The Great Indoors: What we’ve learned about air cleaners during COVID-19

 The Great Indoors: What we’ve learned about air cleaners during COVID-19

Homes have been busy places during the COVID-19 pandemic. With more time at home, people are doing more around the house and making significant changes to their homes. They’re upgrading appliances, cleaning more, and taking on projects like kitchen and home office renovation.

Consumers are also paying more attention to improving their indoor air quality, according to the results of AHAM’s recent survey on appliance use during COVID. Room air cleaners, also known as air purifiers, have long been the go-to appliance for allergy sufferers to reduce the amount of dust, pollen and other symptom triggers from the air. They are still concerned about those common indoor air pollutants, but AHAM’s research showed that many consumers are now looking to their air cleaners to reduce biologic pollutants as well. After a year filled with cleaning and sanitization vigilance, it is understandable that people are thinking about viruses and germs in the air at home, especially since the EPA announced that a room air cleaner could be part of the plan in reducing the risk of catching COVID.

Those who responded to AHAM’s survey reported using their room air cleaners 42% more than they did before the pandemic. Almost half — 46% — say they are taking steps to improve the quality of the air in their homes. Sixteen percent reported having purchased an air cleaner during the pandemic.

AHAM asked more than 700 consumers who were concerned about indoor air quality how worried they…

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