It may seem like you’re always either cleaning your house, buying cleaning products, or complaining that you need to buy cleaning products to clean your house. But we hate to break it to you — even if you’re rage-cleaning yourself or encouraging (read: bribing) your children to do chores — your home is probably not as clean as you think.
In fact, according to a Harvard study, the concentrations of air pollutants indoors are often 2-5 times higher than they are outdoors. Besides all the dirt and other mysterious substances your kids are bringing home with them, another possible pollutant in your house is mold, which can grow in damp places like poorly ventilated bathrooms or basements or even those drool-filled toys. Mold can lead to coughing or allergic reactions, and it’s worse than an uninvited houseguest that refuses to leave.
One of the simpler ways to combat mold is to get an air purifier, which can help trap airborne mold spores and filter clean air back into your living spaces. Most purifiers have multiple filter systems and/or include a True HEPA filter, which captures 99.97 percent of particles as small as 0.3 microns, including mold spores. Ahead you’ll find air purifiers for mold that will have you and your family breathing a little easier.
Air Purifiers for Mold for Small Rooms
This compact air purifier has a three-stage filtration system — a pre-filter, True HEPA filter, and activated carbon filter — to capture mold, dust, pet dander, and more. It has two different light settings and a quiet motor, so you can keep it running through the night without disturbing your sleep. It can circulate a small or medium-sized room’s air over four times an hour, which is about the frequency you have to clean up after your kids on a regular basis.
It’s a purifier, heater, and cooler all in one, oh my! Dyson’s latest Cryptomic has a real-time sensor that detects airborne particles, uses HEPA and activated carbon filtration to capture 99.97 percent of particles, and destroys formaldehyde, a chemical you may not be aware is in most homes (sources include manufactured wood like furniture and some fabrics). Plus, it’s got that sleek Dyson design you know will look great in any room.
This purifier has a four-stage filtration system, which includes a True HEPA filter and an ionizer to help trap airborne particles and clean your room more efficiently. With your hectic schedule, you can also set it and forget it: In auto mode, the purifier senses the amount of air particles present and adjusts the fan speed accordingly.
This portable purifier is ideal for bedrooms, offices, or smaller rooms up to 200 square feet. It uses a 3-in-1 system, which includes a True HEPA filter, activated carbon filter, and UV-C light to destroy microorganisms.
Air Purifiers for Mold for Large Rooms
Molekule’s PECO technology not only captures the smallest of air pollutants like bacteria and mold, but it also destroys them so they can’t make an unwanted comeback into your house. It also runs quietly and swiftly, like a silent killer of air contaminants, and it can replace the air in a large room (~600 square feet) in under an hour.
You’ll breathe a little easier with this air purifier that’s certified by Allergy Standards and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. It uses a True HEPA filter with antimicrobacterial treatment to get rid of dust, germs, mold spores, and more. There’s a high performance mode for when you need a little extra protection for you and your family during allergy and flu seasons.
Get rid of dust, pollen, and mold quickly — Honeywell air purifiers use True HEPA filters to clean and circulate air up to five times an hour. There are three cleaning levels plus a turbo clean setting and easy-to-use touch controls. Take it from one reviewer, who said, “Over the past 20 years I have owned many different units, almost all of them were manufactured by Honeywell. While all had the same basic functions and worked quite well, this unit is by far the best and quietest air filter that I have ever owned.”
To keep large to extra large rooms (1,100 square feet) fresh, the Alen BreatheSmart will purify the air every 30 minutes. For mold and bacteria, there’s a True HEPA silver filter that traps and kills bacteria and mold spores. The air quality sensor light will tell you how clean your air is at any given time, and there are a variety of panel options to match the purifier to the rest of your home decor.
Compact but effective, the Blue Pure 211+ is energy-efficient and, using a three-stage filtration system, can filter the air in a 540 square foot-room five times an hour. There are three different fan speeds and it’s “whisper-silent” on the lowest setting. It has a clean, foolproof design (there’s just one button) and comes with two different colored fabric filters so you can choose the best color to match your mood.
This air purifier uses a True HEPA filter to trap mold, dust, and other allergens and an activated charcoal filter to reduce unwanted odors. There’s also a UV-C light to help eliminate airborne viruses to keep everyone in your household healthy.
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