Buyer’s guide to air purifiers: do you need one?
If you’re in the market for an air purifier or not sure if you should invest, then listen up…
What do air purifiers do?
We’ve all seen air purifiers and asked the question what are they actually used for? Well, an air purifier is a device that cleans the air around you by removing contaminants and pollutants and pushing clean air back out through the process of filtration.
You often see the acronym HEPA, which stands for High Efficiency Particulate Air. Air purifiers with HEPA filters are far more efficient and meet the HEPA filter standard, which is to remove at least 99.97% of airborne particles 0.3micrometers in diameter.
How much are air purifiers?
Like most products for the home, there is an air purifier to suit most budgets. Starting from as little as £20 and increasing to over £500, it’s best to do your research on what air purifier would best suit you and your needs.
Who are air purifiers good for?
If you suffer from allergies, an air purifier could be a great investment for you. Or, if you have a respiratory condition such as asthma it is likely that you will feel the effectiveness of an air purifier as you will be breathing in cleaner air. These devices are also a good buy for those living in older properties, where dust is more prevalent.
To make things a little easier, we’ve put together a list of air purifiers that will suit most budgets and homes.
Our top picks…
Aldi’s air purifier is nice and compact, providing a simple way to keep your home clean. It claims to remove 99.9% of pollen, dirt and smoke particles. It also features four speed settings and a sleep function – this one also won’t break the bank, bonus!
This SilentNight air purifier features HEPA and carbon filters, which means it can trap airbone allergens as small as 0.3 microns, including pollen, dust, odours and smoke. It also has three speed settings for optimum filtration. What’s more is that it has a timer that allows you to run your air purifier at your convenience, for up to 8 hours.
Dyson Pure Cool Tower air purifier, £449
If you’re serious about investing in an air purifier, this Dyson Pure Cool Tower may be the one for you. It claims to remove 99.95% of allergens and pollutants with its HEPA filter and it also has a quiet mode with dim lights, which is great for use in bedrooms. Tech lovers will be impressed with the smartphone app that you can use to control and monitor the purifier.
Key features of the Bionare air purifier include a 33 Watt power output, HEPA filters for better purification, three speed settings and a two year manufacturer warranty for total peace of mind. This compact design is suitable for rooms up to 30m².
The Vax Pure Air 200 is the brands smaller and more compact air purifier that would suit smaller rooms in the home. But, it still removes 99% of harmful particles down to 0.3 microns and has five speed settings. It also features a filter change reminder, which is very useful.
We’re very fond of the contemporary design of the Dimplex air purifier and think it would look great in most living spaces. With a HEPA filter and ioniser, it claims to retain up to 99.97% of polluting particles and the Viro3 filter works to neutralise any scents or harmful impurities in the air.
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