Home Air Purifiers: Do they really clean your indoor air?
The EPA reported that pollutants indoors are often 5 times higher than what is in the air outside. And since most Americans spend 90 percent of their time inside, that’s something to be concerned about. Some of the very things that make our homes energy-efficient are what make the air inside worse for our lungs.
So how do we counteract low indoor air quality? One quick plug-in is to find a home air purifier. Air purifiers have one or more filters that are supposed to rid your air of odors, smoke, dust, mold, and pet dander. But do they really work? The short answer is yes. But not all home air purifiers are created equal.
Let’s take a quick look at air purifiers: which ones are the best, which ones will fit your budget and suit your needs, and things you can do to prolong their life. We’ll also give you some ideas on how to purify your air if you’re looking for other natural remedies.
What a home air purifier can do — and what it can’t.
If you’re curious about what an air purifier can do for your home, we sniffed around for the facts. Check out these known benefits:
- Home air purifiers capture particles in the air. Most air purifiers are designed to capture particles in the air, like dust and pollen.
- Home air purifiers can sanitize the air. They’re not just designed to capture particles, they can also sanitize the air that goes through them.
- Home air purifiers remove odors. If you’re concerned about the way your house smells, particularly if there is/was a smoker living there, air purifiers are a great help in removing unwanted smells.
- Home air purifiers can help alleviate symptoms from allergies and asthma. They’re not going to cure you, but they will probably help relieve some of the aggravating symptoms.
Now, before you get to thinking air purifiers are going to clean everything out of your air, let’s take a look at what they don’t do:
- Home air purifiers will not remove VOC’s (volatile organic compounds). This means it’s not going to clear your air of gases from adhesives, paints, or cleaning products.
- Air filters do not remove allergens from flooring or furniture. They’re not going to catch that pet dander on your couch or in your rug.
- Air filters will not remove gases like carbon monoxide. Don’t depend on your air filter to save your life. Make sure you have detectors for that.
How to choose the best home air purifier for your specific needs.
Before we give you some options of great home air purifiers, here’s four things you should look for before purchasing:
- Choose the right size for your space. If you have a large room you want it to purify, make sure you get one powerful enough for your square footage.
- Clean-air delivery rate rating. This signifies the speed at which the purifier clears your air of smoke, dust, and pollen. You want to look for a CADR rating of at least 300.
- Safety and efficiency. The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers verifies whether or not this appliance is safe, efficient, and performs well in your home. Be sure and look for the AHAM mark before you purchase an air purifier.
- HEPA filters. Make sure the air purifier has a true HEPA filter. HEPA stands for high-efficient particulate air, and if the air purifier doesn’t, it’s not worth your money.
Best home air purifiers in every price range.
There are air filters that can fit into just about any budget and do a great job. So before you go spending all your grocery money on an air filter, see below what’s available. Obviously, some of the more pricey models will last longer and have more features, but some of the budget options are just as good in many ways.
600-900 Dollar Range Home Air Purifiers
- IQAir Medical-Grade Air: This is the priciest one we’ll list, but it can cover a room up to 1,125 square feet.
500-600 Dollar Range Home Air Purifiers
- Alen BreatheSmart Classic: This one has been named the best of the best, and it has a lifetime warranty. It can pretty expensive to repair, so keep that in mind.
300-500 Dollar Range Home Air Purifiers
- Medify Medical Grade Air Purifier: This purifier can handle up to 800 square feet and has a timer and night mode.
150-300 Dollar Range Home Air Purifiers
- Honeywell HPA300: This highly reviewed air purifier is nice and compact. And with a trusted name like Honeywell, you can find replacement parts pretty easily.
75-150 Dollar Range Home Air Purifiers
- Germ Guardian: The ratings on this brand are incredible, and you can often find a great deal for it online. Apparently, it’s nice and quiet and purifies four times an hour.
- Whirlpool Whispure Air Purifier: This little guy purifiers a 320 square foot room with three fan speeds.
Of course there are dozens of options out there, so read reviews, do your research, and keep your square footage in mind.
How to keep your home air purifier cleaning for a long time.
Depending on what kind of air purifier you choose, there are some things you can do to keep it cleaning your air for a long time. Here are three tips to keep in mind:
- Change your filter often. We suggest choosing a day every month to check your filter. If it needs cleaning or replacing, do it! It will keep your air purifier working more efficiently and a lot longer.
- Keep it in a safe place. Don’t put your purifier in high traffic areas where it can get bumped or knocked around. It’s a simple but very easy way to prevent it from getting broken.
- Don’t run your purifier 24/7. If you can find a filter with a timer, that is your best option. You don’t need to run it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Choose a few hours in the morning, a few at night, and let it do its thing without burning energy all day.
Other ways to improve air quality in your home.
If a home air purifier just isn’t in your budget right now, here are some things you can do to keep your air clean while you save up.
- Open your windows often. This is our top tip, because it really makes a difference. Open windows on opposite sides of the room to create a cross draft, and open them as often as you can. In the winter, when it’s cold, even opening for a few minutes can make a difference. It also really improves your mental health!
- Vacuum often. Vacuuming daily can make a big difference in your air quality, especially if you have a pet.
- Change and clean AC air filters. Your air conditioning and heating put out a lot of dusty air if you don’t change your filters consistently.
- No smoking inside. Do we really need to give this further clarification? Vaping should be included in this rule...
- Keep your home at the right level of humidity. It should be low enough to prevent dust mites and mold.
- Use nontoxic cleaning products. If you can, choose more natural ingredients in your cleaning products. If you need to use harsh chemicals, be sure to open all your windows and ventilate properly.
- Wash bedding consistently. Washing your sheets in hot water once a week can make a big difference.
- Clean fabric furniture often. Even just vacuuming them once a week can make a difference in the amount of dust and pet dander, in your home’s air.
Practicing good air hygiene using the tips above can make a big difference and save you some money, too.
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