Although you may not think of it often, the quality of the air you breathe is an important health consideration. Those who suffer from allergies, breathing issues or sensitivity to smoke can find it helpful to install an air purifier in their home or office. These tend to be stand-alone units that are easy to purchase and place. Air purifiers use a variety of different methods for filtering or purifying the surrounding air, so you can choose different types depending on your space and your particular needs. Here are a few of the most popular air purifiers in use today.
1. The GermGuardian 3-in-1 Air Cleaning System
The GermGuardian AC4825, 3-in-1 Air Cleaning System with True HEPA, UV-C and Odor Reduction, is manufactured by Guardian Technologies. It uses a HEPA filtering system to filter out 99.97% of surrounding air allergens, including pet and plant pollens. HEPA Air Filtration systems are recommended by pediatric allergists. This model has a 22-inch tower, making it a good fit for small or medium sized rooms. It also has an indicator light that blinks to let you know when it’s time to change the filter.
2. Honeywell Long-Life Pure HEPA QuietCare Air Purifier
You might like the soft-touch controls of the Honeywell Long-Life Pure HEPA QuietCare Air Purifier, 17000. It too has a HEPA filter that filters out 99.97% of common room pollutants. Instead of a replaceable filter, this model comes with a permanent filter which you can vacuum when it needs cleaning. The product comes with a 5-year limited warranty.
3. GermGuardian 3-in-1 Digital Air Cleaning System with PetPure Filter Treatment
Another GermGuardian model from Guardian Technologies is the GermGuardian AC5250PT 3-in-1 Digital Air Cleaning System with PetPure Filter Treatment, UV-C and Odor Reduction. This is a 28-inch model with a HEPA filter; it also has a special PetPure filter which helps to reduce bacterias that cause odors, making it a particularly good choice for a household with pets or smoking. Its UVC light works in conjunction with the filters to help reduce bacterias and mold spores.
4. Honeywell Compact Air Purifier with Permanent HEPA Filter
If you’re looking for a compact air purifier, check out this tabletop model, the Honeywell Compact Air Purifier with Permanent HEPA Filter, HHT-011. It works well for rooms up to 85 square feet. This model uses a 3-stage filtration system that purifies up to 99% of the surrounding air pollutants. The three stages are a pre-filter, a HEPA-type filter and an ionized field to help freshen the air. The model also comes with a nightlight.
5. Winix PlasmaWave 5300 Air Cleaner
A purifier made for much larger spaces is the Winix PlasmaWave 5300 Air Cleaner Model. This unit can be used to help eliminate odors and pollutants in rooms as large as 350 square feet, making it ideal for larger living rooms or bedrooms. Its air quality sensor adjusts its fan speed as needed. It’s an energy efficient model that works on a 3-stage system involving a true HEPA filter, carbon filters and what they call their PlasmaWave technology that helps to break apart indoor pollutants in a safe and effective way.
6. The Honeywell HFD-120-Q Tower Quiet Air Purifier
The Honeywell HFD-120-Q Tower Quiet Air Purifier with Permanent IFD Filter, Black is impressive looking as well as quiet. It’s Energy Star rated and provides three cleaning levels, circulating the air five times per hour in a room as large as 186 square feet. It uses a HEPA air filter and a permanent pre-filter to help get rid of common allergens such as pet dander, pollen and household dust.
7. Honeywell 50250-S 99.97% Pure HEPA Round Air Purifier
If you like Honeywell’s products and have an extra large room, you might want to try the Honeywell 50250-S 99.97% Pure HEPA Round Air Purifier. This round model works for rooms up to 390 square feet. It relies on a true HEPA filter and a carbon pre-filter. The pre-filter helps to filter out larger particles, such as dust and lint. The HEPA filter works to filter out particles as tiny as 0.3 microns. The HEPA filter can be vacuumed and only needs to be replaced every three to five years, depending on use.
8. The O-Ion B-1000 Permanent Filter Ionic Air Purifier Pro Ionizer
The O-Ion B-1000 Permanent Filter Ionic Air Purifier Pro Ionizer with UV-C Sanitizer uses an Electrostatic Ionizer Purification system which can filter out very small particles and pollutants, down to 0.1 microns. Its fan is described as “whisper quiet,” and it comes with a night-light, making this a good purifier if you’re a light sleeper or don’t need white noise. It also uses a carbon filtration system to help reduce household odors.
9.The Hamilton Beach 04383A True Air Allergen-Reducing Air Cleaner
The Hamilton Beach 04383A True Air Allergen-Reducing Air Cleaner has an attractive and compact design. The model is effective for rooms up to 160 square feet. Its tower design is versatile since you can place it either horizontally or vertically, including on a table or desk. Its permanent HEPA filter can be vacuumed rather than replaced; it’s recommended that it be vacuumed about every three to six months for best performance.
10. Best Choice Products® Living Fresh 3500 SQF Ozone Ionizer Cleaner Ionic Air Purifier Clean Air
If style is as important to you as function, take a look at the Best Choice Products® Living Fresh 3500 SQF Ozone Ionizer Cleaner Ionic Air Purifier Clean Air. Made from cherry wood and stainless steel, this unit uses ionizing and ceramic plate filters to help filter air in spaces as large as 350 square feet, making it a good choice not just for homes, but for businesses.