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© Cheryl Ciecko, 2017

Cheryl Ciecko, AIA, ALA, LEED AP is a licensed architect who improves the health of people by helping them avoid toxin exposure in their buildings.  Cheryl also shares information on a variety of other potential toxin impacts affecting health, including food, products, water quality, and air quality.  Individual consulting is available upon request.


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DIY Air Purifier for Under $30!

October 5, 2017


So much of what people dealing with mold illness have to do is expensive...really expensive!  A high quality air purifier is just one of the components necessary for cleaning air and creating a safe place to live, once the immune system has been triggered by mold or other environmental toxins due to water damage.  Usually you get what you pay for when it comes to air purifiers. Recommendations vary with every company promoting their products.  My family has invested in one expensive air purifier that is really quiet.  We also have purchased some less expensive models which, while not as quiet, seem to also work fairly well, and cost a lot less.  Avoid any purifier that emits ozone!  I have another blog post on that topic.


Air purification and clean air doesn't have to be expensive - try this affordable air cleaning option!


This $16 box fan and with a $9 HEPA filter (that's all you need!) option shared by a University of Michigan Sinus Center Doctor is actually down-right cheap as well as effective, according to one expert.   Click here to see the video evaluation.


Order the best quality - Merv 13 filter for best results.  I buy 4 filters at time for the best pricing and find they need to be changed every 3 months.  Your results may vary.





I have four of these box fan type filters running at my house.  The system definitely works.  The proof is in the dirty filters that need to be replaced!  


This is my filter after 3 months!  (Yes we have a dog!)  The filter used to be white.


If you have any experiences with do-it-yourself solutions like this one that have helped in your health recovery, please share your experiences.


Make sure to note the arrow on the edge of the filter to determine which side faces the fan.  The best way to position the filter is to locate it on the INTAKE side of the fan.  This will help keep the fan clean (by filtering air before it enters the fan) and will allow the filter to be attached to the fan by air pressure alone.  No tape is needed!




The information contained in this presentation is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, prescribe, treat, or cure any disease, ailment or injury to the body. It is not medical advice. FDA regulations prohibit the use of medical claims in conjunction with the sale of any product not approved by the FDA. Statements made herein have not been evaluated by the FDA.  

Any products, techniques, and/or personal usage tips referred to are not suggested as a replacement for proper treatment from a licensed health care professional. I am not a licensed health care professional and the decision to use or not to use any of this information is the sole responsibility of the listener and/or reader.

Everyone is an individual with different body types, different blood types, different body chemistries, and it is important to remember that what works for one person may not work for another person.



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