Best air purifier(s) for general allergies and wood smoke?
Hi Lisa, my name is Alex. While looking for informative air purifier information and reviews, I came across your site and would welcome your thoughts. My wife, two sons, and I live in a 115 year old two story farm house in the mountains of West Virginia. Over the last several years I've developed some general allergies with congestion, and take antihistamines and decongestants on a regular (though not daily) basis. My wife deals with occasional allergy issues but not as regarly as me. In addition, our youngest son is diagnosed with a form of muscular dystrophy, and though he hasn't had any significant allergy or respiratory issues, we want to do all we can to minimize those risks. Having an older house, we have to heat in the winter with two wood stoves. So with our allergy issues, heating with wood, having an older house with potential mold issues and older building materials, combined with me having gone through a recent 5 week, 3 antibiotic, steroid, and albuterol inhaler, etc/etc, bronchitis episode, I've gotten serious with learning about air purifiers. With a sense of urgency and wanting to do "something" immediately, I went out to our local national chain hardware store and bought two Idylis air purifiers. They seem to be doing a good job and appear to have all the recommended features: HEPA filter, charcoal pre-filter, UV lamp, pollutant sensor, etc. But I want to be sure I'm doing all I can and continue my quest to learn. I've read reviews of other brand purifiers, some in similar price range, and some higher. I don't mind paying more as long as there is greater value for the higher price. So I'm wondering, if price is not the main focus, but good overall purification (including wood smoke, allergens, dust, mold, bacteria, viruses) is the focus, what would your thoughts and recommendations be? Thanking you in advance! Alex