Room size (sq. ft.)
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Air purifiers work by pulling in air, trapping harmful contaminants, and recycling the clean air back into the room. An air purifier is one of the best options to reduce the number of harmful particles in your home when combined with proper ventilation. This can lead to better indoor air quality, improved breathing and sleep, and a healthier home.
Air purifiers are typically grouped into three different categories: tabletops, consoles, and towers. Each provides unique advantages to best meet your needs. Some models include auto modes with built-in air quality sensors that measure and adjust the fan speed in real time. Additional smart features can include sleep mode, voice control, WiFi, and apps that allow you to monitor particle levels. After determining the size of your spaces and the smart features needed, an Air Purifier Expert can help you choose if a tabletop, console, or tower design would work best.
Tabletops are portable air purifiers for smaller spaces like a bedroom or office. They work great when placed on top of an end table, dresser, desk, or bookcase. Tabletop air purifiers are often the quietest options if you prefer very little noise while sleeping or working.
Console air purifiers are meant for medium to large spaces and can be placed closer to walls or furniture. Most are designed to draw air through the front or sides and push air out of the top of the unit. Console air purifiers will have larger filters and more filter options, like a washable pre-filter, a washable activated-carbon filter, and customizable filters. Some console models can even be wall-mounted.
Tower air purifiers work best when placed in a more central location and away from walls or furniture. They have a 360-degree design to draw air in from all sides and then push the air back out of the top. Like consoles, they are meant for medium to large spaces.
Commercial air purifiers, like household units, are designed to filter harmful particles, allergens, odors, bacteria, viruses, and more out of the air. Commercial units, however, are much larger and can cover spaces up to 5000 sq. ft. These standalone air purifiers are ideal for whole-house filtration, offices, job sites, restaurants, and gyms. An Air Purifier Expert can help you decide if a commercial unit is right for you or your business.
How to Choose an Air Purifier
When selecting an air purifier, you need to know the square footage of your space to determine if the unit is the right size. You can also look for the Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) to determine how many particles and square feet a purifier can handle. This can be confusing and difficult at first, but a Filtration & Air Quality Expert can help out, even instructing you on how to measure your spaces. Air purifiers with higher CADR ratings will clean the air more quickly than models with a lower CADR rating. You want the CADR number to be at least two-thirds of the room's total area. If you take a 12 x 12 space, for example, it has 144 square feet, so you would want a CADR of at least 96 to have the best air purification performance.
Some manufacturers use Air Changes Per Hour (ACPH) as an alternative rating to CADR. Air change per hour is how many times an air purifier can clean a room in one hour. For example, an air purifier rated at two air changes per hour can clean a room once every 30 minutes. If you suffer from allergies, four air changes per hour are recommended so that the air in the room is cleaned every 15 minutes.
CFM is another important rating to consider. CFM stands for cubic feet per minute and is a measurement of how quickly air flows through an air purifier. The higher the CFM, the better the air purifier will flow and have more air changes per hour.
When looking at filter specifications, know that the best air purifiers always include an activated carbon filter and a True HEPA filter at the very least. Some air purifier models also have an ionizer to help improve efficiency.
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