Whether for allergies or simply as a well-being measure to help improve your indoor air, selecting the right air purifier for your home can be a daunting task.
With so many models available, and lots of air purifier reviews, it can be difficult to choose the best air cleaner for your needs.
Use this guide to select the right size air purifier for your home, the right types of filters, as well as understand the options for air purifier features and specialty machines that are available for unique air cleaning needs.
The most important component of any air purifier is the filter. Many air purifiers have numerous filters to improve the air cleaning performance. Here are a few of the most important for effective air cleaning.
This is a must-have feature for any air purifier purchase. The best HEPA filter air purifier safely removes 99.97% of airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns, including pollen, ragweed and other allergens, viruses, germs, dust mites, mold spores, pet dander and cigarette smoke. Selecting an air purifier with this filter ensures the highest performance for cleaning indoor air. Anyone with allergies will also find the True HEPA helpful for reducing the symptoms during allergy season.
If you are looking for extra clean air, you can choose HEPA filters with antimicrobial treatment. These special filters provide built-in protection from the growth of odor-causing bacteria, mildew, and fungi on the True HEPA filter itself.
Though not necessarily cleaning the air, a carbon filter air purifier is great for reducing household odors. It's perfect for any location in the home where odors tend to occur regularly. A carbon air purifier is especially useful for a baby's room, where dirty diapers leave their trademark scent. You may want to look for an air purifier with both True HEPA and carbon filters in the same machine.
Often air cleaners are selected based entirely on price. But this can be deceiving, and probably disappointing when you find out that the air purifier you purchased doesn't seem to be performing as well as you thought. Smaller air purifiers may be less expensive, but may not clean the air in the room size you have at home. Be sure to measure the space where you want to use your air purifier so you can make the best choice in terms of coverage for air purification in your desired area.
If allergies or concerns about cold and flu are a key reason for your air purifier purchase, then be sure to look for special allergy features on your air purifier. The Aera+ Mode on AeraMax Air Purifiers helps amp up the overall air purifier performance for cleaner air during allergy or cold and flu season. Another important feature allergy sufferers may look for is quiet performance, as allergy sufferers often run air purifiers while they sleep.
Filter change indicators are also a great feature to help maintain clean air filters without having to continually check inside the machine. An indicator light simply tells you when it is time to get a new filter. This feature is especially helpful for air purifiers that run continuously.
If you have pets, that means dander and odors are something you contend with daily. Pet air purifiers assist with cleaning the air of pet-related airborne particles and can be very helpful if you also have pet allergies.
Baby air purifiers are ideal for the nursery, offering quieter performance to let babies sleep as well as removing harmful bacteria and viruses from the air. Of all the organs, the lungs, which are not fully developed at birth, account for the most health problems among infants and young children. While they sleep, babies can be breathing dust, mold spores and dander. A spotless baby's room does not necessarily mean clean air. Babies breathe an average of 30-60 times a minute - that's more than double the amount of an adult. With this greater intake of air during the early post neonatal period, the developing lungs are highly susceptible to environmental pollutants. Choosing an air purifier for the nursery keeps your baby's room clean and protects sensitive newborns from airborne germs.
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