Does your home smell?
You’ve probably gotten used to odors in your home, but other people will notice. If you have pets, if you smoke in your home, and even if you cook in your home, your home probably has a smell. Even homes without pets, smokers, or strong cooking odors can smell “musty” or “stale.”
One way to get rid of smells in your home is by using an air purifier. Air purifiers have the added benefit of removing allergens from the air.
Air purifiers typically have two types of filters.
Filters to remove particles – Allergens such as dust, pollen, dander are removed with either a ion filter or a HEPA (High Energy Particulate Air) filter. To qualify as HEPA by US government standards, an air filter must remove (from the air that passes through) 99.97% of particles that have a size of 0.3 microns.
Filters to remove odors – The second filter, a carbon or charcoal filter, removes odors from pets, smoking and cooking.
Many air purifiers also have UV light to kill airborne bacteria and viruses.
There are several air purifiers on the market that may help. Here are our top 5.
Germ Guardian AC4825 – This air purifier has a HEPA filter, a charcoal filter, and UV light technology. It uses a 22 inch 3 speed tower and retails for $89.99. It stands 21 inches tall.
Levoit Air Purifier – This air purifier has a HEPA filter and a carbon filter. It has 3 speed settings which gives you the option to adjust it for various conditions and also has a night light. It’s more compact than other purifiers at only 14.6 inches in height and retails for $89.90.
Oion B-100 Permanent Filter Ionic Air Purifier – This compact air filter is only 17 inches tall and weighs only 3.8 pounds. It also works without a filter that needs to be replaced. It works with carbon to eliminate odors and negative ions that remove airborne pollutants rather than a filter. It also has UV to kill germs. It retails for $49.95.
Gideon Air Purifier – This product also has a permanent filter which never needs replacing and has UV to kill germs. Odors are eliminated with an ion purifier. It is only 10.1 inches tall and retails for $39.95.
PureZone 3-in-1 Air Purifier – This product uses a HEPA filter and a UV light. It also has a 3 speed fan to adjust the air filter for various conditions and an automatic timer. It is 12.1 inches high. It retails for $99.99.
Do you use an air purifier in your home? What do you like about the way it works?