As an allergy sufferer myself, I know first-hand how terrible it is to have constant sneezing fits, and growing up with a hanky always at hand. If you’ve done all you can to minimize exposure to allergens at home, then you might consider getting a home air filtration system to further reduce mold spores, dust, pollen, pet dander and other allergens in the air. Looking for the best air purifier for allergies can be a tough decision, but the following should help you decide which product is best suited for you.
Airocide Air Purifier
Looking more like a fancy speaker than an air purifier, the Airocide utilizes a filtration technology developed by NASA and approved by the FDA, which is uncommon as air purifiers are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. It doesn’t use traditional air filters and produces no ozone.When air is drawn into the Airocide, harmful airborned pathogens and allergens come in contact with highly reactive catalysts and get destroyed in the ensuing chemical process.
Not only does it help rid of viruses and bacteria in the air, it also gets rid of volatile organic compounds which can have long term health effects. These are gasses produced by paint, aerosol sprays, treated furniture, carpet and even air fresheners. The air that’s left behind is clean and crisp.
Although it does not advertise itself as odor-reducing, users have noted that it also helps eliminate lingering pet odors. It also much quieter compared to similar high-end models. This futuristic technology comes in with a high price tag, but if you’ve tried other models before and they didn’t help with your symptoms, consider trying out the Airocide. They have a 60 day risk free guarantee where you can try the product and if doesn’t work for you, then you can easily return it.
Please note that the reaction chambers need to be replaced every 12 months and costs $100.
Blueair 203W HepaSilent Air-Purification System
As evident in the name itself, the Blueair 203W uses a HEPASilent particle filter made up of fine polypropylene fibers that effectively traps more airborne particles than other models. HEPA filters are great for people with asthma. It comes with an electronic timer indicator that counts down days until filter has to be changed, which is quite handy.
It is also Energy Star certified due to its low power usage so you won’t end up having a huge electricity bill. As an added plus, the BlueAir helps reduce ozone in the air.
Many users have mentioned a noticeable difference in air quality while using this product. Regarding noise levels, low and medium settings are barely audible, whereas a high speed setting can be quite loud. It produces a white noise, a soothing sound which helps block off your neighbor’s noise. You can place this on the floor of a room of up to 175 sq. ft. and leave it to do its job. This comes with a limited 5-year warranty.
Honeywell True HEPA Allergen Remover
The cheapest among the 4 options presented here (costing under $150), Honeywell True HEPA Allergen Remover is an affordable option if you’re looking for something effective but does not break the bank. Honeywell is a trusted brand recommended by allergists.
This particular model can be placed in a room up to 155 sq ft. Not only does it have HEPA filter (the main filter), it also uses activated carbon (the pre-filter) to help reduce household odor. It comes with 3 settings with a Turbo option which can be really loud, so if you need to use this setting, you can set up a timer and just come back to the room after a couple of hours.
Filters are easy to install and remove and it’s recommended to change the carbon pre-filters every 3 months and the main filter every 12 months. The system is Energy Star compliant, so that means it won’t be using a lot of electricity nor cost you a bunch of money.
Its compact in size so you can easily move it from room to room, although some users have complained that it’s too small for its price. But it’s quite effective in keeping the air clean so performance-wise, it’s a good investment.
GermGuardian 3-in-1 Air Cleaning System
Perfect for both home and office, the GermGuardian 3-in-1 Air Cleaning System utilizes both HEPA filters and activated carbon filters. It also uses UV-C light that kill airborne viruses and bacteria. This one costs just under $200, and it also is one of the highest scoring in terms of review ratings. Ideally suited for use in small to mid-sized rooms, however with a ‘Clean Air Delivery Rate’ (which indicates the volume of filtered air delivered by an air purifier) of over 120, you can effectively use it in larger rooms.
This one has a charcoal pre-filter that gets rid of things like bad odors and bigger particles in the air before they even get to the regular filter. Of course, this means that you’re going to have to replace your filters, but they get rid of allergens so well that you’ll be happy to get new filters. It is recommended to change filters every 6 to 8 months, although this depends on how frequently you use it.
It is made of plastic construction, and comes with a limited 3-year warranty.