An air purifier is a device which removes contaminants from the air. These devices are commonly marketed as being beneficial to allergy sufferers and asthmatics, and at reducing or eliminating second-hand tobacco smoke.
Commercial grade air purifiers are manufactured as either small stand-alone units or larger units that can be affixed to an air handler unit (AHU) or to an HVAC unit found in the medical, industrial, and commercial industries. In our review, we are only focusing on in home use air purifier units.
What are the benefits of using an in home air purifier?
Well, as we all know, dust, pollen, pet dander, mold spores, and dust mite feces can act as allergens, triggering allergies in sensitive people. Smoke particles and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can pose a risk to health, as well. People who suffer from allergies and asthma exposure to various components would increase the symptoms of sick building syndrome. Air purifiers are used to reduce the concentration of these airborne contaminants and becoming more popular of capturing a greater number of bacterial, virus, and DNA damaging particulates. No wonder more and more families would like to have an air purifier unit in their homes.
What to look for an in home air purifier?
The best in home air purifiers are those that quietly and effectively lower the airborne particle count in your home with several air changes per hour and a high Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR). An air purifier’s functional qualities are the most important factor in our review. It doesn’t matter if the product is beautiful to look if it doesn’t function the way it should be, it isn’t worth buying.
If a product has been certified by Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) and has Energy Star verification are another factor that we are looking for. AHAM assigns air purifiers a CADR (Clean Air Delivery Rate) number for tobacco smoke, dust and pollen. An air purifier should have CADR number at least 125 in all categories, the higher the better. ETL Listed Mark is another proof of compliance with North American safety regulations.
Washable filters and a filter monitor can both help to minimize the cost of replacement filters and alert you when the filter needs to be changed or cleaned. Also, when running on the lowest settings for a longer period of time, air purifier’s noise levels should be much more silent and effective. With a timer come in handy, the air purifier can be set to run two, four, or even eight hours in a day while you are asleep or out of the house. A remote control will be a plus.
An in air purifier should have at least one-year warranty regardless the brand. Some even have online technical support, FAQs, downloadable user manuals, online chat room and direct contact information.
How do I know when I need an in home air purifier?
You know you need an air purifier when the air in your house is stale or there are strange smells, you’ve just brought in some new furniture, there is lack of air movement, obvious excessive humidity, you see mold and mildew, or you even feel better outside and get congested at home.