The Best Air Purifier Choices in Australia
With the recent natural disasters of bushfires and the usual not-so-great air quality, I suppose most are as concerned as I am of the air quality that we breathe in. No matter how much we dust and clean our homes, there will always be those stubborn dust hiding in the corner of the house somewhere.
Moreover, there can be nasty air particles that are invisible to the naked eyes floating around the air right now as you are reading this article. To reduce the risk of breathing in those nasty air particles, some very helpful and innovative scientists developed a superior machine called the air purifier.
As much as the name suggests, it literally purifies the air around us. Such a wonderful machinery at this day and age, where people cannot just avoid the air pollution. Nevertheless, it can be a pain in choosing the suitable air purifier for your home because there are so many types in the current market.
To save you some time on researching from scratch, I have short-listed several of the best air purifiers available in the Australian market below, including one that I use at home.
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1. Arovec True HEPA Air Purifier
This is the air purifier I have at home. Having one makes me feel at ease knowing my baby and husband breathe in quality air at home.
This unit is 100% ozone free as it does not produce any ions. This significantly improves the air quality.
I love using this air purifier because Mr Marks is extremely allergic to dust and suffers from the notorious hay fever every spring. Ever since we bought this air purifier, his hay fever occurrence and allergic reaction has significantly reduced. This totally saved me from his annoying “man-flu” symptoms, if you know what I mean ? Ladies, if your man suffers from the man-flu even when it’s hay fever, maybe you should consider getting an air purifier.
Once you use the Arovec air purifier, the filters need not be changed very often. Depending on the usage, they only need to be changed every 4 to 6 months. With a true HEPA filter fitted in the unit, the 3-stage filter can remove ultra-fine particles (PM 2.5) and contaminants as tiny as 0.3 microns from the air. The filter can easily remove smoke pollutants, pet odour, cigarette smoke, paint fumes and more. If you have indoor pets, this should be good to remove any pet dander lying around the home.
While in operation, the air is circulated up to 2.5 times per hour and suitable for small rooms up to 12 to 15 sqm. It also operates quietly with 3 fan settings. Not only it is affordable with sleek modern design, it is also light and compact. It can be easily moved around from room to room. It is also safe to use around pets and children.
This unit also comes with a soft night light that makes it very easy to change the settings in the dark without waking your partner up. It can also be used as a bedside lamp or switched off while sleeping.
Overall, this air purifier does what it does best, filtering contaminants and improving air quality at home. It is just a great machine for those who are very sensitive to air quality or have small children as they are vulnerable to pollutants.
2. Afloia Air Purifier
The Afloia air purifier uses high quality air filters, which are the pre-filter, HEPA filter, and an activated carbon filter. These quality filters will work well in trapping contaminants, pollutants, dust, pet dander, odour, and smoke. Since they are as good as any other as the filter can remove air particles as small as 0.3 microns, 99.97% of pollutants and allergens can be effectively removed by this unit.
This is a small unit, so it is suitable for rooms as big as 12 sqm. The air purifier has an adorable design so much so that there is a handle for you to carry it around, moving from one area to another easily. One other feature it has is the blue night light, which is similar to the Arovec Air Purifier. The Afloia has 2 brightness setting to choose from should you decide to leave it on for the night.
During operation, it functions quietly with 30dB at the lowest speed and 50dB at the highest speed. It is not too loud and sounds just like a gentle white noise running in the background. You can easily adjust the wind speed with those straightforward to use buttons. One special feature this unit has is the ability to use the auto turn off setting. There are 3 timer setting options namely 2 hours, 4 hours and 8 hours.
This is a great air purifier for those with smaller rooms or like to bring their air purifier with them as they travel.
3. Breville The Easy Air Purifier
The Easy Air Purifier by Breville is one of the specially designed air purifiers catered for small rooms up to 25 sqm. 25sqm is not very by all means but this unit is still very compact. It is capable of an air circulation up to 92m3 per hour, which is impressive.
While most air purifier has 3 levels of filtration, the Breville Easy Purifier one up it by having 4 stages of air purification system. Much like the common air purifiers, it can effectively remove allergens, pollutants and so on, but the Easy Purifier can also reduce bacteria and viruses with the Microbe Shield Light. This special shortwave light is designed specifically for targeting bacteria and virus. This is an addition function whereby you can opt to turn on or off during operation.
With a functional design, this unit can make use of the 360-degrees air inlet and outlet for a bigger surface area of filtration as compared to the flat units with only one airflow direction. During operation, the noise level of this unit is so little it only ranges from 28dB to 59dB. It comes with a sleep mode and uses only 12W power.
This unit works well for those who with babies or elderly with low immunity as there is an option to turn on the microbe shield light specially created to reduce bacteria and virus. If you are looking for a similar unit but for a bigger home or with a smart auto mode, you can take a look at the Breville The Smart Air Purifier.
Things to Consider When Buying an Air Purifier
Before investing your hard-earned money in just any air purifier, you should find out some of the factors that will help you in deciding on a suitable one for your needs. Below are some of the factors I believe you should consider when buying an air purifier.
Identifying main contaminants to be removed
The most pressing pollutant you want to remove got to be present depending on where you live and how you live. If you have pets indoor, then there is a high chance you will be faced with pet odour and dander. Animal litter consists of animal waste–urine and faeces, small particles of skin and saliva.
Hence, you need to consider getting an air purifier that can reduce and remove contaminants including pet dander and household odour.
System of filtration.
The filtration method captures and eliminates airborne particles and other allergens. It leaves you in your home or office with fresh, clean air. HEPA filtration is the leading and most reliable filtration system.
A HEPA filter has a highly absorbent and fibrous fibre, which allows air particles to be collected as small as 0.3 microns in diameter. It, therefore, has the highest efficiency at a capture rate of 99.97 percent for allergens.
Air purifiers have different capabilities. Some are suitable for bigger area while some are perfect for smaller rooms. If an air purifier has ionizers, it can disperse negative ions across the room, which makes it ideal for larger rooms. Also, if the space is heavily contaminated or congested, a purifier with broader coverage is recommended. The open area needs less cleaning power.
Depending on your lifestyle, you may want an air purifier that is compatible with using smart technology or you may just be as happy with a manual one. Convenience is key here. There are so many different features that an air purifier can have, such as intelligent sensors and filter replacement alert. All you need to do is to choose one that best suits your lifestyle.
There are many affordable air purifiers in the market that works as well as costlier ones. However, there are factors that come into play, which you should take into consideration. One example is additional cost like filter replacement. It could cost more for those requiring more frequent replacement say every 3 months as compared to ones that can last longer without needing a replacement.
Whilst air purifiers can help prevent certain complications, other air purifiers can also be used. Asthma and other respiratory complications in the atmosphere tend to be exacerbated by microbes and other particles. It leads to increased asthmatic problems and therefore the installation of purifiers is imperative.
Wanting a purifier for a healthier lifestyle is a successful choice. Studies have shown that air purifiers can increase healthy living. By breathing fresh and clean air you will always be in good health.