Air purifiers are a great way to keep your home's air clean and healthy. They can reduce the chances of health problems caused by indoor pollutants, such as respiratory infections, neurological issues, and asthma flare-ups. Quality air purifiers can remove a variety of pollutants from the air, including pet dander, mold spores, pollen, dust, and ragweed. Some companies claim that their air purifiers can improve your sleep, skin, and even life expectancy.
But is this true? The Air Purifier 6 is a great example of a quality machine with a Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) of 325 cubic feet per minute. However, air filters alone are not enough to guarantee good air quality if there are significant sources of pollutants and inadequate ventilation. Some air purifiers use ionizers to attract particles like static negative ions that bind to dust and allergens and cause them to be deposited out of the air. The Winix 5500-2 is a direct competitor to the Coway AP-1512HH Mighty, with a nearly identical CADR and offering 5.1 air changes per hour (ACH) in a 350 square foot space.
Our testing has shown that any properly sized purifier will distribute filtered air evenly throughout the room. This means that in addition to the purchase price of an air purifier, you should also consider operating costs and filter replacement costs. It's important to remember to remove the wrappers from your air purifier before using it. Failing to do so can lead to hazardous indoor air quality and is not recommended.
ACH is a great way to categorize air purifiers as it overcomes the problem of manufacturers exaggerating their product's performance in their advertising. Air purifiers can help clean the air in your home of unwanted particles such as pet dander, allergens, and smoke. We recommend running an air quality test at home before investing in an air purifier to see if you need one. An air quality monitor can be helpful in understanding the effects of a purifier on air quality, although they are separate devices that do not directly control the operation of the purifier.
The best way to improve indoor air quality is to eliminate sources of pollutants and ventilate with fresh outdoor air. Portable air filters and HVAC filters alone are not enough to protect people from the virus that causes COVID-19.