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Air cleaners - only the right air purifier helps with allergies, viruses or odors

 
 

Did you know that the indoor air can be up to 5 times more polluted than the air outside? If we add to this the fact that most of us spend 90% or more of our time indoors, it's small wonder that our bodies frequently react to the poor air quality with itchy eyes, sneezing, ear infections, throat and sinus irritations etc.
It therefore makes a lot of sense to improve the indoor air quality with an air purifier.
But to find an air purifier that meets your expectations, a few things have to be considered, so let's have a look at the most important criteria.

What do you want to solve: allergy, viruses and bacteria, or odors?
An air purifier technology is usually designed to solve only one of these problems, so it’s important that you select an air cleaner with the appropriate technology.

Allergies are caused by various types of particles, such as pollen, that have a size from about 0.3 micron upwards. HEPA air purifiers, and some ionic air cleaners can filter these type of particles very effectively.

More than 90% of all particulates are 0.3 micron and smaller in size and these include: viruses, some bacteria and germs, some house dust, mite allergens, and cat allergens.
Suitable solutions would be ionic air cleaners, air purifiers with activated charcoal filters, and ultraviolet light air cleaners.

Some particles can be even smaller: smoke, soot, fumes, and smog.
These problems can be controlled with air purifiers that have activated charcoal filters, and various types of ozone generators.

So what if you are trying to get rid of odors, but also of allergen? Well, many air purifiers combine several air cleaning technologies for this very reason, which makes them good value.

Air purification for the whole house or only for selected rooms.
A whole house air purifier would be:

  • considerably more expensive,
  • more convenient, but
  • probably not as effective as room only air cleaners.

Capacity
A good quality room air cleaner will easily set you back several hundred dollars, and would only clean one room at a time. Most room air purifiers are portable, so you can move it with you.
Make sure though, that the air cleaner has ample capacity to clean the largest room you intend to use it in, because some air purifiers can become quite noisy if they have to operate at the highest setting.

Operating cost
Some air cleaners come with filters that are expensive to replace. Another thing to watch is electricity consumption.
Generally speaking, the finer the filter, the more expensive it is to replace, the more power will be required to pull the air through it, and the higher the electricity bill.

Warranty
It's no good shelling out several hundred dollars for an air purifier only to find that you have to pay extra to have it repaired or replaced.  The more reputable the brands, the more you are assured of a proper warranty.

Brands
Look for the following quality brand names: Oreck, Austin, Honeywell, Ionic Breeze, Hunter, IQAir, Friedrich, Air-O-Swiss, Biozone, Calutech, Delonghi, Care, Allerair, Holmes, Blueair, Healthmate, Hamilton Beach.

Price
Last but not least, it certainly is a good idea to shop around, and one of the neat things of doing this online is that you can compare prices from the comfort of your own home!

Happy browsing!

 

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