10 Must-Have Features in a Home Air Purifier
Last Updated on September 21, 2021
Air purifiers are an increasingly important component of people’s healthy homes. If you want to improve your indoor air quality, air purifiers for the home are a great way to start. Mitigating the effects of allergens, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and even viruses and bacteria, high-quality home air purifiers are in high demand. Read on to learn more about the must-have features for home air purifiers, and shop Air Oasis online for air purifiers with multi-stage filtration.
Increasing Popularity of Home Air Purifiers
Market analysts estimate that the air purifier market will experience a 12% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) during 2020-2026 as a result of increased demand. This growth rate has a few driving factors: increased urbanization, greater awareness of air pollution, increased health risk associated with viruses such as COVID-19 and higher levels of air pollution, caused in part by diffused wildfires.
As air purifier companies scramble to meet the public’s needs, they flood the market with air purification systems that vary dramatically in quality. So how will you find the best air purifier for your space? Keep reading to learn about the 10 must-have features in a home air purifier.
At Air Oasis, we keep our finger on the pulse of the latest science and air quality trends in order to bring you the highest quality, research-backed air purifiers on the market. If you’re ready to outfit your home with a top-of-the-line air purifier, visit us online.
1. Protection Against Bacteria & Viruses
This is perhaps the most timely must-have feature. As COVID-19 variants continue to spread globally, the risk of infection remains ever-present, even among many vaccinated people. Research indicates that some air purifiers can protect against COVID-19 by reducing the amount of virus particles in the air. Air purification systems achieve this with the following methods:
- HEPA filtration. Some air purifiers contain a HEPA filter, a fine mesh filter that traps airborne particles as air is pushed through it. Studies show that HEPA filters can reduce the amount of COVID-19 particles in the air, potentially reducing viral load.
- Ultraviolet light. Some air purifiers have a mechanism by which to produce ultraviolet (UV) light. Research suggests that UV light can deactivate some viruses, including COVID-19, and prevent them from replicating.
If you’re buying an air purifier to remove viruses from your home’s air, make sure it has the technological capabilities to do so. Many companies will claim their air cleaners can remove COVID-19, but they don’t provide the research to back it up. Air Oasis air purifiers undergo rigorous scientific testing before going to market, the results of which we publish on our website.
2. Protection Against VOCs
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are gasses produced by many common household products, including aerosol sprays, cleaning products, paints and lacquers, pesticides, building materials, furnishings, printers and more.
Many of these pollutants exist in higher concentrations in indoor spaces (two to five times more) than in outdoor spaces. While short-term exposure at lower concentrations can cause symptoms such as eye and throat irritation, shortness of breath, fatigue, headaches and skin problems, long-term exposure to VOCs can damage organs, disrupt the central nervous system and may even cause cancer.
When you’re shopping for an air purifier, it’s essential to find an air purifier that removes VOCs. At Air Oasis, we utilize three technologies that are proven to remove VOCs: carbon filtration, AHPCO® ionization (our proprietary technology based on photocatalytic ionization) and Bi-Polar® ionization (our proprietary technology based on cold plasma ionization).
3. Allergen Removal
Allergens don’t just stay outdoors; they enter your home through the air, belongings and even on your body where they become trapped and accumulate. Without an air purification system in place, allergens can collect in your HVAC ducts and be blown throughout the house. Common allergens include:
- Dust mites
- Mold spores
- Pet dander
For people suffering with seasonal allergies, the presence of other pollutants and toxins, such as VOCs, can exacerbate symptoms. If you’re looking for an air purifier for allergies, your best bet is to find one that has a HEPA filter and can effectively remove VOCs. Air Oasis conducted research into its air purifiers’ ability to remove three top allergens: smoke, fine dust and pollen. Here are the findings:
- STUDY: Air Oasis Air Purifiers and Smoke. In this study, researchers released cigarette smoke in a room over ten minutes, and smoke particles peaked at over 2.5M particles. Researchers powered on an Air Oasis air purifier with the fan set to high and let it run for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, smoke particles were reduced to under 100k, a negligible amount.
- STUDY: Air Oasis Air Purifiers and Fine Dust. For this study, researchers from IBR Laboratories ran three tests to measure our air purifiers’ ability to remove different concentrations of dust. The fine dust concentration of over 4M microns was reduced to 26k after running an Air Oasis air purifier for twenty minutes; a concentration of 3.7M was reduced to around 20k; a concentration of 4.8M was reduced to around 30k.
- STUDY: Air Oasis Air Purifiers and Pollen. In a study also conducted by IBR Laboratories, researchers prepared a room with paper mulberry pollen and conducted three tests. In the best one, the Air Oasis purifier removed 92% of the pollen in ten minutes.
4. Mold Reduction
Mold reduction is one of those must-have features in any home air purifier. Although mold is technically an allergen, it deserves special emphasis because it is capable of causing serious sickness. When someone has a mold allergy, their immune system overreacts whenever they breathe in mold spores, which results in itching, sneezing, coughing, congestion, skin issues and more. A number of factors increase risk for experiencing these symptoms, including the following:
- Family history of allergies
- Living in a house with high humidity
- Living in a house with poor ventilation
- Exposure to mold at work, which you can carry home
- Living or working in a building that’s been exposed to excess moisture
In certain people with severe mold allergies, exposure to mold can cause serious asthma attacks, inflammatory reactions in the sinuses and lung inflammation. These conditions can be life-threatening and require medical attention.
If you’re looking for an air purifier for mold, find a system that can deactivate mold at a cellular level. Air Oasis air purifiers reduce mold by producing long-lasting ions which trap and weigh down mold particulates and spores, as well as seek out and decontaminate mold. Our air purifiers can prevent mold growth by attacking mold sources before they colonize and multiply.
5. Odor Removal
Odor in and of itself doesn’t carry the same health risks of VOCs, allergens and mold, but it is nonetheless an unpleasant (and at times, embarrassing) presence. Additionally, odors often emanate from VOCs, chemicals, pets and allergens, so while the odor itself isn’t dangerous, it could be alerting you to something that is. If you need an air purifier for odors, look no further than Air Oasis. Our air purifiers filter down to the smallest micron and kill bad smells by removing large and small droplets containing particulates, gasses and more.
6. HEPA Filter
In the world of filters, high-efficiency particulate absorbing (HEPA) filters are the gold standard. True HEPA filters remove up to 99% of airborne particulates and can effectively reduce VOCs, allergens, mold and viruses. Even people who don’t know much about air purification systems have likely heard “HEPA,” a fact that some manufacturers take advantage of. Beware of any air purifier that says “HEPA like” or “HEPA type” — these probably aren’t true HEPAs.
At Air Oasis, we’ve found that, while extremely powerful on their own, HEPA filters are most effective when combined with other air purification technologies. That’s why we’ve created the iAdaptAir® HEPA UV Air Purifier, one of the most effective air purifiers on the market. This air purifier harnesses its power from the five top purification technologies: AHPCO®, Bi-Polar® ionization, germicidal ultraviolet, True HEPA and carbon filtration. If you want an air purifier with HEPA, there’s no better option than iAdaptAir®.
7. Replaceable Parts
Planned obsolescence — the practice of designing a product with an artificially limited useful life — is a huge problem among manufacturers of all industries. It contributes to enormous waste of resources and energy, encourages overconsumption and leads to greater pollution. Regardless, many companies plan their product’s obsolescence (or at least ensure it) by not offering replacement parts. As a result, when one component in a device breaks, a consumer is forced to do without or purchase an entirely new one.
At Air Oasis, our goal is the opposite; we want you to get as much life out of your air purifier as possible, which is why we offer replaceable parts. If you own an Air Oasis air purifier that needs a replacement part, ordering one is easy. Simply visit our website, click on the “Parts & Filters” tab in the top right and select the appropriate size and model. Additionally, our two most popular air purifiers, the G3 Series and iAdaptAir®, come with lifetime warranties.
8. Proven Technology
When you’re shopping for technology aimed at improving your health, it’s critically important to do your research. Many air purifier companies make unsubstantiated claims about their products’ effectiveness, which means that people who purchase their air purifiers may not be getting the protection they believe they are. That’s why you should never buy an air purifier from a company that doesn’t share research-backed, proven benefits.
Air Oasis conducts thorough research, including third-party lab studies, into every air purifier to ensure the highest quality. We believe it’s our job to offer consumers the utmost transparency, which is why we make our lab results public on our website.
9. Intuitive Design
Even if it’s the most effective air purifier in the world, you may not want an air purifier that takes up as much space as a closet or is so monstrous that you feel the need to hide it away when guests come over. Similarly, you’ll probably be less inclined to run an air purifier that emits distracting, unpleasant noises. When it comes to practicality and ease of use, an air purifier’s design matters.
At Air Oasis, we want you to be proud of your air purifier’s intuitive design, just like you are of its purification abilities. That’s why our air purifiers are sleek and compact, easy to operate and quiet. Our top air purifiers — the iAdaptAir® — come in three sizes, depending on the square footage of the space you’d like to purify. Even the largest air purifier only weighs in at 20 pounds and is a mere 37 inches tall. In addition to being compact, they’re quiet — you’ll never be distracted by noisy machinery. If you choose the iAdaptAir®, you’ll have the added benefit of being able to control multiple air purifiers from our phone app.
10. Customer Service
Everyone’s had the experience of receiving a lot of attention from a sales rep pre-purchase and then radio silence afterward. That’s not how we treat our customers. In addition to lifetime warranties for our G3 Series and iAdaptAir®, we offer 30-day refunds and responsive customer service. We’re happy to talk with you about any issues you’re experiencing, field questions or help you figure out which air purifier is best for you.
Air Oasis Air Purifiers
When it comes to the 10 must-have features in a home air purifier, Air Oasis air purifiers have them all: reduction against airborne viruses, bacteria and VOCs, allergen removal, mold reduction, odor removal, true HEPA, replaceable parts, proven technology, intuitive design and customer care. Plus, we enjoy hearing from our customers; feel free to contact us online or give us a call at (806) 373-7788.