What To Look For In An Air Purifier

If seasonal allergies send you into a coughing and sneezing frenzy every year, it might often feel like nowhere is safe, not even your bedroom. Air pollutants often find their way even into the cleanest and uncluttered indoor areas, hovering in the air that we breathe and triggering all sorts of allergic reactions. Since we spend a large portion of the day inside, it might make sense to invest in an air purifier. 

An air purifier is a handy, often portable device that can help you tackle all manner of dust, pollen particles and other pollutants in indoor air. They are effective in cleaning the air of particles that can aggravate your allergies or even bring on asthmatic attacks.

Here’s how most air filters work. They remove a large portion of particulates from a room, by filtering the air. The kind of air purifier you choose largely depends on two factors: how big your room is and what pollutants you are looking to filter. Check the device for the number of square feet a unit can handle. The clean air delivery rate (CADR) is a good indicator of how many particles and square feet an air purifier can reach. 

Acquaint yourself with which filters tackle what kinds of allergens and make an informed purchase, For instance, HEPA filters, UV air filters, and ion filters remove dust, pollen, and mold spores but do not remove odors. If smells trigger your allergies, you might consider a carbon-based filter that targets odors and some particles but does not filter dust and pollen as effectively.

Here are three air purifiers that can filter the air of large, small or medium-sized rooms. (Prices mentioned here are for online purchases)

For A Large Room:

Dyson Pure Cool TP01: This air purifier can purify pollutants that are as small as 0.3 microns. Its technology uses a combination of a HEPA air filter and a tower fan to filter pollen, dust, mold spores and pet dander. Price: 318$

For A Small Room

Molekule Air Mini: A PECO filter which is built used to destroy volatile organic compounds and mold spores is the defining feature of The Molekule Air Mini. It takes in air and works it through an outer filter trapping large particles. It then passes the air through a filter covered with nanoparticles that react to light (PECO filter) and releases clean air into the room. Price: 399$

For A Medium-sized Room

Honeywell True HEPA (HPA100) with Allergen Remover: With a HEPA filter and a carbon pre-filter, the Honeywell True HEPA (HPA100) tackles both allergens like pollen, dust and mold spores and also deodorizes the air. The manufacturer claims that it can filter up to 99.97 percent of microscopic allergens present in a room that is up to 155 sq feet). The Honeywell True Hepa is really easy to use and cleans the air efficiently with almost no noise. It also comes with an auto-off feature. Price: 114.99 $