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If you’ve been sheltering in place during the coronavirus crisis, you may find that a daily walk, jog or bike ride (at a safe social distance, of course) is vital to keeping a positive state of mind. But often, going outside at this time of year means tracking in pollen and other allergens from outside. That can lead to misery for allergy sufferers, especially while many of us is spending more time than usual at home.
Fortunately, there are many home air purifiers you can order online. Here are some that are worth the investment if you’re trying to create an allergy-free zone in your home.
Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Link Air Purifier
Functioning as a purifying fan in the summer and a purifying heater in the winter, this remote-control device filters 99.97% of allergens—including pet dander and pollen—from the air. It also provides a real-time air-quality report and is designed to look fairly sleek. Amazon Alexa users can connect their device to it and control it remotely. Filters need to be replaced only once a year.
Fellowes AeraMax Air Purifiers for Allergies, Asthma and Flu with True HEPA Filter and 4-Stage Purification
Using automatic detection technology to sense the air quality, this device cleans the air using a true HEPA filter. It promises to remove 99.995% of airborne allergens, including pollen, ragweed and dust mites—as well as irritants like cigarette smoke. A carbon filter helps to remove larger airborne particles and unpleasant odors. This model has been certified by the Asthma & Allergy Friendly Foundation of America, which independently tests consumer products. Despite all its functionalities and features, this purifier is ultra-quiet and is equipped to serve larger rooms of up to 600 square feet.
Honeywell True HEPA Allergen Remover
Honeywell sells a variety of air purifiers that are easy to find in most home improvement stores. They’re 20 pounds or less and easy to move from room to room. Some have filters you can wash, reducing the cost of replacing filters during the year. I have used the Honeywell True HEPA Whole Room Air Purifier with Allergen Remover, HPA 300 for our largest room and, for medium-sized rooms, the Honeywell Quiet Clean Tower Air Purifier with Permanent Washable Filters, which seems to be equally effective. Everyone in my family notices the difference when they are running.
Levoit LV-H132 Compact HEPA Air Purifier
If you’re on a tighter budget and want to clean the air in a small room, such as an office, this model offers a lot of bang for the buck. It is designed to remove common allergens such as dust mites, pollen, mold and pet dander using a pre-filter, a true HEPA filter and an activated carbon filter. I run it in a small bedroom in my home and have noticed a difference in the air quality. The filters can’t be washed, so you will need to replace them every six months.
LG Signature Smart Wi-Fi Enabled Air Purifier
Certified by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, the LG SIGNATURE Smart Wi-Fi Enabled Air Purifier is a high-tech model with a sleek design that offers the promise to remove more than 90% of airborne allergens and technology that can trap almost 100% of particles. It includes a color-coded LED system that shows the current air quality, in case you’re curious. The round console and tower model comes with a washable pre-filter and deodorizes the air. The 360° model has a true HEPA filter. While these deluxe products are pricey, they may be well worth it if you have a family member with serious allergies.