Whether you’re looking to purchase your first air purifier or upgrading to a new one, it can be challenging to decide which one is right for you. Air purifiers come with a wide array of features and can cost several hundred if not thousands of dollars. How can you know you’ll be getting the air purification you want without spending more than you need to?
Most importantly, you want to purchase a quality system that is effective and that will last. Consider an air purifier as an investment in your health that will continue providing benefits for years to come. There are inexpensive options but many of these either do not provide adequate filtration or will break down and need to be replaced.
To ensure you’re getting a high-quality purifier, first look for units that use HEPA filters. High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are the only type fine enough to remove allergens like dust mite particles and pet dander. HEPA filters will not work properly in air purifiers that are not designed for them so make sure you choose a system that is approved for use with these filters.
HEPA filters also tend be more expensive than conventional ones and you’ll want to calculate the cost to replace them along with the frequency you’ll need to do so. Air filters need to be replaced regularly to be effective and some may either last longer or cost more . You can look for Energy Star rated purifiers as well, which cost less to operate and are good for the environment.
Some air purifiers are louder than others and will make more or less noise depending on the setting. Ideally, you should turn the purifier on before you buy it to ensure you will be comfortable with the noise it makes. You may be able to adjust the purifier’s setting to control the volume but keep in mind that a low speed on a high-quality purifier may be just as effective as a faster setting on a loud, inefficient machine.
Finally, air purifiers come with a range of additional features that may or may not be important to you, including timers, remote controls and maintenance indicators. Some now offer advanced features like dirt sensors that automatically adjust to the appropriate setting and ionizers, which help attract particles to the filter. Once you’ve narrowed your choices to purifiers that are durable, effective, quiet and efficient, you can decide which features matter to you and how much you’re willing to pay for them.
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Kevin Arnold writes about allergies and asthma, travel and healthy living. For more tips and information, check out all of his posts at www.blog.pureroom.com.