According to Allergy UK, a whopping 44% of British adults now suffer from at least one allergy.
You may have an allergy to indoor air pollutants such as tobacco smoke, dust particles, volatile organic compounds, pet dander or mould spores. Perhaps you are looking for an air purifier that can help reduce your symptoms by cleaning the air in your home.
There are so many models out there right now, at the beginning, it may seem quite overwhelming to understand how to find the right air purifier for your needs. Hopefully, after reading this brief article, you will be well equipped with the knowledge to select the best air purification solution for you.
So how do I know which air purifier to pick and what to consider when buying one?
Step 1. Determine your air quality concerns
Well, first off, think about why you need an air cleaner. What do you have an allergy to?
For example, a unit may be excellent at removing pet dander and dust mites, but not so good at removing unpleasant smells and undesirable odours. Most machines fall into five common types, depending on the technology used for combating indoor air pollution. We list them below and if you would like to find out more about each of the technologies, go to the article "Do air purifiers work?".
HEPA-type, True-HEPA and activated carbon air filtration
Photocatalytic oxidation air sterilisation (PCO)
UV-C air sterilisation
Ioniser air purification
Ozone generating air purification*
The best air purifiers use a mixture of several types of air filtration technologies.
* We strongly recommend not investing in an air purifier that uses ozone production to clean indoor air. According to the California Air Resources Board, they deliberately emit large quantities of ozone which may pose a serious risk to human health by damaging cells in the lungs and respiratory tract.
Step 2. Calculate the size of your room
Many people who invest in an air purifier end up choosing a machine that is too small for their environment. You need to ensure that it is powerful enough to effectively clean the air in the room so that it makes a real difference in the quality of your life.
First, calculate the size of your room by multiplying the length times the width.
Second, you need to check whether the air purifier you are interested in will be powerful enough for your room size. According to ANSI/AHAM AC-1 test standard, the suggested room size for an air cleaner is based upon the CADR obtained for cigarette smoke. The room size is based upon the ability of the air purifier to reduce the concentration of particles in a room at steady-state to a new steady-state concentration 80% less than the original when the air cleaner is operating.
Finally, find the CADR for cigarette smoke in the specifications of an air purifier and times it by 0.144. For example, the CADR for cigarette smoke of the Winix Zero Pro is 258 m3/h. So the maximum suggested room size for this air purifier will be 258 x 0.144 = 37 m2.
Step 3. Calculate the maintenance cost
Enjoying the pollutant-free air in your living or working space will involve individual costs, for example, the cost of electricity or replacement of filters or built-in modules such as UV-C and PCO units.
On average, HEPA filters should be changed every 12 months based on the air purifier and the number of particles in the air.
Replacement carbon filters that capture odour molecules and chemical vapours in the air are not reusable and should be replaced about every 3 months to one year.
Pre-filters capture large particles like pollen, pet hair and dander. They can be vacuumed and washed in water.
There are air purifiers that use ionisation air purification technology and require no filter replacement, for example - LightAir IonFlow air ionisers.
As for electricity costs, most modern air purifiers on the market place energy efficiency at the top of their priorities as these machines are supposed to be in operation for a long time.
For example, the LightAir CellFlow Mini 100 is a highly energy-efficient electrostatic air purifier suitable for small rooms up to 15 square metres. It consumes only 1.6 to 3 watts of energy, like an average smart speaker.
Step 4. Decide which features are of importance to you
Once you get the hardest part out of the way, you may want to think of all the extra features that you want your air purifier to have. These may be air quality indicators in the form of a LED light that gives you real-time updates on the air quality inside your home.
The Meaco Clean CA-HEPA 76x5 WiFi Air Purifier has a built-in particle sensor that analyzes the air in the room and automatically varies the speed of a fan. There is a colour change function that works with both sensor and LED light. It turns red when the air is polluted or blue when the air is clean.
Other typical features of air purifiers include:
Night mode lets you have a good night's sleep with an air purifier working peacefully in the background.
Multiplefan speedsfor controlling the airflow in the room.
Filter change reminders allow you to know exactly when a filter should be replaced.
The remote controlallows you to operate an air purifier remotely.
Wi-Fi connectivity enables you to control an air purifier through an application on your phone or tablet.
We hope that after reading this guide you will have a better understanding of how to choose an air purifier that meets your needs.
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