good CADR.
Here are a few suggestions for your child’s room:
This small yet powerful air purifier is perfect for a child’s home. It is small enough to fit into little corners or between furniture, yet is removes 98% of dust airborne allergens and particulates. It removes dust, pollen, mold spores, and can even be effective for the removal of light odors.
It has three fan speeds, allowing you to set it to low when children are sleeping. It also features a convenient replacement filter indicator, which tells you when the Finn needs a new filter.
Another small yet effective air purifier, the Max uses high quality HEPA filters to remove a wide variety of household contaminants, including allergens, dust, pollen, and mold. It is best for bedrooms and small offices, and makes a great choice for a child’s room. If fact, the Max HEPA Air Purifier is rated to remove over 99.9% of airborne particles.
This purifier also comes with an easy-to-use interface that helps you control how the machine is operating at any time. Basically, you don’t need a manual to operate this purifier; it’s simple, easy, and convenient.
For larger bedrooms or a child’s play room, you may consider using the EJ Air Purifier, a unit that is capable of cleaning an area measuring 1,500 square feet. Not only is it powerful, it remains extremely quiet. Compared to other purifiers with the same air flow, it’s actually the quietest air purifier on the market, which makes it popular for hospitals and clinics as well as homes with children.
It uses a medical-grade true HEPA filter and removes 99.99% of all airborne allergens and contaminants.
While we’re on the subject of air purification and a child’s growing body, we should discuss the importance of quality air at school. Other than the home, school is likely the place where children spend most of their time, so it only makes sense that parents want clean air in these facilities.
According to the EPA, roughly 115,000 schools have problems linked to indoor air quality, which makes this a pressing concern for parents.
Talk with your school administrators to ensure the facility has proper maintenance of all HVAC systems.
If needed, encourage the installation of carbon monoxide detectors, regular replacement of air-system filters, and good ventilation throughout the school. You could also cite schools that have already made improvements, such as the Mountain Valley Unified School District in California.
With these steps, you can do your part to ensure that your child, as well as children all through the community, have clean, healthy air while they learn!