It wasn’t so long ago when we were contented to just have a roof over our heads. How times have changed.
These days we complain about our TV screens not being slim enough, our refrigerators not dispensing ice cubes in a cute shape, and something like the air not being as pollutant free as possible.
But there is actually some logic and science behind that last one.
Since we spend pretty much at least 90% of our time inside a house when at home, and household appliances these days are emitting so much unhealthy stuff, surely this negatively impacts our health?
According to the American College of Allergies, a disturbingly high amount of of all illnesses are caused by, or aggravated by polluted air indoors.
That is some blockbuster claim that wouldn’t be released without data to back up.
If you think that you are suffering from some condition or allergy because of the air at home, you might be considering buying an air purifier just to see if it will get rid of the symptoms you are suffering from.
The real stress comes when you realize the sheer number of options available in the market.
Here are some key considerations to think over when choosing an air purifier.
This is not a case of the bigger the better. A small and big unit will pretty much do the same thing. The primary difference is that a bigger unit will purify a bigger room, and thus require more filter media.
It like a T-shirt is basically the same in Small and Extra-Large. They are just meant for individuals with different sizes in physique.
There is little point in buying a more expensive big and bulky one when you are are using it for a bedroom. That is just a waste of energy.
And if you already have a little corner where you intend to place it, make sure to do a simple check on dimension requirements and limits.
2) Room size
While these appliances are portable, it is unlikely that you will be constantly moving it about in the house.
You must already know which room or area you are going to locate it.
The size of units correspond to the intended room size. The bigger the place, the bigger one you need. And the more expensive.
Variants of air purifiers are manufactured based on room size. So if you don’t know the size of your room or unable to estimate it, you would find it challenging to choose one that is adequate.
However, if you have every intention to move it from place to place frequently, then the weight of it could be of a particular concern. Bigger units tend to come with wheels.
3) What do you want removed from the air?
Indoor pollutants typically fall into one of 3 categories:
Different purifiers are meant to remove different types of pollutants. If you can get more specific, then it would be easier to choose one that meets your needs.
Then there are all-in-ones that remove all 3 classes of pollutants.
If you want to go for these, get ready to pay for them. Units for purifying up to 500 square feet of an enclosed area can cost between $300 to $600.
And around the region of $1,000 and above for one installed to work with the central air system.
4) How long filters last?
The biggest snag with printers are the recurring costs of ink cartridges. The annoying part of air purifiers are with the filters.
They are expendable and how frequent you need to change them depends on how hard you work them.
You need to check with the manufacturer of the unit you intend to buy about the durability of their filters.
5) Ease of filter change
The basis of getting one of these things is to breathe cleaner air into your lungs.
Imagine changing the filters yourself without knowing that you have installed it wrongly. You’d be taking in all the pollutants thinking that you didn’t.
Some models are design for owners to go insane while replacing the filters. Others are more user friendly.
If you are getting one whereby the task of changing filters is anything but what you consider as user-friendly, make sure you get the sale promoter to demonstrate it for you.
6) Air distribution
As a variety of products like these are available everywhere, you will find a lot of fancy designs to choose from.
One area where manufacturers are letting their creativity go crazy is how the air is blowing out from the purifier.
Some blows from a primary section like a typical fan. While others can more inclusive with a dispersed air distribution.
Airflow is measured in cubic feet per minute (cfm). The fan speed will also determine the airflow.
Note that the faster a fan is churning, the more noisy it can be. So it’s preferable that you can get one that has an adjustable fan speed.
Most purifiers are mainly built with plastic or metal housing. Plastic can sometimes emit a weird scent that defeats the purpose of taking in fresher air.
But you have to also consider how well the equipment blends into your home interiors too.
So these is a factor that you have to consider with a lot of variables that only you would know.
9) Energy efficiency
Do your part for conservation. Check out the energy efficiency of your unit.
You’d be doing your part in saving the world and also in savings from the utility bills.
Before finally taking out your wallet from your pocket, do be aware that unless you have a very big budget, seldom will you find an air purifier that checks all the boxes.
So you will have to weigh up the characteristics mentioned above and decide what matters more to you.