Choosing an Air Purifier for Your Home

As mentioned in our previous article, it may be overwhelming when assigned with the task of choosing an air purifier. However, this is a task that is inevitable when dealing with home mold remediation. Once mold spores are allowed to adventure through your home, you and your family are put at risk for several unwanted health risks. Thus, introducing an air purifier is an excellent way to bring your air to safer levels.


Types of Air Purifiers

When starting your search for the ideal air purifier, you’ll be faced with many options. One of the first places to start is to choose which type of purifier is best for your home. Below are the three most common types, but keep in mind there are several more to choose from.


Mechanical or HEPA filters. As one of the most common types of filters, HEPA filters have the ability to trap larger particles than some of its competition. Studies have shown that a HEPA filter will capture 99.97% of the particles of a particular size. Units labeled “HEPA-type” or “HEPA-like” have not met the actual requirements of a HEPA filter.

Another thing to keep in mind is this type of filter requires replacement every 6-12 months and will not capture odors in your home. A filter can range from $0-$200.

Activated Carbon filters. Unlike the HEPA filter, which traps particles, an activated carbon filter will absorb them. Thus, it’s also useful in capturing certain odor-causing elements within your home. However, these filters will not combat particles as a HEPA filter will. Finding a unit that combines both types of filters is ideal for households looking to purify both particles and odors.

Replacing a carbon filter will cost around $50 and should be done every 3 months for optimal operation.

Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI). Ultraviolet lights kill germs. Combine an ultraviolet light with an air purifier and you have the perfect machine. Or do you? Some bacteria and mold spores are resistant to UV lighting. So, to be effective, the light must have strength and longevity.


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Items to Consider

The second element you need to consider when purchasing an air purifier is your lifestyle. Below is the primary list of areas to keep in the forefront:

  • Budget. From the purchase to the maintenance, keeping your family safe without breaking the bank is key.
  • Maintenance frequency and cost
  • Brand certifications. Look for items such as the Energy Star logo and the AHAM Verifide seal.
  • Size of the room. Although several brands will claim to cover a specific amount, not all deliver. The AHAM Verifide seal will bring you peace of mind with coverage capabilities.
  • Noise levels. Some purifiers produce a relatively decent amount of noise while operating. This category will depend on much or how little, noise you can tolerate.



For more information on home mold remediation, contact the experts at Atlantic Bay Contracting today. (617) 782-4986.