Living With Pets: What To Look For In A Home Air Purifier
Dogs and cats bring tremendous joy to our lives, but owning a pet also generally means doing battle with pet fur, pet dander and possibly more airborne dirt particles too. Air purifiers can significantly reduce the amount of allergens and irritants in your home’s environment, but not all home air purifiers are equal. Here are some tips on what to look for in a home air purifier.
Consider All The Features
Like many of today’s high-tech appliances, home air purifiers can include a number of bells and whistles – some may be important to you but others may be unnecessary. For example, some home air purifiers come equipped with rolling caster wheels, programmable thermostats, remote control operation and handles for easy carrying. Before you purchase a particular model, give careful consideration to where you will locate the air purifier and then determine if you will be be able to easily move and clean it on your own or if this will require a second person.
For those who suffer from allergies, the quality of air in a home with a pet can actually be worse at times that the quality of the outside air. Some home air purifiers are specifically designed to filter out allergens such as such as pet dander, pollen, dust and mold spores and can help prevent asthmatic episodes, sinus infections and more. These types of air purifiers feature HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filters which eliminate nearly 100% of common allergens that are at least 0.3 microns in size.
Some air purifiers are are specifically designed to combat fumes from volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOCs are fumes that are produced from things like paint, adhesive chemicals and other gaseous chemicals and elements. Most air purifier models do not filter out VOCs and the ones that do are generally configured to filter out very specific VOCs. If filtering fumes from a specific product is important to you, do careful research to ensure you’re purchasing the best home air purifier for this purpose.
Consider Whole-Home Filters
Portable home air purifiers offer an economical solution for cleaner air for those who live in a smaller space. But if your home is already equipped with an HVAC system, you might consider the addition of whole-home filters. In-duct air purifiers can be installed right in your existing ductwork. This type of air purifier can be highly effective, but it does need to be professionally installed and maintained.
Research Operating Costs
If you’re concerned about monthly expenses, take a close look the cost of owning and operating an air purifier. In addition to electricity consumption, factor in the cost of replacement air filters, some of which can cost several hundred dollars. To reduce the long-term costs of a home air purifier, look for Energy Star certified models. These are up to 40% more energy efficient that standard models and could save you up to $220 over the lifetime of the appliance.
The right home air purifier can make life with your furry friends more enjoyable without too much additional electricity expense. If you’re looking for more ideas to reduce electricity expenses, check out our blog. And don’t forget to take a hard look at your current electricity supplier. PointClickSwitch makes it easy for you to compare energy rates to be sure you’re getting the lowest or greenest rate possible.