An air purifier purges contaminants circulating on the air currents in a room, and many people who suffer from allergies and/or asthma use these for symptom relief indoors. It is also designed to remove secondhand smoke indoors. There are small units designed to sit on a desk or table. Larger stand-alone units are generally used in a single room, and there are even larger purifiers that pair with the HVAC system designed to purify the air in the whole house.
Use of air purifiers with HEPA filters, a.k.a. high-efficiency particulate air can be especially useful for their ability to remove up to 99.9 percent of impurities from the air including pet dander, mold, dust, and pollen. Being exposed to volatile organic compounds (VOCs) over a period of time can result in what is known as “sick building syndrome,” which can cause serious health problems, some of which are irreversible. Air purifiers continue to evolve, and they are increasingly able to eliminate more airborne contaminants, bacteria, and viruses. Air purifiers should not be confused with humidifiers which add moisture to the air, mostly during the winter months to combat static electricity, chapped skin and respiratory issues but do not clean the air.
In order to choose the best air purifier for pet hair or varying purposes, it is helpful to review the different options available, to enable you to choose the best purifier for your needs. One very significant piece of information will be very important to help you choose which product is right for your home, and that is the product’s filtration technique.
For example, some models come with, not only HEPA filters, which remove 99.9 percent of contaminants from the air, but also activated carbon filters which help to remove household odors. Electrostatic filters collect airborne particles which are held in the filter, releasing pure air back into the room. You may want to invest in a product that employs ultraviolet lights in conjunction with other filters to assist in killing germs and bacteria. Some purifiers also have ionizers which cause dust and other impurities to bind together; thereby, making them too heavy to stay airborne.
To help you decide which air purifier is right for your needs, evaluate exactly what you want and need from an air purifier. Perhaps you are concerned with filter efficiency or the noise level, especially if you will be running the purifier in a bedroom. Sometimes purchasing the least expensive machine may not be the turn out to be these most cost-effective in the end. In the long run, if you must replace your cheap machine once or more, you have not saved any money but have earned yourself a headache in the end.
If you decide to go with a well-known company with high-quality products and a reasonable warranty, you will not be sorry in the end. The best air purifiers will come with at least a three-year warranty on the components.