Iqair Air Purifier Healthpro
If you have severe allergies and money is no object, your best bet is an air purifier that uses a HyperHEPA filter, like the IQAir Air Purifier HealthPro (about $700.) Another air purifier shown to be effective against allergens is the Friedrich C-90A air purifier (about $500.) If you're on a tighter budget, try one of the portable air purifiers that uses an old-fashioned air filter (about $70). These are usually smaller and clean a smaller size room; so multiple machines will be needed for a home.
The most complex air purifier systems are based on ultra-violet light (UV) technology. Viruses are too small to be filtered by HEPA or traditional air purifiers. These air purifier systems are usually installed in heating and cooling ducts and currently start around $300, plus installation. UV air purifiers often combine HEPA and carbon filters to clean the air of multiple toxins. Hospitals and government buildings often use UV/HEPA combo systems. Air Purifiers with Filters
For those in dusty locales, or if you're trying to reduce dirt in your house, try an air purifier that uses an air filter like the 3M Filtrete air purifier. Research shows that air purifiers remove dust, pet dander, and common allergens. Smoke and many odors, however, still get through. Filter air purifiers typically cost about $70 and filters need replacing four times a year. These are best for small spaces, so pick up a few for your home.
Ionizing Air Purifiers
Ionizing air purifiers are a good choice if you have smoky rooms or if you are dealing with odor problems. Consumer Reports, however, did find that ionizing air purifiers are not very effective when it comes to taking getting those pesky particles out of the air. One example of these ionizing air purifier systems is the Ionic Breeze air purifier, which costs about $300. This air purifier takes a different approach when it comes to air purification. First, they emit negatively charged ions into the air. These negative ions attract the smoke and odor particles, which are positively charged. When the positive and negative ions connect, they form a new particle. This particle becomes too heavy to float in the air, so it falls into the collection plate of the air purifier. This mess is easy enough to clean out with a cloth.
Low Ozone Air Purifiers
Low-ozone air purifiers are a bit different from ionizing purifiers. These air purifiers oxidize the pollutants in the air. As a result, your home is left with nothing but clean, breathable oxygen. You need to be careful with low ozone air purifiers, though, because they can be harmful to your health if they are turned up too high. In addition, you need to watch out for the metallic smell these air purifiers can cause. It can be a bit irritating if you have a sensitive nose. Ozone air purifiers are usually combined with ionizing systems and cost about $500.
You can also choose to use a low-tech air purifier. These have been proven to work well in all home and office environments. They are also easy to maintain because all you need to do is change the air filters on your air conditioning and heating system every month. This simple procedure will reduce dust, dander, and allergens by as much as 50%. In addition to being silent, low-tech air purifiers are cost effective, costing only about $20 every three months.
You can also run a humidifier to improve the quality of the air in your home or office. These handy machines can help reduce molds in the air. Many types and models are available, with the average humidifier costing about $30. You will need to get one for every room, though.
Living plants can also serve as air purifiers. These natural purifiers remove carbon monoxide, benzene and formaldehyde. Gasoline, oils, paints, and rubber all contain benzene - you certainly don't want to breathe that in every day! Some great plants you can use to help purifier your air are English Ivy, Gerbera Daisy, and Mums. Most are available at home improvement stores and nurseries for about $10. Not surprisingly, the more of these plants in a room, the better they are able to filter the air.
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