Every industry has myths associated with it. In many cases, these myths are tidbits of information with some factual basis that are either incomplete or outdated. The air purifier industry is no different, and modern consumers encounter all kinds of myths surrounding home air purifiers. Today, we’ll debunk five of the top air purifier myths
1. Air Purifiers Dry Out the Air
One of the most common air purifier myths out there is that an air purifier will make your home air too dry. We actually dedicated an entire blog post to this topic some time ago, but it’s a myth we still see floating around. Many users believe that air purifiers take moisture out of the air, leaving it dry and potentially causing respiratory irritation. The truth, though, is that air purifiers don’t have a way to take moisture out of the air. Filters don’t absorb water vapor, and there’s nowhere in an air purifier for moisture to be retained. If the air in your house is too dry for comfort, though, you can use a personal humidifier with your air purifier for greater comfort.
2. Air Purifiers Are Expensive to Run
While it’s true that an air purifier will add to your electric bills, many people overestimate how much it costs to run one. In truth, an air purifier is a fairly small appliance that operates efficiently and doesn’t consume too much electricity. There are even several Energy Star certified air purifiers that meet high governmental efficiency standards. So, while it isn’t free to run an air purifier, you shouldn’t be too concerned about adding to your utility bills by using one in your home.
3. Air Purifiers Are Noisy
This is one of those myths that has some real basis in truth. Older air purifiers could be quite noisy and produce an obnoxious humming. Even today, some air purifiers still put off a decent amount of background noise, though they are still much better than the air purifiers of 20 years ago. With that said, there are many other air purifiers that can run nearly silently. If noise is a major concern, be sure to check the noise level rating on any model you’re thinking about buying. Almost all modern air purifiers will have a specified noise rating in decibels, and many even have a separate rating for each fan speed. With this information, it’s easy to find an air purifier that will meet your needs.
4. Air Purifier Maintenance Is Difficult
Like most home appliances, your air purifier does require a certain amount of maintenance. That said, maintaining one is actually very simple and requires very little time. The most important aspect of air purifier maintenance is changing filters on time. Every manufacturer has a recommended filter change schedule for their units. By following this schedule, you can keep your air purifier running properly. Many air purifiers have a filter change indicator light that will conveniently let you know when it’s time to replace the filter. You can also use our Filter Change Reminder tool to track your changes and order your filters when it’s time for new ones.
5. You Have to Spend a Lot of Money to Get a Good Air Purifier
The final air purifier myth we need to dispel is the idea that air purifiers are only for people with lots of money to spend. We believe that cleaner home air should be accessible to everyone, regardless of budget. Of course, higher-end air purifiers do cost more money. However, there are several air purifiers under $300 that will let you enjoy cleaner air without breaking the bank.
While these certainly aren’t all the air purifier myths out there, they are among the most common. Have other questions about air purifiers or which one is right for you? We’re here to help! Feel free to contact us for answers and personalized product recommendations based on your unique needs.