The best allergy relief air purifier (at least based on Consumer Reports) is not necessarily the best one for you. That’s simply because room size, and the specific types of allergies you have, can change the brand that fits’ your needs best. Purchasing the most highly rated model, or even the most expensive allergy relief air purifier on the market (1200), will not guarantee success in allergy relief.
Former Allergy Sufferer is Allergy Free
As a former asthmatic and allergy sufferer I’d like to share my 40 plus years of using (and testing) air purifiers for allergy relief. I also include comparison charts, particle tests, and video reviews of most brands. The reason for all the videos – I always like to see what I’m getting and seeing the filters inside which can often give you a clearer idea of the filters you are getting.
The way I removed allergies and asthma from my body was a combination of air purifiers, herbs (for cleansing the liver), and other nutritionals to build up my immune system.
10 Technologies To Help Allergies
If you aren’t familiar with the 10 Technologies available, and how each one can help with allergies, I suggest you watch the video below.
HEPA Isn’t Always The Best
If you’ve come this far you probably have a good idea of what a HEPA filter is – a cloth filter which will catch and retain dust, pollen and pet dander. If these happen to be what you’re allergic to then HEPA should be on your list for your allergy relief air purifier.
However people allergic to pollen are also likely to be allergic to Mold and Mildew – something HEPA will not help with. For Mold and Mildew you’ll want to add UV (ultraviolet) light. If you also have chemical or fume sensitivities then you’ll also want Carbon or Zeolite to capture gases.
When I had allergies the greatest relief came from an allergy relief air purifier that had multiple technologies, giving my immune system as much of a break from as many problems as possible. EX: the most expensive air purifier on the market, the IQAIR Purifier (starts at 899), includes HEPA but does not include UV, and adding Carbon will cost you even more. The HEPA is high quality, but unless you have a major lung condition you would be better off with an air purifier that includes more technologies. For that matter you could buy one for the living room and bedroom and still spend less than the IQAIR.
Several Things To Avoid
Here are a few things to be aware of when it comes to allergy relief air purifiers :
1 – Most HEPA replacement filters are overpriced. This is how many companies make their money and how you may end up paying too much in the long run. The Comparison Chart gives you an idea of what manufacturers charge.
2 – If you plan on using it in the bedroom (and for allergies I suggest you do) make sure the low fan speed runs under 24 Decibels. Otherwise you’ll have a hard time sleeping with it on.
3 – if you buy an allergy relief air purifier that includes a washable pre-filter (which I suggest because it catches hair and dander, plus it will extend the life of the HEPA filter) wash it every week. The level of dust and hair will give you an idea how much stuff is in the air.
4 – I run my bedroom and office allergy relief air purifier 24/7. It’s low on energy, gives me added energy because of the negative ions it produces, and makes sure I am continuously cleaning the air I breathe in.
Now that you know the 10 technologies, square footage, and what to avoid I would suggest reviewing the comparison chart (link below or see the left menu) for several models that fit you criteria and then watch the corresponding video and particle test videos on these models via the menu to the left.