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Picking The Perfect Home Air Purifier

Updated on July 15, 2014

The only thing that cleans air as well as a purifier is mother nature...

What The Smart Shopper Should Look For...

The air purifier market is a wildly growing market. Years ago they were relatively hard to find items, and something that could easily cost you $1,000. Today they are found in just about every big box store and online outlet there is. They've also become a quite a bit more affordable. But with this boom, has come a great deal more consumer confusion on the matter. With so many makers, there are more options to consider than ever.

So what should you look for? The core of any modern air purifier should be a certified HEPA filter. These filters are great for capturing allergens, and are changeable (and sometimes washable). Nasty allergy problems such as seasonal hay fever, and pollen allergies can be drastically cut down by a high quality filter. Any consumer who is shopping for an air purifier should educate themselves on HEPA, and be sure that the purifier that they buy includes it. HEPA is not the only type of filtering that you'll want in a purifier though. Carbon filters are great at removing the smell left behind by pets, and cooking. And an ionizer is a great way to cut down on the amount of dust floating around the home. What a smart shopper should ultimately look for is something that includes as many different filters as possible. Keeping in mind of course that the more an air purifier includes, the more expensive it'll typically cost. One of the few exceptions to this rule has been the purifiers from Rocky Mountain Air. These are around, or under the $300 mark and present a tremendous amount of value. I also like that they have a strong return policy, and a 5 year warranty.

In the end it depends upon your personal needs. A savvy buyer will think about how much area they need to cover. Cleaning the air in a small apartment is different than in a large home. If you own a house and it's fairly large you will want to look at air purifiers that are well suited to the task. Buying a cheap purifier may well seem like a good choice, but when you notice that it barely puts a dent in your allergies you'll regret wasting the money. I like the idea of buying something of quality that will do the job and then some. For this reason I feel that the prime price range for an air purifier is between $300 and $400. There is some wiggle room there, and you can find a lot of quality models there. Again, look for a good warranty, a return policy, and something that offers as many different filters as you can find. This will give you some homework to do now. But be sure to take your time and if you are unsure I always like to call manufacturers. Find their site and call in. If they are able to explain and justify their air purifier I believe that it demonstrates that that company stands behind it's product. Also I like to buy direct. Large big box stores rarely are as good about standing behind a product as it's own manufacturer.

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