Best (affordable) air purifier for apartment?

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  1. Prof. macrumors 601

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    Anyone have any recommendations? What kind do you use? I've looked on Amazon, but I've never heard of some of those brands. Ideally I'd like a filter that's not going to break after 3 months like my space heater did. :(

    I was thinking about this one
     
  2. Mousse macrumors 68000

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    If you have allergies, something with a HEPA filter is a must. Not HEPA-like nor HEPA-equivalent; that crap is just marketing mumbo-jumbo. Some folks swear by 'em, but I don't like those electrostatic filters either.

    I had one of the round Honeywell air purifiers for a few years. Awesome product, only the cost of replacing the HEPA filter every 3 to 6 months was not fun. I switched to a fairly inexpensive Winix with a washable/reusable HEPA filter (another 2 washing and I'll need to replace it). Having activated carbon is a plus, especially someone who believes "every little bean should be heard as well as seen.";)
     
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    I'm looking at units on Amazon right now. I have two dusty locations (office and home office in basement) and my Macs in both locations get amazingly dirty. I blow them out and clean every six months or so, so they don't start overheating. I'm wondering if a unit that also purifies by generating ozone might be harmful to circuitry? Looking at:
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01AM3US6U?psc=1
     
  5. Possumgal macrumors member

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    I had an ozone-type purifier in the same room with my G4 for years. The G4 is still going strong, the purifier, not so much.
     
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    I've been using a couple of the Sharp PlasmaCluster units at home for the past few years. I've been very happy with them. You can get models with and without humidification.
     
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    Thanks. Was it just ozone or did it have ionic separation or hepa filter as well? Any human problems with the ozone?
     
  8. macmesser macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks. Checked them out and liked them. Humidifier and ionizer in addition to hepa and under one control system is nice but they are a little small for my application. More cost effective to buy one unit that's a bit more than my calculated need.
     
  9. macmesser macrumors 6502a

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    Reconsidering these since they make negative ions and should be good with dust. Did you ever notice an increase in static discharges while using?
     
  10. VideoFreek macrumors 6502

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    No, I've seen no increase in static. I think the ions don't stay around for long; otherwise they'd pose a health hazard (that's the problem with the old ozone-emitters). I think static is more a function of humidity level.

    By the way, here is an interesting site I've consulted in the past, which features a large amount of information on air purifiers. It's run by some guy who seems to be sort of an air purifier maven:

    http://www.air-purifier-power.com/
     
  11. macmesser macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the link. Should help make a good purchase decision.
     

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