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How To Pick the Right Air Cleaner

May 14th, 2012 Healthy Living

Home insulation is a double-edged sword - on one hand, it helps lower energy costs and makes our homes more eco-friendly. On the other hand, you are effectively sealing in whatever happens to be inside your house, which frequently includes pet dander and other irritating allergens.

The solution? Air purifiers. However, picking the right air cleaner requires you to make a few decisions. On a long enough time scale, you may find that the filter practically pays for itself with all the money you save on your energy bills! Here are a few things to keep in mind when shopping for your air purifier.

Industry professionals recommend looking at three factors when making a purchase - performance, room coverage and noise.

1. Performance. Naturally, the better a filter performs, the more you'll have to pay for it. Typically, however, you can find a high-efficiency particulate air filter (HEPA) for anywhere between $150 and $700. Chances are, you can locate one in your price range.

2. Room coverage. Simply put, you don't want an air purifier that's too small for a large room, or vice versa. Small filters won't be able to do the job efficiently enough to properly clean out a room and large ones can take up way too much space in more confined areas.

3. Noise. This is somewhat related to room coverage - if you have a filter that's too small for a room, you'll have to run it at the highest setting for it to do the job, which can wind up making a lot of noise. Large filters naturally tend to be louder, a fact that may be amplified if it occupies a room that's too small.