How to Choose an Air Purifier

The reasons for wanting or needing an air purifier are plenty. Indoor air pollutants come in many forms such as pet dander and fur; smoke and fumes from cooking; dust and dirt; and outside pollution blowing in through your windows. For most homeowners, knowing when an air purifier is a necessity isn’t the problem; figuring out which one to get is.

Choosing the right air purifier is imperative for proper functioning of the system. For example, purchasing one that is too small for a large room in your home will do you very little good (if any at all). To make the best purchase on air purifiers, it’s always a good idea to know the right features. Read on to find out how to choose the best and most effective air purifier for your home’s needs.

1. Main Purpose of the Air Purifier

Air purifying systems can detect, as well as remove, all kinds of indoor air pollutants. However, some of them are made to filter specific particles better than others. For example, in a home with pets, you can find air purifying filters that will specifically target dander, fur and germs, while being less effective in removing bad or strong odors in the home. Hence, it’s important to know what the biggest contributions to poor air quality in your home are before deciding on an air purifier.

2. Types of Air Filters

There are various types of air filters to choose from including carbon, UV, Ionic and HEPA filtration. Each come with their own pros and cons; however, we’ve narrowed it down to two options that work most effectively when used together – HEPA and activated carbon air filters.

The use of HEPA filters alone can purify indoor air that is contaminated with mold, pet dander, pollen, bacteria and dust (to name a few). On the other hand, they are not very effective where smoke, chemicals and fumes are concerned. This is where activated carbon filters come in. Not only can they free your air of such pollutants and remove bad odors, once particles are trapped by the carbon filters, there is no chance of them being released into the purified air.

3. Size and Power

Generally, all purifiers have room coverage ratings that are measured in square feet. Before you start comparing different types and prices, take measurements of the room in which you will be using the air purifier. This will ensure that you are purchasing one with the appropriate power and size to work effectively. You also need to consider how high the ceiling is and whether adjacent rooms have large entries, corridors or doors that are often left open. In these cases, purchasing a more powerful system will be better suited for your home.

With these important factors in mind, you will be able to choose the right air purification system to keep your home and family healthy!