Every year when autumn rolls around, like clockwork, my allergies and asthma go absolutely ballistic. In just the course of a few days I go from breathing easy with no problems to clutching an inhaler all day long taking a few puffs every 40 minutes. And in between, I’m coughing, wheezing, or on the verge of sneezing. My doctor told me that when the leaves begin to fall and hit the ground, the accumulating piles of brush and dead leaves create a considerable amount of mold that permeates the outdoor air. Unfortunately, he said there wasn’t much I could do when I left my house, and that my inhaler was probably my only conceivable line of defense once I walk out my front door. But he said that I can make my indoor air cleaner so I feel less miserable when I’m in the safety of my home. He recommended I buy an electric air purifier with a HEPA rated air filter. The difference between a standard filter in a run of the mill air purifier and a HEPA filter is that the ladder is rated to filter out a vast amount of microbes and particles that pass through most standard filters, like pollen, mold spores, and even some bacteria. I even found a device with an added UV-C light, which uses a powerful light spectrum to sanitize the air of viruses, bacteria, and fungal growth. Just 30 minutes of running this machine and I’m already feeling the difference on my lungs. I am eternally grateful to my doctor for suggesting I buy an electric air purifier.