You’ve probably read all about the importance of air purifiers in your home. They’re virtually required for ensuring you have clean air in your home and minimizing asthma and allergy symptoms. But have you ever wondered just how polluted the air is outside?
Luckily, numerous US government agencies put their heads together and created the the Air Quality Index (AQI). The AQI is designed to tell you how clean or polluted your air is, as well as to give you an idea of the potential health effects. On a scale of 0 to 500, the higher the AQI for your area, the worse your level of pollution. There are six basic categories of the AQI:
- 0-50: Good air quality
- 51-100: Moderate
- 101-150: Unhealthy for sensitive groups
- 151-200: Unhealthy
- 201-300: Very unhealthy
- 301-500: Hazardous
A value of 100 corresponds to the national standard for air quality, while anything greater than 300 would trigger emergency health warnings.
You can check out your current AQI forecast at AIRNow.gov. There you can get real-time AQI information for cities across the US, as well as learn more about how different levels of polluted air can affect your health. Just remember, the EPA also warns that indoor air can be up to five times more polluted than outside. So even though your town might never experience a wave of poor air quality, and air purifier might still be a good idea to keep your asthma and allergy symptoms at bay.
Members of our customer service department get asked all the time for their opinions on our products. This got us thinking – why not ask them to write up detailed reviews of our products. They would spend (even more) time with the product, using it over time, noting everything good and bad about it. They could then create a thorough walk-through of each product for everyone to see.
To start things off we took a look at one of the newest members of the Luma Comfort family – the AP400W PureClean Max Air Purifier. You can check out the full review at the link below:
Luma Comfort In-Depth: AP400W Air Purifier Review
Let us know what you think, and stay tuned for more in-depth reviews!
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Super Mom Rebecca from Full Time Mama had a chance to review our HCW10B Cool & Warm Mist Humidifier this winter. You can check out her full review below – SPOILER ALERT: She loved it!
But most importantly, Full Time Mama is giving away one of these great dual mist humidifiers to one very lucky reader. Check out the blog post below for details on how to enter and contest rules.
Luma Comfort Cool & Warm Mist Humidifier Review and #Giveaway
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If you’re familiar with ultrasonic humidifiers or have used them in the past, there’s a good chance you’ve seen or heard about white dust. Is it something to be concerned about?
White dust is the natural byproduct of minerals found naturally in water. Ultrasonic humidifiers can occasionally release this mineral residue during the humidification process. You may see it on surfaces around your humidifier, or even within the bae of the unit while you’re cleaning it. White dust is completely harmless, and easily cleaned or wiped away – just as you would normal dust. The amount of white dust, or if you see it at all, depends on the type of water used in your humidifier as well its mineral count.
There are several things you can do to rid yourself of white dust altogether:
- Use distilled water. Distilled water has a very low mineral count, which means it won’t product white dust. As an added bonus, distilled water can also reduce the frequency with which you have to clean your humidifier. It can also prolong filter life, if your humidifier has one.
- Use a demineralization cartridge. Luma Comfort humidifiers both come with demineralization cartridges that are designed specifically to trap minerals before they can be released into the air. This would eliminate, or at least greatly reduce the presence of white dust. On both Luma Comfort humidifier models, the deminernalization cartridge can be found attached to the water tank cover.
The demineralization cartridge for the Luma Comfort HCW10B humidifier
Even if you don’t see white dust, you should still be sure to clean your humidifier regularly to prevent the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Even if your humidifier is coated with anti-bacterial plastic (like the Luma Comfort units), it still needs regular cleaning. This will also prolong the lifespan of your unit.
We recently put together a write-up on the proper maintenance and cleaning for your humidifier, complete with plenty of images. You can check that out here:
Humidifier Cleaning & Maintenance Guide
How would you like to win a new Luma Comfort humidifier, air purifier or misting fan?
To celebrate the start of the new yet, we’ve partnered with three great blogs as part of their New Year, New Home promotion. Each blog had the opportunity to review one of our residential products – they chose the AP400W Air Purifier, MF18W Misting Fan and HC12W Vase Humidifier. As an added bonus, one of their lucky readers is also going to win their choice of the three products.
Check out their reviews below, and enter to win at each blog: