If there are pollutants, allergens or nasty smells around your home, you may need an air purifier. Only problem is that the market is flooded with all kinds of air purifiers that manufacturers swear they work like a charm. Sadly, this is largely untrue. Most of these purifiers don’t work half as well as advertised. Therefore in the journey towards picking out an air purifier, there are some standards you need to make sure the purifier reaches.
For a good basic air purifier, a HEPA filter is a must says allergist Jenna Tuck, chairwoman of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Indoor Environment Committee. HEPA means high-efficiency particulate absorption. This means that the government has set a standard for this kind of filter. It is supposed to remove 99.97 percent of particles in the air that are 0.3 micrometers or larger.
Although research shows that there are some allergens and particles that cause respiratory issues and are smaller than 0.3 micrometers, the HEPA filters should remove the allergens enough to ease the symptoms the person might have. Mostly, the people who need air purifiers are those that are pet-allergic yet their families or they themselves refuse to get rid of the pet. Those who have sensitive noses can also benefit from the HEPA air purifiers though the filters can’t entirely eliminate odors.
Due to the fact that there are so many air purifiers in the market, here are some of the very best air purifiers in the market;
#1. Alen BreatheSmart
The Alen BreatheSmart is one of the best air purifier with HEPA filters and Energy Star-certified that is a bit more than 2 feet tall with a sleek white design. The air purifier comes with a lighted button that’s blue when the air is clean and turns orange or red when the sensors detect particulate matter in the air. When the Breathe Smart air sensor detects substances in the air, it automatically triggers faster filtration which in turn lengthens the air filter’s lifespan.
The Alen BreatheSmart also boasts of air purification of up to 1,100 square feet, a timer when you want the purifier to run for a shorter time and an indicator light that shows you when the filter needs changing.
In terms of noise, at the lowest, the BreatheSmart’s fan produces as much sound as a whisper. However, when it’s on full throttle, it clocks in about 56 decibels which is the same as a box fan on medium. This model also has a night mode feature that allows its users to dim the unit’s lights and lowers the fan’s speed to give a more peaceful sleep.
#2. Coway AP-1512HH
The Coway air purifier boasts of a four filter system that is uniquely designed to give the best value. It starts with a pre-filter that takes care of the large dust particles in the air; then a carbon filter that takes care of the odors in the air; a HEPA filter; and an additional Vital Ion filter that’s used to charge air particles on their way out so that the pieces clump together for easier filtration.
A word of caution however; the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency doesn’t support the use of ionizers as research has shown that ionizers make some people’s lung issues that much worse.
The Coway has an advantage when it comes to its energy efficiency. The unit is Energy Star-certified and therefore uses less than 78 watts even when the unit is running at full throttle. This is a huge plus. The Coway’s AP-1005AH model can cover rooms as large as 236 square feet even though it’s smaller than the BreatheSmart. In terms of noise, the Coway clocks in at 53.8 decibels which is not so much.
#3. RabbitAir MinusA2
This unit is one of the prettier air purifiers in the market. Its sleek design at only 7 inches deep makes it wall mountable and a sleeker option in air purification. Another huge plus is that it’s also Energy Star-certified and can filter the air in a 350-square-foot room four times in one hour. This makes it ideal for small to mid-sized rooms.
Similar to the Coway, this units rocks multiple filters that purify the air even further. The Rabbit Air MinusA2 starts off with a pre-filter and a medium filter that’s made for large particles; a BioGS HEPA filter that takes the levels of certain allergens below that of the traditional HEPA filter and a customizable filter that allows the user to decide what to filter out. This may be mold, bacteria, pet dander, odors and so much more. The last stop is the charcoal filter that gets rid of any smells or odors.
In terms of noise, the Rabbit Air MinusA2 is celebrated for its quiet demeanor clocking only decibels at its loudest.
Therefore with these options, you will be able to make an informed decision on which air purifier is best for you and your loved ones.