According to the latest ‘State of the Air‘ report, indicates that almost 50% of Americans live in counties with unhealthy particle and ozone pollution.
Hiding indoors won’t save you from these lung-destroying contaminants either. There’s nothing to stop them from following you inside through the front door. Or is there?
That’s why adding air purifiers and cleaners to your living spaces is one of the best home improvements you can do right now.
The Benefits of Air Purifiers and Cleaners
Air purifiers do a great job of refreshing stale air. They also remove almost 100% of the harmful compounds found in your indoor air, so they benefit your health too. Here’s how the top air cleaners protect your respiratory, cardiac, and neurological systems:
- Relieve the symptoms of asthma by removing allergens from the air
- Eliminate external pollutants like carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide
- Neutralize unpleasant smells
- Remove almost all pathogens like viruses and bacteria
- Help improve sleep by eradicating bacteria and dust mites
- Get rid of Radon
- Remove any harmful asbestos particles
Good ventilation and air circulation from a WiFi ceiling fan can help, but if you want the purest air possible, it’s worth investing in a HEPA air purifier.
These are some of the top air cleaners to keep your home or office safe and sanitary.
Coway Air Purifiers
Coway produces two excellent, well-priced air purifiers, the AP-1512HH Mighty and the Airmega 200M.
The Mighty can remove thick smoke and 70% of particulate pollution from a 1,600-cubic-foot apartment in just 30 minutes. This is a quiet and compact air cleaner available for under $200 from most retailers. The operational costs over five years should amount to less than $500.
It’s a quiet, compact device with dimmable display lights which make it ideal for bedrooms.
The Airmega boasts the same cleaning powers and convenient operation of its smaller stablemate wrapped up in a swish exterior design.
Priced at $250 it’s a good option for those looking for something that suits their home’s interior design.
Winix Air Purifiers
Winix air purifiers feature a minimalist design with stark looks. What the Winix 5500-2 and AM90 lack in flair they make up for with exceptional performance.
The 5500-2 can clear a room of 99.9% of pollutants within 30 minutes and will keep things that way until you shut it off. These air purifiers are slightly noisier than the Coway, lack a display shut-off option, and use slightly more electricity.
For some homeowners, the $160 price tag might be an acceptable trade-off against these negatives though.
The AM90 is a more attractive version of the 5500-2 with a slightly higher price of $176. It uses the same HEPA filter and performs to the same high standards. The identical AM80 is a cheaper version of the AM90 without the WiFi capabilities.
Blueair Air Purifiers
The Blue Pure 211+ is just the air purifier you need for large interiors. It’s a powerful appliance that delivers four complete air changes per hour in spaces as large as 650-square feet.
That makes the Blue Pure 211+ perfect for homes with open-plan spaces. Quiet, efficient, and well-priced, this air purifier’s a worthy addition to any health-conscious homeowner’s interior space.
The drawback is its high operational costs of around $1,150 over five years, but this includes the purchase price.
It maintains consistent operation on different settings, even when the filters are due for replacement. This air purifier doesn’t use HEPA filters and operates using an electrical charge to neutralize pollutants. However, it still meets the stringent standards of the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers.
Another Blueair Innovation, the Blue Pure 311 Auto uses the same technology as the Blue Pure 211+, reducing pollutants by 99.9% in a 350-square-foot room within 30 minutes.
This is one of the most energy-efficient air purifiers available, using just 5.9 watts on the recommended medium setting during daily use.
A simple cylindrical design and a tweed-like exterior make this an attractive addition to your home.
Austin Air Purifier
If you need to deal with both volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and particulates, the Austin Air purifier’s an ideal pick for you. This large 15-pound air purifier has a HEPA filter for optimum performance against particulates.
It’s at its best in spaces of up to 1500 square feet and boasts a second filter against VOCs.
In this regard, the Austin Air Healthmate outperformed all other air purifier models for 2020.
Unfortunately, it also comes with a hefty price tag of $500 to $600 and costs another $600 to run for five years. You could run several cheaper air purifiers for the same price and enjoy comparable results.
Most Affordable Air Purifier
The Levoit Core 300 is attractive, effective, small, and costs just $100. It’s a great option for smaller spaces like dorm rooms, small bedrooms, or your office.
Its small size of just 14½ by 8½ inches belies its superbly efficient cleaning power. This air purifier can clean an area of around 200square feet in 30 minutes, removing up to 97% of air pollutants in the process.
The display shuts off to ensure you enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep too. Unfortunately, the Core 300 isn’t very energy efficient and you’ll need to change the filters more frequently than you would with more expensive, larger air purifiers.
Air purifiers and cleaners can do a lot to set your mind at ease during these difficult times. So, we hope you find this information useful when choosing the best one for your home or office.
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