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Advice on IQAir Air Purifiers

IQAir Air Purifiers

Here we offer you some advice on the most common kinds of air purifiers currently available, along with rough pricing and some of the more popular manufacturers.

The most complex air purifier systems are those that are based on ultra-violet light (UV) technology. Viruses are just too small to be filtered by HEPA* or traditional air purifiers. These UV air purifier systems are usually installed into heating and cooling ducts and currently start at around $300, plus installation.

UV air purifiers often also combine HEPA and carbon filters to clean the air of multiple toxins. Government and hospital buildings often use UV/HEPA combo-systems.

Getting the Best Cleaning that an Air Purifier Offers

If you have severe allergies and money is no object, your best choice is probably is an air purifier that uses a HyperHEPA filter, like the IQAir HealthPro air purifier (about $700).

Another air purifier that has been shown to be very effective against allergens is the Friedrich C-90A air purifier (about $500).

If you're on a tighter budget, you could try one of the portable air purifiers which uses an "old-fashioned" air filter (about $70).  These are usually smaller than the pro models and therefore can only clean a smaller size room; therefore multiple machines would be needed for good coverage in a home.

Ionizing Air Purifiers

Ionizing air purifiers are a good choice if you have smoky rooms or if you are dealing with odor problems.  Consumer Reports, however, did find that ionizing air purifiers are not very effective when it comes to taking those pesky particles out of the air. . One example of these ionizing air purifier systems is the Ionic Breeze air purifier, which costs about $300.

This air purifier takes a different approach when it comes to air purification. First, they emit negatively charged ions into the air. These negative ions attract the smoke and odor particles, which are positively charged. When the positive and negative ions connect, they form a new particle. This particle becomes too heavy to float in the air, so it falls into the collection plate of the air purifier. This mess is easy enough to clean out with a cloth.

Air Purifiers with Filters

For those living/working in dusty locales, or if you're trying to reduce dirt in your house, you could try an air purifier that uses an air filter like the 3M Filtrete air purifier. Research shows that air filter purifiers remove dust, pet dander, and common allergens. However, smoke and many odors will still get through. Filter air purifiers typically cost about $70 and their filters will need replacing usually four times a year. These are best for small spaces, so you might need to use a few for your home.

Low Ozone Air Purifiers

Low-ozone air purifiers are slightly different from ionizing purifiers. These air purifiers work by oxidizing the pollutants in the air. As a result, your home is left with nothing but clean, breathable oxygen. But you need to be careful with low ozone air purifiers, because they can be harmful to your health if they are turned up too high. Also, you need to watch out for the metallic smell these air purifiers can sometimes cause. This can be a bit irritating if you have a sensitive nose. Ozone air purifiers are usually combined with ionizing systems and cost around about $500.

Other Options

You can also choose to use a "low-tech" air purifier. These have been proven to work successfully in all home and office environments. They are also easy to maintain because all that is required is to change the air filters on your air conditioning and heating system once every month. This simple procedure will reduce dust, dander, and allergens by up to 50%. In addition to being silent, low-tech air purifiers are quite cost effective, costing only about $20 every three months.

You can also run a humidifier to help improve the quality of the air in your home or office. These handy machines can help to reduce molds in the air. Many types and models are available, with the average humidifier costing about $30. You will need to get one for every room, though.

Living plants also serve as air purifiers. These natural purifiers help remove carbon monoxide, benzene and formaldehyde. Gasoline, oils, paints, and rubber all contain benzene - you certainly wouldn't want to be breathing that in every day!

Some good plants you can use to help purify your air are English Ivy, Gerbera Daisy, and Mums. Most of these are available from home improvement stores and nurseries for about $10. Unsurprisingly, the more of these plants in a room, the better they will filter the air.

*HEPA = High Efficiency Particulate Air (filter)

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