Is it just me, or did the air get lighter?

I gots me an air purifier. Two of them, actually. Whirlpool WhisPure 510 (AP51030S) air purifiers. Worth every penny. This is why:

A couple of weeks ago, I found out that I’m allergic to pretty much everything: dogs, cats, hamsters, roaches, grass, trees, dust… everything but mold and food. Ah, I see, I thought. So this is why I wake up every morning with post nasal drip. To help alleviate the symptoms, The Wife and I started taking a number of measures to reduce the number of allergens in the air: dusting the house more often, vacuuming more, keeping the dog off the bed and away from me, and requesting a move to an apartment without carpet.

By the way, did I mention I got a dog? About six months ago? It’s a puggle, a beagle/pug mix that’s both incredibly energetic and cute. Also for the last month, this dog has been metabolizing food directly into hair. While I knew I was allergic to dogs, for the record, I was essentially blackmailed into getting this one. (We couldn’t find a free or cheap hypoallergenic dog the Wife liked, and the puggle was both free and is incredibly cute. Think: the wrinkles and color of a pug on the body and energy of a beagle.) Needless to say, the beast hasn’t been good to my allergies.

Anyway, but even worse than the dog, I have dust. Lots of it. I mean, c’mon, I live in Florida, God’s waiting room. People here essentially fart the stuff. And it doesn’t help any that the apartment complex I live in uses a non-standard sized AC vent, so I can’t go to Lowe’s or Home Depot to simply pick up an AC filter there so I can replace the crap they put there with something that actually, you know, filters the air. No, I have to wait 3 months before they change the air filter that was supposed to be changed on a monthly basis. Disgusting.

So as you can see, even though I did everything I could, I still needed to do something to improve the air quality in my house. I started doing a bunch of research and found the Consumer Report list of recommended air purifiers. Near the top of that list was the Whirlpool Whispure 510. (At the top was its no longer produced cousin, the Whispure 450.) I looked for it on Amazon ($430), but found it cheaper at a store that specializes in clean air technologies. In fact, they had a sale and I got the units for about $130 less each. (Open-box units. Most people don’t like that aspect, but I don’t mind as much.)

You should know, I live in an 800sqft, carpeted apartment. The units I picked up clean a maximum area of 510 feet each. Result: with two units I can keep my house almost allergen free. Also, I’m an exagerator. So sue me.

I ordered the units about a week ago, with free delivery, and got them last night via UPS. Without hesitation I got them into the house, opened the boxes and started them off. Then the Wife and I grabbed our dinners and started watching Babylon 5. (I have the entire show on DVD and we’re up to the fourth season, when Sheridan gets captured by Clarke.) About 30 minutes into the show, I turn to my wife and ask, “Is it just me, or does the air seem thinner, lighter?”

She nodded. “Yeah, it feels cleaner.” This was all the proof I needed to justify my purchase.

Waking up every morning with post-nasal drip sucks. Seriously, when the first thing you feel in the morning is gunk at the back of your throat, it’s not a good feeling. I woke up this morning without post-nasal drip. It was awesome. If you have allergies, especially if you’re allergic to dust, I highly recommend the WhisPure 510. Not that I’m a great source of information or anything, but I’ve tried a few air purifiers and this has been by far the best one.

Disclosure: I’m getting a 3% kickback from Sylvane.com, the store I bought the units from, for this piece. They don’t want me to mention prices or the kickback, but I can’t keep that information secret: if I’m getting paid for a post, you’ll know. Here, I’m (hoping) to get paid for this post (mostly for the link, actually). Still, I really do recommend them. I wouldn’t be writing this about them or the product if I didn’t. (In fact, if you’re a long-time reader, you know I’m not averse to slamming a product or company when it needs slamming.) Also, the shipping was free and fast, and they often run specials, so check them out.

Edit:
1) I got my money! Same day, too. That was awesome.
2) Just went to my apartment for lunch. The place smells like a doctor’s office now. I mean that in the best possible way: the air’s totally, undeniably clean. It’s awesome. Now it’s time to see if the purifiers can pass my second test: cooking with turmeric.

2 thoughts on “Is it just me, or did the air get lighter?

  1. Awesome. I got an air purifier about a year ago and like it quite a bit. I don’t have any allergies, so I just have a fairly small one and leave it in my bedroom (where I do the majority of my breathing around the house). It has been pretty good so far.

    On yours, what kind of maintenance do you have to do? Each month I have to clean out my filters. It’s not that bad, but it’s a bit of a hassle (and it makes sense why I’d have to do it too).

  2. Hey, Joe:

    Maintenance is a replacement of the carbon filter every 3 months (Amazon has them at $28 for 4) and the HEPA filter ($65) annually. As far as that’s concerned, it’s on the expensive side, but given my level of allergies I’ll happily pay $100 per year to keep the air in my house that clean. When I move out of my apartment and into a house the methodology for air filtration will likely change (though it will likely simply be improved by the addition of a whole-house filter).

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