Now more than ever, the quality of the air you breathe is of paramount importance. You want to know that it is free of not only pollutants, but also any airborne germs, bacteria, or virus droplets that might be circulating in the air around you.
Finding the right air purifier for your home or workplace can be an exhausting trial and error effort with mixed results. Unless you’re prepared ahead of time with the information you need to figure out which air purifier model is the right one for you.
Our air purifier experts here at Shopaway Store have done the trial and error for you and put together a comprehensive buyer’s guide to all things air purifiers. Complete with a little information on why you should buy an air purifier, what types of air purifiers are there on the market, and what kind of features you want.
There are several considerations when buying an air purifier:
Determining your main concern is the most important step, because high quality and effective air purifiers have different filters designed specifically for that issue. For example, an air purifier for wildfire smoke will feature a deep carbon filter of several inches. There may be different types of carbon designed to absorb the specific chemicals, toxic compounds and gases found in wildfire smoke based on extensive research. In addition, air purifiers for tobacco smoke often feature specially designed pre-filters to capture sticky tar particles.
On the other hand, an air purifier for viruses and bacteria needs to have a high efficiency particulate (HEPA) filter of hospital grade quality. The majority of medical grade filters can filter out 99.97% of particles 0.3 microns and larger.
Here are some common concerns that people face:
The indoor air in your home is polluted with bacteria and viruses for starters, and if you’ve sprayed any aerosols recently, particles are no doubt still hanging around.
Are you concerned about viruses and bacteria in your home or workplace? Concerned about poor air circulation in indoor places leading to transmission of disease if anyone is sick?
Are you exposed to wildfire smoke?
Something that has become more common in recent years is the presence of wildfire smoke particles circulating the air inside your home. They can sneak in through the tiniest cracks in your windows or doors, and linger inside your home. With air purifiers, especially those with deep carbon filters customized to trap toxic chemicals and noxious gases found in wildfire smoke, you can breathe freely again.
Do you have seasonal allergies?
Using an air purifier designed to specifically target and remove allergens in the air in your home is a great way to spare you the sneezing and stuffed noses of hay fever season. Some models feature HEPA filters that trap nearly 100% of allergens such as dust and pollen that aggravate your symptoms most and keep you needing the tissues. With an air purifier in your home, you can reduce the need for all those itchy eyes, sneezing, and coughing with healthier air.
Do you suffer from asthma?
These same air purifiers with pre-filters and HEPA filters are designed to remove the asthma triggers, such as dust or other particles circulating in the air in your home. If you’re odor sensitive, there are also air purifiers in our store with robust carbon filters that remove chemicals and gases that trigger asthma symptoms. No longer need to worry about those asthma triggers odors in your home.
How about pet allergies?
Sometimes even the slightest allergy to your pets can be quite irritating. And it’s not actually, in most cases, the pet fur that you or someone in your home is allergic to, it’s the pet dander. The small particles of their skin cells that cats and dogs shed.
These irritants and odors tend to hang in the air for long periods of time, so having an air purifier with a strong pre-filter and HEPA filter to remove pet dander can make a tangible difference in the quality of air you breathe, and stop the symptoms of runny nose, itchy eyes that some people experience from pet allergies.
High quality filters are key to an effective air purifier.
Research and development divisions spend significant time developing filters to effectively filter particles, and absorb different chemicals.
The air purifiers offered by Shopaway Store represent high quality brands and models used and trusted by renowned medical institutions such as Johns Hopkins Medical School, Harvard Medical School, the Red Cross and the US government (Federal Emergency Management Agency).
Most of the air purifiers we offer have a combination of these filters. Many cheaper air purifiers at your local store will not have all these filters.
When buying an air purifier, it is important to determine the area you wish to keep clean. Do you need coverage for a small room, for travel, or a large living room? Manufacturers designate each air purifier with a cubic feet per minute (CFM) value. This number describes how many cubic feet per minute the air purifier can scrub. To determine how high of a CFM value you need, you need to determine what size room the air purifier needs to clean. You need about 100 CFM for 250 square feet of space. If you are looking for an air purifier for a desk, for travel, or an RV, you will typically only need 100 CFM. We do offer Aller Air compact air purifiers for smaller spaces.
Does the manufacturer offer a warranty? Have their air purifiers been around long enough to stand the test of time and satisfied customers? Shopaway Store has selected US and Canadian made air purifiers backed by warranties of at last one year, and in many cases 5+ years, representing great value for quality products. Good manufacturers will stand behind their products and be available to address equipment problems should they occur.
Buy the highest quality and best air purifier that you can afford. How much is your health, or the health of your family, or customers worth to you? Think about the value of keeping the air free from viruses and bacteria, so that you and others stay healthy. What is that worth to you?
How about the value of getting a good night’s sleep on a regular basis? Instead of breathing in chemicals, wouldn’t it be great to be able to breath clean fresh air, and concentrate better? Other advantages include decreased symptoms such as cough, headaches, and dizziness, and decreased risk of respiratory and other chronic diseases from exposure to viruses, bacteria or chemicals.
Replacing filters is a cost to consider in maintaining the optimal performance of your air purifier. If the filter is used past the recommended performance time period, it can no longer effectively filter your air. Consider how often you need to change air purifiers and the cost. Austin Air air purifiers require air filter changes only once every 5 years. So, even though the air purifier may seem expensive up front, you are paying for a long-lasting filter. Other cheaper air purifiers, in contrast, may require more frequent replacements.
Some air purifiers offer additional features such as:
We find that many of these features are nice additions to have, but not essential. In fact, many customers prefer a simple machine which focuses on the main job of providing high quality filters to effectively remove contaminants. In fact, many people find extra lights and settings to be a distraction (as they don't want the air purifier to draw attention to itself in the living room or bedroom with flashing lights), with the potential to cause more maintenance problems with lights going out. At Shopaway Store, we recommend first focusing on finding an air purifier with the best air filters for your need. If you find these additional features, they are like icing on the cake!
Whether you have allergies, asthma, or are bothered by the odor of the air in your home from pets, chemicals, or hobbies, with an air purifier, you can transform the quality of the air in the room you spend the most time in.
Air purifiers will remove the staleness in the air and have you breathing in mountain fresh air without needing to leave your home.
Shopaway Store offers high-quality air purifiers that offer more of the top-quality filtration systems than you will find at your local retailer. We have strict criteria for any product that we offer our customers, so you know if the product is listed on our site that it is held to the standards that you deserve. When it comes to your health, you deserve the highest quality air to breathe.
We have evaluated and classified air purifiers into categories most effective for different concerns. Click on the Learning Center drop down menu on our home page to learn more about air purifiers in the category that addresses your main concern.
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