Frequently Asked Questions about Air Purifiers
For over 26 years we have specialised in providing only the best quality air purifiers coupled with the best advice available. This approach has seen us help thousands of customers choose the right machine first time and avoid the pitfalls of spending good money on bad or unsuitable products.
Which Air Purifier Will Work Best For Me?
A well chosen Air Purifier will filter out everything from basic allergens to tobacco smoke , viruses and even chemical VOC's ( volatile organic compounds - ie. the glue found in many new carpets etc). However different units work better on different issues, for instance one purifier might be the best in the world for destroying virus, but be fairly ineffective against tobacco smoke. Another may offer fantastic respite for asthma sufferers, but be virtually negligent in the removal of odours. We answer some common questions further down to help you choose, but of course you can always just pick up the phone and ask the question if you want to get it right in double quick time!
My other half is a smoker and I am not, which type of air purifier should I choose?
You should choose an air purifier which contains a hepa filter, but it MUST also have a genuine activated carbon granule filter. Carbon is the only thing that will adsorb the smell of the tobacco. As a general rule the more carbon in the filter the better the tobacco smoke removal. Consider the Blueair 203 Slim Smokestop for a really excellent, compact machine costing less than £260 and which offers greater performance than some machines costing twice the price. If your room is slightly bigger, then the award winning (Which? Best Buy) 405 Smokestop offers pretty much unbeatable tobacco smoke removal in rooms up to 40m². Alternatively the Camfil City Touch is just as powerful and has a smaller footprint, making it ideal if your are strapped for floor space! Look for units with superior CADR (clean air delivery rates) these will provide faster removal of tobacco smoke odour. For more detailed information visit our Air Purifiers For Smoke and Odour removal section.
I suffer from Asthma, which unit would suit me best?
Over 5.4 Million people in the UK suffer from Asthma, 1.1 million of those are children. In fact more children suffer from asthma in the UK than in any other country on the globe.
There are various particles that can trigger an asthma attack, and most of these can be filtered out quite easily with a good Hepa filter. However if you want the best possible chance of destroying ALL the allergy triggers then an Airfree air steriliser or a Blueair Hepa Purifier will be the most effective. Click here to visit our Air Purifiers for Asthma section.
I get terrible hay fever what is the main cause and can an air purifier help me?
Grass pollen is the most frequent cause of hay fever counting for no fewer than 90% of the cases in the UK. However, there are other common types like tree pollen ( from alder, hazel, birch and horse chestnut) and also weed pollen ( from plantains, mugwort and docks). The good news is that a well chosen air purifier will filter out pollen ( all types) very easily. The trick is to ensure the air purifier is powerful enough to exchange all of the air inside your room through the filters at least 4 or 5 times an hour so you need to make sure the unit you choose has a powerful fan ( to suck the pollens in) but is not too noisy, otherwise you will not want to use it! For smaller rooms consider the excellent Leitz Z1000 which is ultra quiet and uses a miserly 1.5 watts of energy. For larger areas consider the gorgeous Stadler Form Roger or the Classic 405 that was voted Which? Magazines Best Buy and are two of the quietest and most powerful units you can buy. You can view all of these units in our Best Air Purifier for Hayfever section.
I have a newborn baby and want the air in her room to be as clean as possible.
Nothing actually destroys viruses or bacteria better than one of the Airfree Air Purifiers. This coupled with the fact that all Airfree units are quite literally silent in operation and have no ongoing filter costs often make them the best choice for a child's room. Many Airfree models also also come with a built in nightlight ( which can be turned off or dimmed down if required).
I'm still stuck!
Well don't be, you can either view our How to Choose your Air Purifier guide or go straight to View All Units , or better still, just pick up the telephone and give us a call on 01207 507444 and tell us what your specific problem is and we will probably have you pointed in the right direction in minutes!