Your home is your castle, which means it’s your place to relax and unwind. If you are experiencing problems with indoor air pollution, though, unwinding can be a problem. For those sensitive to indoor pollutants (and let’s face it…most people are at least allergic to dust mites), symptoms like a runny nose, sinus pressure, or even headaches can leave them feeling less than regal.
We spend a lot of time on the blog discussing ways to keep indoor pollutants out of your home, including the suggestion of air purifiers for the very sensitive. However, there are so many different types of air purifiers out there that it can be tough to decide which one is right for your issues.
So how do you pick the one that’s right for you? Let’s take a look at what’s hot and what’s not when it comes to selecting an air purifier that will meet your needs without breaking the bank.
What’s Hot: Identifying Pollutants You Need to be Removed
The first thing you should do is identify what the problem particles are in your home. This doesn’t mean you have to bring in a chemist – it means checking to see what your chief air pollution complaints are. Do you have a lot of dust build-up, even though you routinely change your air filter and follow a daily cleaning routine? When pollen season hits, does it invade your home no matter what steps you take to keep it out? Or maybe you just can’t keep that pet dander under control. Whatever the pollution source is, knowing about it will help you research purifiers and make a wise choice for keeping your indoor air clean.
What’s Not: Buying a High-End Model Because It Looks Good
We’re not going to name names here, but there are companies out there producing beautiful high-end air purifiers that are, well, not substantially better than lower cost models out there. It’s always nice to have a piece of equipment in your home that looks stunning, but if it doesn’t work, then it’s just taking up space in your house for no good reason. Instead, focus on finding an air purifier within your budget that works as it should. Avoiding a runny nose is way more important than a fancy purifier.
What’s Hot: Doing Some Research Before Buying
The market is saturated with information on air purifiers and which ones perform the best. One of our favorite websites for home equipment reviews is SweetHome…check out their review of air purifiers, along with an explanation of how they test each model to make sure it performs efficiently. They do an excellent job of providing options that will work for a range of budgets and air pollution problems, so this is a great place to start when deciding what purifier might work best in your home.
What’s Not: Buying the Cheapest Air Purifier You Can Find
Don’t low-ball the cleanliness of your home’s air. In our experience, this is a product that requires more than a minimum investment. Many low-end air purifiers don’t have the best filters or the power needed to clean anything but the smallest spaces adequately. Plus, they are cheaply made, which means you may end up with a non-functioning device on your hands in only a few months. Save your money for a product that will do what you need it to do in the long-term.
What’s Hot: Being Strategic About Where You Place Your Air Purifier
Once you find the right air purifier for your home, it’s time to figure out where to put it in your home. If you invested in a large whole-home purifier, we suggest putting it near your air conditioning intake vent, so that the cleanest air is being circulated through your ducts (which means you’ll need to make sure your ducts and filters are clean as well). If you invested in a smaller purifier, place it in the room where you spend the most time. Putting it in the corner of the room is fine – it will clear the air, and you can adjust the cord so that it isn’t in the way of household members and pets.
What’s Not: Expecting an Air Purifier to Fix All Indoor Air Quality Issues
As much as air purifiers can improve the air quality of a home, they are not a magic bullet. For example, most will not clear the air of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), nor will they get rid of dust, dirt, and mold spores in a home that is overrun with these issues. Regular cleaning is still required! Think of an air purifier as an extra boost to the steps that you already take to keep the air of your home clean…it’s the icing on the cake that makes your air as fresh and comfortably breathable as possible