Indoor (and outdoor) allergies are no fun, and with a family – and some friends – that are suffering from various allergies – myself included – keeping the air clean is important for our health and sanity. After all, who likes to sniffle and sneeze and deal with watery eyes on a regular basis? I know, I don’t. That is where air purifiers come in.
Choosing The Best Air Purifies For Allergies
Not all air purifiers are the same, and differ quite drastically in effectiveness and in cost. I learned that the hard way, so I am hoping that this little guide will aid you in choosing the best air purifiers for your particular allergies and situation
Watch out for the following:
- For allergies, you should always choose a model that has HEPA filters (HEPA stands for High-Efficiency Particulate Air filters, which basically means that it cleans the air of particles, allergens, and pollens that are 0.3 microns and larger)
- If you have asthma, however, your air purifier should not only have a HEPA filter but also remove chemicals and odors, as they also trigger asthma symptoms in some people.
- find an air purifier that has an ACH of 4 or higher – ACH stands for “Air Changes Per Hour” and basically refers to how many times your purifiers completely filter the air of your room. An ACH of 3 is not enough for someone who is suffering from allergies.
- another way to find out how powerful and efficient your chosen air purifier is, is to look for a high rating of Clean Air Delivery Rate or CADR – this should also be above 4 – some air purifiers are rated both ways, some only have one or the other rating available, but both pretty much mean the same thing, and can be considered interchangeable.
- consider the power of the air purifier and how much of space it can clear – depending on the size of your home, or where you will need to place the purifier, you should consider either purchasing more than one air purifier (and that is a must, if you have a multi-level dwelling), or consider buying one with the largest power that you can afford, and place it as central as possible.
The Best Air Purifiers For Allergies Should Have A Energy Star Certification!
Any appliance that requires constant or almost constant use should have an Energy Star Certification in order to reduce your power bill. The difference between a certified product and a non-certified Air Purifier can be a saving of up to 30 % percent! This is not a small difference! So do your pocketbook, and the environment a favor and pay attention to the blue Energy star!
The following three products are – in my opinion – the best air purifiers for people with allergies:
The Winner is:
Consistent, quiet and energy efficient, this product follows the guidelines that I described above to the smallest detail. I have a smoker in my household – and even though he only smokes on the porch, the cigarette smell still travels into the adjacent room. This air purifier took care of that, which leaves me and my kids, breathing a lot easier
Runner-up for efficiency and power is this Silver Onyx filter, which is a little louder than the previous product, but otherwise does the same work. Not bad at all.
Not quite as powerful as the other two, but still effective is the InvisiClean Air purifier. It does wonders for pet odor, so if you have a sensitive nose, but don’t want to get rid of your cats – then give this product a shot.
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