With flu season approaching, the pandemic resurging and wildfires raging in the west, air purification systems for homes, offices and schools are in high demand this fall, even leading to shipping delays from manufactures who are struggling to keep up with demand. In addition, government agencies, from the CDC to the EPA, are recommending portable air purifiers and efficient HVAC filters to help combat the many contaminants facing consumers in 2020, and for good reasons:
- According to Consumer Reports, home air purifiers are good for filtering out indoor allergens and pollutants which can build up in homes at a much higher rate than outdoors. Portable air purifiers work in small spaces where opening windows for ventilation is not possible or when outdoor air pollution is a problem, as with smoke pollution from wildfires.
- HVAC filters are also designed to reduce airborne contaminants, including viruses, in buildings. Innovations in HVAC filters have made them just as effective as targeted portable air purifiers, especially, according to New York Times Wirecutter, filters with Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) ratings of 8 to 13 which are successful at removing fine particulates, including smoke and bacteria.
For top-of-the-line HVAC filters and portable air purifiers, check out these products:
Nordic Pure MERV 12: Available in a range of sizes, the MERV 12 rated filter from Nordic Pure, Inc. removes dust, pollen, smoke particles, dust mites, pet dander, virus carriers, mold spores and other contaminants. It is made from hypoallergenic, antimicrobial and electrostatic material. Made in USA.
Honeywell Elite Allergen Air Filter FPR 10: This MERV-13-rated product has a heavy-duty frame, reinforced filter and can filter air down to the microparticle level, removing odors, pollen, pet dander, mold, virus carriers, smoke, smog and more.
Blueair Classic: This family of air purifiers with HEPASilent™ technology kills up to 99 percent of germs using electrostatic and mechanical filtration. The whisper-silent motor is energy efficient and the built-in WiFi allows for remote monitoring. The air purifier is available in small, medium and large, treating up to 1199-square-feet.
Hunter Tower Air Purifier: The HEPA filtration removes up to 99.97 percent of airborne particles including smoke, dust, pollen, pet hair and dander, mold spores, and dust mite debris. The EcoSilver® pre-filter prevents the growth of microorganisms on the filter and uses coconut carbon to neutralize VOCs. The Tower is available in medium and tall in three finishes, white, black or graphite.