Costs of Air Purifiers
To understand how to choose an energy friendly air purifier model, it helps if you understand how your model works. Most air purifiers run on electricity, some use filters, and if the air purifier breaks down, you will need replacement parts. Over time, these costs can add up. It's good to think of all of these considerations before you make your final selection.
As an example, let's take the Oreck Air Purifier system. Initially, the Oreck Air Purifier system sounds expensive. At almost $400, these air purifiers are expensive, but a closer look seems to offer something new. The filter is guaranteed for twelve years! That means twelve years of never buying a replacement air purifier filter. If your filter fails, they replace it for free. This can add up to an incredible saving in the long term. But hang on, something doesn't seem right here! Read on....
Now you must consider the energy used by this air purifier system. The air purifiers automatically turn on and off once every hour, so that feature helps to ensure your electricity will not constantly be running. Does this mean the Oreck Air Purifier is the best system out there? Not necessarily!
The market is loaded with different makes and types of air purifiers. You can literally spend hours comparing brands, features and offers. This is why researching the air purifier brand is important before you make your selection. No one wants to spend a bundle of cash and then find the fees necessary to maintain the air purifier are absurdly high.
Your money is hard earned. Don't give it all away to the latest fad air purifiers.
Go online, research air purifiers, and see what other users have to say. Face it. The manufacturers want to rope you in with their "special deals". At the end of the day they just want the sale. Other users will share their own opinions and experiences online. You can find out which air purifiers really get the job done. You can read and determine which air purifiers will cost the most to operate, and which air purifiers cost the least.
A Touch of Real Life
You have seen the ads, but you don't see the after effects. You see, Mary asked her father to buy an air purifier system for her family at Christmas.
Her father loved getting a bargain, so he went for the best deal. After one weeks' use, the air purifier was not working quite as effectively. So upon checking the machine, Mary found that the filter was disgusting. It was certainly doing its job but now she had to replace it.
The air purifier system her father had bought for her came with just two free filters! You might initially think that was a good deal - well so did he.
But when that replacement air purifier filter was also in a disgusting state a week later, you can guess what happened. Mary returned to the store to stock up on some more air purifier filters. She found the replacement filter - and discovered to her horror that the air purifiers' filters cost $30 each!
You do the math. Mary was spending $120 on filters every month. The air purifier ended up in the garbage.
Do not fall for a gimmick like Mary did!
You have the power and the knowledge, now go put it to good use! Mary and her father learned the hard way. You can do it right.
Just read some of the following customer reviews:-
Anne of Lillington NC (3/12/05):
In June of 2004, I purchased two Oreck XL Professional Air Purifiers with Silence Technology. I had read several reviews that sounded interesting, and the company web site made these air filters sound really efficient. I am always trying to reduce the amount of dust from cat litter and cat dander in my house. The purchase price was split into 12 payments of $45.78 each. The payments are deducted on the 14th of the month from my Discover card. So far, I have made 9 of the payments (number 10 is due any day).
The air purifier draws air into the unit with a fan, and theoretically all dust should get stuck either in the prefilter or on the electrostatic grids. The company even claims that bacteria, mold, and viruses are killed in the process. The units have a warning that lights up when the unit needs cleaning. After using the air filters for eight months without ever turning them off, I was wondering why the filters didn't need cleaning yet. I also own two Ionic Breeze Quadras, and they need to be cleaned monthly.
So I opened the air filters for cleaning. After running 24/7 for eight months, the units had collected less dust than I find on the back of my computer every week. I was furious! Not only had I put up with the steady, annoying noise coming from the filters (silent doesn't mean silent in this case), the filters were doing absolutely nothing! I complained to Oreck in an email, and I was told that I should turn off the ionizing feature on the filter. I never turned on the ionizing feature.
I called customer service to arrange for a return, but I was told that my 30 day trial period was over. I explained that there was no way that I could have known that these are filters are not working after 30 days. Customer service told me that there was nothing they can do after 30 days and that I am stuck with the filters. I just want to return the units and get my money back. I am extremely disappointed and quite honestly outraged by the advertisements for the air filters.
Damages: So far, I paid $412.02 for a useless product. After March 14, it will be $ 457.80.
Robin of Coos Bay OR (03/06/06)
I purchased an Oreck air purifier in sept of 04 and have used it continuously. There is no reduction of dust in my house and I have vertigo and broncial irritation from the use of the ionic feature. I now know from my doctor that ionic purifiers are harmful. when I called for my money back they refused saying that I had had the product for 18 mos. I have been sick for 6 mos. and sick for wasting $379.90 on a product that does not work
My vertigo started last summer and by Nov I could barly function after 2 trips to the doctor, a MD i was not better. So I went to a Naturopath and we were able to determine that ionization had irritated my membranes in my broncial tube and in my inner ear. My doctor advised me to get rid of the ionizer air purifiers.
Joel of Southport NC (04/14/06)
I, too, purchased the Oreck Air Purifier advertised on their infomercial. This device really does not work at all. I can run it non-stop for months and the light indicating that the machine needs to be cleaned never comes on. Close inspection reveals little dust, etc, collected. I have more dust around my computer table and on other surfaces in the small room where the machine is used than can be found in the machine itself. This product is of little to no value in my opinion. I'll never buy another Oreck product no matter what. I feel scammed.
With all of the air purifiers on the market, and with a war of words to win your dollars being waged every day, the best way to select the right one for your situation remains the one that your fifth grade teacher taught you. Do your own homework.