Buying an air purifier can be a big decision. With so many models and price points out there, it may be overwhelming to some.
While we’re not here to tell you exactly which unit to buy, we know a few things that can help you make the best decision for your home and your family.
Here are 4 things to think about when buying an air purifier.
Most air purifier systems are lightweight and easy enough to carry but you should be conscious of your unit’s weight in the event you need to move it.Look for options that weigh in somewhere between 10-20 pounds. Anything beyond this is likely larger than what you need in your home and will be difficult to move even for little things, like changing filters or servicing if something goes wrong.
- Long-Term Costs
Air purifiers are generally not cheap up front (and they shouldn’t be if you’re looking to get a quality machine), but they can also have heavy costs on the backend.Depending on what brand and type of air purifier you choose, your filters could be as low as $10 each or more than $100 each! When you purchase your purifier, be sure you know what costs to expect for the long haul.2In addition, it pays to know about how much electricity your unit will use over the course of a year. Some models are not very energy efficient, meaning you could be spending a few hundred dollars annually just to have your machine running.
The bottom line: Do your homework. Choose a model that fits within your budget long-term.
- Noise Level
Air purifiers have come a long way. (Mostly) Gone are the days of excessively noisy units like the one Ross Gellar had in the TV show, Friends. (Don’t know what we mean? Watch this clip.)Not all machines have made it to the near-silent point yet, however. It’s important to consider what level of ambient noise your family can – and is willing to – put up with.
Here’s where cost comes in again… Generally speaking, the quieter the unit, the higher the price tag. If you can’t afford a super-quiet system, consider putting yours in a common area of your home that’s away from bedrooms, like the living room or kitchen.
How do you know when something is wrong? Without some kind of warning light system, you may not know if there’s an issue and that can lead to more trouble.Make an effort to purchase an air purifier that has some sort of warning system – a light that turns on when there is an operational problem or if the filter needs to be replaced. Keep an eye on your unit so you don’t miss these warning signals.
As a general rule, take a look at your purifier once every month or two to ensure it’s still in good working order. Check the filter to see if it needs to be replaced. Ensure your home is dusted and vacuumed often to alleviate any extra particles that may be floating through the air. While it’s the air purifiers job to capture these particles, every bit of help you can give it will further ensure the longevity of your system.
Buying an air purifier doesn’t have to be rocket science. With a list of things to look out for and options to consider, you’ll soon have a model that fits your family’s needs like a glove.
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