A guide to air purifiers

Air purifiers work to filter the air in a room by removing dust and other particles. Although they aren’t efficient in cooling down a room, they will make the air cleaner and can help to strip it of allergens to create a healthy environment for the whole family.

In this guide, we take a look at the benefits of air purifiers, and how to ensure that you choose the best one for your home.

Bedside air purifier
Philips AC0820/30 Series 800 Compact Air Purifier
A best-selling option, this personal-style purifier is ideal for placing next to your bed to aid sleep or next to a desk for comfortable working.

Health benefits of air purifiers

The main advantage of air purifiers is that they come with a range of health benefits, especially for those who suffer with respiratory problems and breathing conditions.

This includes asthma sufferers whose allergies may be triggered by dust, household cleaners, air fresheners, and dead skin cells, and those who are prone to hay fever and will certainly benefit from the removal of pollen and other particles from the home.

Even if you don’t suffer from a breathing condition, you’ll be grateful for the clean domestic environment that they help to create.

Air purifiers can also be effective in households with pets or smokers. Not only will they remove pollutants and particles which can cause irritation from the air, but they will sanitise it too. If you often find that you need to leave the windows open due to smells from pets or cigarettes, you’ll find that an air purifier can eradicate the need for this too, which can be very handy during colder months.

How to choose the best air purifier

There are a number of things to consider when purchasing an air purifier for your home. It is important to do your research when buying this particular home appliance, as there is a very big difference between the best and worst models.

In fact, some of the worst models have been found to do barely anything at all.

One of the most important things to look out for is the air purifier’s clean air delivery rate (CADR). This shows how much pollution the machine will remove, and the higher this rate is the better. You might also want to pay attention to how noisy different air purifiers are, as you don’t want to opt for a model that is going to be constantly noticeable, or interrupt your sleep.

Energy efficiency is another feature to consider, as air purifiers with low energy efficiency can end up costing more in the long run, and can be damaging to the environment. Some models don’t need to be left running for as long in order to be effective, and these are often the most energy efficient ones.

If it’s a cooler house that you’re looking for, an air conditioning unit with a built-in air purifier might be your best option. Although these units can be pricey, they will ensure that your home is just as cool as it is free from pollutants, providing you with the perfect, all-round solution.

Meaco Arete® One Dehumidifier & Air Purifier

With homeowners on the lookout for household essentials which will optimise their comfort during the winter months without hiking energy bills skywards, alternatives to traditional heating and laundry drying appliances are of particular interest.

Arete Air Purifier
MeacoDry Arete® One 20L Dehumidifier / Air Purifier
A Which Best Buy and Quiet Mark approved with a 6p per hour running cost*
W37 × D27 × H62 cm
*Estimated running cost based on current capped energy tarrif of 28.3p per KWh

And what better way to dry laundry in a natural way, while also drawing excess moisture out of the air and leaving your home feeling warm and fresh, than with a dehumidifier and air purifier?

This particular model from the Meaco Arete range combines its effectiveness as a dehumidifier with the added benefit of cleaning and purifying the surrounding air – all operating at a super low cost and with minimal noise interference.

There are a range of sizes and structures available for different homes and interior spaces – including smaller units which fix to the wall and larger free-standing units which run for longer without the need for intervention or emptying.

All the units are simple in aesthetic and can seamlessly blend into your interior space thanks to their modern and minimalistic design.

When it comes to making your home more energy efficient during the winter months and beyond, this dehumidifier and air purifier is an all-in-one solution that acts as a laundry drying appliance and keeps your home smelling fresh and feeling cosy and warm.

Meaco Deluxe 202 Air Purifier

Deluxe air purifier
Meaco Deluxe 202A
Combined humidifier and air purifier, cleans the air in your home and maintains a comfortable level of humidity…

The air within our homes is often not as clean and pure as we would like it to be and, short of moving, it’s something that’s going to affect our health in the long term. An air purifier isn’t a magic bullet but can alleviate some of the worst aspects of living in a less than perfect environment.

Cleaning the air you breath, removing odours and adding humidity, the Meaco 2020 is compact unit that costs less than £100 to buy and around 1 pence an hour to keep running. The Meaco 202 can also be set to run quietly overnight so as not to disturb your beauty sleep.

  • Built-in aroma diffuser
  • HEPA Charcoal filter
  • Adjustable mist levels
  • Low noise level of 35dB – 45dB
  • Dimensions: W25 × D15 × H33 cm
  • Weight: 2.05Kg
  • Power rating: 105W
See Also
Bedside dehumidifier
Do you need a dehumidifier?
Portable air-conditioner
A guide to domestic air conditioning