Buying Air Purifiers: Five Things You Need to Know to Take a Breath of Fresh Air

North Texas is still in the throes of summer and, for many, that still means allergy season. Depending on your home’s indoor air quality or if you have asthma, you may be suffering from allergens, dust, or other pollutants that irritate and inflame your lungs. Recently we discussed how to upgrade your HVAC system to alleviate allergies. Go a step further and invest in an air purifier to keep the air you breathe as pure as a Siberian mountain range. Today we discuss what to look for when buying air purifiers.

Analyzing Air Purifiers

Indoor air pollution is one of five major environmental health risks people currently face, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). You can zap that issue by installing an air purifier that reduces airborne pollutants and allergens. The degree of pollutants you eliminate depends on the particular air purifier you purchase.

A multitude of air purifiers exist on the market, so we will just discuss a short list of what you want to consider when looking to buy this implement.

FeaturesFeatures you may find in air purifiers include shut-off timers and technology that senses air pollutants. You may also find a filter life indicator and a UV light. Additional bonuses like a UV light or sensor helps to further eliminate airborne pathogens. Digital controls help you determine when and how hard your system will work when you are at home or away at work. You will also find wi-fi air purifiers that you operate remotely with your smartphone.

EffectivenessYou need to also consider effectiveness. Making this decision is based on how much you currently suffer from your indoor air quality. A low-end air purifier may only remove 30% of pollutants and particles, while a higher-quality system can remove up to 99.97%. Read reviews and product specs before settling on a purchase.

Square FootageAnother factor that ties right into effectiveness is square footage. We recommend you select a product based on the square footage of the rooms or room you want purified. Multiply the length by the width of the room to discern square footage and check this number against square footage mentioned on products under “manufacturer-suggested room size.” You may want to get a couple air purifiers, depending on your needs.

ACH RateIf you struggle with allergies or asthma, you will also want to consider the ACH (air change per hour) rate of an air purifier. ACH refers to how many times an air purifier filters the entire volume of air in the required space each hour. Look for a system that can clean the air in a treatment space at least four times per hour for max efficiency. An ACH rate of 4 also ensures that your air purifier properly cleans the air and filters out as much microscopic particulate as possible.

Although many factors play a role in buying air purifiers, it’s easier to make that decision with a foundation of a knowledge. Use the above guide to get started and contact us today for more information on the air purifiers Gorman sells.

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