Breathe in and breathe out. The importance of good air quality is inevitable, but reality doesn't always match our need for clean and fresh air. Dust, pollen and pollution fill our cities and space and it’s becoming an increasingly important problem.
While we all need to work towards a long-term solution on improved air quality, there are one thing that you’ll need to invest in until we get there: an air purifier.
Non-Toxic Munchkin blogger Aida Garcia-Toledo mentions these air purifiers for your home:
WHAT TO LOOK FOR:
HEPA filter: HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate absorption, and to meet the government standard for this label, the filter must remove 99.97 percent of particles in the air that are 0.3 micrometers or larger. The best rated air purifiers will have HEPA filters.
- The Blueair 403 comes with or without the SmokeStop filter
- The granulated activated carbon in the 403 SmokeStop provides a broader filtration range for little additional expense, so you might want to consider the slight addition in cost.
- This it the one we have at home
- Cleans rooms up to 370 square feet
- HEPA filtration system: HEPASilent® technology captures 99.97% of particles down to 0.1 microns
- super quiet operation at low setting
- extreme energy efficiency, ENERGY STAR qualified
- one of the highest Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) on the market, which means it will move air more quickly as it cleans.
- considered 'stylish': Winner of Excellent Swedish Design award and a permanent spot in Stockholm's National Design Museum
- have to switch filters every three-6 months
- heavy: 43 lbs
- one of the top air purifiers in the market, but you do pay for what you are getting: costly
- HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air)
- filter replacement not as expensive as other models (approx $60 for a three pack)
- Consumer report gave it a high review in 2015
- portable, weighs 16 lbs
- ENERGY STAR qualified.
- filters have to be replaced regularly - every three months
- slick design: sits flat against any wall or piece of furniture. Customized panels (with art for adults and children) available
- runs absolutely silently
- comes with a choice of four different filter systems: Pet Allergy, Odors, Toxins or Germ Defens
- EnergyStar rating (as low as 7 watts),
- have both a BioGS HEPA filter traps airborne particles down to 0.3 microns in size, and a Charcoal-Based Activated Carbon Filter* which reduce chemical and household odors
- weighs 20 lbs, can stand alone or be mounted on wall
- filters need to be replaced frequently and are somewhat costly (Rabbit Air MinusA2 filter replacement kit [Toxin] approx $85)
4. Airocide - NASA Air Purifier for allergies, asthma and chemical sensitive individuals with Odor control
This relatively new technology for the home was developed by NASA and is FDA approved. It has been available and used by NASA and various large corporations (including, reportedly, Whole Foods) for about 12 years. Today, I would say this is my favorite option due to design, technology and efficiency, although price is steep.
- No filters needed. The filtration system, its maker says, was first designed for NASA, to remove ethylene from the space shuttle so astronauts could grow food on long missions.
- Airocide rids the air of virtually 100% of harmful pathogens by eliminating them completely, including the main allergy triggers: mold, fungi, pollen, dust mites, viruses, bacteria, and VOCs
- compact size only weighs 9 lbs
- Reaction Chamber must be replaced (although not that frequently: about once a year and costs $99 Airocide Reaction Chamber Replacement Kit, for APS-200
- Steep price point