Get the tissues ready! Spring allergy season is quickly approaching. According to the CDC more than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year. Between itchy eyes, a scratchy throat, sneezing and coughing and a runny nose, each day can feel like you’re battling a never-ending cold. Allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S. with an annual cost in excess of $18 billion. Though medication can help, it only addresses symptoms rather than the cause of your allergy symptoms. Cleaning your house regularly can help keep your seasonal allergy symptoms at bay, but there’s another simple step you can take for added relief; run an air purifier in your home.
The air inside your home is often more polluted than the air outside. An air purifier can help change that. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology common indoor allergens include pet dander, dust mites and indoor mold. In the springtime, pollen can also make its way into your home. Running an air purifier will help remove and reduce these indoor allergens. Hunter air purifiers use a 3-stage filtration system. The nanoparticles in the EcoSilver pre-filter help prevent the growth of microorganisms on the filter, including bacteria and viruses. Our pre-filters are also made from natural coconut carbon that helps neutralize household odors from cooking, cleaning, smoking, and pets for a fresher home environment. True HEPA is the only filter that removes up to 99.97% of airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns. This includes smoke, dust, pollen, pet hair and dander, mold spores, and dust mite debris. Together they work to clean the allergens out of your home’s air.
Pick a Location for your Air Purifier
Before you purchase an air purifier, it’s important to find the right size and model for your needs. To choose the perfect air purifier, you first need to decide where it’s going to be used. Depending on the size air purifiers can filter the air in a single room or a large, open-concept home. Choosing a properly sized air purifier is important because you can waste money and energy otherwise. After choosing the space you want to put the air purifier, you'll need to determine the square footage.
- Single Room: To determine the square footage of a single room, use a tape measure to take measurements of two perpendicular walls and multiply the results. For example, if the room has two 10-foot walls, the total square footage would be 10 x 10 = 100 sq. ft.
- Multiple Rooms: If you want to clean the air in connected rooms, repeat the step above for both rooms. Once you have the square footage of both rooms, add the two values together. For example, if the first room is 100 sq. ft. and the second room is 150 sq. ft., the total square footage would be 100 + 150 = 250 sq. ft.
- Whole House: Do you still have the original paperwork from when you purchased your house? If so, the square footage of the entire home should be listed. If not, go outside and measure two perpendicular walls of your home. Multiple the results together, then multiply that number by the number of levels in your home. For example, if the outside square footage equals 1,000 sq. ft. and you have a two-story house, the total square footage would be 1,000 x 2 = 2,000 sq. ft.
Best Air Purifier for a Large Living Room
One of the more popular locations to run an air purifier is in the living room. Families tend to spend most of their time in the living room area. Not only can an air purifier help clean the air, but it can also add a stylistic touch to the space. Since most living rooms tend to be one of the larger rooms in the house, we recommend purchasing a large air purifier for the space. Our HP800 Air Purifier is a great choice. Not only will it cover the living room, but it can also clean the air in multiple rooms in your house. It has the ability to clean a home’s air over 31 times each day. It is also ENERGY Star rated for lower energy consumption.
Best Air Purifier for a Bedroom
One of the most beneficial spaces to run an air purifier is in the bedroom. Running an air purifier at night can help you get better quality sleep. A recent study found sleep quality improves significantly when air pollutant levels are lowered. Reducing the air pollutant levels can also reduce snoring and allergy symptoms. Running an air purifier can also help provide soothing white noise. One study found white noise machines reduced the time it took people to fall asleep by nearly 40%, compared to people who did not use the devices. Hunter’s HP400 Cylindrical Tower Air Purifier is a great choice to use in the bedroom. It’s small size is perfect for small rooms no more than 106 sq. ft. in size. This air purifier also features a “sleep mode” option, to help create the perfect bedroom environment. Due to it’s small size, it will not cover any other rooms in your house. However, it is portable and easy to maneuver, allowing you to take it on trips or move about the house.
Best Air Purifier for a Kitchen
If you like to cook, you’ll want to run an air purifier in your kitchen. Gas stoves and cooking and frying food can release harmful pollutants into the air including carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, and volatile organic compounds. Using a range hood or exhaust vent or fan can help clean these pollutants out of the air. If you don’t have either of those, an air purifier can also help. We recommend the Hunter HP700 Medium Console Air Purifier. This air purifier can clean the air in a 315 sq. ft. space over 60 times each day. It will work to neutralize those harmful VOCs and household odors from cooking. It also features 2, 4, and 8-hour intervals, so you set it to run on a timer while you cook.
Best Air Purifier for a Home Office
More people than ever are working from home during the pandemic. Breathing in clean air can help give you more energy and mental focus. Clean air tends to have higher levels of oxygen, which helps blood flow through your body more efficiently. A study at the Human Cognitive Neuroscience Unit found that people given pure oxygen versus regular air performed up to 20% better on a memory test. Clean air can also help promote the production of serotonin, allowing you to feel happier and less anxious. We recommend the Hunter HP125 AirX Digital Air Purifier for office spaces. The compact size makes the AirX ideal for small spaces, like a home office. It features 3 fan speeds so you get the cleaning power you want when you want it. It’s recommended to be used in spaces no more than 94 sq. ft. in size. The AirX purifier is also perfect for travel, to be used in hotel rooms, campers and other small spaces.
Best Air Purifier for a Whole Home
Instead of moving air purifiers or buying multiple units, you can also purchase one large air purifier for your whole home. Our Hunter HP980 AirMax Whole Home Air Purifier is our largest unit to date. It is perfect for large homes and features industrial strength. It uses built-in VOC and particle sensors so the machine can automatically adjust the fan speed based on the current air quality. It can clean the air in a 640 sq. ft. room 4.8 times each hour or 115 times each day. This large air purifier features a powerful internal fan that pulls air from 360-degrees into the air purifier before the air enters a 3-stage filtration process. It is ENERGY Star certified to help lower energy consumption. It also comes with a remote for convenient access. This air purifier also comes on wheels, making it easy to move throughout your home.
The Importance of Filter Replacement
No matter which air purifier you choose, it’s important to keep up to date on replacing your filter. An air purifier with a dirty filter will not run efficiently. As a rule of thumb, HEPA filters should be replaced every 6-12 months, depending on air quality and environmental factors. Carbon pre-filters should be replaced every 3 months, depending on air quality and environmental factors. All Hunter air purifiers have a filter replacement indicator on the control panel to let you know when the filters are dirty. We also offer a filter subscription program where you can have replacement filters delivered to your front door on a regular basis.