Five things to consider: Air Purifiers
Here are the 5 most important things to consider when buying an air purifier.
Enjoying clean, pure air in your home is easy with an air purifier, but there’s a lot to think about when it comes to choosing which model is right for you. This handy guide will help you decide what features are most important to you, from filter technology to additional functionality.
Why do you need an air purifier?
Deciding why you need an air purifier will help narrow down the type of technologies that you will need. If someone in your home has allergies, then choose a purifier that features a HEPA filter, or if you’re looking for an easy way to neutralise cooking smells in your kitchen, a purifier with carbon filtration is ideal. For all-around use then look for a model that features a combination of filtration stages – the more stages of filtration, the cleaner the air will be.
HEPA filters are able to retain up to 99.97% of polluting particles such as pollen, bacteria, pet dander and spores, making them ideal for allergy sufferers. Ionisers work great with this technology as they cause the particles to clump up, being more easily captured by the HEPA filter, so for more efficient operation look for a product that has both.
Activated carbon neutralises any odours and traps potentially harmful gasses and chemicals such as cigarette smoke.
What size do you need?
Different purifiers can be used for different sized rooms, so make sure that you pick a model that will best suit the room dimensions it will be used in. It is also worth considering whether you want your purifier to be standing on the floor or ‘table-top’ style, depending on where in the room you decide to use it. The weight and physical dimensions should also be thought about if you intend on moving the purifier around the home as needed.
What features do you need?
Some air purifiers like the DXAPV3N feature Viro3 technology which produce ‘negative’ ions that help combat ‘positive’ ions that are prevalent in airborne viruses. It is also worth considering a purifier with differing day/night speed settings. Both Dimplex air purifiers offer this feature where the night setting allows for the air purifier to run at a very low fan speed to enable you to get a good nights sleep with minimal noise intrusion.