Air Purifiers: Are They Worth It?

April 8, 2010

in Cat Health

Most families have done without an air purifier for generations – hundreds or even thousands of years, so what, you may be asking yourself is the rush to get one now? And it is true, there is a bit of a buzz about air purifiers at the moment. But do they work all right and are they worth the money?

The answers to both of these questions are not simple, but everyone would have to agree that the motor revolves when you plug them in, so in that sense they do all work. Whether they are effective or not depends on what you buy. There are some very useful air purifying units and there is a lot of rubbish too.

The really ineffective ones are the very cheap models, that are just not powerful enough and do not even enclose adequate filters, but leaving those aside, there are very good portable air purifiers and very good central air purifier systems.

So, the first thing you have to determine is whether you want a central or portable air purifying system. If you want to clean the air in your office at work or your caravan or trailer, then a good portable purifier will do the work very well. The reason why a portable purifier is not so good for the home is size. Your house is just too big for one portable air purifying unit.

If you locked yourself up in one room, then OK, but as soon as you open the door, or someone walks into the room, you have lost a lot of your clean air. Therefore, if you are thinking about purifying the air in your house, you really have to go for a central system, particularly if you already have ducting in place for a central heating or central air conditioning system.

If you are lucky enough to have such a system then a powerful and very efficient air purification system can be fitted near your existing blower in minutes in most cases. These devices will purify the air in your whole home at the same time, which means that you can walk about your house, go about your daily business and leave interconnecting doors open at leisure. It is the only way to go if you have active children. This is often the cheapest option too, believe it or not.

If you are going to purchase a portable model, note the dimensions of the largest room you are likely to use it in and work out the volume of air in that room (length x width x height). You will need to check that whichever air purifier you buy can deal with that volume of air. That information will be in sales pamphlet. The cost of filters is an important aspect in the total cost of a purifier. How much are they and how often do they have to be replaced? Can they be cleaned a few times before requiring to be changed?

Think about why you want an air purifier. Is it because you want to combat a specific allergy? Is it because there is a smoker in the house? Is it because of pets? Or is it just because of increasing levels of general pollution from cars and industry? Whatever the reason, make sure that the air purification system you are thinking about purchasing can take filters that can take those substances from the air. Not all filters are identical – not all filters can filter everything.

Owen Jones, the author of this article, writes on many subjects, but is currently involved with central air conditioner prices. If you are interested in Home Air Conditioning Systems, please click through to our site.

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