Being inside our house for days on end has us thinking a lot about indoor air quality. How do I keep myself protected while sheltering in place? If you're also worried about indoor air pollutants, it might be a good time to consider buying an air purifier! But there are so many choices out there, how do you know which is best for your house? We did some research and picked our top 6 air purifier choices!
Air purifiers are an easy way to help maintain a healthy indoor air quality. If you experience seasonal allergies, live in the middle of a big city, are exposed to wildfire smoke, or just stay inside a lot, an air purifier might be right for you! While it can't capture everything from the air, air purifiers are a great tool at protecting your indoor air quality against small particles you can't remove with vacuuming and dusting alone like per hair, dust, and pollen. Purifiers with a HEPA filter provide even more protection- they're "99.97% efficient for removing particles less than 0.3 microns" (1). Some HEPA filters have a substrate that absorbs VOCs too!
There are a few things to consider before choosing an air filter, including:
-Make sure the air purifier doesn't generate ozone. While these machines were thought to be effective, they actually cause more indoor air pollution.
-Determine how many air purifiers you need. The product description of an air purifier should say the square footage one purifier can cover. Some larger rooms may need more than one purifier.
-Check how long one filter lasts. Every air purifier is different, and some filters may last longer than others! It's also a good idea to check filter prices before committing to a specific model.
- Follow manufacturer instructions to clean or buy new air filters when necessary to ensure that your air purifier continues to work properly.
Below are our top air purifier picks:
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