What do I Need?: Air Purifier Vs Dehumidifier
So maybe you’ve noticed some smells in your house you’d rather live without; your housemate won’t stop frying cabbage and is chain-smoking, and it’s driving you nuts. Or maybe you wake up in the morning and sneeze your way down to the kitchen because of the dusty mardi-gras happening in your nostrils from airborne pollutants or mold.
Thankfully, you don’t need to suffer these annoyances anymore. You may have looked into a dehumidifier or air purifier before, maybe you’ve seen one in a brick & mortar outlet and had a passing interest, but just didn’t know enough about them or how to pick the right one for you.
The two devices may seem so similar that choosing between them seems like a negligible consideration. But you’d be wrong.
Yes, both devices seek to clean your air and catch the invisible airborne nasties that plague your home, but the devil’s in the details, and the devil’s name is mold. Most people somehow know mold when they smell it, and they’re often correct.
There are many reasons why mold can appear in your home, from a badly applied plumbing job, general wear and tear to old pipes, damp, or poor cleanliness, whatever the reason; you more than likely want it gone, and we recommend you go out and acquire a dehumidifier. Just don’t forget to cut off mold at the source, or your problem will persist and potentially get worse and cause damage to your home.
If mould is not your top concern, but you experience allergies from airborne pollutants; dust, pollen etc, or you simply cannot stand to smell one more bowl of your husbands attempted “pasta” in the house for a week, long after the fire brigade have been and gone, then an air purifier is for you.
But Which one do I get?
Now we’ve established what kind of device is needed in your home, let’s go through our top picks for both categories, and explain why they may be right or wrong for you.
250W | A+ Energy Rated
This dehumidifier features a stylish casing, and a larger 10L capacity. From this list, this may be the best choice for families or those who feel a dehumidifier will look clunky and out of place, and is a more subtle alternative which functions exceptionally well. Great bang for your buck.
Included Drain Hose
This no-frills no-nonsense dehumidifier will simply get the job done, and with an included drain hose maintaining your dehumidifier is relatively effortless. Ideal for kitchens, bathrooms, or utility areas where the drain hose can be fully utilized.
1000W | A Energy Rated
Industrial Size & Heater
24L/p Day extraction
A step-up for commercial & industrial use, this unit is ideal for basements and warehouses, especially for keeping stock in optimum conditions e.g instruments or wood products. This unit is a hose-only option though, so you’ll need to make sure you can dispose of the water suitably.
This unit allows for heating between 17°C and 30°C.
70W | A Energy Rated
Triple filter, sleep timer
This purifier features a triple filter solution to keep bedrooms, kitchens, and homes smelling fresh and allergen free.
With 3 speed settings and a sleep timer function, this model lets you clear the air on your terms.
45W | A Energy Rated
5 Stage cleaning proscess, air quality indicator
This unit blends great functionality with subtle design, with a 5 stage filtration process across 3 filter types. You won’t even notice it when you have it, but you will notice when you don’t. Packed with clever features including timer, and air quality indicator as this unit constantly monitors the passage of particles through the unit.
48W | A Energy Rated
Designed to keep Infant areas clean
For the parents out there. This unit from Xpelair was designed to be small and low profile, operating almost silently so as not to disturb your child’s rest. Featuring Xpelair’s fantastic PureLife filtration system, the AP100 is designed to give your baby the best start in life.
70W / 1000W/2000W
4-in-1 Purifier, Humidifier, Fan, and Heater
Solve 4 problems for the price of one with the SAC41 from Sealey. This unit is ideal for bedrooms and small apartments or offices all year round, and features oscillation, sleep timer, and 3-speed fan settings.
Have You Considered a Humidifier?
60W | A Energy Rated
This humidifier from Benross doubles as an air cooler, making it ideal for homes in the summer months, and comes mounted on castors, which lends itself to larger homes and office spaces where you might want to move it around for use in more than one room. It can hold 7L of condensed water to disperse through the area and is also the cheapest offering on this list.
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