Want to buy air purifier ?
Do you know that scams are rampant in air purifier industry ?
Do you know how to ensure you get the best air cleaner that is suitable for you and do the job properly ?
If you don’t know anything about air purifier, then read this article as well as other articles on this website before you buy one.
It is not safe for you to just go and buy any air purifier in your local department store, because:
- Some air purifiers are not safe. Yes, you hear it right. Some air purifiers emit ozone, which is not good for your lung. Prior to shopping, you must know how to identify those ozone-emitting air purifiers.
(Read our article on air purifier safety concerns here )
- Most high quality and safe air purifiers are not sold at your local department store.
- Different air purifiers are designed differently to match specific needs. So prior to shopping, you must know what your specific needs are and what kind of air purification technology is best to serve your needs.
Air Purifier Brands – Which One is The Best ?
In the air purification world, there are four tiers of home air purifiers, and it’s better to know them before you buy a purifying product.
The first tier contains the creme de la creme brands of air purifiers. These purifiers really work to clean the air and customers have reported the good effects of having such purifiers in their homes. These are the cleaners you want if you are a severe allergy sufferer and have problems related to lungs, or are immune-compromised or have multiple chemical sensitivities. You would also need these if you want to get rid of cigar smoke and pet odor.
Now, how do you know whether a purifier is considered as a ‘premium one’ ?
Usually, you can tell that they are premium from the brand. These air cleaners are mostly made by manufacturers which are dedicated to manufacturing air filters or air purifiers only, for instance: IQAir, Blueair, Alen, Austin Air, AllerAir, Airgle, Clarifier, Plasmawave, and RabbitAir, although recently, some air purifiers built by Asian home appliance manufacturers have joined this rank, for example; Sharp air purifiers.
In addition, a premium home air cleaner is usually more expensive, with price ranging from $450- over $1000. But this may be offset by their ability to purify larger rooms. For instance, IQAir brand, at around $800 is capable of cleaning up to 900 sq ft room area, whereas Austin Air, the no-frill premium purifier, at around $500 is capable of cleaning a 625 sq. feet carpet area.
The second tier is occupied by good-enough purifiers. These products work pretty well, but not at a high efficiency as the first tiers ones. They also often lack convenient features. For instance, some of the purifiers in this tier, while working pretty well, are very noisy. Nevertheless, these air cleaners are good enough for all-round cleaning and are suitable for somebody with mild problems, such as mild allergy symptoms.
We would not recommend these for somebody with severe allergies, asthma, immune-compromise problem, and multiple chemical sensitivities since these people need a better air purifier to alleviate their symptoms. We also don’t recommend this for people who want to buy air purifier specifically for curbing cigar smoke and odor, since usually, the amount of carbon (gas absorbent) is not sufficient to filter out these gasses.
So how do you know that a purifier belongs to this tier ? Usually, this tier is occupied by products put out by home appliance’s manufacturers from Asia and the West, such as Aprilaire, Hamilton Beach, and so forth, with the cost-per-unit hovering around $100-300. They are also usually designed for smaller rooms, with the area ranging from 100-250 sq. feet.
Next on the rank is the third tier air purifiers, which at most can only do general air cleaning. These air purifiers have an even less efficiency than the ones at the second tiers and you should not buy this unless you only want air purifiers for all around cleaning. They are also pretty cheap and most are manufactured by home appliance’s manufacturers.
Lastly, it is the fourth tier air cleaners which either do not work or cause harm by the emission of ozone. The companies which put out these machines spend more money on marketing than on technological research, and these purifiers are usually marketed either via MLM (multi-level marketing) or paid TV programming. As a result, these air purifiers are popular among customers, especially for the ones who are interested in all-around cleaning.
Basically, you should be worried if the marketing campaigns involve these words: filterless, ionizer, ozone generator, maintenance-free, quiet and fresh odor. For more information on these types of air purifier, read our articles on how purifiers work to see how an ionic purifier produces ozone as a by-product. In addition, you may also want to read on why owning a home ozone generator for home air purification is not a good idea.
To Sum Up – Air Purifier Buying Guide
In brief, these are the tips to buy a purifier:
- Learn whether these purifiers really work and if they are beneficial for your current situation. If you need to buy an air purifier, then get a clear idea about what your needs are.
Read our article on how to choose the best indoor air purifiers according to your needs.
- Know how to evaluate and choose air purifier so you can apply these criteria when you buy a cleaner. It’s even better if you know about different types of home air purifier systems or technologies so you won’t easily be scammed by an advertisement.
- Avoid scams and only consider buying purifiers built only by reputable (first tier) manufacturers if you have serious issues which need to be solved. At the very least, get the second-tier purifiers, especially if you need an air cleaner for all-around cleaning or to solve mild problems. Never buy the fourth-tier brands. This means, avoid MLM-marketed brands as well as the ones marketed via paid programming and mini sales sites.
- Before buying a purifying product, read air purifier reviews such as the one on this site. There are also other organizations which test air purifiers and give ratings. In addition, highly-selective air purifier or allergy stores also subject air purifiers to their in-house test to ensure they only carry the ones which really work. Read about air purifier ratings here so you understand different test and rating systems of these sites.
- Make sure you stay on budget by knowing how to get discounted air purifiers and working out the ownership as well as maintenance cost prior to buying an air purifier. Read our article on good cheap air purifiers to help you in this area.
- Once you know which brand to get, you need to check on vendor’s reputation before buying an indoor air purification product online or offline (locally).