How To Choose The Best Air Purifier

So you have decided that maybe it is time to purchase an air purifier for your home, but with so many choices, brands, and styles out there, you have no idea where to start. How to choose the best air purifier depends on several factors, and it's important to sit down and consider these before you make the purchase to be sure you will be satisfied with your home air and smell.

There are two main factors you need to look at when beginning your search for the perfect air purifier. First, what are the primary reasons for purchasing one of these units? These can greatly vary from family to family or among different individuals. Secondly, how large of an area do you need to clean? When you start to look at all of the choices available, you will see that many units are designed with unique features and functions, and it's in your best interest to review as many of these as possible. Also, a third consideration may be cost, but this shouldn't be your primary decision-making tool. Depending on the severity of your situation, the old adage "You get what you pay for" may be appropriate in this case.

Air purifiers, or air cleaners as they are often referred to, can remove a variety of pollutants from the air in your home or office. These can include dust mite allergens, pollen, bacteria, animal hair and dander, mold spores, tobacco smoke, viruses and other airborne particles which can be harmful to us. Some machines concentrate on a few of these trouble areas, others cover a broader range. Therefore it makes sense that a person with severe allergies or respiratory ailment needs to do his/her "homework" and find the unit best suited for handling this type of situation. Likewise, if your home or office has suffered water damage and you are concerned with breathing in mold spores, than you will need to purchase a unit that is best suited for this purpose.

If you have pets in your home and want to remove odors caused by them or some other source, or maybe you just desire clean, fresh smelling air in your living or work area, then you need to choose an air purifier that has this function. All of them do not have the same ability. Therefore, it is helpful to take notes as you do your research, making sure to include the important functions and features of each model you look at relating to your personal issues. This will help you stay organized and not forget any important points as you move along.

HEPA air purifiers are considered by many professionals in the industry to provide the most highly efficient cleaning results. It is important to be aware when reviewing the many units out there, that ones using True HEPA air filters are more effective than those that are HEPA-Type. The difference, according to the American Lung Association, can be as much as 1,800 times the cleaning power. So depending, once again, on what your personal needs are, this may be an important factor to consider and take note of.

There are many companies offering products in the air purifier/cleaner industry, and some are considered more favorable by consumers than others. This is also an important factor to consider, as consumer confidence in certain companies over others dictates that more of their products have been purchased and used with satisfaction. You can definitely have more security buying from one of these more popular suppliers.

As I mentioned above, you have to be aware of how big an area the air purifier you are considering purchasing is designed to clean. The Home Appliance Manufacturers have made this easier by coming up with a measurement called the Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR). This can let you know what the machine's true cleaning capacity is. Most units list this number in their product features section. You can then use a simple equation by taking the CADR and multiplying it by 1.5, giving you the square feet of the room the unit is able to clean effectively. This makes the process of selection regarding room size much simpler.