When it comes to purchasing an air purifier, there’s definitely more to the story than you may initially have thought of.
“Filters are the back end of the air purifier industry and they are really where the majority of the money is made.”
And where the majority of the money is spent by the consumer.
Most of the popular air purifiers these days including brands like Levoit and BlueAir require a periodic replacement filter that is a combination of HEPA and carbon.
Though it is very convenient it may sound great on the surface,
You should be aware of a few things before purchasing an air purifier but this type of replacement.
1. Carbon filters have a sweet smell.
If you find that you do not like the sweet smell of the carbon filter, there is no way to simply remove that filter and use the HEPA filter only.
The HEPA filter is the main filter that you will get the most functionality out of. It is the filter that captures the air particles like pollen and mold spores that are primarily known to be household allergens.
3. DIY filter cleaning
Though there is really no way to clean the HEPA filter yourself and get the same level of effectiveness out of it, it is still done and people do it all the time
A Carbon filter on the other hand, can’t be washed and water will completely render it useless.
Combination filters don’t give you the option of just cleaning the HEPA filter.
4. More Than You Need
Lastly, the combination HEPA filter that I am talking about has in the last year or so begun to feature the h13 style HEPA filter that is supposed to capture everyone contaminants as small as 01 microns versus the standard 03 microns.
Whether or not they are successful they’re doing so, I don’t know.
But since the filters are that much more tightly woven together, they will definitely need replacing more often.
“The Price of Air Purifiers is the initial cost of the air purifier plus the frequent filter replacements that are required for the air purifier to function adequately.”
You would have to admit, the replacement combination HEPA and carbon filter is a pretty crafty way of making a lot more money selling filters on the back end.
Just something to gnaw on….