I tell you about one of the weapons of biohackers, which I use myself (I have several of them at home). They are breezers, air purifiers and humidifiers.
First of all, I would like to tell you about breezers. It is additional ventilation of the house. It is such a thing, which takes the air from the street, purifies it, and if necessary warms it (it is important in the cold season) and delivers the air into the room. With the breezer the window in the room can always be closed. There is no dust and dirty air, and even less noise. But it’s worth mentioning that the breezer itself makes noise in the stronger modes.
The breezer is not an air conditioner, it has no cooling function. And this is a serious disadvantage of these devices. But there is a function of air heating and cleaning. Unlike air conditioners, they clean the air and do so with precision. Some breezers have an in-room cleaning feature. It works about the same as a regular portable cleaner.
To install a breezer, a “hole” is made in your wall or in your window. And on top of that hole, the craftsman installs the device for you. I installed a breezer in 2 rooms: the bedroom and the cabinet. And guess what? I felt much more comfortable in these rooms. What is more convenient: in the application which is installed in my phone, you can configure the automatic rules for the device on the quality of oxygen and room temperature.
Breezers are a great solution for ventilating rooms, especially if the task is to ventilate rooms 24 hours a day. In a normal situation, to air it is necessary to open a window, as airing – to close (if we are talking about the cold season). The same device is always working and therefore it is almost around the clock airing the room and it is always fresh clean air.
Of course, these devices cost money. The price of a breezer depends on the brand and its equipment. On average, you can buy good models in the area of 400-500 dollars. Plus consumables (they need to change filters every certain period of time).
I save a little money on that. In the summer, I turn off the breezers. Because it’s already hot in the rooms and I like to keep the windows ajar so there’s a slight draft. Of course, then not the cleanest air accumulates in the room, but I have additional air purifiers installed in my apartment, so this is also a solution. But as soon as it gets colder then I turn the breezers on again and close the windows.
If you are keen on biohacking, and you have money, then I would recommend installing a breezer in at least one room, where you spend most of your time. Preferably in the bedroom. Then the quality of your sleep will also improve, if there is constant ventilation and purified air.
Even though I have a breezer, I use additional purifiers. In the rooms where I don’t have a breezer, I have an air purifier. At the moment I have them in the kitchen, hallway and living room.
It turns out that the only place in my apartment where there are no purifiers is the bathroom. But there is ventilation and in these rooms I do not consider it a necessity. It is dangerous to put electronic devices in a bathroom, because when I take a shower, drops are flying all over the bathroom and if water gets in a device, it will most likely fail.
I live on the 14th floor. When I bought my apartment, I was told there was no dust on those floors. But there is dust and it reaches these floors. In addition, another source of dust in my house is myself and my guests when we come in from the street.
I use different brands of purifiers for a change. Of course, in advertising, each manufacturer writes as if they are the best. So, to diversify my risks, I’ve decided to use different models. In the event that even one of the purifiers doesn’t do well, there will be another one closest to me to pick up.
One salesman told me that it is not necessary to make the air in the house too perfect, because it is useful for our body and specifically the immune system to fight viruses, bacteria, and so on. I agree with him. But given that I live in a city with a high population density and a huge number of cars, I think I need to protect myself. There is already a lot of dirty air outside and our bodies are already exposed to dirty air all the time. So at least let the air at home be the cleanest air possible.
Yes, it’s an expense. The same filters on purifiers need to be cleaned periodically, and after a certain amount of time, they need to be replaced altogether. But do not skimp on it, because this purchase, above all, for your own health.
I also advise you to buy such purifiers, which have an automatic mode. That is the device will work at the capacity you need, based on the level of contamination at the moment. And remember my post about lighting: the indicators of devices should not be of blue color. And preferably it should have a night mode option, so that it works quietly at night and you can turn the light indicators off or down.
You don’t have to put purifiers in every room. It is enough to start with the room where you spend most of your time. This is usually the bedroom. If you already have a breezer installed there, then put a purifier in another room where you also spend a lot of time. This is usually the living room. You can put the device in the corridor or hall, since this rooms are a strong source of dust (because all the dirt from the street, when we come home, appears here in the first place). It is especially recommended to buy a purifier if you have a pet in the house.
What’s else? A humidifier is a must-have device in a biohacker’s home during the cold season. The fact is that in winter the humidity in the rooms drops dramatically. In addition, the air is dried by numerous heaters and radiators. In winter you can not keep the windows open to solve this problem. Even if you already have a breezer, it doesn’t solve the humidity problem. This device does not humidify the air, but even on the contrary, to some extent, additionally dries it out.
You need a humidifier for your bedroom first. You don’t have to buy a humidifier for every room. Because of the fact that the humidifier needs to be filled with water every day, I didn’t want to buy more than one. I got one and use it in 2 places: in the bedroom at night and in the cabinet during the day. That is, I humidify the rooms where I am most often at certain times.
There are a lot of humidifier models on the market. It can even be a 2-in-1 device with a cleaner. That is also a good solution, but I have separate ones. There are traditional, steam and ultrasonic humidifiers. I use a traditional one, it humidifies the air naturally. It simply pours water into a tank and the device spreads microdroplets of water around the room with the help of a fan. With this method, it is desirable to pour purified water into the tank.
Of course, traditional models are inferior to steam and ultrasound efficiency, but they are much cheaper. Why steam models are more expensive? Because they can fill them with water of any quality plus most bacteria die when heated to steam water. What is the difference between ultrasonic models? They have the lowest noise level. However, they are not suitable for everyone. Some people have confessed to feeling tinnitus and even headaches when they work.
I also like automated humidifiers. This is when you just set the desired humidity level in the room and the device itself adjusts the mode of operation to achieve the optimal level of humidity. The only downside is that the sensors installed at the humidifier itself can be inaccurate and usually show higher humidity than it actually is, because the sensor is located close to the humidification source. That’s why I recommend getting an extra sensor and installing it in a different part of the room to see the actual humidity.
I am not imposing my point of view or any particular model here. Everyone is individual, so you should choose devices based on your tasks and preferences. Better yet, take a device to test it for a few days (e.g. ask a friend).
Match the humidifier to the size of your room. After all, if you take a humidifier that’s too weak and your room is big, the humidity will be low. And vice versa, if the room is small and the device is powerful, there will be a risk of over-humidification of the room, and this is also bad.
Humidifiers also need care, and should be cleaned periodically. But, unlike purifiers, you don’t have to buy filters all the time. Unless one of the costs can be the purchase of additional additives in the water, so that the cleaning is more effective, but it is not necessary. You can just pour clean water and that’s it.