With so many options to choose from, how do you know which air purifier is right for you? Here are five tips for choosing an air purifier that meets your family’s needs.
1. Know what type of filtration you need
What you are trying to take out of the air at home will determine which type of filters you need. If you want to remove allergens like dust and mold, you will want an air purifier with a HEPA filter. This type of filter takes out 99% of particles smaller than .03 microns.
If you are also trying to remove smoke or odors, you will want an air purifier that has a charcoal filter. The carbon in the charcoal attracts microscopic particles and odors. A medical-grade purifier will remove gas and chemical pollutants from your home.
2. Know the size of your space
Air purifiers have an air change per hour (ACH) rate that represents the number of times the entire volume of air in the treatment space can be filtered each hour. The ACH rate is used to size air purifiers and reflects what size space the air purifier can cover.
Small air purifiers are designed for personal spaces or bedrooms, and medium air purifiers are for rooms between 300 and 699 square feet. Large air purifiers belong in rooms between 700 and 1,900 square feet. If you need one for your entire home, look for models labeled “whole house.”
3. Know what additional features you need
Air purifiers come with a variety of optional features including Wi-Fi connectivity and air quality indicators. You might also want to look for caster wheels, handles for easy mobility, remote controls, multiple fan speeds, and filter change indicators.
4. Check the noise level
When purchasing an air purifier, look for the noise decibel label beforehand. Manufacturers aren’t required to release the sound emissions on air purifiers, but it is helpful information to have. Typically air purifiers run around 60-70 dB(a). You can control the noise level by controlling the fan speed, so look for models that give you multiple options.
5. Consider the cost of operation and maintenance
Look for air purifiers that have an energy star rating. You will also want to understand how often you will need to change filters. Then consider the cost and availability of filters for the model you select.
By looking for these five things, you should be able to narrow your choices to meet your family’s needs. And if you ever want some professional advice or help, visit or call our showroom today. Our experts are ready to answer your questions and help you find an air purifier that works for you.