An air purifier uses internal fans to suck in air and send it through a series of filters that collect a variety of pollutants. The filtered air is then circulated back into your room. Using an air purifier is an excellent way of cleaning indoor pollutants like dust, pollen, tobacco smoke, and more. However, before you start searching for an air purifier for your home, you need to know what things to look for.
Air Purifiers That Suit Your Individual Needs
With so many different air purifiers available, you should take the time to compare some of the best air purifiers to help you make smart buying decisions. First and foremost, you should look for a purifier that suits your specific needs. For example, if you have allergies, you should choose an air purifier that’s specifically designed for allergy relief. Look for one with multiple filters, which include HEPA filters, to remove allergens inside your home. Other options to suit your individual needs include:
- Asthma. If you have asthma, consider either an asthma air purifier or a chemical and odor purifier. It contains additional filtration and HEPA filters for removing asthma allergen particles.
- Pet Dander. If you have pets, get an air purifier that’s specifically designed to remove pet dander, hair, and odors.
- Smoke. Air purifiers specifically designed for removing smoke are ideal for smokers, but they are also great for removing things like fireplace soot and fumes.
Many air purifiers are virtually silent when they run, but others make a humming sound; especially when they are turned up to high settings. So, depending on where you’re placing the air filter, you may want to consider the level of noise it produces. For instance, if you’re using an air purifier in your baby’s room, you’ll probably want to choose a silent-running purifier.
Most air purifiers are allocated a Clean Air Delivery Rate number. The CADR helps customers to understand how effective the device is for filtering different polluting particles for a specific room size. For instance, a CAD of 200 for pollen indicates the purifier can reduce pollen concentration at a rate of adding 200 cubic feet of fresh air each minute. Generally, the higher the CADR number, the more particles the air purifier is able to remove. And the higher the CADR number is, the more suitable it will be for larger rooms.
HEPA filters were mentioned earlier, but you may not know what they are. Basically, a HEPA filter, which stands for “high-efficiency particulate air,” is the standard filter recommended by the American Lung Association and the Environmental Protection Agency. HEPA filters can trap 99.97% of all particles that are at least 0.3 microns in size. If you want an air purifier that can trap the smallest of pollutants, you should purchase one with a HEPA filter.
In addition to looking for an air purifier that uses a HEPA filter, you should consider other features that specific air purifiers come with. For instance, if you want to save energy, look for an air purifier that’s energy star-rated by the Environmental Protection Agency. Another great feature found on many air purifiers is an air quality indicator, which gives you real-time updates on the current quality of your air. You can also purchase wi-fi air purifiers that you can control via your phone, which are particularly useful if you want to keep your home’s air clean while you are not there. Other features you’ll find on air purifiers include remote controls, multiple fan speeds, handles for easy mobility, and indicators that let you know when it’s time to change the filter.
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