3 Smart Air Purifiers to Get Your Spring Allergies Under Control

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring is here, which means the return of warmer weather and longer days — plus the return of your seasonal allergies. However, by investing in an air purifier this season, you could conquer the worst of your allergic reactions and get more enjoyment from the pleasant things spring provides.

How Do Air Filters Help Allergy Sufferers?

You may think your home contains fewer allergens than outdoor environments, but that’s not always true. Everyday activities such as burning candles and using air fresheners that react with other components and release pollutants can worsen allergies. Air purifiers catch those contaminants in a filter.

Ideally, look for an air purifier with a HEPA filter inside, because that’s the kind that gets rid of 99.97 percent of particles 0.3 microns or larger. For comparison, a strand of human hair is about 70 microns in diameter, so you can expect a HEPA filter to trap common allergens like dust, pet dander and mold, not to mention the pollen you unintentionally bring in on your shoes after you go outside to enjoy the spring weather.

To make sure your air purifier works the best it can, avoid placing it on a carpeted surface. Doing so can introduce allergens on the carpet back into the air. Instead, consider putting the unit on a table. Also, read the product guidelines to learn how often to change the filter. If you don’t swap it for a new one often enough, the model won’t pull pollutants from the air as effectively.

Smart Air Purifiers vs. Standard Models

When shopping for air purifiers, you’ll have plenty of choices. The possibilities covered below are all smart air purifiers. What does that mean? Instead of just cleaning your air, they’ll inform you — usually through a supplementary app — which contaminants are most prevalent.

Standard air purifiers operate on a continuous filtering mode, meaning they’re always working regardless of the condition of the air. There are also automatic filtering units that monitor air quality and adjust accordingly. Regardless of whether a model is the standard type, industrial-level or a smart variety, the concept is the same: the air passes through the filter and comes out cleaner than when it went in.

Now, let’s look at some smart air purifiers that are worth your money.

1. Blueair Sense+

Equipped with Wi-Fi technology, this model allows changing the speed of the fan or activating the child lock from anywhere in your home that has a Wi-Fi signal by using the accompanying Blueair Friend app. In addition to a HEPA filter that takes care of particle removal, this model has an activated carbon filter to get rid of gaseous contaminants.

By using the Blueair Aware quality monitor that’s part of this model, you can notice the positive effects of using the purifier. Furthermore, see which contaminants are most likely triggering your allergies this spring. ($399.99)

2. Airmega 400S and 300S

These Airmega models are Wi-Fi-enabled and have accompanying apps that give real-time air quality conditions and provide alerts about when to change the filter. When using the air purifiers’ Smart Mode feature, the units adapt to their surroundings automatically by altering the fan speed. That means it does its job without wasting energy.

Besides the HEPA filter that takes particle-based contaminants from the air, the Airmega purifiers capture smells, such as those caused by cooking. As a result, you can feel ready to welcome guests to your home even if they unexpectedly show up.

Wondering about the difference between models? The 400S is made for rooms 1,560 square feet or less in size, while the 300S works in an area of 1,256 square feet or less. ($636.65 for the 400S and $551.65 for the 300S)

3. Dyson Pure Cool Link

Many air purifiers have boxy shapes, but this model from Dyson is different due to its streamlined tower design. All air purifiers from this brand received certification from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, which is a definite perk when you’re shopping for something to keep your allergies at bay.

An oscillation feature spreads purified air across the room, while the second-generation filter catches particles from various angles for maximum effectiveness. With the unit’s Auto Mode activated, it detects the quality of the air and adjusts its operations as necessary, including turning off when needed to save energy. Metrics from the Dyson Link app let you check air quality over time and receive alerts about poor conditions or good ones. ($499.99)

These intelligent air purifiers could help keep you from being miserable this spring. They’ll also let you check air quality improvements over time, which makes them smart investments.

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Kayla Matthews

Kayla Matthews writes about technology and gadgets for Motherboard, MakeUseOf and The Gadget Flow. To read more posts by Kayla, check out her blog Productivity Bytes.