How to choose an air purifier for home: tips and advices

  Improving indoor air quality starts with minimizing sources of pollutants. They include cigarette smoke, dust, and pet dander. However, the atmosphere in your home or office might be less than pure and clean. An air purifier can help. But, choosing the perfect one for your needs can be a challenging task! Therefore, we put together some useful advice to make this task easier.

Your own research

  If you have pet dander and dust lurking in your living space, you should definitely buy an air purifier. But, it your living space just needs to be cleaned up twice a week, it will make your need for an air purifier seem more dire than it actually is.

  Vacuum regularly and don’t forget about your furniture too! Important: check your heating vents for lint and dust. If you still feel like you’d breathe easier with cleaner air, then you can start doing research on an air purifier.

Select which type of air purifier best suits your needs

  Modern air purifiers do a great job of cleaning the air in your home. It’s not just about allergens and dust, an air purifier is also excellent for removing unpleasant odors. The best air purifiers depend on one of two technologies: High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA), or carbon filtration. Make your choice based on what particulates you need to be filtered out of your air. Both technologies are available at different sizes and price points.

HEPA filter

  Be careful while choosing your perfect air purifier.HEPA removes 99.97% of particles. This means it’s really good at filtering all types of impurities  from the air, even tiny ones.

  If you choose a HEPA purifier, be sure it’s called “true HEPA” or “absolute HEPA,” not “HEPA-like” or “HEPA-type.”

  Important: in some HEPA models, the filter itself must be replaced once a year.

 

 

 

Calculate the area you need to purify

  Measuring your room or rooms  with a tape measure or measuring stick. Take careful measurements of the room or rooms in which you need the air purifier to clean the air. If you have a 500-square-foot apartment and buy an air purifier designed for 100 square feet, it just won’t do the job.

Budget

  Air purifiers can differ  in price. You can find them from $20 to over $1000. Don’t skimp if you can afford a more expensive model.

  However, be aware that you can find a reliable air purifier for under $100 – it’s not necessary to drop a small fortune!

 

 

Shopping Time

Review

  Now that you have narrowed down your search to a few models, it is very important to have a look at what others are saying about them. Try to get reviews from different sources. Start on Amazon, independent blogs, and consumer reviews. You need to get a balanced picture of how well the air purifier works.

Shop around

  Don’t buy the first air purifier you see! It’s worth looking at several different stores to find the best price and customer support.

  If you’re shopping online, it’s smart to check reviews for the store you’d like to purchase from. As well as the air purifier you plan to buy there.

 

 

Ask questions. Read the warranty carefully

  When you’re buying your air purifier, feel free to make any inquiries you need to, both about the air purifier itself and the store you’re in. Make sure it’s the right filter system and has enough capacity for your needs. This is your insurance policy in case your new air purifier doesn’t work the way it was promised to.  

Using an air purifier

Close doors and windows in the space you want to clean

  Your air purifier can only filter so much air per hour, so you want to make sure that there isn’t pollen from outside blowing in and complicating the purifying process.

  Remember: it takes a few hours to notice the benefits of your air purifier. Why? Because it has to work overtime to filter out all the accumulated particles in the air.

 

 

Caring for your air purifier

  The maintenance you need to do on your air purifier will depend on the model. So,  it’s really useful to read the manual. In general, you need to keep the it nice and clean. It is extremely important to replace the filter when needed.

  Make sure to clean underneath the air purifier regularly. Why it is this important? An air purifier can’t do its job if it’s sitting on a layer of dust! A lot of models (especially new ones) have lights or other indicators to alert you when a filter needs to be cleaned or replaced. If you’ve purchased a HEPA air purifier, you will need to replace it after a year’s time. The manual should contain instructions for this process.