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Air Purifier Buying Guide

How to choose your air purifier?

Air purifiers are very efficient devices but they come at a price that is not negligible for the budget of a family, an individual or even a company. Yet they are very capable devices when it comes to purifying the air and removing all the pollutants it contains.

Similarly to many other household appliances such as a water softener or even a tumble dryer, air purifiers can be considered to be not essential. Yet many get used to this “’luxury” and cannot imagine living without one anymore. They bring tangible comfort to your life and offer real physical benefits. And if you chose the right one, it can be an incredible asset to your health.

Buying guide

Buying an air purifier is an act that will require your full attention. It is important to understand the state of current technology and what the market has to offer. It is important to educate yourself and learn the differences between the various air purifier models. If you want full satisfaction, it is ill-advised to invest in such a device without thorough research, although you might be tempted to listen to the first salesman which tries to sell you products with scientific-sounding names.

Nowadays, there are hundreds of different brands that sell air purifiers. Their devices will all vary in quality and features and will not yield the same results.

Right from the start you will notice that a quality air purifier will cost you several hundred euros.

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An air purifier is not simply a blowing device, it is a complex machine combining several high-end technologies. AIRVIA Medical recommends that you buy from a company specialized in this type of equipment. Choosing a European brand, which sells only one or a handful of air purifiers is in itself a good guarantee of quality (regarding not only hardware, but also order tracking, customer service etc.)

AIRVIA Medical is a company dedicated to Air Purifiers and to our clients. We offer a 5-year warranty on all our products.

What is an air purifier good for?

Which air purifier is right for you? First, you should know which room or building type you intend to use it in. Knowing this will allow you to reduce the list of suitable products that you can find online or in appliance stores.

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Which air purifier is right for you? First, you should know which room or building type you intend to use it in. Knowing this will allow you to reduce the list of suitable products that you can find online or in appliance stores.

If you only need to purify the air of a small space (studio or small office) with doors that are well sealed, you can go towards a smaller air purifier model. For most other purposes (house, office building, open space, apartment with one or more rooms), you should use the overall surface of the space to make your choice.

Very compact air purifiers who offer a purification of 20m² or so usually have a low yield and a high operating cost. Purchasing them is cheap but operating them is not: electricity cost will be high and you will need to often change the filters.

AIRVIA Medical Air Purifier guarantees air purification of 1000 ft² (100m²) of space at a competitive buying AND operating price.

Which features do you need?

An air purifier allows you to remove from the air hundreds of harmful substances such as cigarette smoke, microparticles, fungi, pollen, and more. Here is the information you need to choose the filtration system that meets your health needs.

POLLEN, HAIR and DUST: Air purifiers are ideal for people with allergies such as pollen, pet hair or people with asthma or similar breathing difficulties. A “prefilter” will often be sufficient to purify the air of the largest particles of dust and pet hair. You will need a HEPA filter to trap smaller particles of pollen and dust in your indoor air. The latest HEPA filters can eliminate up to 99.95% of all allergens and microscopic pollutants down to 0.1 micron.

SMOKE: Do you often smoke or cook? Are you looking for an air purifier to clean your home of these odours and/or harmful substances? Then you need an air purifier with a charcoal filter or a last generation HEPA filter.

NANOPARTICLES: Nowadays, millions of chemical substances vitiate our indoor air. They can lead to serious effects on our health that are more or less visible depending on the age and sensitivity of the occupants. The majority of these microscopic chemical components have proven toxic effects on living beings (see the 2016 ANSES report). Here you will need to turn to charcoal filters, filters made with bamboo fibers, standard HEPA filters or nanofiber cartridges.

TOXIC GASES: Many toxic gases can pollute our indoor air. These include: charcoal monoxide, formaldehyde, nitrogen dioxide, and more. For this application, you will need filters made of activated charcoal or HEPA filters capable of trapping and destroying the molecules of these dangerous gases.

MICROBES, BACTERIA and VIRUSES: There are several processes that can trap and/or destroy germs such as photocatalysis, UV radiation, or ionization. This is especially beneficial to people who are sensitive, infants, the frail and elderly, pregnant women or people who are immunocompromised.

Selecting the right accessories

Choosing the best air purifier can also mean selecting the air purifier with the best features and accessories. Air purifiers do not use the same filters and do not come with the same accessories.

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Some Air Purifiers, such as ours, come with a remote control or a control monitor. They can have one or several sensors, and may come with applications to connect them to other home automation systems.

Low-end and mid-range air purifiers often do not offer a digital display. Since they are therefore lacking data regarding the air quality and presence of indoor pollutants, it is impossible to know if they are working properly or not.

What is the total cost of an air purifier?

When considering buying an air purifier, you should take into account not only the purchase price but also to the operating cost which includes:

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