Do Air Purifiers Really Work?

do air purifiers really work

We do think that air purifiers are efficient systems for making the air in your home cleaner. However, there quite a few myths about what air purifiers can or cannot do. And so we decided to clarify that.

do air purifiers really work

Air purifiers completely eliminate dust

A common misunderstanding is that if you get an air purifier, you can forget about dusting ever again. Air purifiers are not capable of lifting the dust off the surfaces. They only remove the dust that is airborne. So you will still need to regularly use a vacuum cleaner and a microfiber cloth to wipe away the dust from surfaces. For a more efficient removal of dust in the air, consider getting a HEPA air purifier.

An air purifier will bullet proof you against allergies

Some allergens, such as pollen and dust, are heavy. So a lot of it will fall to the surfaces before an air purifier will be able to catch it. That’s why an air purifier can only be a part of your allergy control system. To control your allergy symptoms, you would also need to do regular cleaning. You can also consider getting a steam cleaner which will allow chemical free cleaning or a dehumidifier for humidity control.

Air purifiers with HEPA filters remove all odors

HEPA filters are designed to capture allergens. The odor removal is achieved with a separate filter that should have several pounds of carbon. So if you have any rotting food in the kitchen, dirty clothes lying around, or not emptied cat litter, don’t expect the air purifier to pick up all the slack.

All air purifiers can remove tobacco smoke

Most air purifiers work only by removing the particles that are left behind in the air after a person has been smoking. They are not capable of removing toxic gases associated with smoke. However, there’re certain models that are designed exactly for combatting tobacco smoke and they have the required filters.

Air purifiers remove viruses

On some of the air purifiers you can find the ultraviolet feature designed for killing viruses. However, often it’s a misleading advertising claim. In most of the devices, the ultraviolet light doesn’t have the viruses or germs in front of it for a sufficient time to kill it. You can though find enhanced HEPA filters or air purifiers with a sterilizer technology, which can be used to kill pathogens.

Running your air purifier at any slow or fast speed will just efficiently help air quality

Many users prefer running their air purifier on low speed in order to avoid loud fan noise. But often, they don’t realize that by doing this they also reduce the square footage the air purifier is able to cover. So for example, if you’d like to avoid the noise of the running you air purifier at night, consider turning it on high for couple of hours before going to bed and then switch it to low.

Air purifiers efficiently eliminate all mold

Air purifiers are only capable to partially remove mold, in particular mold particles that are in the air. However, they won’t kill mold spores. Spores are usually resistant even to UV light. But they can be trapped in a filter, and then it will keep from proliferating in your home.

So as you can see an air purifier can make an essential addition to your home appliances and keep the air in your home cleaner. But do keep in mind these mentioned myths. If you are looking for a new device for your home, you can check out this guide to find the best air purifier for your needs.