If you are like me, you may have wondered if it is really worth it to purchase an air purifier. Are air purifiers a waste of money? Do they really help to reduce allergy and asthma symptoms? Do they really get rid of unpleasant odors? We explore these questions and more in the following sections.
How an Air Purifier works
Air purifiers usually work by pulling in the air using a fan, filtering the drawn-in air, and then recirculating it. The filters in the purifier trap irritants in the pulled-in air. Amongst the filters present in the purifier, a charcoal filter could be used to get rid of odors, and a High Efficiency Particulate Air filter (HEPA filter) could also be used to catch much tinier particles like mold, pollen, or dust.
An air purifier can be moved around and used to filter just one space. On the other hand, it can be included in an HVAC system, and thus provide powerful air purification to your entire home.
Are Air Purifiers a waste of money: Benefits
Air purifiers improve the air quality in your place of residence by filtering out contaminants like dust, pollen and mold (as mentioned briefly above). These particles can trigger allergic reactions and asthma attacks. As such, a reduction of these contaminants should reduce allergy and asthma symptoms.
Better indoor air quality
Some of the issues people can face because of poor air quality include:
- Sneezing and coughing
- Itchy throat or eyes
Having an air purifier greatly decreases the likelihood of dealing with such issues in your home.
Unpleasant smells from things like cigarettes, cleaning products, or smoke from wildfires can be eliminated more easily with the use of an air purifier. If this is a significant problem in your home, a purifier with a charcoal or activated carbon filter will help.
Falling sick less
Air purifiers are capable of removing germs and viral infections from the air. A UV air purifier is sure to do a good job of this, due to the disinfecting nature of the UV light.
Where an Air Purifier should be placed
If the air pollution/quality in a particular room of your home is bad, that is where the air purifier should go. For example, an air purifier could go in your kitchen where cooking smells can linger for long periods.
Buy the right Air Purifier
Sometimes buying the wrong air purifier could turn out to be a waste of your money because it is not the right one for you. In general, a good air purifier should check the following boxes:
- Low noise level (less than 50 dB should be good)
- True HEPA filter
- Automatic modes (or speed switches)
- Charcoal/ Activated Carbon filters
- Good warranty period
Aside from meeting the general criteria above, consider the following:
- Make sure you understand what you really need from the purifier. E.g., If you want to eliminate smoke or bad smells in general, a purifier with an activated carbon filter is essential. There are also others that are best when there are pets in the home. It all depends on what you need!
- Pick a purifier with your preferred features. Some features include Automatic modes, Wi-Fi, and Sleep mode.
- Get the right size purifier. Some models are able to cover large spaces, whilst others cover relatively smaller areas, so be sure of the space that you would like your purifier to cover.
- Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) Ratings. Air purifiers with at least 200 cfm of output should do well.
- Energy-efficient system. An Energy Star certified air purifier model should help to manage the cost of electricity involved with the usage of the purifier.
- Single room vs Whole-House air purifier. A whole-house purifier is a good option if you are looking to clear the air in all rooms of your home. This purifier can work alongside your heating/cooling system.
- Know your budget. There are various kinds of air purifiers selling for different prices, so you should know how much you are willing to spend. But note that even if you want to be on the more affordable end, and spend less than $200 or less than $100, there are some good-quality options available to you.
Avoid the wrong Air Purifiers
It is important that you try avoiding air purifiers that produce ozone because ozone can cause some irritation in your lungs. Furthermore, an air purifier that does not have a HEPA filter may not be worth your time or money. As described above, the HEPA filter helps to rid the air of minuscule contaminants and allergy/asthma triggers.
So, are air purifiers a waste of money? The final answer is that air purifiers are not a waste of money, especially when you take the time to consider your needs and preferences and thus purchase the right purifier. It is important to understand, however, that air purifiers cannot get rid of 100% of contaminants from the air in your home/room. All the same, with a purifier, the air quality is greatly improved, and indoor pollution is significantly reduced. Consider getting the best air purifiers for yourself and your family today!
Written by Christine Quist