Air Purifier: What Makes It Great?

Buying an air purifier for your workplace or home is one significant decision. It’s very easy to purchase any air purifier as they are now widely available at stores, online, or catalogs. It’s much harder to get past the marketing and mainstream price and find the perfect one that will do the right job that is worth your money. Most of the people buy depending on the price. Once the appliance is within their desired range of price, it is only then the features are being considered. The design of the purifier is also important. This part of buying criteria may seem logical on the surface, but should be regarded as a part of your overall process of decision making. The initial price can only be considered when talking about long-term cost. Features are also critical, but shouldn’t be the main deciding factor. The looks of the purifier are also important, but you should remember that looking past deep its skin should also be done. The main determining factors that would make a great purifier are its cost effectiveness and cleaning ability.

You might be thinking that air purifiers are all the same since all of them have one similar purpose. You are somehow right and wrong. Many of the inexpensive purifiers do a  job in cleaning and purifying the air, and can already be classified as a waste of electricity. However, there are reasonably priced air purifiers that can substantially clean the air. The cleaning ability of air purifiers is very significant.

There are many different “stuff” in air we breathe without an air purifier and here are the following:

  • Particles – Dust, pollen, pet dander, and tobacco smoke
  • Odors and Gasses – Chemicals, food smells, pet smells, aerosols
  • VOCs – Varnishes, paints, glues, cleaning supplies, adhesives
  • Microorganisms – Antigens, viruses, bacteria, pathogens
  • Advanced Microorganisms – Avian Flu, Influenza A

If you are wondering if the mentioned “stuff” above is present in your home, here is a simple analysis:

If you don’t have any pets, or you don’t smoke, only 25% of the “stuff” mentioned above are eliminated. In other words, 75% of the particles are present at your home at any time, every day. These particles enter our house by following us through our doors and blown in through windows. Most of the houses nowadays aren’t air tight; that’s why different particles can easily enter from small inlets as well. Most gasses are odorless and invisible, and most of the everyday used items in your house such as clothing, furniture, food, bedding, computers, paint, carpet flooring, and toys outgas individual VOCs and chemicals. Even the cleaning products we use to clean our house also contribute indoor air issues and problems. Your sink drain, shower drain, and toilet drain can potentially let certain pollutions back in our indoor air. We carry different kinds of microorganisms inside and out our home and in & on our bodies. If you have children, your exposure can double, triple or more. Luckily, a rare type of air purifier can quickly clean almost all of the airborne pollutants.

There are different kinds of technology used to eliminate or reduce the number of indoor air pollutants. When you are evaluating your desired air purifiers, you must do these things:

  1. Identify the range of your budget, and think of it carefully.
  2. Determine the different technologies used in the purifier and match them to the indoor pollutants listed above.
  3. Make a decision only if the technology used can do an excellent job in cleaning the indoor air pollutants.

If in case you don’t have any idea about the different technologies used in air purifiers, here are the following:

  • True HEPA-filters – can reduce different kinds of particles and the most expensive ones are much better
  • 99% HEPA-filters – the impostor type of filters and less capable
  • Carbon filters – can reduce odors and gasses, and the most expensive ones are much better
  • Pre-filters – keep the larger kinds of particles from entering the internal technology of cleaning
  • Enhanced or germicidal filters – reduces the growth of microorganisms on the filters
  • Electrostatic Precipitator – can reduce different particles, and the effectiveness varies by brand
  • Ionization – can reduce different particles. There are four types of ionization, and the “negative only” type is the least effective
  • UV light (ultraviolet) – reduces the microorganisms
  • Ozone or oxidizers – reduces odors, gasses, microorganisms, and VOCs
  • Advanced/combination technologies – Do your research as some are good, and some are bad

The list mentioned above only includes a limited description of the different technology. You should do more studies in a kind of technology that you’re not familiar with. You can surely find different varying options in your research that might affect your decision making.

Selecting the right air purifiers can be overwhelming because of many different choices available nowadays. You should be careful because you might fall into the traps of less efficient air purifiers as that is what they want you to feel when choosing one. You must do a careful and thorough research. On the other hand, the expensive brands claim that their purifier products are great, and they have proof on that in the forms of university studies, clinical studies, quality studies, particle data on reduction, the flow of air studies, valid awards, and microorganism studies, and different factual and valuable data. Make your test for your air purifier see if the posted information about them are factual.

You can also do additional research through the help of professional reviews, independent reviews, user reviews websites, marketing information, testimonials and in-home trials. All of this information can assist your process in selecting the best air purifier that can clean your air.

Unfortunately, many of the brands would lead you to the wrong direction by making you believe that air cleaning must be inexpensive. Of course, we have different ideas of what reasonable means, but ask yourself this one question: Is your health that valuable? One of the advertisements about air purifiers said that you are making a choice of either having an air purifier in your place, or you’re the air purifier yourself. Think about it carefully, the air we breathe is either filtered by the air purifier or our respiratory system. Spend an extra money and time and make your selection the perfect one.

Read more here: Top Reasons Why You Should Have an Air Purifier