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A guide to air purifiers

Air purifiers work to filter the air in a room by removing dust and other particles. Although they aren’t efficient in cooling down a room, they will make the air cleaner and can help to strip it of allergens to create a healthy environment for the whole family.

In this guide, we take a look at the benefits of air purifiers, and how to ensure that you choose the best one for your home.

Personal air purifier
Philips AC0820/30 Series 800 Compact Air Purifier
A best-selling option, this personal-style purifier is ideal for placing next to your bed to aid sleep or next to a desk for comfortable working.
£150 via johnlewis.com

Health benefits of air purifiers

The main advantage of air purifiers is that they come with a range of health benefits, especially for those who suffer with respiratory problems and breathing conditions.

This includes asthma sufferers whose allergies may be triggered by dust, household cleaners, air fresheners, and dead skin cells, and those who are prone to hay fever and will certainly benefit from the removal of pollen and other particles from the home.

Even if you don’t suffer from a breathing condition, you’ll be grateful for the clean domestic environment that they help to create.

Air purifiers can also be effective in households with pets or smokers. Not only will they remove pollutants and particles which can cause irritation from the air, but they will sanitise it too. If you often find that you need to leave the windows open due to smells from pets or cigarettes, you’ll find that an air purifier can eradicate the need for this too, which can be very handy during colder months.

Air purifier
Blueair Classic 605 Air Purifier
A top rated purifier with excellent performance in terms of quiet operation, energy efficiency and effective air cleaning. It’s also one of the most expensive options though at £699 via johnlewis.com

How to choose the best air purifier

There are a number of things to consider when purchasing an air purifier for your home. It is important to do your research when buying this particular home appliance, as there is a very big difference between the best and worst models.

In fact, some of the worst models have been found to do barely anything at all.

One of the most important things to look out for is the air purifier’s clean air delivery rate (CADR). This shows how much pollution the machine will remove, and the higher this rate is the better. You might also want to pay attention to how noisy different air purifiers are, as you don’t want to opt for a model that is going to be constantly noticeable, or interrupt your sleep.

Energy efficiency is another feature to consider, as air purifiers with low energy efficiency can end up costing more in the long run, and can be damaging to the environment. Some models don’t need to be left running for as long in order to be effective, and these are often the most energy efficient ones.

If it’s a cooler house that you’re looking for, an air conditioning unit with a built-in air purifier might be your best option. Although these units can be pricey, they will ensure that your home is just as cool as it is free from pollutants, providing you with the perfect, all-round solution.

Ready to find your perfect air purifier? You now have all of the information required to start shopping!

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